DEBKAfile: Donald Trump once again rebutted media evaluations of his trip to Israel as a demonstration of friendship without real content. Very shortly after his arrival, he stood up at the president’sl residence in Jerusalem and delivered a string of important policy statements and new revelations:More>
The arrival of US President Donald Trump in Israel Monday after a direct flight from Riyadh was briefly delayed, as a full-ceremonial welcome awaited him at Ben-Gurion airport. Trump’s avowed resolve to crack the 100-year old Israeli-Palestinian conflict as the “ultimate deal” is treated with skepticism – affectionately by Israelis, and gloomily by the Palestinians.More>
Military tensions on Syria’s borders with Iraq, Jordan and Syria jumped another notch Monday, May 21, on Day 2 of Donald Trump’s foreign trip, with the arrival of the first Russian ground troops in southern Syria. The included paratroops and Spetsnaz fighters, who took up position opposite US and coalition elite units holding a key crossing on the Syrian-Iraqi border.More>
The Syrian-pro-Iranian-Hizballah force in southern Syria renewed its advance on the Iraqi border on Saturday, May 20, two days after sustaining heavy casualties from a US air strike on its convoys. Syrian military sources report the capture Saturday of the Suweida region and another 60 square kilometers, moving closer to the strategic Al-Tanf crossing at the Syrian border intersection with Iraq and Jordan, which is held by US and other special operations units.More>
US President Donald Trump’s situation plummeted sharply in the 24 hours between Wednesday and Thursday. In the five months since moving into the White House, he has struggled against daily firestorms ignited by his enemies.
Israeli security chiefs were gravely concerned Wednesday, May 17, when they learned that a high-ranking Iraqi military delegation had arrived in Damascus for a discussion on the situation unfolding on the Syrian-Iraqi border.More...
The sensitive intelligence US President Donald Trump was accused by US media of leaking to the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak on May 10 allegedly came from Israel.
The pro-Iranian Hizballah Tuesday, May 16, rushed 12 companies of 1,000 fighters to the Homs, Daraa and Quneitra (Golan) regions of southern Syria to block off the entry of “US-backed militants” from Jordan.
President Donald Trump and Saudi King are said by Gulf sources to be planning to announce the establishment of an Arab-Muslim alliance among the 17 rulers invited to attend a summit with the visiting US President on May 22. They tell debkafile’s intelligence sources that the summit will mark the expansion of defense relations between the US and moderate Arab and Muslim nations for a combined war on the Islamic State.
North Korea conducted its third ballistic missile firing test early Sunday, May 14, after the first two were intercepted by the US military shortly after launch. While Japan and South Korea reacted by calling it a ballistic missile, the US military noted that its attributes were “not consistent with an ICBM.”
Nearly 100 countries were struck Friday, May 12, by cyber extortionists believed to be using a tool stolen from the US NSA to infect the computers of some 75,000 victims, mainly in Britain, Spain, Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan. In the biggest global ransom cyberassault known to date by unknown hackers.
Moscow this week responded to Israel’s concerns about posting Iranian and Turkish officers on its borders to monitor the potential “de-escalation” zones Russia is proposing for Syria. In respect of those concerns, debkafile reveals that Russia agreed in high-level contacts in the last few days to replace them with Russian military officers in the Mt. Hermon region, the Golan and the areas where Israeli, Lebanese and Syrian borders meet.