Syrian Kurds clash with Turkish forces
Syrian Kurds are battling Turkish invaders. By backing Ankara against the Kurds, the US has forfeited its main spearhead for campaigns to oust ISIS from Raqqa and Mosul.
Aug 26, 2016, 9:13 AM (IDT)
Turkey Kicks off Broad Intervention from N. Syria
From Jarabulus, the Turkish army will advance in three heads east, west and south.
Turkey & Iran Clip Russian and US Wings in Mid East
Are Erdogan and Khamenei singing from the same song book?
Israel Extends Its War on ISIS to the African Desert
The IDF responds to Chad’s request to assist in counter-terror battles.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Aug 24, 2016, 10:11 AM (IDT)

Turkey - in full momentum since the Erdogan-Putin summit on Aug. 9 - is setting a rapid pace for its rapprochement with Israel. Saturday, Aug. 20, the Turkish parliament ratified the reconciliation agreement Ankara signed with Jerusalem and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced the ambassadors would be exchanged soon. Erdogan and Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu are determined that nothing will hinder their reconciliation.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Aug 22, 2016, 3:51 PM (IDT)

Monday, Aug. 22, just a week after the Russian defense ministry proudly released images of the first Russian bombardments in Syria to be launched from Nojeh airbase, which Tehran had granted Moscow near the Iranian town of Hamedan, the Iranian defense ministry snatched the concession back in a public rebuff for Moscow. The Russian mission “is finished  for now,” the ministry spokesman said.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Aug 22, 2016, 7:58 AM (IDT)

Mechanical strikes against Hamas in reprisal for ISIS-linked attacks have long been bankrupt as an effective tactic. Even though Hamas works hand in glove with the Islamic State in Sinai, Egypt and Libya, the Palestinian group has no role in ISIS decisions to attack Israel or any influence over its considerations. The global Islamists may therefore be expected to follow up on their rocket attack on Sderot undeterred by the IDF response.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Aug 20, 2016, 11:07 AM (IDT)

The near-clash between US and Syrian warplanes over Kurdish Hassaka in northern Syrian Friday Aug. 19 sprung out of the Obama administration’s decision the day before to try and draw the line on the growing Russian-Iranian-Turkish-Syrian collaboration in the conjoined Syrian-Iraqi arenas, DEBKAfile reports. It occurred when US jets flew in protective formation over the Kurdish positions, the day after they were attacked by Syrian (some say Russian) jets.



DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Aug 18, 2016

In an earthshaking Middle East development, the United States has begun secretly evacuating the tactical nuclear weapons it had stockpiled at the southern Turkish air base of Incirlik – another step towards folding American tents in the Middle East.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Aug 16, 2016

Russian giant Antonov An-124 air freighters are ready to take off Wednesday, Aug. 17, carrying an array of advanced S-400 and S-300 air defense missiles bound for the Russian air base just completed at Nojeh, 50 km from the western Iranian town of Hamedan (Biblical Shushan). This is reported exclusively DEBKA from its military and intelligence sources.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Aug 15, 2016

The US, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Israel too have warned the octogenarian Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas against holding the Oct. 8 municipal elections he has called for the Palestinian-ruled West Bank towns and locales and the Gaza Strip. 

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Aug 11, 2016

The Mediterranean is fast filling up with bigger and more sophisticated warships than ever before, leaving the Israeli Navy lagging behind for meeting changing challenges, notably from seaborne terror. The IDF is therefore trying to speed delivery of advanced US littoral combat ships.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Aug 9, 2016

The talks between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Reccep Erdogen in St. Petersburg scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 9, are causing trepidation among Israel’s policy-makers and military leaders. Turkey appears to have opted to quit ties with the US and NATO and line up with a Russian-Shiite front led by Tehran in preference to an anti-Iran Sunni alliance.

DEBKAfile Special Expose Aug 6, 2016

The nuclear accord signed a year ago with Iran has become a hot US presidential campaign issue. On Thursday, Aug. 4, US President Barack Obama speaking at the Pentagon said the agreement “has worked exactly the way we said it would,” and even “Israeli defense officials are behind [it].” His contention was countered by the Israeli defense establishment in Tel Aviv.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Jul 30, 2016

Iranian, Syrian and Hizballah sources are intimating that the “Syrian officer” injured on July 26 in Quneitra by Israel’s double Nimrod’ missile shot was none other than Revolutionary Guards Gen. Muhammad Resa Naghdi, head of the Basij, a pillar of the Iranian ayatollahs’ regime. 

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Jul 24, 2016

President Vladimir Putin turns aside all Israel’s complaints about Russian arms supplies to Iran’s Lebanese proxy, Hizballah, which Israel sees as crossing a red line.

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