Iraqi F-16 jets strike ISIS in Abu Kemal, Syria
Iraq hits ISIS in Syria - with Russia, without US
The first Iraqi air strike against ISIS in Syria was coordinated with Russia and Iran. Was the Trump administration consulted? Or is Putin going forward without the US?
Feb 25, 2017, 4:29 PM (IDT)
Assad Will Let Hizballah Fire Rockets against Israel from Syria
He promised Tehran the use of Syrian soil in a Hizballah war against Israel.
Even If Large-Scale US Forces Beat ISIS – It Won’t Be Swift
Along with the deployment of US troops, Trump needs to establish a Sunni Arab front.
Saudis, Israelis Coordinate Military Steps to Face Iran
The two governments are now working on practical, operational steps.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Feb 22, 2017, 6:42 PM (IDT)

The director of Saudi Arabia's General Intellgence, Khalid Bin Ali Al Humaidan paid surprise visits to Ramallah and Jerusalem on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 21-22. Neither Palestinian nor Israeli officials have confirmed that the visit took place.

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DEBKAfile Special Report Feb 21, 2017, 2:16 PM (IDT)

The military court headed by Col. Maya Heller, handed down an 18-month jail sentence for Elor Azaria after convicting him of manslaughter for shooting dead a Palestinian terrorist he was wounded during a stabbing attack in Hebron. This was the most lenient possible sentence, starting in 12 days. It was clearly the outcome of mitigating factors, the clamorous controversy raised by his case, and the improper intervention of high officers and the defense minister.

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DEBKAfile Special Report Feb 19, 2017, 10:04 PM (IDT)


Donald Trump marked his first month as US President with two major military gambits in the Middle East, Asia and the South China Sea. Sunday, Feb. 19, the US Navy said that the Nimitz-class USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and strike group had begun patrols in the disputed waters of the South China Sea. The US Navy also expanded its presence in the Red Sea, especially around the Strait of Bab El-Mandeb with the  large 11th Marine Expeditionary Combat Unit.
 

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Feb 17, 2017, 6:34 PM (IDT)

Overlaying US President Donald Trump’s extraordinary, hour-long skirmish with reporters Thursday, Feb. 16, was bitter frustration over the domestic obstacles locking him out from his top security and foreign policy goals. DEBKAfile’s sources report that his relations with Putin will quickly roll downhill without a strong hand to haul them back and Trump will miss the chance of a joint war on ISIS and getting Iran thrown out of Syria.

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DEBKAfile Special Report Feb 15, 2017

Trump reacted positively to Netanyahu’s proposal to broaden the Israeli-Palestinian peace process into a regional effort as a “very important” new idea which he believed could succeed. “I believe we will have a deal that is better than many Israelis think.” 

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Feb 14, 2017

Michael Flynn’s resignation as National Security Adviser Feb. 13 was a catastrophe for the Middle East. He charted a US-Russian partnership whose core objective was to clip Iran’s wings as premier Middle East power conferred by Barack Obama. 

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Feb 13, 2017

EXCLUSIVE: Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas pivots towards Iran in a move to pre-empt a US embassy move to Jerusalem, and the friendly talks between President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Feb 11, 2017

Trump is determined to knock Iran off its pedestal, but will tax the Israeli prime minister with a demand for the IDF to take part in the war on ISIS, alongside Arab armies, as an opening for peace diplomacy.

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Russian "loitering bomb"
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Feb 8, 2017

Israeli officials and military chiefs, taken by surprise, are seriously concerned that some of this high sophisticated hardware will fall into Iranian and Hizballah’s hands.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Feb 6, 2017

Since Netanyahu's rhetoric is not backed by military action, Israel has little say in what happens next in Syria, and little clout for keeping Iran and Hizballah out of the Golan.

US special operations forces in Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Feb 5, 2017

Eight armies are fighting for dominance in Yemen. Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) elements, most acting as advisers to the Houthi rebels, intervene actively from time to time. A US special forces intervention cannot be ruled out.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Feb 3, 2017

A fresh round of sanctions was followed by the posting of the USS Cole to the Red Sea. Tehran or its Middle East proxies, such as the Lebanese Hizballah, may well hit back in Syria or by limited military strikes against US allies, Riyadh and Tel Aviv.









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