Top Story
News flash for Obama: With or without a nuclear deal, Hizballah’s Iranian missiles threaten Tel Aviv
Iran-made Zelzal rockets fired in Zabadani, Syria
Iran-made Zelzal rockets fired in Zabadani, Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Aug 5, 2015, 1:07 PM (IDT)

President Barack Obama missed the point by warning the 22 Jewish leaders invited to the White House Tuesday, Aug. 3, that if Congress strikes down the Iranian nuclear deal, …”Hizballah rockets will rain down on Tell Aviv” – not on New York. debkafile: Iranian-supplied rockets have repeatedly rained down on Israeli population centers from the 2006 Lebanese war and up to the July 2014 Gaza operation. They hang over Israel today, like yesterday and probably tomorrow, irrespective of whether Congress endorses or throws out Obama’s nuclear deal with Tehran, because they were never part of that deal.

Khamenei Shuts US Firms out of Iran’s Post-Sanctions Economy
He awards gas concessions to Italy and France, oil nuclear plants to Russia, refineries to China.
Jordanian Forces Push into Iraq to Seek and Destroy ISIS
The Hashemite Kingdom is first to initiate an airborne commando assault on ISIS.
US-Turkish Campaign against ISIS in Havoc
Washington and Ankara at cross-purposes on targets as their campaign gets underway.
The UAE's French-made Leclerc tanks in Aden
The UAE's French-made Leclerc tanks in Aden
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
Aug 4, 2015, 10:14 PM (IDT)

After clinching its conquest of the Yemeni port of Aden – contrary to all Western predictions - Saudi Arabia teamed up with the United Arab Republic and, together, on Tuesday, Aug. 4, landed by sea and air two armored brigades and several commando battalions. debkafile reports that this was the first time that any Gulf nation had proved capable of a sea landing on this scale. Tuesday night, convoys of heavy Saudi Abraham M1 tanks and French-made Leclerc tanks contributed by the UAE army began heading north for their next target, Taiz.

Iran's long-range ballistic Shahab-3
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Aug 3, 2015, 8:31 AM (IDT)

With US Secretary of State John Kerry due in Qatar Monday, Aug. 3, to ease Gulf security concerns about the Vienna nuclear accord with Iran, the highest authorities in Tehran Sunday, Aug. 2, launched a public campaign in support of impending ballistic missile tests.

Graffiti defacing wall of burned Palestinian home
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Aug 2, 2015, 12:09 PM (IDT)

Israeli leaders and media indulged in their knee-jerk ‘We’re all to blame” and “”We all ignited the flames” responses to two separate, individual Jewish hate crimes, repulsive though they were. The whole house is not on fire and we are not all guilty.

New "ninja" uniforms for Hizballah's Radwan Force
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Aug 1, 2015, 12:10 PM (IDT)

DEBKAfile exclusive: On July 30, Hassan Nasrallah pressed into service the elite Hizballah Radwan Force, designed to conquer Israel’s Galilee, for extricating the combined Hizballah-Syrian armies from their month-long failure to recapture the key town of Zabadani.

Chinese Chengdu J-10  for Iranian air force
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Jul 30, 2015, 10:41 AM (IDT)

Iran is about to purchase from China the Chengdu J-10 multirole jet fighter, DEBKAfile reports exclusively.The scale of Iran’s multibillion acquisitions from China and Russia – 550 warplanes so far - indicates that Tehran’s top spending priority for funds released by the lifting of sanctions is a spanking new air force.



DEBKAfile Special Report Jun 14, 2015

If the breach of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) was conducted by hackers linked to China, as suspected, the secrets of an estimated 41 million US federal employees were laid bare in what may have been the biggest data base theft in cyber history. debkafile: That breach is still ongoing.  More malware is buried in the OPM’s infrastructure, ready for a remote signal from the hackers’ command and control centers working for China.


DEBKAfile Special Report May 5, 2015
Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, Texas

The two gunmen who Sunday, May 3, tried - and failed - to shoot up an exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, northeast of Dallas, sounded a wakeup call for US counter-terrorism agencies. Both homegrown Islamists were shot dead. The incident betrayed the “human intelligence” weakness of US and Western agencies – a shortage of undercover agents to mingle in communities which may produce terrorists.

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. 

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.

Syrian "barrel bombs" dropped on targets
DEBKAfile Special Report Jul 29, 2015

As the US and Turkey got started on a new air campaign against the Islamic State in Syria, the jhadis pulled off their most devastating attack yet on the Syrian army’s biggest arsenal. They subjected the giant Al-Safira military complex north of Aleppo to a steady blitz of an estimated 50 Grad missiles from Monday night to Tuesday, July 28. debkafile’s military sources report that Facility No.790, a large depot of the Syrian army’s strategic weapons, including chemicals, was set on fire and flattened. Many Iranian technical personnel were also working there.

Assad finds a winning streak
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Jul 27, 2015

Syrian President Bashar Assad, in his first public speech in a year, Sunday, July 26, could afford to admit to loss of territory, after being handed Iran’s new rehabilitation plan for his army, debkafile reveals. Divisions and brigades are rebuilt into three armored commando super-divisions, one each for the northern, southern and Damascus fronts. The 4th Division would still defend Damascus. The 14th Division of Special Forces gets fresh officers under Iranian commanders. The US-Tehran nuclear accord effectively brings an Iranian military presence ever closer to the borders of Israel and Jordan

F-16 warplane in action against ISIS
DEBKAfile Special Report Jul 24, 2015

The Middle East woke up Friday, July 24, to two new, fully-fledged wars launched by Jordan and Turkey against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as its forces advanced on their borders. The US and Israel are involved in both campaigns. Jordanian armored, commando and air forces are already operating deep inside Iraq, aided by Cobra helicopters provided by Israel, while Friday morning, Turkey conducted its first cross-border air strike against ISIS targets in Syria. Both governments also carried mass arrests of suspected Islamist terrorists.

The ISIS Kornet missile attack on Egyptian Navy vessel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Jul 23, 2015

The Islamic State’s success in infiltrating elite Egyptian military units and banding together with the Palestinian Hamas poses mounting danger to the life and rule of Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi. debkafile: A large group of Egyptian officers and men has defected to ISIS led by Hisham al-Ashmawy, who is seen as the hand behind the prosecutor general’s assassination and other attacks on regime officials. Tuesday, July 21, a joint ISIS-Hamas force struck the Multinational Force and Observers in northern Sinai - the first ever attack on the MFO, which is still ongoing.  

Copyright 2000-2015 DEBKAfile. All Rights Reserved.  Terms and Conditions Site design by