Russian siege on Raqqa, distant from US troops
Russia places aerial and ground siege on ISIS-held Raqqa, thus gaining a foothold in northern Syria to counterbalance – and avoid a clash with - US-led forces in the south.
May 27, 2017, 9:13 PM (IDT)
Theresa May & British Intelligence Caught Napping
A home-based ISIS network prepared the Manchester bombing under the radar.
Trump’s New Sunni Bloc Rivals the Russian-led Shiite Lineup
Putin reacts by moving Russian troops to within range of US-held Syrian-Iraqi border crossing.
Trump Took Too Long to Revamp the CIA & Fire Comey
Brennan and Comey lost their jobs, but kept their stings and control of “anonymous sources” as weapons.
DEBKAfile Special Report May 25, 2017, 8:35 PM (IDT)

With each passing day since the Manchester suicide bombing, as more details come to light of the terrorist Salman Abedi’s links with a broad ISIS network, it is becoming increasingly clear that the government of British Prime Minister Theresa May, as well as the British secret services, face their biggest security and intelligence crisis in the war on terror.

DEBKAfile Special Report May 22, 2017, 4:10 PM (IDT)

DEBKAfile:  Donald Trump once again rebutted media evaluations of his trip to Israel as a demonstration of friendship without real content. Very shortly after his arrival, he stood up at the president’sl residence in Jerusalem and delivered a string of important policy statements and new revelations:

President Trump and first lady land in Israel for state visit
DEBKAfile Special Report May 22, 2017, 12:13 PM (IDT)

The arrival of US President Donald Trump in Israel Monday after a direct flight from Riyadh was briefly delayed, as a full-ceremonial welcome awaited him at Ben-Gurion airport. Trump’s avowed resolve to crack the 100-year old Israeli-Palestinian conflict as the “ultimate deal” is treated with skepticism – affectionately by Israelis, and gloomily by the Palestinians. 

DEBKAfile Special Report May 21, 2017, 5:07 PM (IDT)

Military tensions on Syria’s borders with Iraq, Jordan and Syria jumped another notch Monday, May 21, on Day 2 of Donald Trump’s foreign trip, with the arrival of the first Russian ground troops in southern Syria. The included paratroops and Spetsnaz fighters, who took up position opposite US and coalition elite units holding a key crossing on the Syrian-Iraqi border. 



DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 20, 2017
|Norwegian Special Forces arrive at Al-Tanf crossing

The Syrian-pro-Iranian-Hizballah force in southern Syria renewed its advance on the Iraqi border on Saturday, May 20, two days after sustaining heavy casualties from a US air strike on its convoys. Syrian military sources report the capture Saturday of the Suweida region and another 60 square kilometers, moving closer to the strategic Al-Tanf crossing at the Syrian border intersection with Iraq and Jordan, which is held by US and other special operations units.

DEBKAfile Special Report May 17, 2017
US SEAL Forces in Syria

Israeli security chiefs were gravely concerned Wednesday, May 17, when they learned that a high-ranking Iraqi military delegation had arrived in Damascus  for a discussion on the situation unfolding on the Syrian-Iraqi border.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 16, 2017

The sensitive intelligence US President Donald Trump was accused by US media of leaking to the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak on May 10 allegedly came from Israel.


DEBKAfile Special Report May 16, 2017

The pro-Iranian Hizballah Tuesday, May 16, rushed 12 companies of 1,000 fighters to the Homs, Daraa and Quneitra (Golan) regions of southern Syria to block off the entry of “US-backed militants” from Jordan.


DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 15, 2017

President Donald Trump and Saudi King are said by Gulf sources to be planning to announce the establishment of an Arab-Muslim alliance among the 17 rulers invited to attend a summit with the visiting US President on May 22. They tell debkafile’s intelligence sources that the summit will mark the expansion of defense relations between the US and moderate Arab and Muslim nations for a combined war on the Islamic State. 

DEBKAfile Special Report May 14, 2017

North Korea conducted its third ballistic missile firing test early Sunday, May 14, after the first two were intercepted by the US military shortly after launch. While Japan and South Korea reacted by calling it a ballistic missile, the US military noted that its attributes were “not consistent with an ICBM.” 

DEBKAfile Special Report May 13, 2017

Nearly 100 countries were struck Friday, May 12, by cyber extortionists believed to be using a tool stolen from the US NSA to infect the computers of some 75,000 victims, mainly in Britain, Spain, Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan. In the biggest global ransom cyberassault known to date by unknown hackers. 

Russian military police in Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report May 11, 2017

Moscow this week responded to Israel’s concerns about posting Iranian and Turkish officers on its borders to monitor the potential “de-escalation” zones Russia is proposing for Syria. In respect of those concerns, debkafile reveals that Russia agreed in high-level contacts in the last few days to replace them with Russian military officers in the Mt. Hermon region, the Golan and the areas where Israeli, Lebanese and Syrian borders meet.

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