239 articles tagged "Terrorism"
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French President Hollande was top target in multiple terror atrocity in Paris
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis November 14, 2015

The geography of the six Paris locations targeted by terrorists Friday night points to precise advance planning in support of a primary target, namely, French President Francois Hollande, while at the same time sowing bloody havoc in the French capital, frightening tourists away and shaking the French governing system to the core. The outrage which took an estimated toll of 127 to 153 lives took place without warning from any French intelligence agency. Saturday, the French president accused ISIS of an act of war against his country.


Deaths rise to 158 in multiple terrorist violence in central Paris
DEBKAfile Special Report November 14, 2015

French police are preparing to place areas of Paris under curfew Friday night as the city comes under multiple terrorist attack with at least 158 dead, including 118 hostages executed. French President Francois Hollande said that in view of the unprecedented assault, he has ordered French borders closed and the army mobilized. Three locations were initially targeted but there may be twice as many.  

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.

Moscow and Egypt Part Company in Responses to the Islamist Challenge
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 5, 2015

ISIS targeted and struck two foes, Russia and Egypt, with a single Russian-made missile. Neither wants to admit this. The Islamists fearing retribution went to ground after shooting down the Russian airliner, but there was none.

Anti-air missiles in ISIS hands also imperil Saudi, Jordanian and Israeli skies
DEBKAfile Special Report November 5, 2015

The British Cobra (emergency cabinet) decision of Wednesday, Nov. 4, not to send airliners to or from Sharm El-Sheikh, where 20,000 British tourists are stranded, further strengthens the assumption that the Russian Metrojet Flight 9268 was downed over Sinai Saturday by a terrorist missile. So far, the drawn-out deliberations and prevarications by officials in several countries regarding the crash of the Russian plane are meant for one purpose: to gain time for doing nothing about ISIS in Sinai.

French terror train
Train gunman: French intelligence fails again to distinguish between informer and Islamist terrorist
DEBKAfile Special Report August 22, 2015

The Moroccan gunman, Ayoub Qahzzani, 26, who injured three passengers on the Amsterdam-Paris fast train Friday, Aug. 21, before he was subdued, was one more Muslim extremist known to French intelligence who was nonetheless able to commit an act of terror. debkafile: This selfsame scenario has been repeated time and again in three years since the Toulouse Jewish school outrage. The bravery of two US servicemen and other passengers averted a massacre on the packed Thalys train.


Two Princes, Two Wars: Who Is Going to Win?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2015

The Crown Prince leads the war on domestic terror, while his deputy heads the war on Yemen. But the latter is also the king’s son and the Yemen war may be easier to crack than the pervasive attraction of young Saudi men to the radical lure of ISIS.

Western Focus on “Lone Wolves” Risks Missing Sophisticated Terror Networks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 2, 2015

Investigations of the ISIS attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait already show that each assailant had accomplices, as terrorist networks and sleeper cells come to light. Calling them lone wolf operations obstructs counter-terror probes and operations.

Australian commandos end the hostage siege in Sydney
Australian agencies must learn from their first major terrorist attack on home ground
DEBKAfile Special Report December 16, 2014

The 17-hour cycle of Australia’s first major Islamist terrorist experience at home, which began early Monday, Dec. 16, with a hostage siege at the Lindt chocolate café in Sydney’s bustling central business district, will have afforded Australia’s counter-terror services more operational lessons than any studies of past incidents or attacks in far-off places. It could have been shortened had the stream of smart phone and social network messages from the hostages been put to efficient use, or if the Australian commandos had executed their raid sooner and differently.

Miriam and Emmanuel Riva
Were the Tel Aviv Couple Victims of an Iranian, Hizballah Revenge Killing?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 29, 2014

Rumors grow that Israeli couple killed in Brussels Jewish museum attack were targeted for their alleged intelligence work, and that their death may be connected to another assassination in Israel.

Libyan Abu Khattala Is Targeted - for Benghazi and Plotting a Smart Bomb Attack on America
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 15, 2014

Obama attempts to reverse the political tide by signing directive to assassinate Libyan commander of attack on Benghazi complex and prevent smart bomb attack.

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.

Western Spy Agencies Sketch Uighur Terror Attack on the Malaysian Airliner
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 13, 2014

The dominant theory among western intelligence agencies to account for the Malaysian aircraft’s disappearance is a Uighur terrorist attack, using lax security at Kuala Lumpur airport.

Oil slick left by lost Malaysian airliner
Worldwide probe to identify two mystery passengers aboard missing Malaysian airliner
DEBKAfile Special Report March 9, 2014

Dozens of international intelligence and counter-terrorism agencies worldwide are seeking the identifies of two passengers with stolen passports aboard the Malaysian airliner which vanished Saturday, March 8, without a trace, with 239 people aboard. Interpol sharply reprimanded Kuala Lumpur security for failing to check its lists of stolen and lost passports against passengers’ documents. The FBI has found no signs of an explosion in the vicinity of the lost airliner. The cause of the crash remains baffling.

The tourist bus blown up by terrorists in Sinai
Bomb which blew up South Korean bus in Sinai was rigged to detonate in Eilat
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis February 17, 2014

The bus carrying South Korean tourists from Egypt to Israel was rigged as a time bomb for Eilat, debkafile reveals. It blew up prematurely in Egyptian Sinai, killing three South Korean tourists and the Egyptian driver, and injuring fourteen, Sunday, Feb. 16 - shortly before the bus crossed into Israel. An explosion in downtown Eilat would have afforded the al Qaeda-linked Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis its first multi-casualty terrorist hit inside an Israeli town. Serious lapses were exposed in Egyptian security. North Korea voiced shock and outrage over the terrorist attack.

Sochi Olympics under preventive terror guard
Russian anti-terror drive around Sochi leaves 10 dead. Female suicide suspects detained in W. Europe
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 9, 2014

Russian special forces are engaged in a relentless offensive to pin down would be Islamist terrorists on their home ground or hideouts in Dagestan, Chechnya, Kirgizstan and Kabardino Balkaria, casting a wide safety fence around the Winter Olympic Games which opened in Sochi Friday, Feb. 7. Seven terrorists were killed in Russian operations. debkafile: This safety net is spread across the Caucasian and France, Austria and Germany, with special focus on suspected female suicide terrorists. This preventive operation must stay at top pitch until the Feb. 23 closing.

Putin’s Security Nightmare for the Sochi Olympic Games
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 3, 2014

The International Olympic Committee requested an independent assessment of the terrorist threat to the Sochi games and received a “somber and disturbing” report.

The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood: Symbiotic Ties with al Qaeda and/or Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 3, 2014

The Egyptian Brotherhood has nurtured ties with Islamist terrorist groups ranging from Sunni al Qaeda to Shiite Hizballah and its Iranian master. They date from the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi up to the present day.

Ambassador Stevens’ Undercover Mission in Benghazi’s Roaring Arms Bazaar
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 3, 2014

Ambassador Chris Stevens and his CIA team wee assigned an undercover mission to take control of Muammar Qaddafi’s weapons arsenal, keep them out of terrorist hands and use them to promote US interests. This story was never told.


US and Iran’s First Joint Military Venture: Fighting al Qaeda in Iraq
DEBKAfile Video December 29, 2013

US weapons and Iranian Al Qods officers join the Iraqi army in a major anti-al-Qaeda offensive to foil Al Qaeda’s plan for its first caliphate across the Syrian-Iraqi frontier - but also to buttress the pro-Iranian Shiite crescent arching over the region. 


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