DEBKAfile Special Report April 23, 2017
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. Djibouti is both key to Bab el-Mandeb Strait and a springboard for US offensive operations against Al Qaeda in Yemen and Somalia.
DEBKAfile Special Report March 22, 2017
For Islamic terrorist groups, blowing up a passenger plane and causing hundreds of deaths is their peak achievement. But the ban on electronic devices larger than a cell phone in flight cabins won’t prevent an explosive laptop in checked luggage
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 19, 2017
This decision and the axing of his top command show weakness at the top of ISIS.
DEBKAfile Special Report December 19, 2016
The 22-year old Turkish special operations police officer Mevlut Mert Altintas, who assassinated Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov in Ankara Monday, Dec. 12, was a member of the Nusra Front, Al Qaeda’s Syrian branch.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 3, 2016
Two more Islamic terror groups are standing by to jump in from the Syrian-Iraqi border.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 22, 2016
Once out of the Mid East, the US can’t come to grips with the jihadists.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 20, 2016
During his rips to Afghanistan, Ahmad Khan Rahimi secretly visited Al Qaeda and Taliban leaders in Quetta, Pakistan, and was appointed a regular Al Qaeda controller who kept in touch with him up until the present when he executed three bombing attacks in New York City and New Jersey. The same controller runs a number of terrorist sleepers in America.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 1, 2016
Mohammed Al-Adnani was responsible for terrorist atrocities in Tunisia, Paris, Brussels, Orlando, Nice, Sinai Peninsula and Istanbul. debkafile: Washington and Moscow were tipped off on his whereabouts from the same source.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 28, 2016
They need this al-Qaeda affiliate to join their future plans for Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 10, 2016
Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta brought to Jerusalem six East African nations’ request for Israeli military and intelligence assistance to fend off the Jihadist threat posed by the Islamic State, Al Qaeda, and the Somali Shabaab.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 10, 2015
Al Qaeda’s Ayman Al-Zawahri, after three years’ silence, has offered to cooperate with ISIS, stepping in as fundamentalist voices in Tehran call for talks with the Islamic State. Who will get there first?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 9, 2015
ISIS is now fighting to capture the big Iraqi refinery town of Baiji from a mixed force of Iraqi army and Shiite troops under Iranian Revolutionary Guards officers. The US admits that its warplanes return from Iraq with most of their ordnance unused.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 4, 2015
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s Islamic State draws on the services of former top Iraqi generals for high-caliber military operations and surprise tactics.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 17, 2015
Thursday and Friday, April 16-17, two branches of Al Qaeda took the lead in violent conflicts, catapulting key areas of the Middle East into more peril. In Yemen, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and in Iraq, the Islamic State (ISIS), launched new offensives 3.050 kilometer apart. debkafile: Both branches of the Islamist terror movement used the absence of competent adversarial troops on the ground – American and Saudi - to push forward in the two arenas. They also exploited the contradictions in Washington’s attitude towards their foe, Tehran.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 2, 2014
All the US and Western strike and surveillance flights against ISIS in Syria and Iraq reach their targets through Israeli and Jordanian airspace, US, European and civilian monitors of global air force movements report. This is confirmed by detailed maps released by bodies tracking the movements of military strike and refueling craft across the world. One of two corridors (see attached map) runs north of Tel Aviv through Jordan to Iraq and the second through Golan to Syria. Israel and Jordan are revealed as partners in the US-led air offensive against ISIS.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 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.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 30, 2014
US Secretary of State John Kerry called Saturday, Aug. 30 for a “coalition of nations… to stamp out the disease of the Islamic state group,” following President Barack Obama highly-criticized denial of a strategy for “dealing with Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.” The British premier revealed that Al Qaeda carried out the attack on the Jewish museum of Brussels. World leaders wax eloquent on the Islamist peril, but prefer to fight it at leisure through “allies” and “coalitions.” Israel too avoided reacting to the abduction of 43 UN observers at its Golan back door.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 29, 2014
While Obama works with Iran to fight Islamists, he faces a rival bloc doing the same in Egypt, Saudi Arabia in Israel. But will he be willing to take Hizballah and Iran as partners and part of the deal?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 8, 2014
Iran looks to get back into the Palestinian terror game by rearming Hamas and Islamic Jihad, attempting to use its Jordanian sleeper cells to smuggle weapons into the West Bank and Gaza.