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Syrian rebel Yarmouk Brigades ditch US and Israel allies, defect to ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Dec 17, 2014, 6:07 PM (IDT)

The Syrian rebel Yarmouk Shuhada Brigades, backed and trained in Jordan for two years by US officers and supported by the Israeli army, has abruptly dumped them and switched to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, debkafile’s exclusive sources reveal. This sudden defection leaves IDF defense formations on the Golan, US and Jordanian deployments in the northern part of the kingdom, and pro-Western rebel conquests in southern Syria in danger of collapse. ISIS gains direct access to a long section of Israel’s Golan border with Syria.

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Obama Plans Four-Point Strategy for Fighting ISIS
US air strikes will start in Syria only after IS is rolled back in Iraq.
Rev Guards Plotted to Disrupt US-Iranian Ties
Iranian fighter jets intercepted plane carrying US troops before it left Afghan airspace
Obama Prepares Air Strikes to Crush Libya’s Militias
US, Egypt and UAE join forces to stabilize Libya and end militias’ reign of terror.
Australian commandos end the hostage siege in Sydney
Australian commandos end the hostage siege in Sydney
DEBKAfile Special Report
Dec 16, 2014, 3:35 PM (IDT)

The 17-hour cycle of Australia’s first major Islamist terrorist experience at home, which began early Monday, Dec. 16, with a hostage siege at the Lindt chocolate café in Sydney’s bustling central business district, will have afforded Australia’s counter-terror services more operational lessons than any studies of past incidents or attacks in far-off places. It could have been shortened had the stream of smart phone and social network messages from the hostages been put to efficient use, or if the Australian commandos had executed their raid sooner and differently.

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Bashar Assad gets a new lease of life
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Dec 14, 2014, 7:46 PM (IDT)

Unconfirmed reports swirled around Arab capitals Sunday, Dec. 14, that President Barack Obama, in league with Moscow and Tehran, had turned his Syrian policy on its head to recognize Bashar Assad’s rule. 

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Electioneering starts for Israel's March 17 vote
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Dec 12, 2014, 10:17 PM (IDT)

Five major blocs are emerging at the outset of Israel’s election campaign: right, left, center, religious and Arab.  The only fresh face is Moshe Kahlan, late of Likud, who this week established his Kulanu (All of Us) party. 

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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi speaking at a mosque in Mosul
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Dec 10, 2014, 12:50 PM (IDT)

A group of at least ten ISIS operations and intelligence officers, led by a senior commander, has arrived in Sinai and taken charge of the local Ansar Beit al-Maqdas jihadis, thereby opening up a dangerous new front against Egypt and Israel,

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Israel jets bombing Syrian targets
DEBKAfile Special Report Dec 8, 2014, 9:07 PM (IDT)

US military sources revealed Monday, Dec. 8, that Israel’s air strikes near Damascus the day before wiped out Russian hardware including missiles dispatched post haste to help Syria and Hizballah frustrate a US no-fly zone plan for northern Syria.

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DEBKAfile Special Report Dec 7, 2014

Israel’s air strikes near Damascus international airport and the Syrian-Lebanese border Sunday, Dec. 7, are depicted by Middle East sources as Israel’s first overt military clash with Russia in the course of the Syrian war. Those sources assert that the strikes demolished components of Russian SA-25 or other types of top-line anti-air missile systems that Moscow had shipped in for Syria and the Lebanese Hizballah. The raid came less than 24 hours after Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov shook hands with Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah in Beirut.

Egyptian and Saudi rulers take charge of Arab affairs
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Dec 6, 2014

The Saudi, UAE and Egyptian rulers are acting to finally unravel the effects of Barack Obama’s “Arab Spring” and extinguish the Muslim Brotherhood and other elements he supported for overturning conservative regimes. debkafile: These Arab rulers have found a key ally in Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who used the chance of an epic breakthrough in relations with leading Arab nations, with immediate and far-reaching effect on Israel’s security and standing in the region. He has not so far exposed this feat in campaigning for re-election.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Dec 4, 2014

President Barack Obama and his National Security team headed by Susan Rice have decided to seize on the political crisis besetting the Israeli government and the upcoming general election on March 17 for action to bar Binyamin Netanyahu’s reelection to a fourth term as prime minister.

This decision reverberated through Future party leader Yair Lapid’s assertion Wednesday night, Dec. 3, after he was sacked as finance minister, that Binyamin Netanyahu would not be next prime minister. He laid claim to the premiership himself. The Obama administration has maintained close ties with Lapid.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Dec 2, 2014

All the US and Western strike and surveillance flights against ISIS in Syria and Iraq reach their targets through Israeli and Jordanian airspace, US, European and civilian monitors of global air force movements report. This is confirmed by detailed maps released by bodies tracking the movements of military strike and refueling craft across the world. One of two corridors (see attached map) runs north of Tel Aviv through Jordan to Iraq and the second through Golan to Syria. Israel and Jordan are revealed as partners in the US-led air offensive against ISIS.













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