DEBKAfile Special Report December 4, 2016
Syria and its allies came closer than ever to taking Aleppo on Friday, Dec. 2, when they captured the Tariq al-Bab district to gain control of 60 percent of the rebel-held eastern part of the city. Drawing on the lessons of their success, the winning forces have begun building a military outfit modeled on the format of the victorious coalition. It is designated the “Fifth Corps” of the Syrian army, but debkafile’s military and intelligence sources can identity the new unit as the framework for an international Shiite brigade or foreign legion.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis November 30, 2016
Arab media described Israeli warplanes attacking targets in and around Damascus overnight Tuesday, Nov. 29, as firing “four long-range Popeye” missiles from Lebanese air space on a Syrian army compound in Damascus and a Hizballah arms convoy on the highway to Beirut. If confirmed, this action will have repercussions, since it heralded the breakdown of initial Trump-Putin understandings for Syria and Israel's decision to go it alone..
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 20, 2016
Hizballah this week transferred two brigades of some 5,000 fighters to the Aleppo front to bolster the Assad regime’s concentrated push to finally rout the rebels who have been holding out year after year in the eastern half of the ravaged city.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 6, 2016
Tehran builds up a Shiite army from Iraqi recruits to repopulate the city.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 23, 2016
In scores of air raids launched early Friday, Sept. 23, Syrian and Russian bombers pulverized Syrian rebel strongholds in eastern Aleppo, while, on the ground, Syrian military, Hizballah and pro-Iranian Shiite militia forces hammered those targets in one of the most destructive onslaughts yet seen in the nearly six-year Syrian civil war. Cries of “annihilation!” came from rebel commanders.
DEBKAfile Special Report September 15, 2016
The failure of the Ofek 11 spy satellite mission would not only mean hundreds of millions of dollars down the drain, but also indirect losses, incurred by the need to close airspace and territorial waters for the launch, as well as the wasted efforts of deploying fighter and reconnaissance planes as accompaniments and placing medical, rescue and hazardous material disposal units on alert.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2016
Hizballah commits its elite Radwan Force to save the Syrian-Iranian Aleppo front from folding against rebel assault,after Moscow decided to withhold air cover in line with the new Putin-Erdogan deal in St. Petersburg. Putin also bowed to Erdogan’s demand on the Manjib front.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 9, 2016
The talks between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Reccep Erdogen in St. Petersburg scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 9, are causing trepidation among Israel’s policy-makers and military leaders. Turkey appears to have opted to quit ties with the US and NATO and line up with a Russian-Shiite front led by Tehran in preference to an anti-Iran Sunni alliance.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 24, 2016
President Vladimir Putin turns aside all Israel’s complaints about Russian arms supplies to Iran’s Lebanese proxy, Hizballah, which Israel sees as crossing a red line.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 19, 2016
The UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) that flew on July 17 over northern Israel was a “Yasir’ drone made in Iran that was launched from a Hizballah base in Syria’s Qalamoun Mountains, some 60km from central Golan.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 14, 2016
Qassem Soleiman ordered to stop the swelling traffic of Iranian coffins from Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 13, 2016
Israeli military bulldozers backed by tanks have crossed into the demilitarized zone dividing the Israeli and Syrian Golan borders. They are building a line of fortifications and anti-tank trenches 300-500 meters inside the DMZ
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 19, 2016
On Sunday, June 19, helicopters of the Syrian Air Force started transporting Palestinian militia fighters from the Damascus area to the Deir-ez-Zor region of eastern Syria, debkafile’s military sources said in an exclusive report. They are joining Hizballah troops gathering in the area ahead of an all-out assault on Islamic State’s grip on the area, notably the Euphrates River valley.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 26, 2016
There is a strong emphasis on bilateral intelligence and operational cooperation regarding Iran’s ballistic missile.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 19, 2016
Obama decided to respond to Iran’s deliveries of ballistic missiles.
DEBKAfile Special Report May 16, 2016
The defeat that Iran and Hizballah suffered on May 6 in a battle at the Syrian village of Khan Touman showed they cannot win the war for Syria’s President Assad. Seven days after the clash, the commander of Hizballah’s forces in Syria, Mustafa Bader Al-din, was killed in a ground-to-ground missile strike near the Damascus international airport. Later claims by various sources that he was killed in the battle were attempts to conceal the two biggest military blows suffered by the Iranians and Hizballah in Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 14, 2016
Intelligence sources in Syria and Lebanon said Friday that Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah strongly suspects that US and Russian special forces assassinated Mustafa Bader Al-din, the commander of Hizballah forces in Syria, in a joint operation-despite the public allegation against amorphous rebels.