Two or three suicide bombers attacked the domestic and international terminals at Istanbul’s Ataturk international airport on Tuesday night, leaving at least 41 dead and 230 injured. DEBKA file notes that June 28 is the ond anniversary of the establishment of the “Islamic caliphate” in Syria and Iraq and the self-appointment of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as its head.More>
Resumed Jerusalem-Ankara ties interface with the emerging Sunni alliance that Riyadh, Cairo and Ankara are building against Iran. On the table too is Israeli-Turkish-Russian military and intelligence collaboration for securing the Israeli offshore gas in the Mediterranean – a prospect that brought the Turkish president to finas1lly apologize for his air force downing of a Russian Su-24M bomber over the Syrian-Turkish border on Nov. 24, 2015.More>
An unforeseen trickle-down effect of Britain’s decision to leave the EU last week is evident in the reaction of Arab governments, which have begun shying away from their reliance on the US or Europe to lead the war on ISIS, DEBKAfile’s sources report. They are coming to see the US-led coalition as weakened and predict that Britain will draw down or remove its forces from the anti-jihadist arenas in the near future and discussing pivoting toward Syrian President Bashar Assad.More>
Wars in general and religious wars in particular, as well as migration of populations encompassing millions of people, always brought throughout history, to wars, plagues, fall of regimes, hunger and economic hardships.
2016 will go down in history as the year in which the Middle East crises began to infiltrate to the west. Even now they bring changes and far-reaching political turmoil.
And this is only the beginning.
During his 48-hour trip to Moscow (Monday and Tuesday June 6-7), Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will offer President Vladimir Putin to elevate Moscow to senior broker in the Israeli-Palestinian dispute as quid pro quo.More...
Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican candidate for president, will try and block President Obama's effort to promote the relationship between Washington and Tehran before leaving the White House.More...
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is willing to vouch that the Russian army stationed in Syria will prevent Iranian and Hizballah fighters from infiltrating or getting near the Israeli border.More...
The US has deployed about 7,500 US soldiers in Iraq and Syria and an additional 1,000 to 1,250 troops in Libya. US planes are taking off from Incirlilk base in South Turkey against Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq. Yet the ISIS peril is not diminished.More...
The ongoing investigation of the June 21 suicide bombing by ISIS on the Jordan-Syria border, in which six Jordanian border guards were killed and 16 were wounded, has revealed the terrorist organization’s sophisticated means of infiltration and attack. According to debkafile’s intelligence and counterterrorism sources, ISIS carried out the assault with a stolen Jordanian military vehicle.
On Sunday, June 19, helicopters of the Syrian Air Force started transporting Palestinian militia fighters from the Damascus area to the Deir-ez-Zor region of eastern Syria, debkafile’s military sources said in an exclusive report. They are joining Hizballah troops gathering in the area ahead of an all-out assault on Islamic State’s grip on the area, notably the Euphrates River valley.
President Obama describes the war against the terror organization as if it is a one sided war in which only one side fights and gains military achievements. This is not the case. As in any war, the armies in it have good days of achievements and bad days of failures.
The oversights of US law enforcement, intelligence and security agencies recur each time Islamists terrorists strike. The Ramadan 2016 attack in Orlando showed that no lessons had been learned from the lapses that led to 9/11.