The Mosul Offensive May Mire the US in Regional Conflicts
Obama’s plan for a major victory against ISIS quickly runs foul of local disputes.
Russia’s Finished Missile Shield Makes Syria a No-Fly Zone
The Russians piled up air defense missiles tier by tier over the past year.
Turkey Uses Mosul Offensive for Bid to Expand into N. Iraq
Erdogan tries to repeat his territorial gain in N. Syria, backed by Iran and Russia.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Oct 25, 2016, 10:04 AM (IDT)

ISIS’ capture of two important Iraq towns was designed to throw the US-led coalition’s Mosul operation off balance: The fall of Sinjar in northern Iraq was the Islamists’ second victory against the Kurdish Peshmerga after Kirkuk. The attack on Rutba near the Jordanian border severed the main highway link between Baghdad and Amman.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Oct 24, 2016, 4:52 PM (IDT)

The involvement of Turkish special operations, armored and artillery forces in support of the Kurdish Peshmerga battle to drive ISIS out of Bashiqa, 12 south of Mosul, marks a pivotal moment in the US-led coalition’s anti-ISIS offensive to free Iraq’s second city. The entire Mosul operation hangs in the balance. Instead of fighting ISIS, the coalition’s partners are squaring off to fight each other.

DEBKAfile Special Report Oct 22, 2016, 5:27 PM (IDT)

The large-scale cyberattack on October 21 used millions of internet-connected devices to flood the infrastructure of one of the biggest internet routing companies in the US with malicious traffic until it crashed. Cyber experts suspect that this unprecedented assault on a massive scale that points to a state hacker - whether Russia, China or North Korea – and may have been a rehearsal for the main show, disruption of America’s Nov. 8 elections.

DEBKAfile Special Report Oct 22, 2016, 4:39 PM (IDT)

The raid of Kirkuk launched by the Islamic State Friday began to spread Saturday, Oct. 22 to surrounding towns. DEBKAfile’s military sources report that ISIS fighters headed south from Kirkuk in two heads. One tried to enter Laylan, a town 21 km south of the oil city, the second seized the crossroads of Rtes 2, 3 and 24 to sever Kirkuk from Baghdad.



DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Oct 20, 2016
Coalition forces wait for Mosul assault

A major dispute that has sprung up between Washington and Baghdad hangs over the coalition’s Mosul offensive after three days of combat. It concerns the 500km long Ba’aj corridor used by ISIS to move between Mosul and Raqqa in Syria. Obama wants it blocked. Prime Minster Abadi: First expel Sunnis from Mosul.


DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Oct 15, 2016

Presidents Putin and Erdogan have signaled Barack Obama that their sole interest in the future of Syria lies in the military enclaves both are constructing in the north. On this basis, John Kerry was told to resume his meetings with Sergei Lavrov and again discuss US-Russian cooperation for the cessation of hostilities in the Syrian war.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Oct 14, 2016
Iranian radar in Yemen hit by US Tomahawks

Iran’s Navy commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced Thursday, Oct. 13, that the Iranian 34th Fleet had deployed warships to the Bab al-Mandeb strait opposite the shores of Yemen. He made no mention of the US Tomahawk attack two days ago that destroyed three Iranian radar stations set up on Yemen’s Red Sea shore in rebel Houthi territory, in retaliation for Iranian missile attacks on American warships.

DEBKAfile Special Report Oct 11, 2016
The terrorist's car used for drive-by murder

Israeli security and police authorities fear that the deadly drive-by shooting attack Sun. Oct. 9, was planned as the opening shot of major Palestinian terror assault, most likely in Jerusalem, over the Jewish High Holidays. They are convinced he did not act alone. debkafile reports information received of more than one group of terrorists heading for an attack.

DEBKAfile Special Report Oct 6, 2016

Harold Martin's admission revealed that valuable sources of human intelligence (humint) and signal intelligence (sigint) had been compromised and assets were in danger of elimination.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Oct 5, 2016

 Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been forced to give up his grand plan to pipe gas from Israel’s offshore fields to Turkey for sale in European markets after France and Germany refused to deal with Turkey's Edrogan.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Sep 30, 2016

There is a sense in Washington and Moscow alike that a military showdown between the US and Russia is inevitable – direct this time, not through proxies.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Sep 25, 2016

Israel is again urged by Washington to update and enlarge its war fleet to catch up with the rapidly changing conditions opposite its shores, where Russia, Iran and Egypt are building up bigger and better armadas.

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