DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis June 20, 2012
At a particularly sensitive moment in Israeli-Egyptian relations, Israel’s military leaders were caught napping by the June 18 terrorist attack from Sinai on the southern Route 10, in which an Israeli fence team worker was killed. Because they were too slow to catch on to the identity of the perpetrators (al Qaeda), those military chiefs aimed their reprisals at the wrong quarters (Hamas and Jihad Islami) and so set off a three-day, still ongoing missile-for-air strike cycle in Gaza.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 24, 2012
John Brennan held high-powered talks in Sanaa the day before Al Qaeda’s massive attack killed 100 Yemeni soldiers. It was carried out by a dozen AQAP recruits from Yemen’s Central Security Force working as undercover jihadists.
DEBKAfile Special Report March 20, 2012
French security circles close to the investigation of the shooting Monday, March 19, which left a teacher and three children dead at the Ozar Hatora school in Toulouse, told debkafile Tuesday that they have no leads as yet to the killer or suspects. He vanished by motorbike as mysteriously as he arrived at the school. All that can be deduced for now was that he was a trained - and possibly a hired – assassin – so explaining the video camera around his neck.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 17, 2012
Israel and Britain are not on the same page, but both are smearing Iran for their own reasons: Netanyahu is concerned that sanctions against Iran will boost its urge to attack Israeli targets abroad, while the British fear the London Olympics of July 2012 will be targeted for joint Iranian-al Qaeda attacks.
DEBKAfile Special Report January 16, 2012
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 the attack.
A senior IDF officer told debkafile that the cooperative ties between Palestinian, American and Israeli security forces now face their first critical test.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 30, 2009
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 Singh paid homage to the Mumbai victims and vowed not to rest until the perpetrators are brought to justice.
A newly-completed Torah scroll has been dedicated to the six victims at the Chabad center and will be placed in the new building.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 6, 2009
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. Two of those crimes are the murders of an Arab taxi driver in June 1997 and an Arab shepherd in August of that year.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 2, 2009
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 in the latest DEBKA-Net-Weekly issue out Friday.
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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 20, 2009
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
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 fatalities, and the Jordan Valley, shooting dead 2 Israeli policemen.
India, for instance, is overhauling its special forces from top to bottom and preparing to launch the world's first anti-terror satellite RISAT 2 on short-order delivery from Israel.
British intelligence and anti-terror services have embarked on a crash program to secure the G-20 summit opening in London on April 2, fearing the posh hotels hosting the leaders and their retinues are designated for a Mumbai-style massacre.
Western terror experts have detected common traits in the recent spate of attacks:
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 27, 2009
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 villages and Jerusalem, is spreading its wings after killing 12 Israelis in a string of attacks since 2003.
By good fortune, the bomb mechanism in an abandoned car failed to detonate and no-one was hurt. Had it worked, the casualty count would have run to scores.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 22, 2009
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
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 plans to avenge the death of its military leader Imad Mughniyeh more than a year ago for which it holds Israel responsible.
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
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 Qassam missiles fired from Gaza in the six months of the partial ceasefire, 82 bomb-traps for Israeli border patrols and 66 shooting attacks.