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Refugees flooding into Europe
Four parties caused Syria’s genocidal calamity. Should Israel get involved?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 6, 2015

Three agents bear direct responsibility for the genocidal Syrian war – and the refugee crisis: Bashad Assad, Iran and Russia; and the fourth, the US, by dereliction. Israel stayed out of it, except for supporting a rebel-held strip of southern Syria as a buffer against Iranian, Hizballah or Syrian army encroachment on its northern borders. More than 1,000 wounded Syrian rebels and civilians were treated in Israeli hospitals. Now, too, the Netanyahu government has determined to stay clear of the Syrian refugee crisis. for a number of reasons.

Khamenei Shuts US Firms out of Iran’s Post-Sanctions Economy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 30, 2015

Khamenei, before ratifying the nuclear deal, shuts Iran’s doors to business with US firms, hands out gas concessions to Italy and France, oil and nuclear industry to Russia, refineries to China.

Wrangling over Targets Brings Havoc to the US-Turkish Campaign against ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 30, 2015

The campaign against ISIS launched by the US and Turkey is running into havoc because Washington and Ankara are at cross-purposes on targets, with Ankara using it to hit Kurds.

Chinese Chengdu J-10  for Iranian air force
Iran orders from China 150 J-10 fighter jets that incorporate Israeli technology
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 30, 2015

Iran is to purchase from China the Chengdu J-10 multirole jet fighter, known in the West as the Vigorous Dragon, according to an exclusive report from debkafile. Beijing has agreed to sell Tehran 150 of these sophisticated jets, which are comparable to the US F-16. From Moscow, Tehran has ordered 250 highly-advanced Sukhoi-Su-30MK1 fighters as well as 100 in-flight refueling planes. The scale of Iran’s multibillion acquisitions from China and Russia indicates that Tehran’s top spending priority for funds released by the lifting of sanctions is a spanking new air force.

Russia’s Lightning Invasion Boosts Ukraine Rebel Counteroffensive
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 29, 2014

Moscow is sending troops and arms into Ukraine to boost pro-Russian rebels who are surging through the country and have opened a new front near the southern border near Crimea.

Malaysian Airline crash site in E. Ukraine
Crisis deepens over Malaysian air crash over Ukraine, adding to US-Russian strains
DEBKAfile Special Report July 19, 2014

The international crisis swirling around the shooting down by a Russia Buk anti-air missile of the Malaysian passenger flight Boeing 777 over E. Ukraine, killing all 298 people aboard, deepened further Saturday, July 19. Washington suspects Moscow of supplying the pro-Russian separatists with the lethal missile, whereas the Europeans accuse them of preventing international observers obtaining access to the crash site near their village of Rozsypne. Teams from Europol and Interpol head to Ukraine to identify the bodies of the plane crash victims. European officials don’t trust the rebels’ post mortem examinations.

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. 

Iran Plotted to Conduct its First Nuclear Test in North Korea
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 27, 2014

Iran plotted to hold its first nuclear test in North Korea but backed off for the time being. Tehran’s nuclear partnership with Pyongyang is the X factor not addressed in Vienna negotiations.

Khalifa Haftar
Stabilizing Libyan Oil to Offset Russia’s Energy Leverage against Europe
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 22, 2014

The US, UAE and Egypt are backing Gen. Khalifa Haftar’s battle against militant Islamists in Libya, hoping to secure oilfields and target Ansar al-Sharia.

Petro Poroshenko
Oligarchs like the “Chocolate King” Set to Rule Kiev, Promise to Keep Hands off the East
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 22, 2014

With presidential elections at the end of the month, Ukraine’s oligarchs are likely to agree to an unofficial split of territory in the central and western parts of the country, leaving Russian influence in the east and Crimea intact.

Israel Moves 500 Tanks to Northern Borders, Saudis Parade 130,000 Combat Troops
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 8, 2014

Large-scale military exercises in Israel and Saudi Arabia aimed at preparing for war with Iran and its proxies.

Pro-Russian protesters occupy Donetsk building
Kiev bows to Moscow, devolves near-autonomous powers on restive pro-Russian regions
DEBKAfile Special Report April 12, 2014

The Ukrainian government has offered sweeping autonomous powers to restive, pro-Russian regions as a concession to Moscow's demands. Acting prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk told regional leaders and businessmen Friday, April 11 in the eastern town of Donetsk, where pro-Russian separatists have declared a People’s Republic, that he is ready to consider a law on referendums. He is trying to avert Ukraine’s breakup into pro-Western European and pro-Russian regions by a gesture that is likely a Western trial balloon for Moscow.

Mohammed Javad Zarif
US Wants a Quick Nuclear Accord with Iran - in Isolation from Ukraine Impasse with Russia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 10, 2014

Washington is in a big hurry to finalize a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran to avert the military action building up around the Islamic Republic.

Washington’s Retreat Gives Al Qaeda Free Rein in 11 Targeted Countries
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 21, 2014

Obama’s refusal to provide Iraq and Egypt with sophisticated arms for fighting terror has resulted in al Qaeda- Iraq swarming unrestrained across 11 Middle East countries.

Not the best of friends.
Putin approves Crimea's annexation to Russia in defiance of Western sanctions
DEBKAfile Special Report March 18, 2014

President Vladimir Putin approved a draft treaty between Crimea and Moscow on the breakaway region’s “reunification with Russia” Tuesday, March 18. He formally notified the Russian parliament of Crimea’s application to join Russia as a new federal republic. Monday, the US and EU imposed relatively mild sanctions – travel bans and a freeze on assets - on Russian and Ukrainian officials after condemning the Crimean referendum as illegal. The White House warned sanctions would be broadened if Russia took more steps. Putin has defied that warning.

The pilots of the missing Malaysian Boeing 777.
US, Russian, Chinese military satellites hunt MH370 over Central Asia. Is it readied for a terrorist attack?
DEBKAfile Special Report March 16, 2014

The US, Russia and China Sunday, March 16 contributed military satellites to the search for the Malaysian Boeing 777, missing without a trace for nine days with 239 people aboard. debkafile: The hunt focuses increasingly on some unknown derelict airfield in remote Central Asia, with the investigative accent on the contents of the cargo hold or a possible hijacking by terrorists to prepare for a major attack. Were they Uyghur separatists or others? Was the plane downed by cyber means? And were the pilots complicit in a plot to make Flight MH370 vanish?

Russian forces on Ukraine's borders
Crimea votes to quit Ukraine under guns of Russian tanks
DEBKAfile Special Report March 15, 2014

Russian military movements and strength around Crimea do not exceed the level for securing the referendum taking place on the peninsula Sunday, March 16 against possible Ukrainian or Western disruptions. There are no signs of Russia planning to invade other parts of Ukraine.  Neither have Ukraine’s European neighbors or the US bases on their soil declared unusual military preparedness. The Ukraine army is likewise stationary. But one or more of these forces may snap into unforeseen action during the referendum or after it’s over.


Binyamin Netanyahu
Syria and Hizballah Square off to Fight Israel - Backed by Iran and Russia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2014

Syria and Hizballah are preparing to fight Israel so that Iran and Russia can get back at the US and the West by the old Cold War device of fighting through proxies.

Russian airborne forces
Russian units transferred from securing the Sochi games to the Ukraine border
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 24, 2014

Units of the Russian forces which secured the Olympic Winter Games ending in Sochi Sunday were flown and shipped Monday, Feb. 24 to Russian bases at the Ukrainian Crimean port of Sevastopol, debkafile reports, as Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev refused to recognize the new authorities in Kiev. Giant Russian Air Force transports and rapid deployment forces were placed on alert at the Rostov on-Don base east of the pro-Russian southeastern Ukrainian town of Donetsk. Military movements were also sighed in Belgorod opposite the Ukraine border.

Vladimir Putin and Viktor Yanukovych
Moscow, Washington and Brussels Lose Interest in Kiev Unrest
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 31, 2014

The Russians withdraw Putin’s aid promise to Yanukovych to avoid another Orange Revolution, however strategically and economically Ukraine is to Moscow.

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