Coalition forces wait for Mosul assault
Obama vs Baghdad on Sunni cleansing of Mosul
A sharp dispute has flared between Washington and Baghdad over the Iraqi prime minister’s demand to expel the Sunni population of Mosul, accusing them of helping ISIS.
Oct 20, 2016, 8:05 AM (IDT)
The Mosul Offensive May Mire the US in Regional Conflicts
Obama’s plan for a major victory against ISIS quickly runs foul of local disputes.
Russia’s Finished Missile Shield Makes Syria a No-Fly Zone
The Russians piled up air defense missiles tier by tier over the past year.
Turkey Uses Mosul Offensive for Bid to Expand into N. Iraq
Erdogan tries to repeat his territorial gain in N. Syria, backed by Iran and Russia.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Oct 19, 2016, 9:55 AM (IDT)

Less than a day after its launch, the big Mosul offensive prepared for more than a year by the US, the Iraqi army, Kurdish forces and others, ground to a halt Tuesday Oct. 17, although none of the parties admitted as much.  Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi said his troops were busy opening up corridors for some million civilians to escape, while US sources suggested that the Islamic State would use primitive chemical weapons against the advancing Iraqi and Kurdish forces.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Oct 15, 2016, 6:47 PM (IDT)

Presidents Putin and Erdogan have signaled Barack Obama that their sole interest in the future of Syria lies in the military enclaves both are constructing in the north. On this basis, John Kerry was told to resume his meetings with Sergei Lavrov and again discuss US-Russian cooperation for the cessation of hostilities in the Syrian war.

Iranian radar in Yemen hit by US Tomahawks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Oct 14, 2016, 9:30 AM (IDT)

Iran’s Navy commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced Thursday, Oct. 13, that the Iranian 34th Fleet had deployed warships to the Bab al-Mandeb strait opposite the shores of Yemen. He made no mention of the US Tomahawk attack two days ago that destroyed three Iranian radar stations set up on Yemen’s Red Sea shore in rebel Houthi territory, in retaliation for Iranian missile attacks on American warships.


The terrorist's car used for drive-by murder
DEBKAfile Special Report Oct 11, 2016, 1:21 PM (IDT)

Details of the inquiry into the deadly Palestinian shooting spree that claimed two Israeli lives and injured 6 others in Jerusalem Sunday, Oct. 9, are under a court gag order. However, this attack was clearly different from the run-of-the-mill terror plaguing Israel for the last two years, which its security services have usually prevented in good time or cut short before the damage spread. 



DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Oct 8, 2016

Obama hopes to complete the Mosul offensive before the end of December and incorporate this victory in his legacy. The Syrian town of Aleppo can go by the board. He leaves it to putin to recover for Assad.



DEBKAfile Special Report Oct 6, 2016

Harold Martin's admission revealed that valuable sources of human intelligence (humint) and signal intelligence (sigint) had been compromised and assets were in danger of elimination.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Oct 5, 2016

 Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been forced to give up his grand plan to pipe gas from Israel’s offshore fields to Turkey for sale in European markets after France and Germany refused to deal with Turkey's Edrogan.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Sep 30, 2016

There is a sense in Washington and Moscow alike that a military showdown between the US and Russia is inevitable – direct this time, not through proxies, 



DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Sep 25, 2016

Israel is again urged by Washington to update and enlarge its war fleet to catch up with the rapidly changing conditions opposite its shores, where Russia, Iran and Egypt are building up bigger and better armadas.


DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Sep 23, 2016

In scores of air raids launched early Friday, Sept. 23, Syrian and Russian bombers pulverized Syrian rebel strongholds in eastern Aleppo, while, on the ground, Syrian military, Hizballah and pro-Iranian Shiite militia forces hammered those targets in one of the most destructive onslaughts yet seen in the nearly six-year Syrian civil war. Cries of “annihilation!” came from rebel commanders.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Sep 14, 2016

The shells spilling over to Israeli Golan came from Syrian rebels – not Syrian army artillery. debkafile: The battle was initiated by the rebel Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra) to open up a link between its separates forces south and north of Quneitra.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Sep 10, 2016

debkafile reports that Putin virtually shut the door on further cooperation with the United States in Syria after signing a secret deal with Turkish leader Tayyip Edrogan. The agreed that they would map out together the next steps in the Middle East, including Syria.

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