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Hammering Hamas chiefs with pinpointed intelligence is Israel's new war focus. Ministers in mutiny
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Aug 21, 2014, 3:21 PM (IDT)

Israel has entered a new stage in its war on Hamas, called by Binyamin Netanyahu “hammering to halt attrition.” It started with the assassination attempt on Hamas military chief Mohammed Deif, with unclear results, and was followed by the liquidation of Hamas’ three top southern Gaza commanders. The assassination campaign has the potential to expand and prolong the Gaza conflict, with a diplomatic resolution fading. Netanyahu faces a mutiny by a group of ministers who object to the way he and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon are managing the war.

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El-Sisi Chivies Netanyahu for the IDF to Go All the Way in Gaza
But the Israeli PM is ducking and weaving to avoid the heavy casualty price involved.
Obama’s Strategic Partnership with Iran in Iraq Doesn’t Stop IS
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi outwitted Iranian war planners in Syria and Iraq.
Putin Invited to Join Regional Bloc Outflanking Obama
Egyptians and Saudis find a new use for Assad as a bulwark against Al Qaeda.
US photojournalist James Foley before his execution
US photojournalist James Foley before his execution
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis
Aug 20, 2014, 3:25 PM (IDT)

Islamic State terrorists released a video online Tuesday night, Aug. 19, showing the beheading of American photo-journalist James Wright Foley, 40, abducted in Syria 22 months ago, after threatening to punish the US and Britain for air strikes in Iraq. debkafile: IS forces are gearing up for a counter-offensive against the Peshmerga and Iraqi army, as another deterrent to further US or foreign intervention in the Iraq war. Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has taken some of Saddam Hussein’s most professional and experienced army officers as advisers.

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Aug 19, 2014, 12:09 AM (IDT)

DEBKAfile: Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s stubborn belief that Hamas really, really wants to end hostilities prevented Israel from inflicting a final defeat on the Palestinian fundamentalists and opened the way to a war of attrition.

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PA negotiator Ahmad al-Azzam
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Aug 19, 2014, 12:10 AM (IDT)

DEBKAfile discloses that the Egyptian-brokered draft deal Israeli and Hamas delegates inked in Cairo Monday night, Aug. 18, contained, in return for a Hamas commitment to withhold rocket fire, a number of major Israeli concessions.

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Binyamin Netanyahu talks tough at cabinet session
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Aug 18, 2014, 9:26 PM (IDT)

A narrow, or partial, accord between Israel and Hamas was initialed in Cairo Monday, Aug. 18. Hamas agreed not to resume rocket fire when the latest ceasefire in the Gaza conflict ran out at midnight. 

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DEBKAfile DEBKAfile Special Guide Aug 15, 2014, 12:09 PM (IDT)

After a month of fighting in Gaza and the onset of another surreal ceasefire, DEBKAfile’s sources clue in those readers who are understandably a bit baffled about the war and where Israel stands:

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DEBKAfile Video Dec 29, 2013

US weapons and Iranian Al Qods officers join the Iraqi army in a major anti-al-Qaeda offensive to foil Al Qaeda’s plan for its first caliphate across the Syrian-Iraqi frontier - but also to buttress the pro-Iranian Shiite crescent arching over the region. 

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DEBKAfile Video Aug 17, 2013

Top US soldier Gen. Martin Dempsey has just inaugurated Centcom’s Forward Command in Jordan manned by 273 US officers. It is linked to US, Israel, Jordanian and Saudi air commands ready for an order from President Barack Obama to impose a partial no-fly zone over Syria.

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DEBKAfile Video Jun 26, 2013

Shortly after DEBKA aired a special video on the Syrian war’s widening circle, Moscow announced Wednesday June 26, the evacuation beginning Friday of all Russian military and diplomatic personnel from Syria was complete, including its naval base at Tartus. 

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DEBKAfile Video Apr 24, 2013

Tamerlan Tsarnaev established links with al Qaeda’s Caucasian networks for terrorist attacks in America, starting with the Boston bombings. In 2011, Russian intelligence notified the FBI that he was on their watch list and it remains the most promising source of further intelligence

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Palestinian rockets from Gaza
DEBKAfile Special Report Aug 14, 2014

The confusion reigning Thursday morning, Aug. 14, was stirred up by contradictory words and actions around the latest truce mirage in the Gaza war. Hamas rocket fire started two hours before the last 72-hour ceasefire was scheduled to end Wednesday midnight, and continued up until 2 a.m. Thursday – namely before and after PLO-Ramallah envoys in Cairo and Egyptian officials announced a new five-day ceasefire, which Hamas-Gaza denied. No Israeli official was available to confirm or deny. The Israeli air force hit back for Hamas rockets. Indirect talks will “apparently” resume in Cairo Sunday.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Aug 12, 2014

The seventh truce in the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict is generally expected to end Wednesday night Aug. 13, with fresh hostilities triggered by Hamas rockets. The Cairo talks never got off the ground because the gaps between Israel and the Palestinians were unbridgeable, and the Palestinian team was moreover divided against itself. This time, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon are preparing broad action in response to Palestinian rocket fire. They know that the public and the army too have run out of patience with half-measures.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Aug 11, 2014

The Kurdish Peshmerga fight against Islamic State terrorists broadened out Monday, Aug. 11, with the US arms airlift to the semiautonomous Iraqi Kurdish capital, Irbil, of large quantities of military hardware from the Mafraq King Hussein Air Base in Jordan and US emergency stores in the Israeli Negev. The US will soon run out of air strike targets without fielding special forces on the ground to mark them. debkafile reveals: Al Qaeda in Sinai reinforced by IS fired rockets at US and Israeli Negev bases in support of Hamas’ war on Israel.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Aug 9, 2014

While different in many ways, the campaigns waged by the US in northern Iraq against Al Qaeda’s IS, and by Israel in Gaza against Hamas, share common features. President Obama won’t put US special forces back in Iraq and, for very different reasons, Israeli leaders abstained from sending special forces deep inside the Gaza Strip to eliminate the Hamas high command and its main rocket stocks. Both have fallen into the same error of relying on air strikes to eliminate Islamist fundamentalists on the march. And so neither conflict will end soon.













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