Mattis leaves Israel with unanswered questions
Syrian shells exploded on the Golan as US Defense Secretary James Mattis flew out of Israel leaving its leaders with more questions than answers on its northern border.
Apr 22, 2017, 8:25 AM (IDT)
ISIS Opens Its Next Front in Sinai and Gulf of Aqaba
Officers from Raqqa high command transferred to Sinai, expand terror operations.
No US Ground Troops for Raqqa Offensive
Trump like Putin is refusing to allocate more troops to Syria.
Trump to Erdogan: For 30,000 Troops, Take Raqqa Operation
The US President is suddenly ready to see Turkish troops taking over Raqqa offensive.
DEBKAfile Special Report Apr 19, 2017, 11:20 PM (IDT)

Syria has moved all its fighter aircraft to the Russian Hmeimim air base in Latakia three weeks after 59 US Tomahawk cruise missiles knocked out one-fifth of its air force at the Shayrat base. DEBKAfile’s military sources report that the Syrian air force will operate henceforth under Russian protection and behind the advanced Russian S-300 and S-400 air defense shield.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Apr 18, 2017, 4:47 PM (IDT)

The US Mediterranean fleet is moving into position ready for a decision to launch Tomahawk cruise missiles for a crushing assault on the Islamic State’s mountain strongholds in central Sinai, DEBKAfile’s military and counterterrorism sources report. The decision is up to US Defense Secretary James Mattis who arrives in Cairo Wednesday, April 19.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Apr 16, 2017, 2:25 PM (IDT)

An unidentified North Korean ballistic missile exploded seconds after it was launched Sunday, April 16, from a site near the port city of Sinpo, just as US Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Seoul for talks with.
the South Korean government on Pyongyang's belligerence. DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence experts pick the four most likely methods the Americans may have applied to thwart the latest North missile launch:

DEBKAfile Special Report Apr 13, 2017, 8:22 PM (IDT)

The US Thursday, April 13, dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb in its arsenal, the 21,000lb Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB), in Afghanistan on an ISIS target in the Nangathar Province east of Kabul. This was the first time it was used in combat. In this area, a Special Forces (Green Beret) solider died of enemy small fire Saturday while his unit was conducting counter-ISIS operations. 



DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Apr 12, 2017

It is hard to see US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson coming way from the talks he is holding with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow Wednesday, April 12, with a neatly wrapped diplomatic package for cooling the boiling tensions between their governments. President Vladimir Putin seems more than ready to turn up the heat.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Apr 10, 2017

At Rephidim, where Moses struck a rock to bring water to the Sinai wilderness and the Israelites fought Amalek, President El-Sisi is expanding the small Bir Gafgafa air field into Egypt’s biggest air base for all-out war on ISIS, which blew up two Coptic churches on April 9, after a long line of terrorist atrocities in Egypt. 

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Apr 8, 2017
New US air bases in Syria

US engineering teams are working round the clock to build a big new air base in northern Syria after completing the expansion of another four. They are all situated in the Syrian borderland with Iraq, debkafile reports. The Trump administration is going full steam ahead on the massive project of pulling US air force units out of the Incirlik air base in southern Turkey and transferring them to the Syrian complex..

DEBKAfile Special Report Apr 7, 2017
The USS Porter in action

The US military launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian military airfield late on Thursday, April 6, in the first direct American assault on the government of President Bashar al-Assad since that country’s civil war began six years ago.

Many of the gas victims were children
DEBKAfile Special Report Apr 6, 2017

The Trump administration is clearly on the brink of military action against the Assad regime judging by the thunderous rhetoric of its highest officials Wednesday night, April 5. A clash with Russian forces must be avoided. 


DEBKAfile Special Report Apr 5, 2017

Seven nations maintain elite military units in Syria – the US, Russia, Britain, Germany, France, Jordan and Israel. American, Russian and Turkish troops are backed by air support. They could have combined to destroy Asad's chemical arsenal and finished the job in a few days.


DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Apr 3, 2017

US President Donald Trump’s first face to face with Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi on April 3, focuses on four main topics, debkafile reports, including th fight against Islamist State terror rampant in Egyptian Sinai and neighboring Libya.

Turkish tanks deployed in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Apr 1, 2017

Except for one missing factor, the United States is in advanced preparations for the operation to oust the Islamic State from Raqqa, its Syrian stronghold, as Mission Mosul winds down in Iraq. Tuesday, March 28, a large convoy of trucks, with the KRG numbers plates of the semiautonomous Kurdish government of Iraq, crossed into Syria at the Semalka border post. But without the Turkish army, the operation is short of tanks.

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