193 articles tagged "Intelligence"
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HIzballah's Hajj Hassan Hollo al-Laqqis, slain in Beirut
Slaying Hizballah commander ratchets up Saudi covert war on Iran and Lebanese proxy
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.

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Binyamin Netanyahu's nuclear depiction caricatured
Former CIA, AMAN chiefs: Iran is a nuclear threshold state and can no longer be stopped
DEBKAfile Special Report December 2, 2013

In New York and Tel Aviv, former CIA director Gen. Michael Haden and ex-chief of AMAN, Gen. (ret) Amos Yadlin, offered the same opinion.  Both said Sunday, Dec. 1, that Iran has attained the status of a nuclear threshold state, able to build several nuclear bombs in a matter of weeks. By this diagnosis, they indicted their respective governments for failing to stop this happening. Hayden on the Geneva accord: “We need to negotiate hitting the delete button.” Yadlin: "Iran is a step before breakout to a bomb. This is unfortunate but true.”

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Saudis Fund Clandestine Groups Fighting Regime in Tehran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 14, 2013

Prince Bandar bin Sultan has a war chest of $500 million for clandestine operations in Iran, including assassinations and fomenting violent unrest among its national minorities in four corners of the country.

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Ankara and Tehran Set up Profitable Ties behind America’s Back
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 8, 2013

Turkish-Iranian intelligence cooperation has produced an operation against Syria rebel supplies through Turkey. Tehran wants to redirect Turkish exports from its Israeli route back to Syria, and use the Turkish route to promote Iranian products in Europe.

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Iranian and Turkish foreign ministers - close friends
Turkey and Iran sign secret intelligence cooperation pact. Ankara rolls up anti-Iran spy rings
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 3, 2013

Turkish and Iranian Foreign Ministers Ahmet Davutoglu and Javad Zarif signed a secret pact in Ankara covering intelligence cooperation between their two countries Friday, Nov. 1, debkafile reveals exclusively. Although a member of NATO, Turkey undertook under this accord to stop cooperating with third countries in spying on Iran and to roll up anti-Iranian spy rings operating from its soil. From late October, the Erdogan government began enforcing a prohibition on the activities of agents collecting information on Iran from the Turkish side of the Iranian border.

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Edward Snowden
Edward Snowden May Be the Ultimate Digital Double Agent
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 31, 2013

A major upheaval is believed in progress - not just in US intelligence networks but across the espionage industry around the world in a mad race to shut down, recover and replace the blown networks, for fear of Snowden’s revelations.

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US SEALs Courted Failure in Somalia by Repeating 1993 Mogadishu Mistakes
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 17, 2013

The US Seals team assigned with capturing al Shabaab’s Nairobi mastermind missed out by failing to learn the lessons of the US Mogadishu raid of 1993.

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Gen. Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi
Gen. El-Sisi’s Total Control of Egyptian Intelligence Files Used to Smash Muslim Brotherhood
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 23, 2013

Egyptian strongman Gen. El-Sisi used secret intelligence files out of Brotherhood reach and the element of surprise to overthrow its rule and place its leaders behind bars.

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Four Mid East Intel Agencies Who Lent a Helping Hand to Gen. El-Sisi
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 23, 2013

Egyptian intelligence has asked for Israel help in tracking down Mahmoud Izzat Ibrahim, newly-anointed Brotherhood Supreme Guide, last seen holed up in Gaza.

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US Global Terror Alert: Western and Arab Counterterrorism Agencies Unimpressed
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 9, 2013

None of the 22 countries where US embassies were shut down placed their counterterrorist services on terror alert, after failing to find evidence of a terrorist campaign in the offing.

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Binyamin Netanyahu
Military Cooperation with Egypt Is Israel’s Passport to the Arabian Gulf Club
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 11, 2013

Netanyahu like King Abdullah proved able to think on their feet in the Egyptian crisis and act directly without referring to Washington. Israeli intel and drones made available to support Egyptian offensive against the Muslim Brotherhood and Sinai Salafists.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Moshe Ya'alon at Golan drill
Israeli leaders rebut criticism of under-reacting to threats from Syria by hinting at covert operations
DEBKAfile Special Report June 28, 2013

Senior Israeli officers in the North estimate that the IDF’s performance is just 40 percent of what is required for defending Israel’s border against the threats building up from the Golan.  For too long, Israeli intelligence has been in thrall to the misconception that Bashar Assad’s days are numbered and underestimated Hizballah’s combat effectiveness in the Syrian war. Friday, an Iron Dome anti-missile battery was finally deployed to the northern town of Haifa, after a different kind of rhetoric came from Israeli leaders.

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Dmitry Rogozin
Has Russia Cracked the Codes of the American Missile Intercept Warning Systems?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 16, 2013

Russia has claimed it has penetrated the US missile shield and it no longer poses a military threat to Moscow. If this is true, Israel and the Gulf emirates are exposed to Iranian ballistic missiles unless because their early warning systems are integrated in the US network.

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Self-propelled SA-17 anti-air interceptor
Tehran presses Assad to send Hizballah sophisticated anti-air interceptors
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 28, 2013

Israeli jets were reported flying over Damascus by foreign sources in the last few hours Sunday (April 28). debkafile: Iran is pushing Bashar Assad hard to let Hizballah have sophisticated weapons, including self-propelled SA-17 interceptor missile systems.

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Israeli-Turkish Military Intelligence Cooperation on Syria Is up and Running
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 25, 2013

Pushed hard by the US, Turkish officials opened discussions with Israel on the revival of their former military and intelligence collaboration, especially in relation to the Syrian conflict on which they agreed to pool intelligence and work together in Iraqi Kurdistan.

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in Israel
Boston terror focuses Hagel ME trip on Syria & al Qaeda - instead of Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 21, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s Middle East trip was supposed to present the $10 billion US arms sales to Israel, Saudi Arabia and the UAE as a signal for deterring a nuclear Iran. The Boston bombings shifted the onus of his trip to Syria and al Qaeda. Russian cooperation was a vital source of intelligence for nabbing the two bombers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Friday, April 19. Russian President Vladimir Putin will almost certainly claim his quid pro quo in Syrian currency.

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TTamerlan Tsarnaev killed. His brother Dzhokhar captured
The Tsarnaev brothers were double agents who decoyed US into terror trap
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 20, 2013

Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev won the dubious distinction of being the first terrorist operatives to import al Qaeda terror to the United States through a route outside the Middle East – the Caucasus. debkafile: The pair were double agents, hired by US and Saudi intelligence to penetrate the Wahhabi jihadist networks which spread across the Russian Caucasian, with the help of certain Saudi financial institutions. Instead, the two former Chechens betrayed their mission and went over secretly to the radical Islamist networks.

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Ben Zygier-Alon as a serving IDF soldier
The dark labyrinth of straw companies in which Ben Zygier worked
DEBKAfile Special Report February 14, 2013

 

In the murky world of double agents, no one can be sure who serves whom at any given time. Some straw companies also serve many spymasters - whether as their operating method or out of greed.  Ben Zygier-Alon’s mission has not been revealed, but some leaks suggest he may have been mixed up in this kind of vortex and, instead of jumping out, decided on his own bat to follow through all the way to a certain objective, so sealing his fate and possibly betraying his own masters.

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Prisoner X - Ben Zygier
Mysterious life and death of Australian Mossad agent
DEBKAfile Special Report February 13, 2013

 

Despite their best investigative efforts, ABC TV found no lead to the mysteries of the life and death of Australian Ben Zygier, the Mossad agent. How did he kill himself in a top-security cell in 2010 under the tightest surveillance? Why was he held in secret, solitary confinement? An unnamed Israeli official said his exposure would have posed an existential threat to the country. An Australian inquiry has been launched to find out why Israel’s notification of his death to the Tel Aviv embassy never reached Canberra.

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Qassem Soleimani
Egyptian Brotherhood to Build Own Secret Service Helped by Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 11, 2013

The Al Qods Brigades Chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani beat the US to the draw in Cairo. He arrived in the last week of December and discussed with President Mohamed Morsi’s top advisers how his organization could help the Muslim Brotherhood build their own militia-cum-secret service.

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