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Assad in a position of strength after Vienna deal with Iran. Tehran revitalizes his depleted army
Assad finds a winning streak
Assad finds a winning streak
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Jul 27, 2015, 9:19 AM (IDT)

Syrian President Bashar Assad, in his first public speech in a year, Sunday, July 26, could afford to admit to loss of territory, after being handed Iran’s new rehabilitation plan for his army, debkafile reveals. Divisions and brigades are rebuilt into three armored commando super-divisions, one each for the northern, southern and Damascus fronts. The 4th Division would still defend Damascus. The 14th Division of Special Forces gets fresh officers under Iranian commanders. The US-Tehran nuclear accord effectively brings an Iranian military presence ever closer to the borders of Israel and Jordan

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The Nuclear Accord: Khamenei’s Double Bluff
He outplayed six world powers with nothing in hand but the threat.
The Arab World Viewed in Washington as Disintegrating
That confirmed President Obama’s turn to Iran as a stable Muslim power, a crushing blow to Arabs.
Netanyahu Still Hopes Congress Will Block Obama’s Nuclear Deal
But he is also working on building a unity government to meet any emergencies.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
Jul 25, 2015, 6:38 PM (IDT)

After hree rounds of Turkish bombing attacks on the Islamic State in northern Syria, Ankara and Washington agreed Saturday, July 25, to name the security zone covered by a “partial no fly zone” they had declared in northern Syria the “Islamic State free zone.” This name represents a US-Turkish concession to Iran of immunity for its allies, Syrian President Bashar Assad and Hizballah, in order to gain Tehran’s cooperation in the campaign against ISIS. This deal advances Syrian-Hizballah hold on northern Syria against Islamist assaults, but drops the Kurds by the wayside.

 

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F-16 warplane in action against ISIS
DEBKAfile Special Report Jul 24, 2015, 11:08 AM (IDT)

The Middle East woke up Friday, July 24, to two new, fully-fledged wars launched by Jordan and Turkey against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as its forces advanced on their borders. The US and Israel are involved in both campaigns. 

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The ISIS Kornet missile attack on Egyptian Navy vessel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Jul 23, 2015, 10:23 AM (IDT)

The Islamic State’s success in infiltrating elite Egyptian military units and banding together with the Palestinian Hamas poses mounting danger to the life and rule of Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi. DEBKAfile: A large group of Egyptian officers and men has defected to ISIS.

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Russian IL78 MKI tanker aircraft sold to Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Jul 22, 2015, 8:53 AM (IDT)

In defiance of the Vienna accord's arms embargo, Iran has placed an order for 100 Russian IL78 MKI tanker aircraft for refueling its air force in mid-flight, DEBKAfile reports exclusively.This brings Israel, 1.200km away – and the Middle East at large - within easy range of Iranian aerial bombardment.

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High noon for Iran nuclear deal
DEBKAfile Special Report Jul 21, 2015, 9:55 AM (IDT)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has switched tactics for his struggle against the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.  Instead of aneffort to block the deal’s passage through Congress, Netanyahu will propose to new US laws to specify the issues on which Iranian violations would make US administration penalties mandatory.

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DEBKAfile Special Report Jun 14, 2015

If the breach of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) was conducted by hackers linked to China, as suspected, the secrets of an estimated 41 million US federal employees were laid bare in what may have been the biggest data base theft in cyber history. debkafile: That breach is still ongoing.  More malware is buried in the OPM’s infrastructure, ready for a remote signal from the hackers’ command and control centers working for China.

 

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DEBKAfile Special Report May 5, 2015
Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, Texas

The two gunmen who Sunday, May 3, tried - and failed - to shoot up an exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, northeast of Dallas, sounded a wakeup call for US counter-terrorism agencies. Both homegrown Islamists were shot dead. The incident betrayed the “human intelligence” weakness of US and Western agencies – a shortage of undercover agents to mingle in communities which may produce terrorists.

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Feb 23, 2015

DarkNet is the hidden bottom floor of the legal, public worldwide web. Extensively used by sophisticated criminal organizations and spooks, it conducts a lively trade in stolen official data, false identities, fake credit cards, firearms and ammo, human traffic and biological and chemical weapons. Also found there are hard porno, materials for pedophiles and snuff videos. 

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Jan 26, 2015
The Quad Copter that landed in White House grounds

The crash of a drone in the White House grounds Sunday night, Jan. 25, pointed to the absence of an electromagnetic perimeter fence. Its jammers would emit “white noise” to block off the communications links and command and control capacities of the smartphones and unmanned aerial vehicles serving a would-be assailant planning an attack by a tiny, armed drone.

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Iran's Shiite Popular Mobilization Forces
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Jul 20, 2015

Israeli leaders’ main business with visiting US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter when they meet Monday, July 20, is their concern about Tehran’s possible endgame in fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon will ask Carter if the US has any control over the Iranian command centers, and is in a position to stop Tehran harnessing Hizballah and Syrian troops to help its Shiite militias push ISIS onto the Golan and the Jordanian borders, so as to remove the threat to Tehran’s allies in Damascus and Baghdad.

Will they manage to form a national emergency government?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Jul 18, 2015

In long conversations taking place in the last few days, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has put before opposition leader Yitzhak Herzog a proposition for a national emergency government, which debkafile’s political sources are calling the “Deal of the Century.” It would toss out the traditional lines polarizing the “rightwing” and “leftwing” political camps and reshuffle them in a different order – that is if the Labor leader says yes. He is offered at least seven top portfolios for his party. Herzog himself would be Acting Prime Minister and Foreign Minister. The new centrist guidelines would leave room for talks with the Palestinians.

 

Tennessee terrorist Muhammad Abdulazeez
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Jul 18, 2015

Mohammed Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24, who Thursday, July 16, murdered four US Marines in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and wounded three people, was the third Muslim of Jordanian-Palestinian descent to massacre US military or intelligence personnel in six years. debkafile: These acts of terror were the price US agencies paid for relying on Jordan’s General Intelligence Directorate for penetration agents against Al Qaeda, the Islamic State and other radical Islamist organizations. He must have been under Jordanian radar when he traveled to Yemen, and Jordan’s GID must have tipped off US intelligence.

Iranian Gen. Abdel Karim Rubash killed in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Jul 16, 2015

Abdel Karim Rubash, Deputy Commander of the elite Al Qods Brigades, was the third Iranian general killed in Syria this year and the most senior to die on the Syrian battlefield in four years. His death, kept dark by Tehran, Damascus and Hizballah, is disclosed here by debkafile. Gen. Rubash initiated Hizballah’s introduction to the Syrian war effort. He also organized the Iranian arms convoys to Hizballah via Damascus, some of which Israel bombed from the air. When he died, a combined Syrian-Shiite militia force he had set up had begun advancing on ISIS-held Palmyra.













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