DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis July 9, 2017
The ceasefire which Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin agreed should go into effect in along southwestern Syria’s borders with Jordan and Israel on Sunday, July 9, is a hodgepodge of unknown factors. Whether or not it holds is of less concern to Israel than the military presence of Iranian and Hizballah forces on its borders. No word yet from Tehran, Damascus or Beirut on where they stand.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 1, 2017
Although a mark of friendship for Israel, why was this mighty ship, with its more than 80 warplanes and cruise missiles, deployed to the eastern Mediterranean at this time? And which bad guy was it meant to deter?
DEBKAfile Special Report May 22, 2017
debkafile: Donald Trump once again rebutted media evaluations of his trip to Israel as a demonstration of friendship without real content. Very shortly after his arrival, he stood up at the president’sl residence in Jerusalem and delivered a string of important policy statements and new revelations:
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 11, 2017
Two close US allies, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, traveled to Moscow this week to press different cases relatied to Syria to Putin. Netanyahu focused on Iran; Erdogan on the Kurds..
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 28, 2017
One burning question Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu must address when he meets President Donald Trump is the need to dismantle Hizballah’s dangerously upgraded arsenal, including sophisticated missiles, with its eviction from Syria.
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly January 26, 2017
Syria stands on the threshold of dramatic changes that will directly impact on the strategic and military situation along the Syrian borders with Israel and Jordan, debkafile reports exclusively. They derive from a deal struck this week by US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to establish US, Russian and Turkish security zones in Syria. This scheme will transfer military control of the country to those three powers and require Iranian and pro-Iranian forces to leave. More about this in the latest DEBKA Weekly (for subscribers).
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 21, 2017
Donald Trump in his inauguration speech pledged to wipe radical Islamist terrorism “off the face of the earth.” His words were still reverberating when Russian long-range Tu-22M3 bombers smashed Islamic State targets in the eastern Syrian province of Deir ez-Zour the next day.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 25, 2016
Israel is again urged by Washington to update and enlarge its war fleet to catch up with the rapidly changing conditions opposite its shores, where Russia, Iran and Egypt are building up bigger and better armadas.
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 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 January 10, 2016
In his Damascus posting, Gen. Alexander Dvornikov has been given control of the twin Russian commands in Damascus and Baghdad. They function as two halves of the same war room. They are fully coordinated under a single overall commander, enabling the Russian general to stay on top of events and in control of decisions 24/7. This is a key position of enormous authority and extreme diplomatic sensitivity. The Saudis see him as major foe, while the Iranians resent Moscow’s understandings with Israel.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 31, 2015
The IDF and the armies involved in the Syrian war - Russia, Syria and Iran – were on war alert Thursday, Dec. 31 for an imminent Hizballah attack on Israel in revenge for the Samir Quntar assassination in Damascus on Dec. 20. All their intelligence agencies agreed that there was no stopping Hizballah. A senior German emissary was in Beirut two days ago to try and hold Hassan Nasrallah back. He failed. Russian and Iranian forces in Syria are now braced for a potential Israeli counter-offensive.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 6, 2015
On, Dec. 2, Russia started transferring dozens of advanced T-90 tanks to Syria, debkafile reports. They were moved immediately to the Aleppo and Damascus warfronts and will soon be sent to beef up the combined Syrian, Iranian, Hizballah army poised to recover Palmyra from the Islamic State. Israel’s worry is that Russian instructors will also train Iranian and Hizballah forces in the use of the advanced T-90s. With these tanks, they will attain their objective of a strong front in S. Syria and the Syrian Golan for striking Israel’s’ northern frontier defenses.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 30, 2015
The battle for Al-Safira, 20 km. south of Aleppo - and the key to its capture - will go down in Iran’s Revolutionary history as the most humiliating defeat its elite forces have sustained in all its 36 years. This week, Iran sent 2,000 of its best-trained, loyal and well-equipped combat troops, detached from six elite Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) units into battle at Al-Safira, which was supposed to be the turning point in the Syrian civil war. But they were driven back by ISIS amid heavy losses.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 26, 2015
China has jumped aboard the Russia-Iranian military alliance in Syria by sending the aircraft carrier Liaoning-CV-16 to Tartus, to await the arrival of a squadron of its J-15 Flying Shark fighters. As Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama smiled and sat down in the White House to discuss improving relations, Beijing showed muscle - not just in the South China Sea but in the Mediterranean too, turning the Middle East strategic situation on its head.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 24, 2015
Netanyahu gave Putin evidence that Iran was upgrading Hizballah’s arsenal for destroying Israel and plotting a terror front from the Golan. The Russian leaders was unmoved, refused to hear of any interference with Russia’s tight coordination with Iran in Syria.