DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 9, 2014
The Syrian army’s 90th Brigade’s loss of the forward Tel Al-Ahmar Golan position to rebel forces including al Qaeda’s Nusra Front was Bashar Assad’s most humiliating military setback in the past year. Situated on the Israeli border, that position commands the Golan town of Quneitra opposite the Israeli army. Determined to recover it, Assad has mustered a Syrian-Hizballah-Iraqi Shiite expeditionary force. Israel will have to decide how to deal with violations of the Golan demilitarized zone if the Syrian army uses heavy armor and mounts air strikes against the rebels.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 21, 2014
Assad has shifted the Syrian border to accommodate his gift to Hizballah of the Qalmoun Mountains to reward the Lebanese Shiites for aiding in the capture of Yabroud.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 19, 2014
That Israel has no answer for attacks from Syrian territory was apparent from its response to the bombing Tuesday, March 18 of the Golan Post 104, which injured four paratroopers – one seriously - the fourth such attack this month. Artillery and rockets were directed at a Syrian army post near Quneitra followed by air strikes. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon held the Assad regime responsible.debkafile: Holding a sovereign state responsible for terrorist action from its soil never worked in Gaza and will only lead to a war of attrition in the north.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2014
Syria and Hizballah are preparing to fight Israel so that Iran and Russia can get back at the US and the West by the old Cold War device of fighting through proxies.
Syrian-Lebanese border partly erased by hectic war traffic. Israeli air strike Monday mostly inside Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 26, 2014
Middle East sources say Israel’s air strikes on Monday, Feb. 24, were conducted by no more than one or two warplanes which aimed four rockets at a single target, an SS-21 surface missile launcher. Four Hizballah operatives were killed. Large sections of the Lebanese-Syrian border are obliterated by the hectic traffic of arms, men and smuggling networks. Rising there too is an international Shiite legion. Hizballah’s Beqaa Valley arms and missile stores are now strategic reserve supply centers for Hizballah and Syrian units fighting in border sectors.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 20, 2014
Iran’s Gen. Qassem Soleimani and Hizballah’s Hassan Nasrallah are poised for a pounce to grab Lebanon now that its former protecter Saudi Arabia is out of the picture.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 14, 2014
The Lebanese Shiite Hizballah, itself a listed terrorist group, was forced Thursday, Feb. 13 to cancel its most solemn annual event in memory of fabled “special security chief” Imad Mughniyeh for fear of terrorist attack. Hassan Nasrallah traditionally addresses these events. debkafile’s counter-terror sources report that al Qaeda and Sunni extremists have since last July carried out 10 suicide bombings, claiming scores of lives in Beirut and across Lebanon. Security is doubled up for Nasrallah and other top operatives on a tip that they are gunning for them in person.
DEBKAfile Special Report February 13, 2014
Syrian and Hizballah troops launched a major assault Wednesday, Feb. 12, on the Christian-Sunni Muslim town of Yabroud, 80 km north of Damascus, the last stronghold in the strategic Qalalmoun mountains to be held by Syrian rebel and Islamist forces. debkafile: Its fall would open the Damascus highway to Homs and the Allawite regions, secure Hizballah supply routes from Lebanon and potentially revive flagging Syrian army morale. Iranian Al Qods Brigades spies report Yabroud is the source of the bombing attacks on Hizballah in Beirut, Baalbek and the Beqaa Valley.
Iran spreads its war wings: Hizballah deepens role in Syria. Israel, Syria, Lebanon “regions of conflict”
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 10, 2014
In a policy makeover, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has decided to seal off in a separate policy compartment Iran’s nuclear diplomatic tactics for obtaining sanctions relief - and for dominating the Syrian war negotiations resuming in Geneva, Monday, Feb. 10 - and place Iran’s regional goals in another box. Alongside diplomacy, Al Qods Brigades chief Qassem Soleimani will execute Iran’s expanded regional interventions. Hizballah is already deepening its role in the Syrian civil war, while Lebanon, Syria and Israel are targeted by Tehran as “areas of conflict.”
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 26, 2014
debkafile Exclusive: Iran is to urgently rebuild Hizballah’s intelligence and security mechanisms after the ravages caused by suicide attacks on its Beirut and Beqaa strongholds since joining the Syrian war. A secret Iranian Al Qods-Ministry of Intelligence team assigned to the task arrived secretly in Beirut last week, after a top-level Iranian-Hizballah conference concluded that the Lebanese group’s security and intelligence can’t take much more battering without folding. The Iranians will also build Hizballah’s fighting units in Syria a new field intelligence arm.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 20, 2014
Israel’s security cabinet decided Sunday, Jan. 19, to end the issue of gas masks to the public next month, having concluded that "there has been a significant decline in the threat of chemical weapons being fired at Israel." debkafile: This decision is premature, coming as it has on the eve of the Geneva conference on Syria, and information that the Syrian and Iraqi branches of al Qaeda - and possibly Hizballah - have got hold of sarin nerve gas and the know-how for using it. Al Qaeda-Iraq says Israel's destruction is in store after Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 3, 2014
Ambassador Chris Stevens and his CIA team wee assigned an undercover mission to take control of Muammar Qaddafi’s weapons arsenal, keep them out of terrorist hands and use them to promote US interests. This story was never told.
DEBKAfile Special Report January 1, 2014
A tip-off by Western intelligence agencies in Syria led to the Lebanese arrest of Majid al-Majid, the Saudi leader of the al Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades. This group has been held responsible for bomb attacks on the Iranian embassy in Beirut and Hizballah strongholds, as well as rocket attacks on northern Israel. debkafile: Al Majid was arrested in Beirut on Dec. 30, on returning from Syria where he signed a cooperation pact providing the Nusra Front with logistical facilities at Abdullah Azzam stronghold in S. Lebanon near the Israeli border.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 26, 2013
The newest Palestinian terrorist weapon is an Iranian copy of the Austrian single-shot Steyr 50 caliber assassin’s rifle. It was used by a trained sniper to murder Saleh Abu-Tayyel Tuesday on Dec. 24. The marksman belonged to the Hamas-commanded Popular Resistance Committees. He was assisted by a Jihad Islami scout who helped him position the 12.5 kilo, 1.37 m long rifle. IDF Master Sgt. Gal Koby, who was killed on Sept. 22 by a single shot in Hebron, may too have been the victim of a Palestinian sniper using a Steyr 50.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 20, 2013
The mysterious Rev. Guards officer has been secretly appointed commander of the Syrian war. His hidden record covers a long career of external operations in terrorist training, orchestration and execution on behalf of the Islamic regime.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 20, 2013
Netanyahu and Gantz oppose intervention in Syria as a high-risk gamble, while some top generals urge building a security buffer in Syria up to the Israeli border to block the path of Al Qaeda to the Golan.
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 13, 2013
The Iranians, making like a world power, are thrusting their fingers into five major world pies, Syria, the Gulf, Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon.
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 November 23, 2013
The undercover duel between Iran and Saudi Arabia escalates as it moves out of Syria into Lebanon and Iraq.