The Palestinians further stoked their anti-Israel assaults Wednesday. Oct. 7, with three stabbing attacks in the space of a few hours, firebombs reaching the main Israeli Highway No. 6 connecting the north to the south, and stone-throwing riots around Ramallah, Hebron and Gush Etzion. Prime Minister Netanyahu cancelled his trip to Berlin to deal with the crisis.
Russia’s deputy chief of staff, Gen. Nikolay Bogdanovsky, with a large military delegation, arrives in Israel for a two-day visit Tuesday, Oct. 6, to discuss coordination between the two militaries. Friday, the Russian Defense ministry announced the surprise deployment of Navy cruiser, the Moskva, armed with 64 advanced anti-aircraft missiles S-300 ship-to-air missiles opposite the Syrian coastal town of Latakia.More>
In the space of 48 hours, during the Jewish festival season, two pairs of Israel parents were targeted by Palestinian terrorists. The second couple and their two-year old child were knifed in the Old City of Jerusalem Saturday night, Oct. 3 by a another Palestinian terrorist on their way to the Western Wall.More>
Russia’s military intervention is expanding radically. DEBKAfile reveals two new related developments: Chinese J-15 fighter bombers will soon join the Russian air campaign over Syria; and, moreover, Iraq has given Moscow the use of the Al Taqaddum Air Base at Habbaniyah, 74 km west of Baghdad.More>
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.
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.More...
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.More...
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.More...
That Russia launched its first air strikes in Syria Wednesday, Sept. 30 was confirmed by the Russian Defense Ministry in Moscow and criticized by US officials. Moscow stressed that it acted in support of Bashar Assad’s war on the Islamic State, assisted by other foreign powers including Iran and Iraq. They were working together from an allied command center in Baghdad. The Russian communiqués did not indicate which organizations were bombed around Homs and Hama..
Russian President Vladimir Putin is concerned about Israel’s repeated attacks in Syria, he said, after talking for an hour and-a-half with President Barack Obama earlyTuesday, Sept. 29, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. This was Putin’s warning to Israel to keep its hands of Syria, after the IDF’s powerful Tamuz rockets hit back for Syrian rocket fire. While Israel has signaled it would not permit an Iranian-Syrian-Hizballah terror base to operate from the Syrian Golan, the Russian leader refuses to tolerate Israeli counter-terror operations because they weaken Bashar Assad.
As police commissioner, Ronny Alsheikh will not enjoy the untrammeled operational and intelligence facilities and access to data granted the Shin Beit, but have to function in a far stricter, more inhibiting framework. He will also find the police methods for fighting crime lagging far behind the innovative technology incorporated in the work of Israel’s clandestine agencies. But the new man is well placed to call on his former colleagues for cooperation in technology and intelligence to raise police standards.
The launching Thursday, Sept. 24, of joint offensive operations by Russian marines and Hizballah special forces on the ISIS-held Kweiris air base – revealed here by debkafile - runs counter to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s assurances to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu just three days earlier that Russian marines in Syria would not fight with Hizballah. This new development places the Syrian war on an unprecedented and dangerous path for the United States and Israel.