DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis June 27, 2015
The US said Friday, June 26, there was no indication “on the tactical level” that “the attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France were coordinated.” debkafile: That conventional measure of Islamist operations no longer applies. ISIS has introduced its own "lone wolf" methods of operation which are hard to detect and predict They resulted Friday in 211 deaths on three continents. Some ISIS operatives are radical Muslims who "cooperate” with local authorities after secretly swearing allegiance to the group; others are Westerners returned home from the Syrian or Iraqi battlefields primed for jihad.
DEBKAfile Special Report June 26, 2015
Friday, June 26, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) demonstrated the broad scope of its brutal reach by perpetrating terrorist attacks on three continents – Europe, Africa and Asia, in one day, the second Friday of the Muslim festival of Ramadan. The deadliest occurred at two hotel beaches in the popular Tunisian resort town of Sousse, where gunmen killed at least 39 holidaymakers, many of them foreign tourists - mostly British and German. One gunman was killed. It followed the atrocity at a US-owned French gas factory near Grenoble.
DEBKAfile Special Report May 31, 2015
The US Senate holds a rare Sunday session hours before the Patriot Act expires at midnight May 31. Federal law enforcement authorities warn that non-renewal would deny them valuable surveillance tools for detecting terrorist acts, such as the NSA’s “roving wiretaps” and surveillance of “lone wolf” suspects. debkafile: Data collection in bulk is an unsurpassed method for homing in on a terrorist with no previous record by the device of “roving wiretaps.” Making it selective or subject to gaps would impair this tool and expose America to major terrorist episodes.
DEBKAfile Special Report July 5, 2014
In less than a week, Israel is trapped in a maelstrom of violence arising from the Netanyahu government laxness after the traumatic discovery on July 30 of the bodies of the Israeli teenagers, Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrach, kidnapped and slain by Hamas. Two days later, a Palestinian boy, Muhammad Abu Khdeir, was found murdered in Jerusalem, sparking Arab riots amid scores of rockets from Gaza. “Quiet will be met with quiet,” was Israel’s feeble message to Hamas as the IDF, a highly competent counter-terror force, stood idly by.
DEBKAfile Special Report June 17, 2014
Ahmed Abu Khattala, commander of the Libyan Ansar al-Sharia, who led the 2012 assault on the US consulate in Benghazi, has been captured in a secret US Special Operations forces raid in the same Libyan town. The Islamist terrorist, who was the prime mover in the attack which killed US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three of his staff, is now in US custody outside Libya. DEBKA Weekly 635 revealed exclusively on May 16 that US President Barack Obama had signed a secret Presidential Directive for the capture of Abu Khattala, dead or alive.
Missing Israeli boys identified along with possible progress in search. Hebron group claims kidnapping
DEBKAfile Special Report June 14, 2014
The names and pictures of the three Israeli boys feared kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists outside Hebron Thursday night, June 12, were released Saturday in an unusual step, while the massive search for them was in full momentum. They are Naftali Frenkel, 16, from Nof Ayalon; Gil-Ad Sha’ar, 16, from Talmon; and Eyal Yifrach, 19, from Elad. debkafile’s military sources attribute this step to possible progress in the IDF-Shin-Bet search and investigation. In Hebron, an obscure group claimed to hold captive three “Zionists” whom “Israel will never find.”
DEBKAfile Special Report June 14, 2014
As the massive IDF-Shin Bet hunt for the three teenage boys feared kidnapped Thursday night, June 12, went into its second day, the shape of a large terrorist organization and a carefully planned, step-by-step abduction emerged, under a central command, most likely set up by Hamas. Its communications with the kidnappers were cut off so as not to betray its own location or the hideout of the captors and boys - two 16-year olds from Yeshivot Etzion and a third boy. Officers who thwarted a spate of recent abduction attempts are actively leading the search.
DEBKAfile Special Report June 13, 2014
Three missing 16-year old boys from Yeshivat Etzion near Hebron are feared kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists. They were last seen Thursday night outside Alon Shevut thumbing a lift. Heavy military, Shin Bet and Border Guard forces are combing through Hebron and the Palestinian villages around the town, backed by deep intelligence operations. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued a special statement holding Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas and his unity government responsible for the fate of the missing boys.
DEBKAfile Special Report June 9, 2014
Pakistani authorities reported Monday morning, June 9, that they have regained control of Karachi international airport after a night-long battle from Sunday night until dawn with 10 heavily armed Pakistani Taliban terrorists disguised in military uniforms had left at least 27 people dead. The authorities reported that all ten attackers were dead, including three who blew themselves up, after shooting their way with machine guns and rocket propelled grenades into the VIP and cargo terminal and setting parts of the airport on fire.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 5, 2014
Europe attempts – and so far fails -- to track home-grown Islamist terrorists who fight in Syria and Iraq and then pose a danger upon their return home.
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly May 14, 2014
President Barack Obama is planning the targeted assassination of a prominent Islamist terrorist, a repeat of al Qaeda’s Osama bin Laden’s liquidation. He has already secretly signed a Presidential Directive for the operation, hoping to reverse the predicted Democratic losses to a Republican majority in mid-term elections.
The coming DEBKA Weekly out Friday reveals the details of Obama’s plan – including the identity of its elusive target.
Find out too where Washington is taking the latest round of nuclear diplomacy with Iran.
DEBKAfile Special Report May 2, 2014
Shelly Dadon, 20, from Afulah, was murdered Thursday, May 1, in a wood near the northern town of Migdal Haemek by a gang of Israeli Arabs belonging to “The Galilee Liberators.” She died of savage multiple stabs to her upper torso. The killers planted clues to broadcast their affiliation, which the police have played down ahead of Israel’s Independence Day events. This organization’s victims included the IDF soldier Oleg Shaychat and Dana Bennett in 2003 and Yofim Weinstein in 2009, amid its collaboration with Palestinian and Hizballah terrorists.
DEBKAfile Special Report January 21, 2014
Russian security services launched an intensive hunt Tuesday, Jan. 21 for suspected Islamist bomber Ruzana Ibragimova, 22, known also as Salima or the White Widow, who was last seen on a street in Sochi, which hosts the Feb. 7-23 Winter Olympic Games. Some Russian sources report that not one but three female bombers are at large. US forces are assisting Russian security to secure the Games. A vast 2,400-kilometer “ring of steel” enclosing Sochi and manned by 40,000 Russian personnel is the broadest security area ever provided for an Olympic event.
DEBKAfile Special Report September 22, 2013
Israeli special forces joined the Kenyan military in storming the Westgate shopping mall, Sunday, Sept. 22, to break the standoff with a dozen Al Qaeda-linked Somali Al Shabaab gunmen barricaded there with hostages. The death toll from the terrorists' shooting-grenade attack Saturday has risen to 59 with 205 injured. Along with the hostages, an unknown number of injured or dead victims remains trapped in the building including foreigners. debkafile reported earlier that the AQAP-backed Somali terrorists singled out the mall to hit two targets – Kenya and Israel.
DEBKAfile Special Report August 10, 2013
The missile launcher destroyed by an Israeli drone in North Sinai Friday, Aug. 9 was capable of firing 4 heavy Iranian-made M-75 missiles known as Fajr-5, which Hamas possesses, but not Sinai Salafists. Its 75 kilometer range covers Tel Aviv from Gaza Strip or Eilat from inland Sinai. The five terrorists planning to fire them at Eilat airport Thursday were later killed in the drone strike. An Egyptian intelligence tip-off to Israel saved Eilat. Two years ago, Fajr-5 proved its high accuracy by leveling a building in Rishon Lezion near Tel Aviv.
DEBKAfile Special Report May 23, 2013
The two Islamist terrorists who hacked a British soldier to death on a London street Wednesday, May 22, chanting Allahu Akbar, were born in Britain of Nigerian descent and known to British security authorities. Motivated by revenge for Moslem deaths in Afghanistan, they selected as their victim a British soldier.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 1, 2013
Israel’s war alert unfolded in five days from Jan. 25 to 29 as Hizballah came close to seizing a major Syrian chemical arsenal and jihadists fighting in Syrian rebel ranks threatened to capture another chemical store.
DEBKAfile Special Report January 18, 2013
The Al Qaeda group which seized hostages from 10 nations at the remote Algerian gas field in In Aminas Wednesday, Jan. 16, has addressed its first demand to the United States: The release of two American hostages for two high-profile Islamist terrorists jailed in the US: Egyptian Omar Abdel-Rahman, the Blind Sheikh convicted of masterminding the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and Pakistani-American neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui, convicted for trying to kill US troops and FBI agents in Afghanistan in 2009. Algerian forces still battle terrorists holed up with hostages..
DEBKAfile Special Report October 27, 2012
Israeli, US, Egyptian and Jordanian counterterrorism agencies are on elevated alert since Oct. 25, debkafile reports: Salafi and al Qaeda cells in Egyptian Sinai are said poised to unleash coordinated terrorist attacks on US and Egyptian targets in Sinai and in Israel to avenge Israel’s targeted killing of two senior commanders of the Salafi-al Qaeda Sinai-Gaza network. Perpetrators of the Benghazi murders of 4 US diplomats are among the jihadi reinforcements coming in from Libya.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 3, 2012
To keep the truce with the Islamist terrorist groups in Sinai in place, Egypt is releasing dozens of jailed Salafist gunmen every few days in batches, so feeding them a steady supply of reinforcements. Cairo is also in negotiation with Bedouin tribal elders to grant a body of 6,000 Al-Qaeda-linked Salafi gunmen the status of an approved, independent militia. Armed with up-to-date Egyptian weapons, this militia is to be charged with responsibility for maintaining security. Israel is taxed with a new headache in the south.