US president Donald Trump is collecting chips to put down on the table of an Arab-Palestinian-Israel peace parley he plans to convene. Mahmoud Abbas is building up the Palestinian stake in Cairo and Amman before arriving at the White House on May 3.More>
Early Thursday, April 26, a mixed Syrian-Iranian-Hizballah force embarked on a general offensive in southern Syria ready for a leap on Israel’s Golan border. They moved forward in the face of Israeli warnings that were relayed from Moscow to Tehran and Hizballah.More>
The US early Wednesday, April 26, began moving THAAD missile defense systems to central South Korea opposite the border with the North months ahead of schedule. Tuesday, the USS Michigan nuclear submarine docked in South Korea, after the North began a large-scale, long-range artillery fire drill in Wonsan on the east coast. More than 4,000 artillery guns reported to be taking part in the “exercise.”More>
In view of escalating threats from North Korea, all 100 US senators were invited to the White House Wednesday for a rare classified briefing on the crisis from the administration’s top security chiefs: President Donald Trump, who spoke Sunday with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said: The status quo in North Korea is unacceptable. It’s a big problem, has been for decades and we must finally solve it.”More>
US Defense Secretary James Mattis arrival in Djibouti Sunday, April 23 coincided with Egyptian President Abdul-Fatteh El-Sisi’s landing in Riyadh. Both capitals are pivotal for the Arab face-off with Iran over control of the strategic Red Sea.More...
The Syrian shells exploding on the Golan were ringing in Israel’s ears on Friday, April 21, when US Secretary of Defense James Mattis flew out after talks with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman.More...
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 reports.
A North Korean ballistic missile exploded seconds after it was launched Sunday, April 16, from a site near the port city of Sinpo. debkafile picks the four most likely methods the Americans may have applied to thwart the launch:More...
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.
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.
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.
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..