DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 28, 2016
Libyan Gen Khalifa Hafter arrived in Moscow Sunday, Nov. 26, with a request for Russian arms and military support for his army. He was welcomed in Moscow, which saw an opening for Russia to gain its first military base in North Africa, 700km from Europe. debkafile: President Vladimir Putin began to envision a second Mediterranean base on the coast of Benghazi, twin to Hmeimim in Syria’s Latakia.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 3, 2016
UAE, Egypt, France and Italy operate an air base in support of Gen. Hafter.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 15, 2016
Obama rebuffs Libyan government, US military and allied demands for more air support.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 1, 2016
Reduced numbers don’t diminish their capabilities as West believes.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 18, 2016
Jihadists head out of Sirte for long trek to desert rendezvous with AQIM.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 4, 2016
Washington will be obliged to carry on for longer than the 30 days to make headway.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 14, 2016
Sinai has become the ISIS regional communications hub, US discovers.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 3, 2016
The Islamic State struck the West again on June 1, when it activated a local Bangladeshi cell for a murderous, hostage-taking attack on a Dakha restaurant to target a large contingent of Italian businessmen.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 23, 2016
US-led offensives grind to a halt on two fronts, are pushed back on a third.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 16, 2016
Obama, supported by Putin, plans to keep ISIS-controlled cities under siege rather than capturing them.
DEBKAfile Special Report May 28, 2016
The US has deployed about 7,500 US soldiers in Iraq and Syria and an additional 1,000 to 1,250 troops in Libya. US planes are taking off from Incirlilk base in South Turkey against Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq. Yet the ISIS peril is not diminished.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 19, 2016
US forces have been deployed to four ME countries during the past two weeks.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 19, 2016
Elements of the Algerian military maintain contacts with ISIS or Al Qaeda.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 12, 2016
ISIS launched a surprise attack on local militias which enables it to capture areas south-west of Sirte.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 8, 2016
The last 48 hours (May 7-8) have seen a major escalation of the ISIS threats against Israel, debkafile’s intelligence and counterterrorism sources report. In a coordinated maneuver by all of the ISIS commands in the Middle East, the terrorist organization simultaneously released at least 10 videos that it said showed ISIS forces on their way to attack targets in Israel.
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.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 29, 2016
The French nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle is on its way to the Mediterranean for joint maneuvers with the Egyptian navy to prepare for a joint attack on ISIS in Libya, debkafile’s military sources report. It will be the Egyptian navy’s first joint exercise with a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. They will practice landing fighter-bombers from the Charles de Gaulle at air bases in Egypt’s western desert for refueling, reloading munitions or emergency landings, and rehearse joint marine landings.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2016
US and Russian bombardments of ISIS targets have petered out in Syria, heavily outnumbered by intense Russian sorties for wiping out rebel resistance. The US-led operation to destroy ISIS in Libya is also on ice, as former Libyan generals join up with the Islamic State.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2016
The ISIS Caliph is preparing to run away from the US-Russian blitz awaiting Raqqa, and setting up shop either in Yemen (with AQAP) or in the North African desert (with AQIM).