DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2015
A 200-truck convoy rolled out of the Hizballah-Syrian positions around the strategic town of Zabadani, early Thursday, Aug. 13. debkafile: Their exit, after failing to break the Syrian rebels’ grip on the town, marked the Hizballah’s first retreat from a major Syrian battleground in the three years of its intervention in the Syrian war alongside Assad’s army. The withdrawal followed visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif’s talks in Beirut Tuesday with Hizballah chief Hassan Nasrallah and with President Bashar Assad in Damascus the next day.
Syria, Hizballah torpedo understanding between Druze and Syrian rebel Nusra Front near Israeli border
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 28, 2015
Bashar Assad and Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah went all out to stir up adversity between the Druze of the Golan and Israel, and the Syrian rebel Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front. To torpedo the armistice deal brokered between them by the US, Jordan and Israel, they pumped 200 Syrian and Hizballah troops into the Druze village of Khader on the Syrian Golan, 3 km from the Israeli border. debkafile: Nusra then gave the Druze an ultimatum: stop cooperating with Syria and Hizballah or face retribution in another smaller Jabal Druze village - Skaska.
No army in Mid East is challenging ISIS. Iran regroups to defend S. Iraqi Shiites, Assad to save Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis May 25, 2015
Not a single competent army capable of launching all-out war on ISIS in Syria or Iraq is to be found between the Jordan and the Euphrates and Tigris to the east, or Ramadi and Riyadh to the south. Assad and Hizballah are regrouping to defend Syrian cities; Tehran to save the Shiite towns and oil of S. Iraq. Sunday, May 24, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said the Iraqi army had shown no will to fight. UK ex-army chief Lord Dannatt called for 5,000 British ground troops to fight the Islamists in Syria and Iraq.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 13, 2015
Amid Hizballah’s rising war losses, its leader Hassan Nasrallah has strongly urged the Lebanese chief of staff Gen. Jean Kahwagi to send his troops into battle over the strategic Qalamoun Mountain, alongside Hizballah and the Syrian army, debkafile discloses. The Lebanese general gave him a flat no, saying the Lebanese army would not “slip” into any war inside Syria. Despite local gains by Syria and Hizballah, rebel jihadists have grasped that they can slip across into Lebanon unopposed. For now, this battle has no foreseeable resolution, while laying Lebanon open to jihadist spillover from Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis May 9, 2015
The battle for Qalamoun has suddenly become a critical regional contest for the Iran-Syrian-Hizballah alliance at large and its three prime movers, Syrian President Bashar Assad, Hizballah leader Hassan Nastrallah, and Iran’s Gen. Qassem Soleimani, head of the Al Qods Brigades. The Obama administration has launched a new plan to drive a wedge in the Revolutionary Guards leadership by elevating its leader Gen. Jaafari to the regime’s “good guy” and denouncing Gen. Soleimani as the “bad guy" - hoping that degrading him causes Iran to pull in its horns in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.
Nasrallah to Israel: Accept “the mix of Lebanese and Iranian blood on Syrian soil in Quneitra” or face war
DEBKAfile Special Report January 30, 2015
In is first speech since Wednesday’s cross-border clash with Israel, Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah Friday, Jan. 30 tried dictating terms for peace. The war would go on, he said, unless Israel relinquishes its resolve to eliminate his organization’s and an Iranian presence on Syrian soil in Quneitra. “The resistance no longer cares about rules of engagement,” he said, after conferring with Al Qods Brigades chief, Gen. Qassem Soleimani on a visit to Beirut. Earlier Friday, PM Binyamin Netanyahu accused Iran of backing a continuous offensive to uproot Israel. It won’t succeed, he said.
DEBKAfile Special Report May 26, 2014
Hizballah chief Hassan Nasrallah in his latest speech Sunday night, May 25, accused the IDF in unusual detail of providing anti-Assad rebels fighting in South Syria and Golan with added firepower. A Western military source told debkafile: “When the senior strategist of a military group shows off his intelligence, that is a declaration of war.” Nasrallah also accused Israel of violent incursions into southern Lebanon, saying, “Until now we haven’t reacted.” But next time “we’ll hit back at once.” Israel’s military chiefs treat this as a Hizballah threat of a dual-front war from Lebanon and Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 29, 2014
The Obama administration has embarked on secret dialogue with Hizballah, debkafile reports. The first direct encounter between the CIA and Hizballah representatives took place in early March in Cyprus. Two subsequent meetings have produced initial US-Hizballah understandings for Lebanon and Syria. The administration reckons that any difficulties cropping up in those talks can be fixed by turning to Tehran. Mahmoud Abbas turned to Hamas for hs Palestinian unity pact reasoning that if the US may engage a terrorist organization in talks, so too may his own PLO.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 24, 2014
The Egyptian strongman has put out a probe for ties with Iran by sending a secret emissary to talk to Hizballah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 17, 2014
Iran’s foreign minister twisted Hizballah leader Nasrallah’s arm to accept a plan for sharing power with his rivals in a national unity government.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 13, 2013
Nasrallah secretly visited to Tehran to discuss plans for avenging the bombing of the Iranian embassy in Beirut of which they accuse the Saudi intelligence chief. Iran and Hizballah are bent on revenge.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 4, 2013
The gunning down of Hajj Hassan Hollo al-Laqqis, a high-ranking Hizballah commander and close crony of Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah raised the stakes of the clandestine war between Saudi Arabia and Iran - or rather between Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan and Iran’s Al Qods Brigades commander Qassem al-Soleimani. Hizballah blamed Israel for the assassination because it is easier to reach for revenge than Saudi Arabia. Al-Laqqis was killed in the underground parking lot of his home by five shots to the head and throat.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 4, 2013
Hizballah begins pulling its troops out of Syria in obedience to a directive from Tehran and turns his attention to building a national consensus in Beirut in order to foster a pacific and stable climate in Lebanon.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 27, 2013
Iran is stirring up Shiite-Sunni warfare in Syria to promote its drive for Middle East hegemony. Tehran is lighting a match that could raise up Sunni radicals like al Qaeda and send flames shooting across the Muslim world.
DEBKAfile Special Report May 27, 2013
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis May 25, 2013
Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah vowed Saturday night, May 25, to expand his movement’s military role in the Syrian civil war and muster tens of thousands of volunteers. Al Qaeda fighters were streaming into Syria, and Israel planned more attacks, he warned.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 24, 2013
Israeli leaders play down the approaching menace of the Syrian-Hizballah war of attrition backed by Tehran. Bt Prime Minister Netanyahu has set up a war room in his Jerusalem office for keeping track.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 16, 2013
Binyamin Netanyahu tried tackling Vladimir Putin on the sale of S-300 anti-air missiles to Syria but found that the missiles were already in place and the Russian leader unshakable in his support for the Assad regime – even to backing a war of attrition against Israel.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 3, 2013
The big news on Syria this week is the surreptitious pact forged in Beirut by Russia’s visiting deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov witgh Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah which covers their collaboration in the war for keeping Bashar Assad in power and guarantees Hizballah a Russian shield against a potential Israeli attack.
DEBKAfile Special Report April 30, 2013
The Israeli reserves call-up for the Syrian and Lebanese borders will continue until the end of the week, ready for a "military maneuver" next Sunday, May 5, debkafile reports.