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ISIS sneaks behind US-backed Kurdish victories in Iraq to retake Baiji refinery city
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Dec 22, 2014, 3:05 PM (IDT)

The current military state of play in Iraq is being fought bizarrely on three more or less disconnected levels, debkafile reports. A combined Iraqi-Kurdish force captured Mt. Sinjar and, accompanied by US advisers, is poised to attack the northern town of Tal Afar, 50 km west of Mosul.  ISIS has meanwhile focused on grabbing the oil regions of Syria and Iraq and renewed its siege of the Iraqi refinery town of Baiji, so pumping up its revenues from $2 to 2.5 billion, despite falling crude prices – and even dumping looted oil for $25-30 per barrel.

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Obama Plans Four-Point Strategy for Fighting ISIS
US air strikes will start in Syria only after IS is rolled back in Iraq.
Rev Guards Plotted to Disrupt US-Iranian Ties
Iranian fighter jets intercepted plane carrying US troops before it left Afghan airspace
Obama Prepares Air Strikes to Crush Libya’s Militias
US, Egypt and UAE join forces to stabilize Libya and end militias’ reign of terror.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi
Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
Dec 21, 2014, 1:39 PM (IDT)

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and top Qatari envoys went through the motions of formalizing the Saudi-brokered reconciliation between them, when they met in Cairo Saturday, Dec. 20. Riyadh celebrated the meeting as the turning of a new page, and the Qatari envoy acknowledged Egypt’s preeminence in the Arab and Muslim worlds. debkafile: But the bone of contention over the emirate’s hosting of the Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, who was packing his bags to travel to Tehran, remained unresolved. The Saudis demanded his removal from emirate soil.

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Hamas flexes its muscles on Temple Mt., Jerusalem
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Dec 19, 2014, 7:45 PM (IDT)

The red alert for the incoming rocket from Gaza which hit the Eshkol District Friday morning Dec.19, followed dull thumps in parts of Beersheba Thursday. DEBKAfile: They were an omen of Hamas’ return to Tehran’s sway. 

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Dec 17, 2014, 6:07 PM (IDT)

The Syrian rebel Yarmouk Shuhada Brigades, backed and trained in Jordan for two years by US officers and supported by the Israeli army, has abruptly dumped them and switched to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, DEBKAfile’s exclusive sources reveal.

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Australian commandos end the hostage siege in Sydney
DEBKAfile Special Report Dec 16, 2014, 3:35 PM (IDT)

The 17-hour cycle of Australia’s first major Islamist terrorist experience at home, which began early Monday, Dec. 16, with a hostage siege at the Lindt chocolate café in Sydney’s bustling central business district, will have afforded Australia’s counter-terror services more operational lessons than any studies

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Bashar Assad gets a new lease of life
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Dec 14, 2014, 7:46 PM (IDT)

Unconfirmed reports swirled around Arab capitals Sunday, Dec. 14, that President Barack Obama, in league with Moscow and Tehran, had turned his Syrian policy on its head to recognize Bashar Assad’s rule. 

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Electioneering starts for Israel's March 17 vote
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Dec 12, 2014

Five major blocs are emerging at the outset of Israel’s election campaign: right, left, center, religious and Arab. Yitzhak Herzog of Labor promises to form the next government after hitching up with former Justice Minister Tzipi Livni of Hatnuah. But private party polls place the couple only third or fourth in the coming election. The only fresh face in the race is Moshe Kahlan, late of Likud, who this week established his Kulanu (All of Us) party. The ultra-religious Shas is about to split with Ellie Yishay quitting to form a new religious party.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi speaking at a mosque in Mosul
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Dec 10, 2014

A group of at least ten ISIS operations and intelligence officers, led by a senior commander, has arrived in Sinai and taken charge of the local Ansar Beit al-Maqdas jihadis, thereby opening up a dangerous new front against Egypt and Israel, in proximity to the Suez Canal, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, debkafile reports. Since Ansar pledged allegiance to IS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdad considers Sinai a province of his Islamic caliphate. His forward command in Sinai is directed to move from targeting Egypt to fighting the “Egyptian-Zionist alliance.”

Israel jets bombing Syrian targets
DEBKAfile Special Report Dec 8, 2014

US military sources revealed Monday, Dec. 8, that Israel’s air strikes near Damascus the day before wiped out Russian hardware including missiles dispatched post haste to help Syria and Hizballah frustrate a US no-fly zone plan for northern Syria. The Kremlin has warned that any no-fly zone over Syria would be treated as direct US intervention in the Syria war, and incur Russian military intervention. The advanced anti-air missiles and radar Moscow sent Syria and Hizballah to back up this warning were destroyed by Israel. Damascus threatens Israel with “unimaginable harm.”

Egyptian and Saudi rulers take charge of Arab affairs
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Dec 6, 2014

The Saudi, UAE and Egyptian rulers are acting to finally unravel the effects of Barack Obama’s “Arab Spring” and extinguish the Muslim Brotherhood and other elements he supported for overturning conservative regimes. debkafile: These Arab rulers have found a key ally in Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who used the chance of an epic breakthrough in relations with leading Arab nations, with immediate and far-reaching effect on Israel’s security and standing in the region. He has not so far exposed this feat in campaigning for re-election.













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