DEBKAfile Special Report May 6, 2016
The exchanges of fire between the IDF and Hamas in the Gaza border area during the last few days has rattled the terrorist organization, making it fire mortar shells, rockets and light weapons at IDF forces in the area. The firing that intensifies each time that the troops approach a tunnel, or one of its apparatuses, is helping the IDF locate the openings of the tunnels
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 2, 2016
The chief of staff of the Iranian military, Maj. Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi, arrived in Damascus on April 30 to assume direct command of the Iranian and Hizballah forces fighting in Syria, debkafile’s military and intelligence sources report. His arrival shifts Iran intervention in Syria into high gear.
DEBKAfile Special Report April 27, 2016
The US withdrew its forces from the Sinai Peninsula last weekend in response to Egypt’s transfer of sovereignty over Tiran and Sanafir islands to Saudi Arabia. The move came after Washington protested to Egyptian President El-Sisi over its exclusion from consultations and military coordination between Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Israel regarding the islands.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 21, 2016
This is a joint venture by UAE, Jordan and Israel.
DEBKAfile Special Report April 18, 2016
Explosion on Jerusalem bus No. 12 on Monday as it travelled on Hebron street around 6:00 p.m., which also ripped through a second bus and injured 20 people, including two seriously
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 18, 2016
The Israeli cabinet holds its weekly session Sunday April 17, on the Golan. Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu will visit Moscow on Thursday, April 21 to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and to launch the most important battle of his political career, and one of Israel’s most decisive contests of the last 10 years: the battle over the future of the Golan Heights.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 15, 2016
Tehran and Cairo Slam Aid Doors on Hamas. Gen. Soleimani pops up again with some hard truths for the Palestinian group. Iranian and Egyptian officials turned down the urgent applications for aid by penniless Hamas because the Palestinian terrorists refused to meet either of their terms, whether to back Assad or to betray ISIS-Sinai.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 14, 2016
Obama and Putin are jointly supporting the return of the Golan Heights to Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 8, 2016
The first visit to Cairo by Saudi King Salman Thursday, March 7 heralded a new chapter in the war on the Islamic State in Sinai. Saudi rulers decided to neutralize the threat to Egypt’s stability and the kingdom by severing the lifeline provided ISIS by the Bedouin tribes by the same means as their peace effort in Yemen, i.e., buying the loyalty of Bedouin tribal chiefs with hard cash. The king placed a cool 1.5 billion petrodollars on President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi’s table for this purpose and new equipment, over and above $20bn in oil.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 31, 2016
After losing Palmyra, ISIS took everyone by unawares by heading south. US, Israel and Jordan are arming Syrian rebels in the south with heavy weapons to reinforce their effort to keep the jihadis back from the Israeli and Jordanian borders.
DEBKAfile Special Report March 24, 2016
The Belgian government some weeks ago hired an Israeli security firm to inspect security arrangements at the Zaventem airport of Brussels. The experts, who were asked for advice on improvements, submitted initial recommendations for urgent upgrades. However those improvements had not been installed by Tuesday, March 22, when Islamist terrorists hit the airport.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 17, 2016
Israel is left worse off by the Russian expedition to Syria and its partial termination, which leave Iranian and Hizballah forces at dangerously close quarters on its Golan border.
DEBKAfile Special Report March 9, 2016
Palestinian terrorist attacks hit three Israeli towns in quick succession Tuesday, March 8, the day US Vice President Joe Biden landed in Israel. Fears were quickly borne out of a further escalation of terror Wednesday, when he arrived in Jerusalem.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2016
US Vice President Joe Biden will start his five-day Middle East tour in Israel Tuesday, March 8, by presenting the multibillion financial and defense aid package promised by the Obama administration to redress the imbalance in Israeli security generated by the nuclear deal with Iran. debkafile’s sources report that Prime Minister’s Binyamin Netanyahu was quietly tipped by Biden’s close circle that he may decide to use the handover of this package as the opening shot of his run for the Democratic presidential nomination.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 3, 2016
Putin’s “ceasefire” military plans bring the Syrian army and Hizballah ever closer to the Turkish border and will repeat the same exercise for asserting control of the Israeli border in the south.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 25, 2016
Hizballah has converted the former resort town of Zabadani into a fortified compound for the secret manufacture of chemical weapons and dirty bombs.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 10, 2016
Syria’s refugee crisis in the north is now repeating itself in the south, with tens of thousands of destitute women, children and elderly people fleeing their homes – not this time from beleaguered Aleppo to the Turkish border, but from the southern region of Daraa towards the Jordanian and Israeli borders. Unlike the broad coverage of the refugee crisis on the Syrian-Turkish border, the refugee exodus from the south has received scant media attention – even from Israeli correspondents – and no statements of policy have been issued by the Israeli government.