DEBKAfile Special Report January 16, 2012, 1:22 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Thai police's capture of a Lebanese-Swedish Hizballah suspect thwarted a terrorist attack on Bet Habad in Bangkok, involving the taking of hostages and blowing up the building - on the same lines as al Qaeda's 2008 assault on the Mumbai Habad center which killed 8 Israelis and Jews - only more ambitious. Habad Bangkok is much larger; its hostel has dozens of rooms. A second team was to have hit the Khao San Road restaurants popular with Israelis and Americans. The terror alert is still in force.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 28, 2011, 11:49 AM (GMT+02:00)
Without informing US or Israeli security coordinators, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday, Dec. 27 suddenly fired the West Bank's top security officer Maj. Gen. Diab el-Ali and replaced him with military intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Nidal Dokhan. debkafile reveals this followed a deal with Khaled Meshaal to restore Hamas to the West Bank, retool the PNSF and mount a new anti-Israel "resistance" campaign: mass demonstrations are to smash through West Bank barriers, storm into Israel and break into Jewish settlements.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 27, 2011, 1:45 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Egyptian army is negotiating deals with 13 Bedouin tribal chiefs for setting up militias to secure their territories in Sinai and the Israeli border region against raiders, terrorists and smugglers. On offer are new weapons, training and monthly paychecks for undertaking this task. The Sawarka and Tiyaha tribal chiefs have accepted. Sinai's Bedouin population of approximately 100,000 might produce a fighting force of 8,000-10,000, debkafile's military sources estimate, but their loyalties tend to be changeable.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 12, 2011, 10:52 AM (GMT+02:00)
The al Qaeda leader never wavered from his basic conception that only a mega-attack on an American city devastating enough to rock the US economy would make Washington withdraw its forces from the Middle East. This is confirmed in the files taken from the Abbottabad villa after he was killed on May 2. Otherwise the materials examined so far contribute no hard intelligence to the war on al Qaeda or the prevention of another mega-attack in the US.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2010, 1:17 AM (GMT+02:00)
The discrepancy in Hamas' dates for the death of its chief arms smuggler Mahmoud Mabhouh in Dubai is explained here by his assassins' spending several hours grilling him first. Not knowing what secrets he spilled, Hamas and its sponsors are having sleepless nights.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis December 29, 2009, 12:00 PM (GMT+02:00)
The failure of Lagos and Amsterdam airport security to detect the explosives the Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab carried aboard two flights on Christmas Day was a side-effect of US intelligence policy-makers' flawed approach to al Qaeda. Until the agencies which fell down on the tasks of thwarting and combating terror are overhauled and change their approach, Americans will continue to be caught napping.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 28, 2009, 10:26 PM (GMT+02:00)
Israeli forces placed the Palestinian West Bank town of Tulkarm under blockade Thursday night, Dec. 24, after Palestinian terrorists murdered Rabbi Meir Avshalom Chai, 45, father of seven, in a drive-by attack on his car near his home in Shavei Shomron.
The Fatah suicide wing, al Aqsa Brigades, claimed responsibility for ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 30, 2009, 9:46 PM (GMT+02:00)
Thursday, Nov. 26, marks the first anniversary of the Islamic terrorist siege of the Indian city of Mumbai, in which 170 people were shot and blown up and more than 300 wounded by ten killers of the Pakistan-based al Qaeda offshoot, Lashkar-re-Taibe.
Wednesday, Nov. 25, in Washington, prime minister Manmohan ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 6, 2009, 1:59 AM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile reports that at the end of a 12-year search, the police and Shin Bet finally caught up with the Yaacov Taitel, 37, from Shevut Rachel, whom they suspect of a long series of terrorist crimes. They arrested him in the Har Nof district of Jerusalem Oct. 9. ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 2, 2009, 9:12 PM (GMT+02:00)
The latest DEBKA-Net-Weekly delves behind the obvious profit motive to discover what really drove the UK (and Scotland) to cut short Abdelbaset Ali Al Megrahi's life sentence for the 1998 Pan-Am bombing.
And why the furious dust-up between Washington and London?
Tese new revelations - and much more - appeared ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 20, 2009, 11:11 PM (GMT+02:00)
Saturday morning, April 18, two Israeli policemen were run down by a Palestinian vehicle at the Hizme roadblock guarding the northern entry to Jerusalem. One is in a coma.
Friday, a Palestinian set about a group of tourists on the Via Dolorosa with a knife, stabbing one in the head.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 18, 2009, 2:44 PM (GMT+02:00)
Using novel, upgraded tactics, Al Qaeda and fellow Islamist terror groups are outperforming anti-terror agencies in their attacks on targeted countries. International counter-terror agencies are worried enough to start retooling their counter-measures after viewing terrorist performances in Mumbai on Nov. 2008, killing 172 people, Lahore on March 3, causing 8 ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 27, 2009, 7:06 AM (GMT+02:00)
By a fluke, the Free Galilee Brigades failed to bring off a multiple-casualty bomb attack on the Saturday night crowds at the Haifa Lev Mifratz shopping mall on March 21. But debkafile's military sources report that security officials fear that the shadowy group, based in northern Israeli Arab ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 22, 2009, 8:58 AM (GMT+02:00)
A small explosion attracted police notice to a car packed with a large quantity of explosives parked outside the Lev Mifratz shopping mall in Haifa. The mall and cinemas were cleared before anyone was hurt.
An organization calling itself Galilee Brigades linked to Hizballah claimed responsibility.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 12, 2009, 11:30 AM (GMT+02:00)
The anti-terror center in Jerusalem has published a list of countries which Israelis planning Passover trips next month are cautioned to avoid for fear of kidnap or terrorist attack. In others they are advised to exercise special vigilance. The center warns that the Lebanese Hizballah has not given up its ...
Israeli military sources say inaction in face of spiraling Palestinian attacks from Gaza is insupportable - 15 missiles in two days<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 9, 2007, 1:12 PM (GMT+02:00)
Two were fired early Monday, one directly hitting an empty residence in Sderot next door to a nursery school. The sixth Qassam missile of 8 fired from Gaza Sunday injured 3 people, one seriously, near the Shear Nanegev gas station south of Sderot, causing also damage.
The sources report 220 ...
Nine alleged Muslim terrorist conspirators go on trial before Australian Supreme Court jury June 1<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 4, 2007, 12:21 AM (GMT+02:00)
They are charged with stockpiling bomb-making chemicals for bombs used in the 2005 transport attacks in London for attacks to avenge perceived injustices against Muslims. This will be Australia's biggest terrorist conspiracy trial. The conspirators were arrested in Sydney and Melbourne in 2005.
Hundreds of Taliban retake S, Afghanistan town of Musa Qala after controversial British peace deal with local elders <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2007, 9:36 PM (GMT+02:00)
British forces pulled out of the small Helmand province town some weeks ago as part of an agreement with the elders, who said they would keep Taleban fighters out of the town center and run security with their own police unit.
UK terrorist kidnap plot, including possible torture and beheading of an individual, targeted 25 people
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 2, 2007, 6:01 PM (GMT+02:00)
The terrorists planned to videotape the beheading of one of their victims, a British Muslim soldier, and air it on the Internet. Nine suspects were detained at 12 addresses raided in predominantly Muslim districts of the Midlands city of Birmingham before dawn Wednesday, Jan. 31, part of an unfolding nationwide ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 14, 2005, 2:53 PM (GMT+02:00)
On the march against the Tehran regime since April, the ethnic Arab rebels of Iran's southwest province of Khuzestan have for the first time struck an Iranian oil target. This attack, revealed here by debkafile's Exclusive Iranian sources, took place Wednesday, June 8. The guerrillas struck the new ...