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Italian-British force ambushed by IS in Libya
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 29, 2016

A convoy of Italian marines, British special forces and Libyan troops traveling from the city of Misrata toward the ISIS stronghold of Sirte was ambushed and hit hard by ISIS forces.    

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Europe Is in No Shape to Stop Islamist Terror
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.

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French nuke carrier for sea-air drill with Egypt ahead of Libya offensive
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. 

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The US War on ISIS Is Fading – Both in Syria and Libya
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.

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Al Baghdadi Plans to Run Away from US-Russian Blitz to Africa or Arabia
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).

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US-Russian marines set up bridgehead in E. Libya for campaign against ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 23, 2016

President Barack Obama resolved earlier this month, much to the surprise of Washington insiders, to open a third anti-terror front in Libya to eradicate the Islamic Front’s tightening grip on the country. This top-secret decision was first revealed by DEBKA Weekly 692 on Jan. 1. For this campaign, he formed a new coalition with Russia and EU governments. This weekend, the first US, Russian, French and Italian Special Forces quietly landed at a point south of Tobruk, after 1,000 British SAS troops had prepared the ground.


 

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US Ground Troops for Obama’s New anti-ISIS Front in Libya
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 31, 2015

To smash ISIS in Libya, Obama is ready to send US ground troops into battle and wind down his presidency with the US at war – scrapping two cherished principles.

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ISIS Hires Qaddafi’s ex-Officers for 10,000-Strong Libyan Force
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 3, 2015

After four idle years, Qaddafi’s ex-officers and soldiers are flocking to the ISIS flag and are muscling in on Libya’s oil and gas fields and pipelines in the service of their new master.

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Egyptian President Shaken up by Russian Airliner Crash and Diplomatic Setbacks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 12, 2015

After deposing two president, Egypt’s military junta has no problem in ousting a third. The generals are watching El-Sisi closely since terrorists were able to down the Russian airliner over Sinai and his failure to drum up international support for his campaign against ISIS.

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Has the Buk Missile System Made Its First Appearance in Sinai?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 5, 2015

A Russian-made Buk missile could have reached a high-flying airliner and could have been made available to ISIS-Sinai from its partner Ansar Al-Sharia, its fraternal ally in Libya.

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The Arab World Seen in Washington as Disintegrating in Bloody, Hopeless Wars
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 16, 2015

Obama saw the Arab world engulfed in ghastly bloody wars in the foreseeable future and was confirmed in his determination to make Iran America’s top strategic ally in the Middle East. Arab rulers are still reeling from the blow and finding it hard to adapt to their new circumstances.

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Egypt’s El-Sisi is the Third Arab Ruler in the Islamist State’s Crosshairs
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 2, 2015

Egyptian president El-Sisi joins the Syrian and Iraqi leaders in ISIS’s crosshairs, after hundreds of jihadis stormed Egyptian positions in northern Sinai. They were empowered by a longstanding pact with the ousted Muslim Brotherhood.

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Saudis Lead GCC Quest for New Strategic Allies after US Letdown in Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 14, 2015

Disappointed in US intelligence assistance for its Yemen war effort, the Saudis have turned to other allies, including France and Israel to pitch in.

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ISIS in occupation of Libyan town of Derna
Large-scale Egyptian army massed for operation to capture eastern Libya from ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 26, 2015

The Middle East is on the brink of its fourth war. debkafile reports. Egypt has massed large-scale ground and air forces in the Western Desert, preparing to capture eastern Libya – Cyrenaica - from ISIS occupation. The offensive may be launched by dropping Egyptian marines from the sea on the Libyan coast around Derna (pop: 100,000), which ISIS has made its provincial capital. ISIS is rushing reinforcements to Libya from Syria and Iraq. The Obama administration objects to a direct Egyptian military operation, as CIA chief John Brennan informed President Abdel Fatteh el-Sisi.

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Khamenei sends Iranian navy to Bab el-Mandeb Straits. Iran arms store for Hamas bombed in Libya
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 31, 2015

Control of the Red Sea Bab el-Mandeb Straits passed Tuesday, March 31 to pro-Iranian forces when the Yemeni Army’s 117th Brigade handed positions guarding the waterway to two Houthi commando battalions, debkafile reveals. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered two task forces to sail to the region to reinforce Houthi control of the strategic straits. Iran was involved in another development Tuesday, when unidentified aircraft bombed and destroyed a base in Burak, southwestern Libya, used by Iran to store arms purchased in Sudan for the Palestinian Hamas.

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King Salman and Abdul-Fatteh El-Sisi
El-Sisi and Salman at Cross Purposes after First Encounter
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 5, 2015

The new Saudi King has posed stiff conditions for continuing his predecessor’s generous financial and political assistance to Egyptian president Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi, who finds himself without Arab allies in his fight against Islamist terrorists.

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Egyptian President El-Sisi will attack Libya-sourced terror
Egypt goes to war on ISIS, masses troops against Islamist Libyan stronghold at Darnah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 28, 2015

Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi has massed his troops for all-out war on ISIS strongholds in Libya, the first Arab ruler to challenge Islamist terrorists in a fellow Arab country, debkafile reports. His initiative dramatizes the spillover of the Islamist State’s threat across the Middle East, and the ineffectiveness of the US-led anti-terror coalition’s efforts in Iraq and Syria. Egyptian commando and marine forces stand ready for imminent sea landings to seize Darnah and wipe out the Islamist militias, coupled with an air and ground campaign against their hideouts in Sinai.

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Mid East Shakeup Leaves Egypt and Israel Out on a Limb, Giving ISIS Benefits
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 26, 2015

Egypt and Israel are left out on a limb by the Saudi king Salman’s defection to supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and dialogue with Ankara, rather than helping Cairo to stand up to the new ISIS threat from next-door Libya and backing Egypt and Israel against Iran.

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Egyptian Copts lined up for mass murder by ISIS
Egypt bombs ISIS targets in Libya after video of 21 Copts beheaded. Ten Egyptians earlier killed in Sinai
DEBKAfile Special Report February 16, 2015

Egyptian air strikes bombed Islamic State targets in Libya at dawn Mon. Feb. 16, hours after a video was released showing the mass beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians. The targets were officially described as “Islamic State camps, training sites and weapons storage areas.” Six days earlier, an ISIS-affiliated Sinai group aired a video depicting the beheadings of 10 alleged collaborators with Israeli and Egyptian intelligence – altogether 31 savage murders of Egyptians in less than a week. debkafile: ISIS-Libya has developed a bridge all the way to Iraqi via Sinai affiliates.

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Israeli Drones Boost Egyptian Fight against Islamists’ “Sinai Province”
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 12, 2015

Egypt has joined forces with Israel to fight the spreading Islamist terror which is escalating on three fronts from Libya to Sinai and from Suez to the Delta. Israel is contributing advanced military drones.

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