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Israel merges IDF elite units to form the new Commando Brigade tailored to combat ISIS
Israel Special Operations Forces
Israel Special Operations Forces
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Jul 7, 2015, 10:26 AM (IDT)

Monday, July 6, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gady Eisenkott unveiled Israel’s answer to the rising ISIS threat nearing its gates: the new Commando Brigade. An amalgam of four elite units, it is designed for quiet, bold, covert and effective action against terrorist groups posing a threat in the Sinai Desert to Egyptian sovereignty and Israel’s southern border. Such action would be coordinated closely between Israeli and Egyptian military and intelligence arms. There would be similar operations if necessary from Israel’s northern border – against Hizballah or any threat from Syria.

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ISIS Revs up for More Orchestrated Terror
Western focus on “lone wolves” risks missing sophisticated terror networks.
Iran Upgrade Yemen Intervention with Sophisticated Missiles
Houthis find Saudis at a loss when their Iranian Fateh-110s hit a base deep inside the kingdom.
President El-Sisi and Cairo Are in Islamic State’s Crosshairs
Longstanding ISIS-Muslim Brotherhood pact runs a line of terror from Libya to northern Sinai
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
Jul 6, 2015, 6:43 PM (IDT)

The heavy fighting between the Egyptian army and Islamic State in northern Sinai evolved by its sixth day into an asymmetrical contest. debkafile: By Monday, July 6, the Egyptians were depending heavily on Apache helicopter air strikes to fight off the Islamist terrorists, who were using guerilla tactics to send foot soldiers to strike by night and mount ambushes by day. The Apaches strike any moving object. ISIS has lost 241 men since July 1, but can keep going in the long term thanks to a constant influx of manpower and war materiel.

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Egyptian troops battle ISIS in Sinai
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Jul 3, 2015, 6:22 PM (IDT)

The statements by different Israeli spokesmen this week overlooked the radical axis formed by ISIS, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, which threatens Egypt with a drawn-out bloody war, overrunning much of Sinai up to the Suez Canal, seizing the Gaza Strip and launching major assaults on Israel

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ISIS attacks Egyptian Sinai positions
DEBKAfile Special Report Jul 1, 2015, 10:27 PM (IDT)

 In Sinai, ISIS followed up on its Ramadan outrages in France, Tunisia, Kuwait and Kobani, with a massive assault on Egyptian forces and the reported capture of Sheikh Zuwaid near the Israeli and Gazan borders. At least 200 were killed in the fierce battle. 

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DEBKAfile Special Report Jun 30, 2015, 10:09 AM (IDT)

Turkish and Jordanian armies were reported on June 30 to be getting ready to cross into Syria and set up security buffer zones – to fight ISIS, oppose the Assad regime and stem the never-ending flow of refugees. 

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Obama and Kerry upbeat over concessions to Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Jun 29, 2015, 12:34 PM (IDT)

DEBKAfile discloses three major US concessions to Iran: Iran is not held accountable for past clandestine nuclear weapons tests;is empowered to permit or bar international inspections; and wins unconditional sanctions relief in three tight stages. 

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DEBKAfile Special Report May 5, 2015
Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, Texas

The two gunmen who Sunday, May 3, tried - and failed - to shoot up an exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, northeast of Dallas, sounded a wakeup call for US counter-terrorism agencies - even before the Islamic State warned that this first attack on US soil would not be its last. Both homegrown Islamist terrorists were shot dead. But the incident betrayed the “human intelligence” weakness of US and Western agencies – a shortage of undercover agents to mingle in communities which may produce terrorists.

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Feb 23, 2015

DarkNet is the hidden bottom floor of the legal, public worldwide web. Extensively used by sophisticated criminal organizations and spooks, it conducts a lively trade in stolen official data, false identities, fake credit cards, firearms and ammo, human traffic and biological and chemical weapons. Also found there are hard porno, materials for pedophiles and snuff videos. 

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Jan 26, 2015
The Quad Copter that landed in White House grounds

The crash of a drone in the White House grounds Sunday night, Jan. 25, pointed to the absence of an electromagnetic perimeter fence. Its jammers would emit “white noise” to block off the communications links and command and control capacities of the smartphones and unmanned aerial vehicles serving a would-be assailant planning an attack by a tiny, armed drone.

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Jan 11, 2015
Hayat Boumedienne,Islamist terrorist

French intelligence failures over the Charlie Hebdo terror attack will not be gilded over. Contrary to a French police statement, Hayat Boumeddiene, wife of the terrorist Amedy Coulibaly who murdered four Jews in cold blood at the kosher supermarket. Friday, Jan. 9, was never in the store at all but had been able to skip from France to Syria a week earlier.

 

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The Druze village of Khader - another flashpoint
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Jun 28, 2015

Bashar Assad and Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah went all out to stir up adversity between the Druze of the Golan and Israel, and the Syrian rebel Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front. To torpedo the armistice deal brokered between them by the US, Jordan and Israel, they pumped 200 Syrian and Hizballah troops into the Druze village of Khader on the Syrian Golan, 3 km from the Israeli border. debkafile: Nusra then gave the Druze an ultimatum: stop cooperating with Syria and Hizballah or face retribution in another smaller Jabal Druze village - Skaska.

The Tunisian hotel gunman Abu Yahya al Qayrawani
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Jun 27, 2015

The US said Friday, June 26, there was no indication “on the tactical level” that “the attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France were coordinated.” debkafile: That conventional measure of Islamist operations no longer applies. ISIS has introduced its own "lone wolf" methods of operation which are hard to detect and predict They resulted Friday in 211 deaths on three continents. Some ISIS operatives are radical Muslims who "cooperate” with local authorities after secretly swearing allegiance to the group; others are Westerners returned home from the Syrian or Iraqi battlefields primed for jihad.

A Tunisian holiday beach after an ISIS attack
DEBKAfile Special Report Jun 26, 2015

Friday, June 26, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) demonstrated the broad scope of its brutal reach by perpetrating terrorist attacks on three continents – Europe, Africa and Asia, in one day, the second Friday of the Muslim festival of Ramadan. The deadliest occurred at two hotel beaches in the popular Tunisian resort town of Sousse, where gunmen killed at least 39 holidaymakers, many of them foreign tourists - mostly British and German. One gunman was killed. It followed the atrocity at a US-owned French gas factory near Grenoble.

 

Gen . Qassem Soleimani on the Iraqi warfront
DEBKAfile Special Report Jun 24, 2015

Uproar in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has relieved Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Al Qods Brigades chief and supreme commander of Iran's Middle East forces, of his Syria command after a string of fiascos. He remains in charge of Iran’s military and intelligence operations in Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon. This is revealed exclusively by debkafile. Tehran was shocked to find it was too stretched for troops and funds to uphold its commitments on four warfronts – Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon - without straining the reserves for combating a potential ISIS attack.
 













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