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Next Stop for ISIS: Moscow or St. Petersburg
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 24, 2016

After its Brussels coup, ISIS has instructed its North Caucasian networks to prepare for an attack on one or several major Russian cities.

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Europe Is in No Shape to Stop Islamist Terror
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 24, 2016

Anti-terror international intelligence cooperation is not working because the major agencies are wary of sending input to Europe lest it reaches the hands of Muslim informers or buried by incompetent security authorities.

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The West Launches a New Covert War on the Islamic State
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 3, 2016

The new covert war US and other Western powers have recently launched against ISIS has so far touched only its external fringes – not reached the Islamic State’s operational and intelligence core.

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No Real Cause for Apple-FBI War: NSA Has All the Data
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 25, 2016

The FBI did not need to challenge Apple for a back door to the iPhones of the San Bernadino terrorists. The NSA taps into all communications providers and stores their secrets at its Maryland headquarters.

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Abu Mazen rebuffs Kerry’s appeal to cool Palestinian terror against Israelis
DEBKAfile Special Report February 23, 2016

US Secretary of State John Kerry came away empty-handed from his latest meeting with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmud Abbas (Abu Mazen) in Amman on Sunday, Feb. 21,- which shouldn’t have surprised him. debkafile reports that Kerry was finally persuaded that Abbas would not give Israel an inch on any political or security-related matters. The Palestinian leader has never swerved from his conviction that it is the duty of the international community to force Israel to present the Palestinians with a state - without negotiations.

 

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Palestinians ramp up terror to gunfire. Israel Intelligence still at a loss
DEBKAfile Special Report February 15, 2016

Sunday, Feb. 14, will go down as a landmark day in the terror campaign the Palestinians have been waging against Israel for five months. It marked the latest, deliberately ramped-up phase: After advancing from rocks, stabbings, car rammings and teen attacks, through the stage of loners to gangs of two and three, this week, it moved up to shooting and explosive devices. Four Palestinian shooting attacks took place in 12 hours, most using knock-off Carl Gustav submachine guns which are turned out by illegal foundries in Nablus.

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NSA Knocks Down Wall between Cyber Defense and Offense Divisions
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2016

Because offensive and defense efforts have many similarities, they are pooling their forces, resources and abilities for their mutual benefit. Hence the merger of signal intelligence divisions responsible for foreign espionage, and the information security divisions responsible for protecting the computer infrastructure,

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Israeli Heron drone
Exposure of US spying on Israeli drones served a pressing Russian interest
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 31, 2016

The latest batch of “top secret” documents to be leaked to the web magazine The Intercept by fugitive former NSA advisor Edward Snowden, showing that the US had spied on Israeli air force operations for more than 18 years, is as interesting for its timing as its revelations. debkafile: It served as a Keep Out of Syria sign to Israel not to count on its air force superiority for freedom in Syria’s skies and stay out of the conflict now that the Russians and Americans had taken charge..

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The new IDF Cyber Defense Brigade divided between two military branches
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 26, 2016

A cyber defense war room was integrated for the first time in one of Israel’s large-scale national military exercises which took place last week. To meet the perils of cyber warfare, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gady Eisenkot, has established a new Cyber Defense Brigade, assigning it to two branches: Military Intelligence and the Signals Corps.  debkafile’s cyber experts say that a single IDF cyber arm would better serve to pull together the countless bodies facing the very real threat to the country. 

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Ashton Carter Reconfigures US Intelligence for Cyber War on ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 31, 2015

Carter has undertaken the mission impossible of revamping the US intelligence community for the new priority of cyber war on ISIS. He must write new rules of intra-agency engagement.

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Assad again controls Damascus thanks to Russian air strikes and intelligence
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis December 26, 2015

Bashar Assad was given a big break by the Russian air strike that Friday, Dec. 25, killed Zahran Aloush, founder of the most powerful Syrian rebel group Jaysh al-Islam and his deputy.
It was a grave loss for the Syrian rebels fighting the Assad regime and will accelerate the breakup of their strongholds in and around Damascus, as well as hastening the removal of thousands of rebels from the capital under a UN-sponsored ceasefire. The UN also plans to evacuate several thousands ISIS fighters to Raqqa.

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Israel Penetrates Iranian, Hizballah networks in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 24, 2015

In the Quntar assassination, Israel intelligence and air force, backed by dozens of secret agents on the ground, displayed their skills for pinpointing very small targets.

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James Bonds Are Out; Cyber Super-Techs Are In for Today’s Spy Agencies
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 10, 2015

Global spy agencies have transformed their modes of operations, missions and practices since the emergency of the Islamic State terror and Middle East upheavals, moving their focus from classical espionage to high tech and cyber tools.

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French President Hollande was top target in multiple terror atrocity in Paris
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis November 14, 2015

The geography of the six Paris locations targeted by terrorists Friday night points to precise advance planning in support of a primary target, namely, French President Francois Hollande, while at the same time sowing bloody havoc in the French capital, frightening tourists away and shaking the French governing system to the core. The outrage which took an estimated toll of 127 to 153 lives took place without warning from any French intelligence agency. Saturday, the French president accused ISIS of an act of war against his country.

 

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US-Israeli Intelligence Ties Fully Restored to pre-Iranian Deal Level
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 12, 2015

The well-choreographed Obama-Netanyahu summit went swimmingly. They agreed to go back to close intelligence ties and the president was receptive to Israel’s concerns regarding the threats emanating from Syria, and the complication of the Russian military presence.

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Consistent Misreading of the Syrian Conflict Leaves Israel Sidelined by Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 5, 2015

Based on wrong intelligence analyses of the Syrian conflict, the Israeli government is at a loss for a Syrian policy, giving the advantage of Iran. Against all predictions, Hizballah has shaped up from a militia to a proper army.

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Lack of Palestinian Leadership Exacerbates Internal Strife and anti-Israel Violence
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 22, 2015

The elusiveness of an identifiable terrorist leader is further splintering Palestinian communities:
The security forces of Abbas on the West Bank and Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in the Gaza Strip are at a loss on how to keep their streets from veering out of control.

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Russia Boosts Syria Buildup with Flying Intelligence Platform, the IL-20 Coot
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 1, 2015

The IL-20 Coot spy plane moved into Syria is an intelligence pot of gold for Syrian and Hizballah forces and is intrusive enough to blanket Israel as well.

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Russian Officers Liaise with Iranian Command, Poach on US-Backed Kurdish Groups
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 24, 2015

Russian reconnaissance teams are going around the battle fronts and Iranian, Hizballa, Syrian army command centers in Syria to plot the coming warfronts. They are meanwhile cashing in on delays in US arms supplies to the Kurds to poach on American Kurdish terrain.

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High-Tech Israeli Drones See into Cores of Clandestine Iranian Nuclear Facilities
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 10, 2015

Israel drones have been upgraded with Japanese technology to see into the cores of nuclear plants and collect samples. The data and radioactive dust found in undeclared Iranian nuclear plants have been handed to the US and the nuclear watchdog.

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