DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 21, 2013, 12:41 PM (GMT+02:00)
Syrian opposition activists reported between 200 and 650 dead in a poison gas air strike by government forces on rebel-held areas of eastern Damascus Tuesday, Aug. 21. This has not been verified. The regime denied the accusation. debkafile reports the first major incursion Saturday, Aug. 17 of Syrian rebels from Jordan into southern Syria, after receiving US training in special operations. Bashar Assad has said that if Damascus was in danger, he would resort to chemical warfare and the entire Middle East including Israel would go up in flames.
DEBKAfile Video August 17, 2013, 1:58 PM (GMT+02:00)
Top US soldier Gen. Martin Dempsey has just inaugurated Centcom’s Forward Command in Jordan manned by 273 US officers. It is linked to US, Israel, Jordanian and Saudi air commands ready for an order from President Barack Obama to impose a partial no-fly zone over Syria.
Dempsey in Israel, Jordan, to tie last ends before Obama decides finally on US military action in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2013, 8:44 AM (GMT+02:00)
Top US soldier Gen. Martin Dempsey arrived in Israel Monday, Aug. 12 for critical talks with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, followed by parallel talks in Jordan. debkafile: He is tying the last ends before President Barack Obama’s final nod for limited US military intervention in Syria. The Obama plan provides for a no fly zone and a buffer area to be captured by 3,000 US-trained special Syrian rebel fighters. It entails Israeli, Saudi, Jordanian and possible Turkish participation.
DEBKAfile Special Report August 5, 2013, 7:16 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Obama administration continued Monday, Aug. 5, to try and impress Americans and the world that its far-reaching ongoing terror alert across a host of Muslim countries was serious and credible. US sources now disclose concern focusing on terrorists carrying explosive devices implanted in their bodies. Plastic devices without metal components carried in this way would be undetectable by standard screening devices like those used at most international airports. debkafile: Surgeons have been experimenting with this method on behalf of AQAP for some years.
DEBKAfile Special Report July 24, 2013, 8:45 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Netanyahu government’s wrong turn in its policy of non-intervention in the Syrian conflict was manifested by the warning from the IDF’s military intelligence (AMAN) chief Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi Tuesday night, July 23, when he said that Syria had become a global battleground for al Qaeda. Gen. Kochavi, just back from talks in Washington, remarked that the peril from Syria is also closing in from Sinai. debkafile: Coordinated attacks on Israel are beginning to shape up from Syria, where Pakistani Taliban has just arrived, as well as Sinai.
DEBKAfile Special Report January 11, 2013, 10:30 AM (GMT+02:00)
At a joint news conference Friday, Jan. 11, retiring Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs, Gen. Martin Dempsey, cleaned the Pentagon’s Syrian desk ready for incoming Secretary Chuck Hagel. Boiled down to essentials, their triple message was that Bashar Assad could not be stopped from using chemical weapons if he chose to do so, that securing the CW sites after Assad’s fall was the job of the “international community,” and that no US ground troops would be sent to Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 18, 2012, 11:22 PM (GMT+02:00)
Eight nations are embroiled on both sides of the Syrian civil war, although the governments concerned pretend they are keeping to a policy led by the Obama administration of non-intervention. Amid cross-border clashes with Turkey, Bashar Assad has embarked on a scorched earth policy against his country.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 2, 2012, 9:28 AM (GMT+02:00)
The US downgrade of its role in the annual joint drill with Israel in October has the effect of dismembering their joint strategy for deterring and intercepting an Iranian/Hizballah/Syrian assault on Israel; it slashes Israel’s notice of incoming Iranian missiles from 14 minutes, and throws out Ehud Barak’s worst-case estimate of 500 dead from war with Iran. debkafile: Binyamin Netanyahu must demand a White House retraction of Gen. Dempsey's denigration of the morality of an Israel attack and respond to Hurricane Obama.
DEBKAfile Special Report August 31, 2012, 9:20 AM (GMT+02:00)
In its bluntest message yet, the Obama administration declared that Israel is on its own if it attacks Iran. Thursday, Aug. 30, Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, reiterated that an Israeli attack would “delay but probably not destroy Iran’s nuclear program,” adding impatiently: “I don't want to be complicit if they [Israel] choose to do it." Sanctions were having an effect, said the general. But as he spoke the IAEA reported a 31 percent jump in Iran’s enriched uranium stock.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 15, 2012, 8:48 AM (GMT+02:00)
US Gen. Martin Dempsey said Tuesday, Aug. 14 Israel could “delay but not destroy Iran’s nuclear capabilities.” debkafile: Israel's leaders and military chiefs don’t pretended otherwise, because even a US strike could no longer destroy those capacities. Today, an Israeli attack could delay Iran for a couple of years; an American strike, for 4-5 years. 2007 was the last moment for totaling the program. But the longer action is held off now the shorter the delay achievable in Iran’s bomb-building time table.