DEBKAfile Special Report June 15, 2010
Two heavily-armed individuals, a man and a woman, stopped at the Bayshore Gate of MacDill Air Force Base outside Tampa, Florida early Tuesday, June 15, with fake IDs, were described later as Caucasians in their mid-20s. The man is an active duty military serviceman on AWOL; the woman has no military connection.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 7, 2010
The failed attempt to blow up a car bomb in Times Square at the heart of Manhattan, New York, was the fourth time in seven months that America's intelligence and security agencies had missed thwarting a terrorist attack.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 7, 2010
Obama's Afghanistan strategy is thrown in disarray by the failed New York car bombing. As US forces prepare their offensive in Kandahar, S. Afghanistan, the Taliban strikes in New York. Both his war planners and intelligence chiefs need a fresh approach.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 7, 2010
Was Faisal Shahzad a CIA mole against Taliban or a two-timing double agent? This would explain some of the peculiarities his case has thrown up.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 16, 2010
Al Qaeda could easily have acquired devices or materials in the last decade. But since 2004, there have been no real clues whether Osama Bin Laden acquired nuclear, biological or chemical weapons or intended using them in terrorist attacks.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 2, 2010
Al Qaeda, long entrenched in the Caucasian, is boosting local Islamic extremist groups and separatist movements with fighters from
DEBKAfile Special Report March 29, 2010
Two female suicide bombers hit the two central
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 26, 2010
Iran pulled off a major coup in capturing the Sunni Jund Allah leader Abdul Malek Rigi. The darkest secret of the affair was Pakistan's connivance with Tehran for a step that knocked the legs out from under a vital US endeavor.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 22, 2010
Jordan's Abdullah II has mobilized his security services and ordered an urgent crackdown against a rising terror threat after two serious breaches caught them napping: The Jordanian triple agent Khalil Al-Balawi, who blew himself up at the CIA Forward Base Chapman in Afghanistan on Jan. 14, killing seven US agents and a Jordanian intelligence officer, and the roadside blasts which just missed Israeli diplomatic vehicles on a Jordanian road last Friday, Jan. 15
DEBKAfile Special Report January 9, 2010
Two men were arrested Friday, Jan. 8, suspected of being accomplices of Naijubullah Zazi, who was charged with a plot to bomb
DEBKAfile Special Report January 6, 2010
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 4, 2010
US official spokesmen have stepped up their rhetoric against al Qaeda in Yemen but do not have the manpower resources to open another anti-terror warfront in addition to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and to a lesser degree Somalia, debkafile's Washington sources report.
DEBKAfile Special Report December 29, 2009
US president Barack Obama, in his second speech in 24 hours, said: "Data was not shared and a systemic failure occurred. I consider that totally unacceptable."
DEBKAfile Special Report December 27, 2009
If Reid goes down in terror history as "the shoe bomber", Abdulmuttallab may be remembered as the Rich Jihadi, the son of a wealthy Nigerian banker and ex-minister, the second millionaire-terrorist to follow in the footsteps of the first, Osama bin Laden.
Abdulmuttallab admitted to links with al Qaeda and receiving the explosives in
This contradicts earlier US attempts to play down the incident by claiming he was a loner.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 17, 2009
A deceptive impression has been gained from the rash of FBI (preventive) arrests in recent weeks that a home-grown network of Islamist terrorists is raising its head to strike in the US, like the one which has taken shape in Britain.
However, in America, the cases were all in different states, unrelated to each other and the suspects reeled in were small fry.
The case of Najibullah Zazi, 24, the Afghan shuttle van driver, was the most serious. In other cases, unrelated to the first, a Jordanian Muslim was detained trying to blow up a Dallas office tower and two American Muslims were taken in for questioning.
In contrast, local jihadi networks in Britain managed to attack the London railways system in July 2005, killing 51 people, tried and failed to plant liquid explosives on seven transatlantic airliners bound for the US from Heathrow in 2006, and staged an attack on Glasgow airport in June 2007.
No organized terror network on this scale appears to have sprung up in America although the latest arrests appear to suggest that the country's transport systems and high-rise buildings are in danger.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 24, 2009
A week after Air France A330's unexplained fatal dive into the Atlantic June 1, debkafile reports from Paris that US, French and Brazilian investigators have begun going through the list of more than 200 passengers on the flight from Rio to Paris with a tooth comb. They are looking at the victims' countries of origin, family, social and denominational associations for possible clues to the mysterious disaster.
As long as the fog surrounding the tragedy remains impenetrable, a man-made disaster cannot be ruled out. Both the French defense minister and Pentagon have said there were no signs that terrorism was involved in the crash. This was short of an outright denial. But some terror experts are not excluding a terrorist attack.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 2, 2009
The only solid fact emerging from the fanciful "reports" traded between Western and Middle East media over the bombing of an Iranian arms convoy bound for Hamas in January is that Tehran's arms shipments to Hamas via Sinai and the Gaza tunnels continue at full spate.
Somehow, as the "reporting" unfolded, the US attacker morphed into the Israeli Air Force.
Western imagination outdid itself Sunday, March 28, when the London Sunday Times claimed that Israeli intelligence used drones to bomb the convoy in Sudan, possibly even Eitan UAVs, whose wing span is like that of a Boeing airliner, and that missiles capable of reaching Tel Aviv were the target.
If this claim and reports in other Western media - asserting glibly that Israeli drones or warplanes had sunk an Iranian ship in the Red Sea - are correct, they would signify:
1. That Israel and Iran are at war;
2. That Tehran has decided to take Israeli attacks on the chin and not respond. Does this sound like the Iranian leaders we know?
3. Israel has declared war on Sudan with two attacks.
4. And, most importantly, Israel's armed forces have failed to stem the flow of Iranian arms to Gaza.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 27, 2007
Sunday, May 27, was a red letter day for Hamas. One of the hundreds of Qassam missiles fired from Gaza in the last 12 days hit a car in Sderot's center driven by 35-year old Oshri Oz from Hod Hasharon, whose company provides computer services in the battered town. He died on the way to hospital. He is survived by a two-year old daughter and a pregnant wife, who was hospitalized after she received the news of his death.
That day, too, Ghazi Hamad, spokesman of the Palestinian government headed by Ismail Haniya of Hamas, was the honored guest at a prestigious English literary festival at Hay-on-Wye in Wales. Invited to the event by the British Guardian newspaper, the Palestinian terrorist shared a platform with future and past British premiers, Chancellor Gordon Brown, who enters 10 Downing on June 27, John Major, the designer Vivienne Westwood and other glitterati. The Palestinian jihadi starred in Sky television's Adam Bolton's Sunday interview program.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 19, 2007
The warning sirens wailed across central and southern Israel Tuesday, March 20 purportedly to prepare the most densely populated parts of the country for unconventional terrorist strikes and mega-attacks, rocket strikes and missile attacks on three fronts. The official announcement promised the incorporation of lessons drawn from the Lebanon war when more than a million Israeli civilians were blasted by 4,000 Hizballah rockets for 33 days.
defenses against unconventional terrorist attacks or a missile blitz, supposedly drilled Tuesday and Wednesday, the government is sorely derelict - even to the old, nagging problem of providing protected areas for the schoolchildren of Sderot and its neighbors against Palestine missiles attacks, which have never stopped in six years.
Five Qassam missiles were fired from the Gaza Strip, Sunday, March 18, the day the Palestinian unity government was installed
The population of northern Israel is no better protected for the next war than they were for the last, despite the promises the prime minister, defense minister and other cabinet members scattered right and left.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 27, 2006
Israel's five-day anti-missile campaign was curtailed Sunday, Nov. 26 by a ceasefire announced by the Palestinians. But it was long enough to provide Israeli forces with the foretaste of a Palestinian fighting force far different from the bands of terrorists the IDF has faced for the past six years in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.
The fingerprints were clearly apparent of the 120 Syrian and Hizballah officers whose arrival in the Gaza in the weeks after the Lebanon War was revealed by debkafile. They came in quite openly through Cairo international airport without demur from Egyptian officials.