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US Gen. John Allen named to lead coalition war on ISIS, but allies deterred by Obama’s ambiguities
US Gen. John Allen to lead war on ISIS
US Gen. John Allen to lead war on ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Sep 13, 2014, 3:12 PM (IDT)

“We’re going to build the kind of coalition that allows us to lead, but also isn’t entirely dependent on what we do,” said President Barack Obama at a fundraiser in Baltimore Friday, Sept. 12. That was exactly the kind of ambiguous comment which the governments America is wooing to join the coalition find so off-putting. And so, US Gen. John Allen, appointed Friday, Sept 12, to lead the coalition, learned that 10 Arab and Muslim leaders were just as equivocal when Secretary of State John Kerry’s asked them for combat troops.

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Erdogan's second no to the United States
Erdogan's second no to the United States
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
Sep 11, 2014, 5:26 PM (IDT)

Turkey inflicted a stunning blow Thursday, Sept. 11 at President Barack Obama’s strategy for a broad US-led coalition for tackling and defeating the Islamic State, and the potential 11-member group which US Secretary of State John Kerry established in Jeddah that day. Ankara said its air bases would be unavailable for US-led attacks on “jihadists in Iraq and Syria.” Turkey would also “not take part in combat operations against militants.” This knocked out one of the props from under the Obama plan. The UK and Germany also said no to air strikes in Syria..

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Old enemies, new buddies?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Sep 10, 2014, 7:45 PM (IDT)

Shortly before President Barack Obama was to unveil his strategy for tackling ISIS in Iraq and Syria Wednesday, Sept. 10, US and Syrian officers held secret talks for coordinating their military efforts in Syria against the common foe, DEBKAfile reveals exclusively. 

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Sep 9, 2014, 9:41 PM (IDT)

Israeli government has radically changed tack on Syria, reversing a policy and military strategy geared to opposing Syrian President Bashar Assad, and turning to block the risng number of Islamists deployed on its Golan border. 

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Israel's Ofeq 10 spy satellite
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Sep 9, 2014, 1:13 AM (IDT)

The tale of Israel spy satellite imagery from Iraq being passed to Washington was drummed up as bait to draw leading Arab powers into Barack Obama's coalition for fighting the Islamic State.

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Sep 8, 2014, 1:18 PM (IDT)

The Netanyahu government is caught in the crossfire of two conflicts: Hamas' Ismail Haniyeh threatens to revive rocket fire on Sept. 25, the first day of the Jewish New Year Festival, unless the Gaza blockade is lifted, and the process is launched for choosing the next IDF chief of staff.

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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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Components of a listening device found in Lebanon
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Sep 7, 2014

Hizballah's sophisticated hi-tech optical fiber communications network links its command centers, units, rocket launchers, senior officials’ homes and intelligence branches. Those communications are also ciphered and hard to intercept and decode. Planting an eavesdropping device sophisticated enough to interface with this network is risky and calls for high technological resources and expertise. Iranian experts, determined to hunt down and dissect one such spying device were thwarted Friday, Sept. 5, when their prize self-destructed and killed a Hizballah operative.

ISIS jihadis in Iraq
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Sep 6, 2014

Pressed to do something about the brutal Islamic State, US President Barack Obama threw together a mix of US air strikes, strengthening moderate Syrian rebel groups and enlisting friendly regional governments, at the NATO summit which ended Friday, Sept. 5 in Wales.  A “core coalition” of nine governments was assembled, their leaders told that no boots on the ground were needed. debkafile: This recipe lacked the vital ingredient for the fight “to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL”: Military muscle capable of driving IS from the 144,000 sq, km of seized land.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Sep 5, 2014

At least 18 foreign ISIS fighters, including Americans and Europeans, were killed in a Syrian air raid Thursday, Sept. 4, over their Raqqa HQ. A second Syrian air raid killed or injured another group of high ISIS officers at Abu Kamal near the Iraqi border. A day earlier, US jets struck an IS base in the northern Iraqi town of Tal Afar, killing its commander, Abu Hajar Al-Sufi,  and two top lieutenants of ISIS chief Abu Baker Al-Baghdadi. All these actions owed their success to deepening US-Iranian military and intelligence cooperation. Is this Obama's unadmitted strategy?

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Sep 2, 2014

Credible Saudi, British and Australian intelligence sources say Al Qaeda’s IS and AQAP have completed plans for coordinated terrorist operations around the 13th anniversary of 9/11 - first in the Mid East and Europe and later in the US. debkafile: They may be using a secret undetectable explosive developed in Yemen by Al Qaeda’s top bomb-maker, Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri. This novel explosive may have been surgically implanted in the bodies of Western suicide jihadists, who can travel freely on US or European passports to their target destinations.













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