108 articles tagged "Hamas"
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Hamas' first commando unit set up by Iran
Iran's new Hamas commando brigade in Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 31, 2011, 9:04 AM (GMT+02:00)

A team of Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) officers has just finished setting up Hamas' first commando unit especially trained to combat any Israel military force entering the Gaza Strip, debkafile's military sources report. The new "Al Qods Brigades" unit of 400 men is to be the first of three. The urban guerrilla tactics imparted to Hamas drew heavily on the experience Al Qods is gaining in Syria, where its experts help President Bashar Assad crack down on protest.

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Smuggled cars in Gaza, still with Libyan plates
Gaza blockade in reverse: Hamas fortifies Egyptian border against Libyan infiltrators
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 11, 2011, 10:06 AM (GMT+02:00)

Hamas complains about the Israeli and Egyptian blockades. However, four days ago, the Gaza Strip's Palestinian rulers began building fortifications to block its western boundary with Egyptian Sinai, debkafile reports. They are concerned by the spillover of post-revolutionary chaos from Egypt and Sinai and the new influx of fighters and smugglers from Libya and al Qaeda-linked Sinai Bedouin, both of which have gone into the smuggling tunnel business on their own account and are causing mayhem.

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Pro-Palestinian flotilla armed with chemical weapons
Flotilla extremists have poison chemicals for Israeli troops
DEBKAfile Special Report June 28, 2011, 12:28 AM (GMT+02:00)

Contrary to the purportedly peaceful nature of the flotilla setting out this week to break Israel's Gaza blockade, Israeli intelligence sources reported Monday, June 27, that some activists are extremists willing to forcibly resist efforts to intercept their boats and kill Israeli servicemen coming on board.
Senior officials in Jerusalem who briefed reporters Monday night reported information received that the organizers of the flotilla had laid in a store of poisoned chemicals for this purpose.

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Chained to the wrong fence
Gilead Shalit's family protest has wrong address
DEBKAfile Special Report June 26, 2011, 12:50 PM (GMT+02:00)

Five years after the Israeli soldier Gilead Shalit was kidnapped by Hamas in a cross-border raid from Gaza, members of his family Saturday, June 25, chained themselves to the fence outside the Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's residence in desperate protest.  debkafile: Their protest is misdirected to the wrong address: Even if Israel bowed to every Hamas demand, its leaders backed by Iran and Syria would set a new price as the pretext for holding on to this prime asset.
 

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Ilan Grapel
The Military Junta and Muslim Brotherhood Framed the US and Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 16, 2011, 10:03 PM (GMT+02:00)

The Muslim Brotherhood and Egyptian military junta were hand in glove in framing the Mossad Spy trap for the US and Israel. They are also in cahoots to build up the Hamas as the Brotherhood's instrument for seizing control of the Palestinian movement and displacing US influence including its ...

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At the Rafah crossing
Cairo shuts Gaza's Rafah crossing to free passage at US insistence
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 2, 2011, 8:52 AM (GMT+02:00)

Just four days after the much-heralded opening of the Rafah crossing between the Palestinian Gaza Strip and Sinai, Cairo virtually shut it down Tuesday, May 31, by a series of tight bureaucratic measures in response to a US warning that since the crossing's opening, Palestinian and al Qaeda terrorists had been roaming at large across Sinai exposing the Suez Canal to attack. After the US informed Jerusalem of the new restrictions, an Israeli defense official arrived in Cairo to discuss security coordination.

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A 120mm mortar shell smuggled into Gaza
Hamas-Gaza's missile stock passes 10,000 - and going up
DEBKAfile Special Report May 31, 2011, 9:54 AM (GMT+02:00)

Updates reaching debkafile's military sources say that Hamas had stockpiled more than 10,000 by early May – in defiance of Israel's partial blockade of the Gaza Strip. Following April 9, when the Palestinian extremists shot 133 rockets at seven Israeli cities, Egypt's military rulers persuaded Israel to accept a ceasefire in lieu of an operation for smashing this arsenal. By September, when Egypt holds elections that Hamas' parent the Muslim Brotherhood is heavily tipped to win, Hamas will have accumulated 11,000 missiles. 

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Rafah border crossing
Cairo opens Gaza crossing, prepares to halt gas to Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 28, 2011, 9:17 PM (GMT+02:00)

Egyptian authorities plan to follow up on the permanent opening of the Gaza Strip Rafah crossing Saturday, May 28 - so ending its four-year siege - by liquidating EMG (the East Mediterranean Gas Company) and halting the supply of Egyptian gas to Israel.
Both are violations of Egypt's international commitments and both meet the demands of the Palestinian Hamas. They are also consistent with Cairo's post-revolutionary rulers' policy to distance themselves from the former peace relations with Israel.

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Mahmoud Abbas - boxed in
Jordan's king boycotts Abbas. Moscow: Hamas must recognize Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 23, 2011, 2:43 PM (GMT+02:00)

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has run into major hurdles in his ploy for using a unity pact between his Fatah and the extremist Hamas as the fulcrum for a diplomatic offensive against Israel to climax in UN recognition of a Palestinian state in September. This is reported by debkafile's exclusive Middle East sources. The US and Russia have nixed Abbas' international moves until his unity partner Hamas recognizes Israel and Jordan's Abdullah accuses him of two-timing him with that same partner.

 

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Israel's Military See Unavoidable Border Flare-ups in June
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 20, 2011, 3:25 AM (GMT+02:00)

Israeli intelligence reports that young West Bank Palestinians are fired up by the Arab Revolt in other countries and preparing riotous disturbances against Israel. They may be timed to coincide with the next round of mass incursions planned by Syria, Hizballah and Hamas across Israel's borders.

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Gazans burn Israeli flag
Israel hunts Syrian, Hizballah spies who slipped in through Golan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 19, 2011, 10:04 AM (GMT+02:00)

Army and security services across the West Bank are out hunting for between five and eight Syria and Hizballah secret agents believed to have slipped across the Golan border under cover of the May 15 Palestinian mob incursion. debkafile's sources report that Hamas and Hizballah West Bank cell members drove them to their hideouts.
Syria plans its next mob border assault for June 5. Hamas is staging a mass offensive to smash the Gaza-Israel border fence Friday, May 20.

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Israeli soldiers mend breached border fence
Assad tried pro-Palestinian Golan stunt to foil Egypt's Hamas takeover
DEBKAfile Special Report May 16, 2011, 2:52 PM (GMT+02:00)

Syria's Bashar Assad and Hizballah had more than one objective in bussing thousands of demonstrators to Israel's Golan border Nakba Day, Sun. May 15. One was to show they could easily capture the enclave from Israel and the other, to put a spoke in Egypt's wheel for transferring Hamas' command centers from Damascus to the Gaza Strip. Israeli policymakers failed to appreciate this intelligence and so the IDF's Northern Command officers were taken off guard by the storming of Majd al-Shams.

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Assad's mouthpiece tycoon Rami Makhlouf
Cairo to move Meshaal to Gaza. Assad threatens war on Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 11, 2011, 12:30 PM (GMT+02:00)

Egypt's military rulers are letting Hamas' political leader Khaled Meshaal move his base out of troubled Damascus to the Gaza Strip. The pledge came as an inducement for his signing the Palestinian unity pact with Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah on May 4, as disclosed for the first time by debkafile's intelligence sources.  In Damascus, Bashar Assad's cousin Rami Makhlouf threatened Syria would go to war against Israel if the US and Europe did not back off from supporting the anti-regime uprising. 

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An al Qaeda residence - in Gaza just like Abbottabad
Gaza has six fortified villas just like bin Laden's
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 3, 2011, 5:37 PM (GMT+02:00)

Like Iran and its surrogates, the late Osama bin Laden's organization has established networks around Israel's borders in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egyptian Sinai. In the Gaza Strip, harbored by Hamas, al Qaeda operatives have built six villas on the model of Bin Laden's compound in Pakistan. All the same, Mahmoud Abbas will join Hamas Wednesday in signing a Palestinian unity accord that opens the West Bank door not only to Hamas terror but to its al Qaeda partners enjoying sanctuary in Gaza.

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Palestinian reconciliation
Fatah-Hamas accord – by-product of secret Israel-Turkish talks, Syrian crisis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 27, 2011, 11:18 PM (GMT+02:00)

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu rejected the accord initialed by the two Palestinian rivals Fatah and Hamas in Cairo April 27 before the ink had dried. "You can't have peace both with Israel and Hamas," he warned the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority, although at least three previous pacts vanished without a trace. He was not alone in being caught napping by the fast work in Cairo; so too were Washington and Ankara, although both are running Palestinian back channels.

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Al Qaeda-Gaza victim Vittorio Arrigoni
Al Qaeda-Gaza abducts and murders Italian pacifist
DEBKAfile Special Report April 15, 2011, 8:48 AM (GMT+02:00)

Al-Tahwir Al-Jihad, the biggest Al Qaeda group based in the Gaza Strip, murdered Italian peace activist Vittorio Arrigoni Thursday, April 14, shortly after they kidnapped him - although Hamas was given until 5 p.m. Friday to release its leader in exchange for their Italian victim. Arrigoni arrived on an anti-blockade ship three years ago and carried out overseas commissions for Hamas. His captors, suspecting him of spying for the West, may have tortured him to death.

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Iron Dome makes its operational debut
Israeli leaders back away from showdown with Hamas
DEBKAfile Special Report April 10, 2011, 9:23 PM (GMT+02:00)

Israel has agreed to halting its military operations in Gaza in return for a partial Hamas ceasefire – a deal which represents the Netanyahu government's surrender to the Islamists' missile offensive against southwestern Israel. It has left intact Hamas's capabilities for striking Israeli heartland cities and given it a license to carry on attacking communities abutting the Gaza Strip. Despite the potential strategic edge offered by the new Iron Dome, most Israeli civilians within range remain exposed to missile and mortar attack.

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Israeli tank in action against missile firing teams in Gaza
Hamas fires 24 Grads, 50 shells Saturday
DEBKAfile Special Report April 9, 2011, 6:08 PM (GMT+02:00)

Saturday, April 9, Hamas and its allies, acting now on Hizballah guidelines from Lebanon, fired 24 heavy Grad missiles and more than 50 mortars shells at seven southern Israeli towns. At least 20 Israelis were injured or suffered shock. After the IDF killed 17 Hamas and other commanders, Hamas asked for a ceasefire through the UN and its political echelons. Israel replied the request would only be addressed if it came from Hamas military leaders who show no interest in holding their fire.

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Remains of smugglers' car near Port Sudan
Special ops team hit Iranian-Hamas arms smugglers in Sudan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 7, 2011, 10:06 AM (GMT+02:00)

In accusing Israel of killing the two passengers of a Hyundai Sinai near Port Sudan Tuesday, April 5, Khartoum claimed a missile was fired from an aerial drone or a vessel on the Red Sea. debkafile's exclusive sources reveal that a special operations team landed by sea and used a surface missile to hit the car and kill two top executives of the Iranian-Hamas arms smuggling network in Sudan.This network works with a gang which once served Osama bin Laden.

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US Adm. James Stavridis
Libyan rebels sold Hizballah and Hamas chemical shells
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 31, 2011, 11:24 AM (GMT+02:00)

Senior Libyan rebel “officers” sold Hizballah and Hamas thousands of chemical shells from the stocks of mustard and nerve gas that fell into rebel hands when they overran Muammar Qaddafi’s military facilities in and around Benghazi, debkafile’s exclusive sources report. The rebels offloaded an estimated 2,000 artillery shells carrying mustard gas and 1,200 nerve gas shells for cash payment amounting to several million dollars negotiated by Iran. The consignments may still be in Sudan en route for Lebanon and Gaza.

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