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Escalation in S. Syria with Iranian-led gains
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis June 18, 2017

As the Iranian-directed Syrian army comes close to winning the battle for S. Syria and breaking through the Syrian-Iraqi border, the US force awaits directives from Washington. Damascus gave the rebels in Daraa 48 hours to withdraw to Jordan while Tehran captured the Al-Waleed crossing from Iraq to Syria.

 

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Iranian Shahed-129 drone
How an Iranian general duped US command in Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report June 10, 2017

The Iranian-made Syrian drone downed by US F-15 fighters in southeastern Syria on June 8 was presented by American media as a “pro-regime” drone. It was in fact, as debkafile’s military sources can disclose, an Iranian Revolutionary Guards Shahed-129, which was fired as a part of a complicated ruse to dupe the US commanders while pro-Iranian forces surreptiously moved in on the Syrian-Iraqi border. The Russian role in this deception is suggestive.

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Russian siege on Raqqa, distant from US troops
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 27, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin acted to strengthen the military alliance he had set up with Iran and Turkey for working together in Syria - as a counterweight to President Donald Trump’s spectacular success in forging a Sunni Arab bloc during his four days in the Middle East. It was a tough call. He decided to impose a siege on ISIS-held Raqqa in the north to counterbalance US troops in the south, without provoking a clash.

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Putin - Outfaced by Trump’s New Sunni Bloc – Conducts Strategic Troop Movements in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 25, 2017

Putin reacts by moving Russian troops to within range of US-held Syrian-Iraqi border crossing.

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A Russian-Iranian Force Steals up on Syrian Border Triangle for Trump’s Trip
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 25, 2017

Russian paratroops have joined the Syrian army, pro-Iranian Shiite advance.

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Iran Wants Clear Russian Answers for Wrecking Trump’s Mid East Plans
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 25, 2017

An emissary from Tehran asks how far Russia will go against the US military in Syria.

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Russian paratroops move to Syrian border triangle
DEBKAfile Special Report May 21, 2017

Military tensions on Syria’s borders with Iraq, Jordan and Syria jumped another notch Monday, May 21, on Day 2 of Donald Trump’s foreign trip, with the arrival of the first Russian ground troops in southern Syria. 

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|Norwegian Special Forces arrive at Al-Tanf crossing
Syria & allies push back at US-held border post
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 20, 2017

The Syrian-pro-Iranian-Hizballah force in southern Syria renewed its advance on the Iraqi border on Saturday, May 20, two days after sustaining heavy casualties from a US air strike on its convoys. Syrian military sources report the capture Saturday of the Suweida region and another 60 square kilometers, moving closer to the strategic Al-Tanf crossing at the Syrian border intersection with Iraq and Jordan, which is held by US and other special operations units.
 

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Trump Launches 8-Nation Operation to Block Iran’s Takeover of Syrian-Iraqi Border. ISIS Left for Later
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 18, 2017

More than 3,000 elite troops are deployed for Trump’s first military initiative to block Iran.

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Full Pro-Iranian Shiite Mobilization against US Bid for Syrian Borders
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 18, 2017

The Iranian-Syrian offensive was timed to disrupt Donald Trump’s Mid East Trip.

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US SEAL Forces in Syria
Iraqi officers land in Syria, stir Israeli concern
DEBKAfile Special Report May 17, 2017

Israeli security chiefs were gravely concerned Wednesday, May 17, when they learned that a high-ranking Iraqi military delegation had arrived in Damascus  for a discussion on the situation unfolding on the Syrian-Iraqi border.

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An ISIS tunnel in Mosul
New ISIS mobile tactics against US in Syria, Iraq
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis May 8, 2017

The Islamic State's strategists are confident they have found a convincing tactical answer to the assaults on their strongholds by using tunnel warfare and small mobile detachment armed with multiple car bombs..

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ISIS U-Turns West to Lebanon as Next Target
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 25, 2017

Kurdish and Arab fighters dropped by American helicopters quickly captured five villages west of the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa - the opening shot of the US-led Raqqa campaign,  debkafile: Escaping ISIS fighters from Mosul and Raqqa are meanwhile heading for the first time to Lebanon.

 

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The US-Led Coalition’s Advance on Mosul Lags Way behind Schedule
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 10, 2016

Towards week’s end, the Iraqi army’s advance slowed without entering the city.

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Tehran will fight Turkey’s role in Mosul operation
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.

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Contrarian Shiites and Kurds Bedevil US Mosul Offensive Commanders
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 20, 2016

The US has no levers for imposing its will on wayward Kurdish and Shiite militias.

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The big Mosul offensive is stuck, halted by ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis October 19, 2016

Less than a day after its launch, the big Mosul offensive prepared for more than a year by the US, the Iraqi army, Kurdish forces and others, ground to a halt Tuesday Oct. 17, although none of the parties admitted as much.  Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi said his troops were busy opening up corridors for some million civilians to escape, while US sources suggested that the Islamic State would use primitive chemical weapons against the advancing Iraqi and Kurdish forces.

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Obama set for Mosul battle, leaves Aleppo to Putin
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 8, 2016

Obama hopes to complete the Mosul offensive before the end of December and incorporate this victory in his legacy. The Syrian town of Aleppo can go by the board. He leaves it to putin to recover for Assad.

 

 

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US Air Strikes on ISIS Chemical Weapons Plants in Iraq
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 29, 2016

The early US-ISIS confrontation ahead of the Mosul offensive focuses on chemical warfare.

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Rockets on Golan, Pentagon flouts Obama, no truce
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 17, 2016

The Pentagon and US army are not following the orders of their Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama in the execution of the military cooperation accord in Syria concluded by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva on Sept. 12. Five days after the truce they agreed would go into effect Monday, fighting was still raging Saturday, Sept. 17.

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