Can Putin keep Hizballah from Israel’s borders?
Netanyahu turns to Putin after the Trump administration ignored Israel’s concerns about Syrian army and pro-Iranian allies moving dangerously close to its borders.
Aug 22, 2017, 9:55 AM (IDT)
What Is Missing from the Fiery US-North Korean Rhetoric?
While bashing Pyongyang, Trump misses out on its nuclear & missile traffic with Iran and other rogue states.
US Asymmetry for Iran on Syria’s Borders
US special forces are helping open Iran’s door to Lebanon, while keeping shut its entry to Iraq.
The Saudi Game in Syria is over. Assad Is the Winner
They advised the Syrian opposition movement to disarm and go into post-war opposition politics.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Aug 20, 2017, 10:34 AM (IDT)

Spanish Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido promised on Saturday Aug. 19 that after the Islamic State’s two car attacks had left 14 dead and more than 130 injured, the terrorist network responsible for the violence had been “fully dismantled” and no longer posed a threat. in fact: The Moroccan-based network’s terror cells across six European countries are poised for more.

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an ISIS bomb factory explodes in Spain
DEBKAfile Special Report Aug 18, 2017, 3:08 PM (IDT)

Spain this week suffered the biggest Islamic State onslaught to be mounted in Europe since Nov/ 14, 2015, when they murdered 140 people in Paris. The Spanish offensive claimed the lives of 14 civilians and 7 terrorists. More than 100 victims are in hospital, 20 with serious injuries. ISIS does claim some terrorist operations carried out by local extremists on their own initiative. But the three-day terror rampage that hit Spain this week bore all the hallmarks of ISIS planning and organization.

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Aug 16, 2017, 3:48 PM (IDT)

Three major Israeli counter-terror operations in a week (Aug.10-16) are a measure of the intensity of terrorist plots for the commission of mass-casualty strikes in Jerusalem. Although Israel’s security authorities are cagey with the information they release on the mostly covert war they are waging on Palestinian and other Arab terror, three geographical areas may be marked out as significant:

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Aug 14, 2017, 9:37 PM (IDT)

Incoming Israeli Air force Chief Maj. Gen. Amikam Nurkin, 41, who took the command over from Amir Eshel at a ceremony on Monday, Aug. 14, plunges straight into the ongoing air campaigns Israel is waging covertly and continuously against Iranian, Hizballah and Islamic State targets - and not only in the Syrian and Lebanese arenas.

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Aug 2, 2017
Wagner mercenaries in Syria for Russia

Russia is engaged in a major military buildup in Syria, both in support of the de-escalation zones established in conjunction with the United States and in order to solidify its military control of the country. Instead of Russian troops, debkafile’s military and intelligence sources reports exclusively that 2,000 mercenaries hired from the Wagner Group have just been airlifted into the country, as well as Ingushet commandoes for the de-escalation zones.

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Aug 14, 2017

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the Mossad Director Yossie Cohen asserted separately on Sunday, Aug. 13, that wherever the Islamic State is thrown out, Iran moves in. This assessment was borrowed from American evaluations of the situation in Afghanistan and Yemen. It does not work as a guiding principle for Israeli security in its immediate neighborhood - certainly not for Syria.
 

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Aug 14, 2017

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the Mossad Director Yossie Cohen asserted separately on Sunday, Aug. 13, that wherever the Islamic State is thrown out, Iran moves in. This assessment was borrowed from American evaluations of the situation in Afghanistan and Yemen. It does not work as a guiding principle for Israeli security in its immediate neighborhood - certainly not for Syria.
 

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Aug 12, 2017

The transformation of a small, strategic wedge of land between the Syrian, Israeli, Jordanian and Iraqi borders is going forward apace without arousing much interest - even in Israel, where it should cause the most concern, debkafile reports. On Wednesday, Aug. 8, two Russian army companies of Ingushet troops from the northern Caucasus set up a command post in the Syrian village of Tal al-Shahm, 13km from Israel’s Golan border.

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DEBKAfile Special Report Aug 9, 2017

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned North Korea in the strongest terms Wednesday, Aug. 9 to stop any action that would lead to the “end of its regime” and the destruction of its people.”
He said in a statement: "The DPRK must choose to stop isolating itself and stand down its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Aug 8, 2017

In a White Paper published last week, the Japanese Defense Ministry concluded that there is evidence that North Korea had achieved miniaturization of nuclear weapons, meaning that it could build a nuclear warhead small enough to fit onto an intercontinental ballistic missile. Hardly anyone noticed that this week, North Korea and Iran signed a series of new military accords which are no less dangerous to world peace.
 

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Aug 7, 2017

Israeli diplomats have filed a quiet demarche with Washington over the participation of US special forces in a joint operation with the Syrian, Hizballah and Lebanese armies to clear the Lebanese-Syrian border region of Al Qaeda’s Syrian arm the rebel Nusra Front, which is fighting with ISIS elements. This is reported by debkafile. This “coalition’s” next target is the Syrian-Israeli border.
 

DEBKAfile Special Report Jul 10, 2017

Less than 24 hours after the US-Russian sponsored ceasefire went into force in southwest Syria, it broke down early Monday, July 10, when large-scale Syrian army and Hizballah forces launched a general offensive on Syrian rebel forces in the Al Suweida province. This region was listed with Quneitra and Daraa as one of three demilitarized locations covered by the truce.  









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