ISIS U-Turns West to Lebanon as Next Target
ISIS changes course: Its fighters on the run from Mosul and the impending US-led attack on Raqqa told to head west for Lebanon - away from their Iraqi-Syrian border bastions.
Mar 25, 2017, 11:12 AM (IDT)
Trump Starts Working Secretly with Russia in Syria
US and Russia set up new Syrian bases in synchronized moves.
Putin Hands a Yellow Card to Israel’s Air Force
Russia and Israel fight another round in their long electronic air contest.
Iran’s Soleimani Blows Holes in Putin’s Syria Strategy
Hizballah, his sharp weapon against Russia in Syria, moves in on the South.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Mar 23, 2017, 8:32 PM (IDT)

The Westminster attacker, 52-year old British-born Khalid Masoud, was claimed as “a soldier of the Islamic State” Thursday, March 23, after he murdered three people and injured more than forty. The London Metropolitan Police do not now believe he was acting alone. In pursuit of accomplices, they made eight arrests at six addresses in East London and Birmingham. In Antwerp, Belgium,  a man wearing military-style uniform, was arrested trying to drive at high speed into a crowd before anyone was hurt.

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DEBKAfile Special Report Mar 22, 2017, 4:43 PM (IDT)

For Islamic terrorist groups, blowing up a passenger plane and causing hundreds of deaths is their peak achievement. Therefore, it makes sense for American and British security authorities to focus on preventative measures. But the ban on electronic devices larger than a cell phone in flight cabins won’t protect the plane from an explosive laptop hidden in checked luggage 

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DEBKAfile Special Report Mar 21, 2017, 8:27 AM (IDT)

The IDF Tuesday confirmed that an Israeli miniature Skylark drone had crashed over a technical fault Sunday, March 19, in the same Quneitra area of the Golan as the attack which killed a Syrian soldier. Hizballah claimed earlier that the drone was shot down by the Syrian army and published photos of drone fragments with Hebrew writing.

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Pro-Iranian Iraqi Shiite Al-Nojba militia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Mar 20, 2017, 9:41 AM (IDT)

The Israeli drone that targeted the Syrian militiaman Yasser Sayad outside the Golan town of Quneitra Sunday, March 19, reinforced the message first carried by the Israeli Arrow 2 which shot down a Syrian SA-5 anti-air missile Friday. The Israeli ambassador was called twice to the Russian foreign ministry.

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Mar 18, 2017

Israel launched air raids against the key northern Syrian T4 air base near Palmyra early Friday night March 17, as the pro-Iranian Hizballlah forces drove through Hermon to reach the Golan and israel's border,. Israel struck when Moscow held back from restraining Hizballah’s advance.

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DEBKAfile Special Report Mar 17, 2017

Syria threatened direct retaliation for the Israeli air raid Friday, March 17 and the interception of its anti-air missile by the Israeli Arrow before that missile could down an IAF jet or land on a populated place across the border.
 

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Mar 16, 2017

EXCLUSIVE: US President Donald Trump's Middle East peace envoy Jason Greenblatt emphasized to Mahmoud Abbas the broad Arab-based nature of the new peace initiative in contrast to the previous administration's narrow, bilateral effor which ran in to the sand.
 

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Mar 14, 2017
Russian special Ops forces

The landing of Russian elite units armed with attack drones was detected on Tuesday, March 14 at the big Egyptian air base of Sidi Barrani, 95 km from the Libyan border and 240km from the eastern Libyan oil and gas terminals at Tobruk. 

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Al Qaeda blows up Shiite pilgrim buses in Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Mar 13, 2017

A new-old menace has raised its head: Al Qaeda and its Syrian affiliates have launched a fresh wave of terror in Syria. Saturday, March 11, two bomb explosions killed 74 Shiite pilgrims, most Iraqis, at an ancient cemetery in Damascus.

US Marines in northern Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Mar 11, 2017

Two close US allies, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, traveled to Moscow this week to press different cases relatied to Syria to Putin. Netanyahu focused on Iran; Erdogan on the Kurds..

US Rangers in Syria with Striker tanks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Mar 8, 2017

EXCLUSIVE:  Elements of the US 75th Ranger Regiment have arrived in Syria for the Trump administration’s first direct military operation in Syria: the long-delayed offensive to capture Raqqa from the Islamic State. 

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Mar 7, 2017

EXCLUSIVE:  For the first time ever, the top soldiers of the United States, Russia and Turkey are holding a secret meeting in the Turkish town of Antalya for an effort to avert a clash between their three armies in N. Syria, 









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