DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 2, 2016
The chief of staff of the Iranian military, Maj. Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi, arrived in Damascus on April 30 to assume direct command of the Iranian and Hizballah forces fighting in Syria, debkafile’s military and intelligence sources report. His arrival shifts Iran intervention in Syria into high gear.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 18, 2016
The Israeli cabinet holds its weekly session Sunday April 17, on the Golan. Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu will visit Moscow on Thursday, April 21 to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and to launch the most important battle of his political career, and one of Israel’s most decisive contests of the last 10 years: the battle over the future of the Golan Heights.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 14, 2016
Obama and Putin are jointly supporting the return of the Golan Heights to Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 6, 2016
ISIS forces in southern Syria overran several Jordanian border crossings south of the Yarmouk River on Tuesday, April 5. This disastrous turn of events is illustrated by an exclusive picture obtained by debkafile of an ISIS fighter unfurling the organization’s flag at one of the crossings which sports a Jordanian flag. Jordanian officers have organized rebel groups at a new joint war room in Daraa, S. Syria, and launched their first attack on ISIS, which hit back with suicide bombers.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 17, 2016
Israel is left worse off by the Russian expedition to Syria and its partial termination, which leave Iranian and Hizballah forces at dangerously close quarters on its Golan border.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 27, 2016
Under cover of the Syrian ceasefire that went into effect Saturday, Feb. 27, and the Russian air umbrella, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps finally managed to secretly install hundreds of armed Palestinian terrorists on the Syrian-Israeli border, face-to-face with the IDF’s Golan positions, debkafile reports exclusively. Recruited to the new pro-Iranian Al-Sabirin terrorist organization, they are being trained and armed for in-depth multi-casualty strikes inside Israel
DEBKAfile Special Report February 24, 2016
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu phoned President Vladimir Putin Wednesday Feb. 24, to find out how the partial Syrian ceasefire due to go into effect Saturday Feb. 27 will affect Israel’s northern border security.
DEBKAfile Special Report February 21, 2016
Over the weekend, Russia ramped up its air bombardment of southern cities and towns, especially Daraa and Nawa. Moscow aims to restore Bashar Assad’s control to the South and defeat the rebels. Thousands of fleeing rebels with their families and other civilians, turned away from the locked Jordanian border, are headed towards the Golan on Israel’s doorstep.
DEBKAfile Special Report January 6, 2016
The mystery of how Hizballah managed to plant the bomb which blew up against an IDF patrol, without causing casualties, Tuesday, Jan. 5, in the Shebaa Farms district of Mt Hermon is perplexing Israel’s military chiefs.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 31, 2015
Russian-Israeli air force coordination went swimmingly until Moscow turned the screw on Netanyahu this week to force him to get out of the way of Putin’s plans for South Syria.
DEBKAfile Special Report December 30, 2015
Israel’s military and political leaders became intensely anxious Tuesday, Dec. 29, when they saw how concentrated Russian air strikes were swiftly dislodging anti-Assad rebels from southern Syria and beginning to open the door for the Syrian and Hizballah armies to come dangerously close to the Israeli border. debkafile’s military and intelligence sources report that Russian air strikes in other parts of the country have tapered off.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 28, 2015
Tehran Monday, Dec. 28, further ramped up the tension between its Lebanese proxy Hizballah, whose leader Sunday threatened to avenge the death of Samir Quntar, and Israel, which is conducting a military exercise along its northern borders. Four days after Quntar was assassinated in Damascus, Tehran appointed a successor for carrying on building a new terrorist network for striking Israel from the Golan. This successor is revealed by debkafile’s exclusive sources as a Lebanese called Raafat Al-Bakkar, about whom very little is known.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 6, 2015
On, Dec. 2, Russia started transferring dozens of advanced T-90 tanks to Syria, debkafile reports. They were moved immediately to the Aleppo and Damascus warfronts and will soon be sent to beef up the combined Syrian, Iranian, Hizballah army poised to recover Palmyra from the Islamic State. Israel’s worry is that Russian instructors will also train Iranian and Hizballah forces in the use of the advanced T-90s. With these tanks, they will attain their objective of a strong front in S. Syria and the Syrian Golan for striking Israel’s’ northern frontier defenses.
DEBKAfile Special Report December 2, 2015
Israel must decide whether its understandings with Putin are worth preserving when Russia provided air cover for Hizballah and Iranian Revolutionary Guards to fight their way up to positions within sight of Israel’s Golan border defenses. This dilemma arose when Tuesday, Dec. 1, the day after the Putin-Netanyahu meeting in Paris, Syrian, Hizballah and Iranian forces advanced from the southern Syrian town of Deraa toward the
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 26, 2015
Moscow has augmented its military presence in Syria and Iraq with two state-of-the-art weapons: Ilyushin-20 (IL-20 Coot) surveillance planes in both countries and, nine Borisoglebsk 2 electronic warfare systems atop a Syria peak. Both are among the most sophisticated of their kind. Last week, after Baghdad gave Moscow permission to use its Al Taqaddum air base, the Russian spy plane first sighted in Syria was spotted in Iraq. The electronic warfare system is capable of neutralizing air and ground military operations of US-led operations forces in Syria and Iraq by jamming almost any radio signal.
DEBKAfile Special Report October 25, 2015
In a major security breach, an Israeli Arab, 23, was able to fly by paraglider across into Syria from the southwestern village of Mevo Hama Saturday, Oct. 24, southwestern Golan without being intercepted. The pilot came from the Israeli Arab town of Jaljuliya east of Kfar Saba. His defection, apparently to the Islamic State, was clearly organized in advance. His landing in Syria was secured by a party from the jihadist who came to pick him up. The massive search operationy the Israeli military scrambled came too late.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 23, 2015
The Syrian conflict is again bringing the hostile Iran-backed Hizballah into dangerous proximity to Israel’s border. After visiting Quneitra last week, Iran’s Gen. Qassem Soleimani and Russian air force chiefs in Syria concluded that Russian air strikes are necessary to break the deadlock in the Quneitra battle against rebel forces. Israel has informed Moscow and Washington that this would cross its red lines against Iranian and Hizballah forces moving in on its Golan border and Russian aerial activity over southern Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 15, 2015
Putin has gathered in fighting proxies for Syria from Cuba to augment Iranian, Syrian and Hizballah troops ready for the major Ghab offensive now in preparation.
DEBKAfile Special Report October 15, 2015
Israel was uncharacteristically forthcoming in revealing on Thursday, Oct. 15, that 3,000 Iranian Revolutionary Guards troops had secretly landed in Syria - the largest Iranian ground force ever to set foot there. This disclosure came from Israel’s grave concern that Iran may take advantage of the IDF’s transfer of forces from its northern borders to domestic fronts - for quelling the current outbreak of Palestinian terrorist violence - to go for territorial gains on the Golan and the Israel-Lebanon border.
DEBKAfile Special Report October 9, 2015
Uncertainty hangs over Moscow’s intentions regarding its air force flights near the Israel’s Golan border – even after two days of discussions ended in Tel Aviv Thursday, Oct. 8 between the Russian Deputy Chief of Staff Gen. Nikolay Bogdanovsky and his Israeli counterpart Maj. Gen. Yair Golan. A coordination mechanism between the two air forces was left as unfinished business for further discussion, debkafile reports. So it is still not clear to Israel what happens if Russian warplanes, while covering a Syrian-Hizballah operation in Quneitra, slip over into Israeli air space