810 articles tagged "Iran"
Though Highly-Trained and Disciplined, Hamas Finds Battlefield Success Elusive
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 24, 2014

Hamas has shown itself to be a well-trained and disciplined army in the past few weeks, but despite its rockets, snipers and infiltrators it has not yet managed any major successes.

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A Commando Raid Disrupted by Intelligence Shortfall - Lesson for Israeli Ground Operation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 17, 2014

If Israel is to destroy Hamas’ Gaza-based control centers, weapons, and top commanders, it will need superior intelligence and control of the electronic front.

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Barack Obama
Like in Syria and Iraq, Obama Shuns Clash with Iran over Gaza Crisis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 17, 2014

As Hamas and Israel battle it out, Iran is buying new rockets from Libya and smuggling them in to Gaza through the porous Sinai Peninsula.

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Ashdod under heavy rocket attack
Unilateral Gaza ceasefire collapses. Israeli air strikes resume after dozens of Palestinian rockets in hours
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 15, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon ordered the Israeli Air Force to resume strikes over Gaza Tuesday afternoon, six hours after a ceasefire proposed by Egypt, accepted by Israel and rejected by Hamas, was due to go into effect. During those hours, dozens of Hamas rockets raked town after town and village after village. debkafile: The White House called off US Secretary of State John Kerry’s Cairo visit upon finding Tehran’s hand behind the rockets. Netanyahu goes on the air at 8 p.m. to explain what went wrong.

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Hamas’ Buried Military Infrastructure and Commands Evade Israel’s Air Force
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 11, 2014

Israel’s reliance on air strikes and intelligence mean Hamas’ underground bunkers and infrastructure remain untouched, and ground troops are the only way to take them out.

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Sukhoi SU-25 warplane in Baghdad
Al Qaeda-Iraq forces advance on Baghdad military air base. US ponders air strike ahead of Iran and Russia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 4, 2014

Al Qaeda Iraq (IS) and its Sunni allies were advancing Friday, July 4 on the al-Muthanna military air base at Baghdad international airport, debkafile reports. Three columns, of 1,000-1,500 fighters each, were driving forward in US-made armored Humvees and APCs taken booty. They were also after the assault planes Iran and Russia delivered to the base. The Obama administration must decide quickly whether to launch its first air strike to head off the Iraqi Islamists before they grab the strategic air base and, just as importantly, before Tehran or Moscow moves in. 

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Saudi Intervenes in Iraq War to Push Iran and ISIS out
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 27, 2014

The Saudis first intervened in the Iraq war to support local Sunnis allied with ISIS and this week found ISIS heading for their own border.

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ISIS in Iraq Severs Tehran’s Road to Damascus and Beirut
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 27, 2014

Iran’s dream of a Shiite Crescent ranging from Bahrain to Beirut was shattered by ISIS in Iraq.

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Saudi special operations force on the ready
King Abdullah calls up Saudi armed forces on high preparedness. Egyptian troops ready to fly to kingdom
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 26, 2014

Thursday, June 26, the day before US Secretary of State John Kerry was due in Riyadh, King Abdullah summoned a National Security Council meeting “upon the current security events in the region, especially in Iraq,” and ordered “all necessary measures to protect the kingdom against terrorist threats.” The Saudi military has been mobilized and placed on high preparedness, after royal reconnaissance flights discovered Iraqi Al Qaeda-linked Sunni fighters (ISIS) heading for the Saudi border to seize the Ar Ar crossing. debkafile: Egyptian commandos are about to fly out to bolster Saudi border defenses.

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Will Netanyahu use boys’ rescue operation to finally thrash Hamas in Gaza too?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis June 16, 2014

An approaching IDF military operation against Hamas appeared to be building up this week in the wake of the massive IDF effort to rescue the three Israeli boys Hamas kidnapped outside Hebron on June 10. debkafile: It already has a name: “Our Brothers Come Home.” Egypt has reinforced its borders with Israel and Gaza, offering the chance of President Abdule-Fattah El-Sisi’s backing. Israel’s strategic decisions are influenced by the thousands of Iranian Shiite troops battling Sunni Islamists in Iraq. Tehran's success would consolidate Hamas and Jihad Islami domination of Ramallah.

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IDF Is Only Mid East Army Ready to Take on ISIS in Iraq
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 13, 2014

US, Iran caught off guard by rapid ISIS advances in Iraq, with Israel the only army that has restructured for unconventional warfare.

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Ismail Haniyeh
Creating a New Palestinian Hizballah to Take off from Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 5, 2014

The new Palestinian unity government leaves Hamas with major sources of power, including militia, weaponry, Gaza port, and civilian posts. Some worry Hamas is attempting to do what Hizballah has done in Lebanon and overtake Fatah and the PA.

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Iran Plants Afghan Shiite Refugees in another War – in Syria. Sunni Refugees Rally too
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 29, 2014

Iran pulling together Shiite army of Afghan refugees to aid Assad’s depleted forces, as the US begins training Syrian rebels.

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Miriam and Emmanuel Riva
Were the Tel Aviv Couple Victims of an Iranian, Hizballah Revenge Killing?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 29, 2014

Rumors grow that Israeli couple killed in Brussels Jewish museum attack were targeted for their alleged intelligence work, and that their death may be connected to another assassination in Israel.

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Barack Obama and King Abdullah
Princes Rattled by Ageing Monarch’s Constant Reshuffles
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 29, 2014

King Abdullah has been reshuffling power in Saudi Arabia, raising the ire of some royal family members and leaving the army and defense ministry unstable.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Shinzo Abe
Japan Teams up with Israel against Cyber Links between China, North Korea, Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 15, 2014

Japan and Israel ink a deal to cooperate on cyber security, as Tokyo fears the expertise passing through China, North Korea, and Iran leaves it vulnerable.

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John Kerry and Mahmoud Abbas
Hamas Forges Unity with Fatah – But Also Reopens Gaza Door to Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 15, 2014

Hamas and Fatah reconciliation will soon bring about a unity government of technocrats, as Hamas seeks to revive its ties with Iran.

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Hassan Rouhani and Ilham Aliyev
Alyev’s Turn Away from the US over Ukraine May Deprive Israel of Vital Listening-Posts
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 8, 2014

Strategically located Azerbaijan cools longstanding economic and security ties with Jerusalem and Washington, looking to Iran for new alliance.

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Nouri al-Maliki
Polling in Iraq, Syria and Egypt May Cleave Mid East into Two New Blocs
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 1, 2014

Iran buttresses two Arab governments plus Hizballah versus Saudi-backed Egypt and the UAE.

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Bashar Assad and Hassan Nasrallah
Washington’s Dialogue with Tehran Extends to an Elevated Hizballah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 25, 2014

Hizballlah leader Hassan Nasrallah seeks the role of key to resolving the Syrian civil conflict and the Obama administration in deference to that role has launched a secret dialogue with the Lebanese group.

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