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Rocket-mortar fire on Golan timed for Syrian defense chief’s visit to Tehran for his next orders
Syrian defense chief Gen. Fahad Jassim al-Freij visits Tehran
Syrian defense chief Gen. Fahad Jassim al-Freij visits Tehran
DEBKAfile Special Report Apr 28, 2015, 1:35 PM (IDT)

The two rockets or mortar shells from Syria which exploded on the Golan at noon Tuesday, April 28, followed by alerts along the Galilee border, were timed to coincide with the arrival in Tehran of Syrian Defense Minister Fahad Jassim al-Freij. High on the agenda of his consultations with Iranian leaders was a question about how far his government could count on Iranian support in the eventuality of a Syrian-Hizballah military showdown with Israel. The coming hours are critical for the fraught situation developing on the Syrian-Israeli border.

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Saudis Opt out of US Plan for Ending Yemen War
Obama turns down GCC defense pact request, but sends USS Roosevelt to Gulf of Aden.
Iran Loses Traction as would-be Regional Power
Obama let down by Tehran’s unwillingness to co-exist with region’s Sunnis.
Russia Short of Cash for New Early Warning Satellites
Deploys S-300 radar stations for interim defense against ballistic missiles.
Insignia of new pro-Iran Druze militia
Insignia of new pro-Iran Druze militia
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly
Apr 28, 2015, 3:26 PM (IDT)

Behind the failed bombing attack on an Israeli military post in the northern Golan Sunday, April 26, hangs a big story: The bomb squad belonged to a new Druze militia, which Hizballah recruited, the Iranian Al Qods Brigades armed and whose mission was assigned by a Syrian intelligence master. 

The coming DEBKA Weekly out next Friday shows this event to be a microcosm of Tehran’s tactics for muscling in on Syria’s million-strong Druze minority as the lever for broader regional dominion. 

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ISIS in occupation of Libyan town of Derna
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Apr 26, 2015, 6:20 PM (IDT)

The Middle East is on the brink of its fourth war. DEBKAfile reports. Egypt has massed large-scale ground and air forces in the Western Desert, preparing to capture eastern Libya – Cyrenaica - from ISIS occupation. 

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Alleged Israeli air strikes over Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report Apr 27, 2015, 10:57 AM (IDT)

According to Arab media, Israeli executed its third strike against Syrian and Hizballah targets on the Qalamoun Mts. Sunday night, April 26. This was likely a warning to Iran and its minions to hold off on terror and advanced weapons.

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Hizballah's first drone airstrip in Beqaa Valley
DEBKAfile Special Report Apr 25, 2015, 11:23 AM (IDT)

Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya TV reported Saturday, April 25, Israeli air strikes against Hizballah and Syrian targets in the Qalamoun Mts. on the Syrian-Lebanese border from April 22 to April 24. Neither Israeli nor Syrian officials confirm these reports. 

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DEBKAfile Special Expose Apr 24, 2015, 6:19 PM (IDT)

According to figures reaching DEBKAfile in March, Iran is spending a vast fortune - up to an estimated $6-8 billion per year - to keep six armed forces fighting in four Middle East war campaigns for expanding its sphere of influence. 

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Feb 23, 2015

DarkNet is the hidden bottom floor of the legal, public worldwide web. Extensively used by sophisticated criminal organizations and spooks, it conducts a lively trade in stolen official data, false identities, fake credit cards, firearms and ammo, human traffic and biological and chemical weapons. Also found there are hard porno, materials for pedophiles and snuff videos. 

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Jan 26, 2015
The Quad Copter that landed in White House grounds

The crash of a drone in the White House grounds Sunday night, Jan. 25, pointed to the absence of an electromagnetic perimeter fence. Its jammers would emit “white noise” to block off the communications links and command and control capacities of the smartphones and unmanned aerial vehicles serving a would-be assailant planning an attack by a tiny, armed drone.

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Jan 11, 2015
Hayat Boumedienne,Islamist terrorist

French intelligence failures over the Charlie Hebdo terror attack will not be gilded over. Contrary to a French police statement, Hayat Boumeddiene, wife of the terrorist Amedy Coulibaly who murdered four Jews in cold blood at the kosher supermarket. Friday, Jan. 9, was never in the store at all but had been able to skip from France to Syria a week earlier.

 

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Jan 28, 2008
Iraq's Sunni insurgents no longer aim to restore Saddam Hussein to power having adopted new and diverse agendas, the while broadening their grip on Iraq's main cities. The June 24 simultaneous multiple-casualty strikes in five Iraqi cities were a dress rehearsal that piloted a new command and control system for synchronizing large-scale terrorist operations in several places. More...
USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Normandy opposite Yemen
DEBKAfile Special Report Apr 23, 2015

Senior US defense officials reported Thursday, April 23, that the Iranian convoy suspected of carrying weapons for Houth rebels in Yemen appeared to have turned around and was heading north toward Iran. If this is confirmed it means that Tehran had decided to avoid a showdown at sea with US, Saudi, Egyptian or UAE fleets patrolling Yemen waters to intercept any Iranian vessels trying to unload arms for the rebels. The USS Roosevelt carrier and USS Normandy missile cruiser are still in tne area.

DEBKAfile Special Report Apr 21, 2015

The US and Iran may be heading for a naval face-off over Yemen.  Monday night, the USS Theodore Roosevelt, known as “The Big Stick,” set out for the Gulf of Aden to join the American naval force building up to intercept any Iranian vessels carrying arms for Yemen’s Houthi rebels. The Roosevelt Strike Group 12 was dispatched from the Persian Gulf to underline Washington’s resolve to pre-empt any attempt by Iranian warships to break the Saudi-Egyptian sea blockade of Yemen, as well as deepening US involvement in the Saudi-led operation against Iranian-backed rebel forces.

A Hamas terror tunnel - a model for Hizballah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Apr 20, 2015

Local reports of mysterious underground explosions in northern Israeli locations on the Lebanese border are confirmed by Israeli troops on field exercises in the neighborhood. They attest to heavy earthmoving equipment, explosions, burrowing and shaking ground on the Lebanese side of the border, giving the area the appearance of a huge subterranean building site. debkafile: Hizballah has undoubtedly taken a leaf out of the Hamas book of terror and mobilized fully and efficiently for a major tunnel-building project. Israel seems curiously passive in the face of its enemy’s dangerous enterprise.

S-300 air defense missile radar
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Apr 19, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s warning to Israel not to sell arms to Ukraine, in reprisal for his release of S-300 air defense missiles to Iran, adds a European dimension to the dispute by planting Israel squarely in the middle of the US-Russian Ukraine crisis. Putin’s implied threat to punish Israel by sending S-300s to Syria too follows his intelligence updates on tight US-Israeli military collaboration in two arenas: Syria and Ukraine. The S-300s have not yet been shipped to Iran. It depends on whether Obama decides to forge ahead with expanded military assistance to Kiev.













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