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Large-scale Egyptian army massed for operation to capture eastern Libya from ISIS
ISIS in occupation of Libyan town of Derna
ISIS in occupation of Libyan town of Derna
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Apr 26, 2015, 6:20 PM (IDT)

The Middle East is on the brink of its fourth war. debkafile reports. Egypt has massed large-scale ground and air forces in the Western Desert, preparing to capture eastern Libya – Cyrenaica - from ISIS occupation. The offensive may be launched by dropping Egyptian marines from the sea on the Libyan coast around Derna (pop: 100,000), which ISIS has made its provincial capital. ISIS is rushing reinforcements to Libya from Syria and Iraq. The Obama administration objects to a direct Egyptian military operation, as CIA chief John Brennan informed President Abdel Fatteh el-Sisi.

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Saudis Opt out of US Plan for Ending Yemen War
Obama turns down GCC defense pact request, but sends USS Roosevelt to Gulf of Aden.
Iran Loses Traction as would-be Regional Power
Obama let down by Tehran’s unwillingness to co-exist with region’s Sunnis.
Russia Short of Cash for New Early Warning Satellites
Deploys S-300 radar stations for interim defense against ballistic missiles.
Hizballah's first drone airstrip in Beqaa Valley
Hizballah's first drone airstrip in Beqaa Valley
DEBKAfile Special Report
Apr 25, 2015, 11:23 AM (IDT)

Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya TV reported Saturday, April 25, Israeli air strikes against Hizballah and Syrian targets in the Qalamoun Mts. on the Syrian-Lebanese border from April 22 to April 24. Neither Israeli nor Syrian officials confirm these reports. The IAF targets are described as the 155th, 65th and 92nd Brigades of the Syrian army and Hizballah, two Hizballah arms convoys and Syrian long-range missile bases or batteries. debkafile: The putative air strike may also have targeted Hizballah’s first ever airstrip for drones in the Lebanese Beqaa Valley.

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DEBKAfile Special Expose Apr 24, 2015, 6:19 PM (IDT)

According to figures reaching DEBKAfile in March, Iran is spending a vast fortune - up to an estimated $6-8 billion per year - to keep six armed forces fighting in four Middle East war campaigns for expanding its sphere of influence. 

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USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Normandy opposite Yemen
DEBKAfile Special Report Apr 23, 2015, 8:58 PM (IDT)

Senior US defense officials reported Thursday, April 23, that the Iranian convoy suspected of carrying weapons for Houth rebels in Yemen appeared to have turned around and was heading north toward Iran. The USS Roosevelt carrier and USS Normandy missile cruiser are still in tne area.

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DEBKAfile Special Report Apr 21, 2015, 11:54 AM (IDT)

The US and Iran may be heading for a naval face-off over Yemen.  Monday night, the USS Theodore Roosevelt, known as “The Big Stick,” set out for the Gulf of Aden to join the American naval force building up to intercept any Iranian vessels carrying arms for Yemen’s Houthi rebels. 

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A Hamas terror tunnel - a model for Hizballah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Apr 20, 2015, 10:29 PM (IDT)

Local reports of mysterious underground explosions in northern Israeli locations on the Lebanese border are confirmed by Israeli troops on field exercises in the neighborhood. Hizballah has undoubtedly taken a leaf out of the Hamas book of terror and mobilized fully and efficiently for a major tunnel-building project. 

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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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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Jan 28, 2008
Iraq's Sunni insurgents no longer aim to restore Saddam Hussein to power having adopted new and diverse agendas, the while broadening their grip on Iraq's main cities. The June 24 simultaneous multiple-casualty strikes in five Iraqi cities were a dress rehearsal that piloted a new command and control system for synchronizing large-scale terrorist operations in several places. More...
S-300 air defense missile radar
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Apr 19, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s warning to Israel not to sell arms to Ukraine, in reprisal for his release of S-300 air defense missiles to Iran, adds a European dimension to the dispute by planting Israel squarely in the middle of the US-Russian Ukraine crisis. Putin’s implied threat to punish Israel by sending S-300s to Syria too follows his intelligence updates on tight US-Israeli military collaboration in two arenas: Syria and Ukraine. The S-300s have not yet been shipped to Iran. It depends on whether Obama decides to forge ahead with expanded military assistance to Kiev.

AQAP captures Yemeni Hadhramaut
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Apr 17, 2015

Thursday and Friday, April 16-17, two branches of Al Qaeda took the lead in violent conflicts, catapulting key areas of the Middle East into more peril. In Yemen, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and in Iraq, the Islamic State (ISIS), launched new offensives 3.050 kilometer apart. debkafile: Both branches of the Islamist terror movement used the absence of competent adversarial troops on the ground – American and Saudi - to push forward in the two arenas. They also exploited the contradictions in Washington’s attitude towards their foe, Tehran.

Radar used by S-300 missile battery
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly Apr 15, 2015

The Israeli Air Force has the proven ability, unique in the region, to jam hostile ground, airborne and seaborne radar screens, using counter measures that would be effective against the Russian S-300 air defense system and its twin radar systems – if delivered to Iran. DEBKA Weekly’s next issue out this Friday reveals why the S-300 would be no bar to an Israeli air strike - any more than similar Syrian air defense missiles prevented the IAF from demolishing the Iranian-North Korean plutonium reactor on Sept. 6, 2007 in northern Syria.
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Russian S-300 air defense system
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Apr 15, 2015

Moscow does not have any S-300 air defense missiles available for Iran, despite President Vladimir Putin’s decree for ending their embargo, debkafile reports exclusively. The Russian arms industry can’t keep up with Russia’s own army’s rising needs in the Ukraine war for this advanced system for knocking out warplanes and missiles. Another hurdle is the lack of Iranian teams capable of operating any of the S-300 categories. Moscow and Tehran have never decided which category is right for Iran and will need many more months to reach a resolution.













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