DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 22, 2002, 3:45 PM (GMT+02:00)
The word is out in the United States: Al-Qaeda, Hizballah and the Egyptian and Palestinian Islamic Jihad groups are about to strike.
US intelligence has been leaking information, based on fragmentary intercepts of terrorist transmissions, of impending mass-casualty attacks in the United States, Europe and the Arabian Peninsula, including the Persian ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 19, 2002, 9:28 AM (GMT+02:00)
Three separate episodes over two decades, presented here for the first time by the intelligence and terrorism experts of debkafile and DEBKA-Net-Weekly, demonstrate that the malaise afflicting US intelligence is long-standing.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 18, 2002, 9:31 AM (GMT+02:00)
The most striking living proof that American double agents can be planted in the al Qaeda terror network is not to be found in Guantanamo or in East Afghanistan, which US, Australia, Norwegian, New Zealand and British Royal Marine troops are currently scouring for al Qaeda and Taliban pockets. That ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 17, 2002, 9:33 AM (GMT+02:00)
On January 8, 1998, 33 months before the September 11 disasters, Islamic fundamentalist Ramzi Yousuf was sentenced by a Manhattan court to 240 years solitary confinement, a $4.5 m fine and $250 m in restitution for perpetrating the first terrorist attack on New York's WorldTradeCenter in February 1993.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 15, 2002, 3:49 PM (GMT+02:00)
The deal that turned Yasser Arafat loose from his besieged and battered Ramallah compound on May 1 entailed his surrendering six Palestinian terrorists and killers wanted by Israel, to be imprisoned in Jericho under American-Anglo custody.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 12, 2002, 5:02 PM (GMT+02:00)
Saturday night, May 11, debkafile was informed by its American and European sources of an explicit policy departure by the European Union: Following the Bethlehem episode, that ended in the banishment of 13 senior terrorists outside the Middle East, the deportation of 26 to the Gaza Strip and ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 11, 2002, 10:32 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Lebanese Hizballah's Hassan Nasrallah counted on the shock effect of his surprise offer on April 11 - to negotiate the return of the Israeli Elhanan Tannenboim abducted in October 2000 - to manipulate a number of parties round to dealing with him directly.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 25, 2002, 9:43 AM (GMT+02:00)
For the avowed purpose of giving the Zinni mission a chance, Israel pulled its tanks and troops out of Palestinian-ruled areas the day he arrived, March 14. Since then, raging Palestinian terror has claimed 23 Israeli lives and injured 218.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 13, 2002, 9:50 AM (GMT+02:00)
The terror attack Tuesday, March 12, in which six Israelis were killed and seven injured on the Matsuba-Kabri highway of W. Galilee had all the hallmarks of a military-guerrilla action. debkafile's military and intelligence sources report it was a combined operation by al Qaeda militants, newly based in ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 30, 2002, 3:19 PM (GMT+02:00)
The first woman suicide bomber was identified Wednesday, January 30, as a Palestinian called Wafa Idris, 28, divorcee, who lived in the Al Amri refugee camp near Ramallah on the West Bank and worked as a volunteer worker with the Red Crescent. An arm of Yasser Arafat's Fatah, the Al ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 28, 2002, 4:44 PM (GMT+02:00)
A Pakistani Islamic group linked to al Qaeda, calling itself the National Movement for the Restoration of Pakistani Sovereignty, claims to be holding missing journalist, Daniel Pearl, 38.
DEBKAfile Special Report January 27, 2002, 4:10 PM (GMT+02:00)
Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah and intelligence director Prince Nawwaf are trying to extricate Yasser Arafat from Israeli confinement in Ramallah. The Saudi Press Agency quotes the crown prince as remarking: "Imprisoning a leader is a very strange situation." As to President Bush's harsh criticism of the beleaguered Palestinian leader, Abdullah ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 24, 2002, 4:08 PM (GMT+02:00)
Two senior Israeli cabinet ministers responded instantly to the out-of-the-blue Hizballah mortar and missile barrage Wednesday evening against Israeli frontier positions on the Shaaba Farms sector, after three quiet months. Foreign Minister Shimon Peres held Iran responsible for provoking the Hizballah attack, while defense minister Binyamin ben Eliezer declared angrily ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 14, 2002, 3:43 PM (GMT+02:00)
While pointing a sharply accusing finger at Iran, Israel suddenly finds itself on a high terror alert against an imminent terror threat from Iraq, timed for January 15 or thereabouts. Israeli security authorities are taking into account that Baghdad is capable of striking through its Palestinian terrorist surrogates.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 13, 2002, 3:41 PM (GMT+02:00)
The combined Iranian-Palestinian-Hizballah strategic threat to Israeli's security, made so much of by Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon - and echoed by Israel's senior defense and intelligence officials - did not drop out of the sky when the Karine-A arms ship was intercepted ten days ago.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 25, 2001, 1:32 PM (GMT+02:00)
By this act, Arafat and Nasrallah jumped the gun on the American war on terror. Instead of waiting for the United States to open its second front in the Middle East, the pair moved ahead with their combined terrorist front. In the face of the Bush administration's caution to world ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 24, 2001, 1:37 PM (GMT+02:00)
Mahmoud Abu Hanoud, senior West Bank commander of the Islamist Hamas military arm, evaded every Israeli attempt to capture him for more than six years, the while planning and executing some of the most excruciating terrorist attacks ever inflicted on Israeli civilians. They included most recently the Tel Aviv disco ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 5, 2001, 11:06 AM (GMT+02:00)
Forced under US and European pressure to reduce the heat in Bethlehem and Beit Jala, to the south of Jerusalem, he turns it at the northern end of the city - but not only there. Largely unreported, the Palestinian have ringed fresh targets in the western Negev inside Israel. For ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 4, 2001, 11:22 AM (GMT+02:00)
Up until 1982, when he burst on the Shiite terrorist world of Beirut, Mughniye was a member of Yasser Arafat's personal guard, Force 17, when the Fatah group was one of the fiercest warring militias of the savage Lebanese civil war.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 31, 2001, 12:11 PM (GMT+02:00)
On October 30, four days before an economic conference on the Middle East is due to open at Palma de Majorca, Germany announced it was transferring to the Palestinian Authority the sum of 250 million Deutschmarks. It may therefore be of interest to find out how the Middle East economy ...