DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 22, 2017
The Syrian-Hizballah push for the Jordanian and Israeli border districts is slowed by the Daraa setback.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 8, 2017
A single mystery missile, which could have been fired from the ground or the air early Wednesday morning, June 7, wiped out the entire top Islamic State command on the Syrian Golan, debkafile reports. All 16 officers of the 2,000-strong Khaled Ibn al Waleed army, the ISIS operations arm on the Syrian Golan, were present in the targeted building in the town of al-Shagara, located in the triangle where the Israeli, Syrian and Jordanian borders meet. None survived.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 27, 2016
The US-led operation to liberate Mosul went haywire in its first week.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 24, 2016
The involvement of Turkish special operations, armored and artillery forces in support of the Kurdish Peshmerga battle to drive ISIS out of Bashiqa, 12 south of Mosul, marks a pivotal moment in the US-led coalition’s anti-ISIS offensive to free Iraq’s second city. The entire Mosul operation hangs in the balance. Instead of fighting ISIS, the coalition’s partners are squaring off to fight each other.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 22, 2016
Obama orders a secret probe in Washington to discover who it was.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 15, 2016
Obama rebuffs Libyan government, US military and allied demands for more air support.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 17, 2016
On Tuesday, May 17, the US expanded its involvement in the war in Syria, and for the first time since the war began in 2011, US F-16 fighter-bombers bombed radical Syrian rebels fighting Iranian, Syrian and Hizballah forces near Aleppo, debkafile’s military and intelligence sources say in an exclusive report.
DEBKAfile Special Report November 28, 2015
The highly advanced Russian S-400 anti-air missiles at the Khmeimin base, Russia’s military enclave in Syria, combined with Russia electronic warfare equipment, have effectively transformed most of Syrian air space into a no-fly zone. Since the missiles were deployed Wednesday, Nov. 25, the US and Turkey have suspended their air strikes over Syria, including bombardments of Islamic State targets. Both are wary of their planes being shot down by the S-400, against which the US, Turkish and Israeli air forces have no practical experience. US attacks on ISIS in Iraq continue.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 29, 2015
ISIS was no more impressed by Russia’s military intervention that it was by US military assaults. Its war gains remain intact and seemingly unthreatened from any quarter.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2015
A year into the US-led coalition war on ISIS in Iraq and Syria, finds the jihadis holding onto most of the territorial gains against an almost-stalled offensive, while keeping their manpower stocks replenished with volunteers and expanding their terror fronts.
Ramadi’s fall opens ISIS road to Baghdad. Jordan warns US air strikes won’t stop the terrorists’ advance
DEBKAfile Special Report May 18, 2015
Jordan’s King Abdullah has warned Washington that US air strikes alone can’t stop the Islamic State’s advances in Iraq and Syria. What is more, they leave his kingdom next door exposed to an Islamist incursion in the south that would also put Saudi Arabia in peril. Abdullah offered the view that the US Delta Special Forces operation in eastern Syria Saturday was designed less to be an effective assault on ISIS’s core strength and more to play down the real Islamist threat facing Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the Gulf emirates. Washington did not heed him.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 26, 2015
Obama rushed to Iran’s aid with air and intelligence support when the Iraqi forces led by Revolutionary Guards officers were stuck in their offensive to root ISIS out of Tikrit.
Egypt seizes Bab el Mandeb ahead of Iran. Saudis bomb Iran-backed Yemeni Houthis. US launches air strikes over Tikrit
DEBKAfile Special Report March 26, 2015
In a surprise step, Egyptian forces Thursday morning, March 26, seized control of the strategic Bab el-Mandeb Straits to pre-empt Tehran’s grab for this important energy shipping gateway between the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Suez Canal, debkafile reports. It rounded off the just-launched Saudi-led air strikes against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, signaling a 10-nation Sunni Arab revolt against Iran’s approaching takeover of Yemen and other Mid East positions with Washington’s support, and coinciding with the first US air strikes over Tikrit in aid of Iran.
ISIS capture of Jordanian pilot puts US and Jordan in conflicting dilemmas, may be pivotal to anti-terror war
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis December 25, 2014
The US military is going to great lengths to deny that ISIS shot down the Jordanian Air Force F-16 which came down Wednesday, Dec. 24 over the northern Syrian town of Raqaa. First Lieutenant Muath al-Kasaesbeh, aged 27, was the first Arab pilot captured by the Islamic State. Jordanian tribal leaders and the US military are making intense efforts to keep the pilot, a member of the Bararsha tribe oif South Jordan, safe. Washington regards his fate as potentially pivotal to the continued participation of four Arab air forces in the war on ISIS.
DEBKAfile Special Report December 8, 2014
US military sources revealed Monday, Dec. 8, that Israel’s air strikes near Damascus the day before wiped out Russian hardware including missiles dispatched post haste to help Syria and Hizballah frustrate a US no-fly zone plan for northern Syria. The Kremlin has warned that any no-fly zone over Syria would be treated as direct US intervention in the Syria war, and incur Russian military intervention. The advanced anti-air missiles and radar Moscow sent Syria and Hizballah to back up this warning were destroyed by Israel. Damascus threatens Israel with “unimaginable harm.”
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 20, 2014
Islamic State terrorists released a video online Tuesday night, Aug. 19, showing the beheading of American photo-journalist James Wright Foley, 40, abducted in Syria 22 months ago, after threatening to punish the US and Britain for air strikes in Iraq. debkafile: IS forces are gearing up for a counter-offensive against the Peshmerga and Iraqi army, as another deterrent to further US or foreign intervention in the Iraq war. Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has taken some of Saddam Hussein’s most professional and experienced army officers as advisers.
US arms rushed to Iraqi Kurds from Jordan, Israel. Al Qaeda-Sinai targets US Negev military facilities
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 11, 2014
The Kurdish Peshmerga fight against Islamic State terrorists broadened out Monday, Aug. 11, with the US arms airlift to the semiautonomous Iraqi Kurdish capital, Irbil, of large quantities of military hardware from the Mafraq King Hussein Air Base in Jordan and US emergency stores in the Israeli Negev. The US will soon run out of air strike targets without fielding special forces on the ground to mark them. debkafile reveals: Al Qaeda in Sinai reinforced by IS fired rockets at US and Israeli Negev bases in support of Hamas’ war on Israel.
Al Qaeda-Iraq forces advance on Baghdad military air base. US ponders air strike ahead of Iran and Russia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 4, 2014
Al Qaeda Iraq (IS) and its Sunni allies were advancing Friday, July 4 on the al-Muthanna military air base at Baghdad international airport, debkafile reports. Three columns, of 1,000-1,500 fighters each, were driving forward in US-made armored Humvees and APCs taken booty. They were also after the assault planes Iran and Russia delivered to the base. The Obama administration must decide quickly whether to launch its first air strike to head off the Iraqi Islamists before they grab the strategic air base and, just as importantly, before Tehran or Moscow moves in.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 4, 2014
Obama considers air strikes in Iraq and Syria to take out ISIS targets including its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and weapons stores.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 13, 2012
Since the US designated Jabhat al-Musra a foreign terrorist organization Tuesday, Dec. 11, its fighters have been advancing rapidly toward the Syrian army’s main chemical weapons store and chemical-tipped missiles at Al Safira. Assad fired Scuds in an effort to stop their advance. debkafile: If the rebels, spearheaded by the Islamist terrorists, break into the base and lay hands on chemical weapons and missiles, the US may have to mount an air strike against the rebels - instead of Assad’s army.