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Israeli forces caught up in Al Qaeda’s complex toils in both Golan and Gaza
Fighting over Quneitra crossing on Golan
Fighting over Quneitra crossing on Golan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Aug 28, 2014, 11:26 AM (IDT)

The battle for Quneitra has no real military importance for the Syrian conflict at large, says debkafile. The Syrian army, helped by Iran and Hizballah, is winning and the rebel side crumbling. However, integrated in the rebel contingents fighting for Quneitra, with US, Israeli and Jordanian backing, are Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front fighters and its Sinai arm, Ansar Beit Al-Madis, which works hand in glove with Israel’s foe, the Palestinian Hamas. When a black Al Qaeda flag flies over Quneitra 200 m from its Golan border, Israel will face a new dilemma.

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El-Sisi Chivies Netanyahu for the IDF to Go All the Way in Gaza
But the Israeli PM is ducking and weaving to avoid the heavy casualty price involved.
Obama’s Strategic Partnership with Iran in Iraq Doesn’t Stop IS
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi outwitted Iranian war planners in Syria and Iraq.
Putin Invited to Join Regional Bloc Outflanking Obama
Egyptians and Saudis find a new use for Assad as a bulwark against Al Qaeda.
Israeli-made Hermes UAV downed by Iran
Israeli-made Hermes UAV downed by Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
Aug 27, 2014, 11:47 AM (IDT)

Iranian aviation and intelligence experts estimate that the Israeli-made Hermes 450 drone downed Aug. 23 over the Natanz enrichment facility took off from Azerbaijan’s Nakhchivan Airbase, debkafile reports. Our sources add that the Hermes 450 boasts a range of video and still cameras that can capture extremely high-resolution color images. Thermal imaging devices allow the cameras to operate in poor visibility and almost any weather condition. Iran has failed till now to stop regular drone flights from Nakhchivan incoming to spy on its nuclear sites. 

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Aug 26, 2014, 7:27 PM (IDT)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi were able to bring Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip to accept an unlimited ceasefire in hostilities in effect from 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, based on the 2012 deal.

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IS' Syrian stronghold in Raqqa
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Aug 23, 2014, 6:20 PM (IDT)

President Barack Obama must take into account that a decision to extend US military action against the Islamic State to Syria would have the effect of rescuing Bashar Assad’s rule in Damascus from the Islamist peril 

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Aug 25, 2014, 12:23 PM (IDT)

Community leaders of 40,000 dwellers of locations adjoining the Gaza Strip spoke out Monday, Aug 25:" It is no longer possible to hide what is going on. The populated front line facing the Gaza Strip is no more."

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The ruins of Rafah commercial center in Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Aug 24, 2014, 3:29 PM (IDT)

Despite its inferiority in numbers and weapon, the Palestinian Hamas has scored two strategic goals: Israel is dragged willy-nilly into a war of attrition, and its southern communities have emptied of 70 percent of their dwellers.

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DEBKAfile Video Dec 29, 2013

US weapons and Iranian Al Qods officers join the Iraqi army in a major anti-al-Qaeda offensive to foil Al Qaeda’s plan for its first caliphate across the Syrian-Iraqi frontier - but also to buttress the pro-Iranian Shiite crescent arching over the region. 

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DEBKAfile Video Aug 17, 2013

Top US soldier Gen. Martin Dempsey has just inaugurated Centcom’s Forward Command in Jordan manned by 273 US officers. It is linked to US, Israel, Jordanian and Saudi air commands ready for an order from President Barack Obama to impose a partial no-fly zone over Syria.

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DEBKAfile Video Jun 26, 2013

Shortly after DEBKA aired a special video on the Syrian war’s widening circle, Moscow announced Wednesday June 26, the evacuation beginning Friday of all Russian military and diplomatic personnel from Syria was complete, including its naval base at Tartus. 

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DEBKAfile Video Apr 24, 2013

Tamerlan Tsarnaev established links with al Qaeda’s Caucasian networks for terrorist attacks in America, starting with the Boston bombings. In 2011, Russian intelligence notified the FBI that he was on their watch list and it remains the most promising source of further intelligence

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Hamas executions in Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Aug 22, 2014

Hamas executed 18 Palestinians as Israel informers Friday, Aug. 22 – shooting eleven at a police station in Gaza City and seven publicly outside the city’s central mosque. This method was seemingly counseled by Iranian and Hizballah advisers to deter Israel from further targeted liquidations of Hamas’ military chiefs. The gruesome images from Gaza ought to have dispelled Egyptian and Israeli illusions that Hamas, any more than the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, seeks a political solution of the Gaza conflict. What these Palestinian extremists want is a bloodbath.

US photojournalist James Foley before his execution
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Aug 20, 2014

Islamic State terrorists released a video online Tuesday night, Aug. 19, showing the beheading of American photo-journalist James Wright Foley, 40, abducted in Syria 22 months ago, after threatening to punish the US and Britain for air strikes in Iraq. debkafile: IS forces are gearing up for a counter-offensive against the Peshmerga and Iraqi army, as another deterrent to further US or foreign intervention in the Iraq war. Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has taken some of Saddam Hussein’s most professional and experienced army officers as advisers.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Aug 21, 2014

Israel has entered a new stage in its war on Hamas, called by Binyamin Netanyahu “hammering to halt attrition.” It started with the assassination attempt on Hamas military chief Mohammed Deif, with unclear results, and was followed by the liquidation of Hamas’ three top southern Gaza commanders. The assassination campaign has the potential to expand and prolong the Gaza conflict, with a diplomatic resolution fading. Netanyahu faces a mutiny by a group of ministers who object to the way he and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon are managing the war.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Aug 19, 2014

Israelis were stunned Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 19, when rocket fire suddenly erupted from the Gaza Strip against Beersheba and Netivot, after they had been lulled into a sense of false security by the suspension of Hamas attacks for 135 hours.  debkafile: Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s stubborn belief that Hamas really, really wants to end hostilities prevented Israel from inflicting a final defeat on the Palestinian fundamentalists and opened the way to a war of attrition. The Israeli public is losing patience with the uncertainty and showing signs of defiance.













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