Saturday night, January 31, the Islamic State capped a month of atrocities by beheading its second Japanese hostage, Kenjo Goto. In March alone, the Islamists are known to have killed at least 70 people in 10 targeted European and Middle East countries. They trailed horror through France, Spain, Belgium, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Libya, with Britain preparing for the worst. debkafile: This sweep is orchestrated by Abu Ali al-Anbari, a former major general in Saddam Hussein’s army - currently the Islamist terrorist organization’s top commander.More>
IDF searchers focused Thursday, Jan. 29, Kfar Ghajar village school rooftops, from which spies and spotters are suspected of signaling Hizballah a description of the IDF convoy that was attacked the day before, killing two Israeli soldiers and injuring seven.More>
Iran’s Lebanese proxy, Hizballah, used five anti-tank rockets and roadside bombs for an ambush which killed at least two IDF servicemen, an officer and a soldier, traveling in unarmored vehicles opposite Kfar Ghajar Wednesday, Jan. 28, DEBKAfile reports. They succeeded due to careless IDF security.More>
Two Israeli soldiers killed, 7 injured in Iran-backed Hizballah attack on an Israeli command vehicle from Mt. Dov Wednesday, Jan. 28. A major military clash ensued when Israel hit back.More>
Heightened military movements in the last 24 hours focus on the 900-meters tall Ramim Ridge. Sunday night, as a large explosion was heard in Lebanon, huge IDF trucks transported concrete ramparts to the Upper Galilee, as Israel and Lebanon tested each other's intentions.More>
President Barack Obama will arrive in Riyadh Tuesday, Jan. 27 with the First Lady, to offer US condolences on the death of King Abdullah and hold his first formal conference with Salman Bin Abdulaziz as King of Saudi Arabia. He must clear the air most urgently on Riyadh’s flat opposition to the multilateral nuclear deal taking shape with Iran; persuade Salman to slow oil production so as to curb plunging oil prices; and decide together how to handle Yemen’s fall into the hands of Shiite Houthi rebels backed by Iran.
The new Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz pledged continuity for the kingdom’s oil and other policies in his first speech Friday, Jan. 23, following the death of his half-brother King Abdullah. The late king, a strong, shrewd and measured ruler, navigated the kingdom on a steady course in a turbulent neighborhood. He also made sure the succession would be smooth, swift and safe for the long term. Abdullah was also largely responsible for plunging oil prices by refusing to cut production. King Salman will have to stand up to heavy arm-twisting bythe US, Iran and Russia for ending this policy.
President Barack Obama offered two options for resolving the Iranian nuclear impasse: His administration’s diplomatic engagement, or a new Mid East war. Neither the US Congress nor Israel accepts the Obama formula. Israel decided to strike an Iranian-Hizballah military convoy on Golan, causing the death of an Iranian general. This provided Senate sanctions initiatives with military muscle. House Speaker John Boehner responded by inviting Binyamin Netanyahu to address Congress on Feb. 11 on Iranian nuclear and radical Islamic threats. Between now and then, none of the parties may stand idle.
Moscow is to sell Iran its most advanced S-400 as well as the disputed S-300 defensive systems under the military cooperation pact signed in Tehran Tuesday, Jan. 20, by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Brig. Gen. Hossein, his Iranian counterpart. Egypt, Syria and the Lebanese Shiite Hizballah will also receive Russian S-300 missiles. debkafile: Moscow began sending S-300 components to Iran and Syria two years ago, in advance of the full systems which were also promised to Hizballah. So Israel faces partial encirclement by the most advanced Russian defensive missiles from the north, south and east.