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The US-MFO Exit from Sinai will Expose a Widening Circle of Mid East Waterways
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 27, 2015

Washington prepares to pull its troops out of the MFO Sinai force to escape Islamist threats, but also Tiran island which will leave vital sea passages unguarded and open to being seized by ISIS.

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Israeli Heron drone sold to Jordan
Israel’s first ever arms deal with an Arab country – drones for Jordan to fight ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 15, 2015

In its first arms sale to an Arab country, revealed here by debkafile, Israel has sold Jordan 12 advanced unmanned aerial vehicles of the Heron TP and Skylark types. They are urgently needed by the Jordanian Royal Air Force to beef up its cross-border counter-terrorism campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Like other joint US-Israeli-Jordanian operations ongoing against the Islamic State, the Herons and Skylarks are almost certainly being operated by officers at the US Central Command Forward-Jordan war room north of Amman. Israel earlier donated 16 Cobras to Jordan’s air force. 

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ISIS and Hamas Play Ball in Sinai Facing No Resistance
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2015

ISIS-Sinai disclosed its first beheading atrocity of a western hostage the day after Washington announced the disbanding of the Multinational Force and Observers after serving in Sinai for decades.

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Obama Won’t – or Can’t – Fight the Chinese Cyber Invasion of US Computers
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 6, 2015

Washington is hamstrung from retaliating for Chinese cyber aggression against US computer systems by a) not having a smoking gun, and b) lack of viable options.

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Khamenei Shuts US Firms out of Iran’s Post-Sanctions Economy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 30, 2015

Khamenei, before ratifying the nuclear deal, shuts Iran’s doors to business with US firms, hands out gas concessions to Italy and France, oil and nuclear industry to Russia, refineries to China.

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Wrangling over Targets Brings Havoc to the US-Turkish Campaign against ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 30, 2015

The campaign against ISIS launched by the US and Turkey is running into havoc because Washington and Ankara are at cross-purposes on targets, with Ankara using it to hit Kurds.

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Low Marks for Egyptian, Israeli, US Intelligence over ISIS Surprise Offensive
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 2, 2015

US, Israeli and Egyptian intelligence spotters should not have missed the extensive ISIS-Sinai preparations for a major offensive in which the jihadis displayed exceptional and dangerous military competence.

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Despite Grave Military Reverses, the Syrian Army and Hizballah Are Not Done Yet
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 2, 2015

It has always been dangerous to predict Bashar Assad’s downfall, even now after his army and Hizballah have experienced grave military reverses. The US-backed rebels in the south are not doing too well either.

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ISIS attacks Egyptian Sinai positions
Some 200 dead – Egyptian troops, Islamists, civilians - in major ISIS-Egyptian battle in North Sinai
DEBKAfile Special Report July 1, 2015

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant moved ominously close to Israel’s borders Wednesday, July 1 – not as predicted in the north, but in the south. In Sinai, ISIS followed up on its Ramadan terror outrages in France, Tunisia, Kuwait and Kobani, with a massive offensive against Egyptian forces stationed around Sheikh Zuwaid near the Israeli and Gazan borders. Around 200 people were killed in the fierce ten-hour battle – Egyptian troops, Islamist attackers and civilian. Israeli and US Mid East forces were on the ready in case of more ISIS attacks.

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Salman Seeks a Russian Safety Net in Case Saudi-US Collaboration Fails to Oust Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 18, 2015

Saudi King Salman is not sure that the US will last the course in their joint effort to topple Bashar Assad. He sent his son to Moscow with generous incentives for Putin to provide him with a safety net.

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The biggest heist of secret US personnel data in cyber history is still ongoing
DEBKAfile Special Report June 14, 2015

If the breach of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) was conducted by hackers linked to China, as suspected, the secrets of an estimated 41 million US federal employees were laid bare in what may have been the biggest data base theft in cyber history. debkafile: That breach is still ongoing.  More malware is buried in the OPM’s infrastructure, ready for a remote signal from the hackers’ command and control centers working for China.

 

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A Hizballah missile
Iran weighs turning Hizballah’s anti-Israel missiles against ISIS to save Damascus and Baghdad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 30, 2015

Hizballah’s Hassan Nasrallah frequently brags that his 80,000 missiles can reach any point in Israel. He may have to compromise. His masters in Tehran are casting about urgently for ways to save the Assad regime in Damascus and halt the Islamic State’s inexorable advance on Baghdad and the Iraqi Shiite shrine city of Karbala. debkafile: Iran is eyeing the re-allocation of some 1,000 long-range rockets in Hizballah’s store for warding off these calamities. It is also weighing a defense pact with Syria to enable Iranian troops to come to Assad’s aid.
 

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Why Is The Gulf Certain US and Iran Faked Near-Collision at Sea?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 30, 2015

The Gulf believes in a US-Iranian conspiracy to divide control of the region’s seas and strategic straits between them, but Iran takes it one step further.

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First ISIS Shooting Attack into Israeli Golan, First Ambush of US-Backed Syrian Rebels near Quneitra
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 30, 2015

ISIS has pushed down from eastern Syria into the South reaching to within a stone’s throw of Israel’s Golan border. The jihadis conducted their first ambush against US-backed Syrian rebels near Quneitra, killing six officers and men.

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Assad Is Losing Battles - but Not Yet Losing Power
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 30, 2015

Heavy influx of US arms and Saudi cash is bringing the Syrian opposition, including the Islamist Nusra front, victories against Assad’s army. Assad has asked Tehran for new guarantees for his presidency.

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US-Russian Liaison to Avert an Inadvertent Nuclear War Sparked by Inaccurate Russian Radar
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 23, 2015

As Soviet-era missile detection satellites for ballistic missiles die, Putin for want of cash to replace them deploys the radar systems of the S-300 air defense systems to defend Russian borders against ballistic missiles. Iran will have to do without.

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Is Obama Wobbling on Phased Sanctions Relief for Iran? A “Creative” Deal for $50 bn
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 23, 2015

Obama has told US negotiators to be “creative” in negotiating Iran’s demand for instant sanctions upon signing a nuclear deal. A down payment from Iran’s multibillion frozen assets could solve the problem.

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Enough US Military Gear to Outfit a Small Army Went Missing in Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 2, 2015

The US has mislaid in Yemen a supply of military equipment enough for a small army. It includes aircraft, ships, vehicles, drones and Humvees.

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Egyptian President El-Sisi will attack Libya-sourced terror
Egypt goes to war on ISIS, masses troops against Islamist Libyan stronghold at Darnah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 28, 2015

Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi has massed his troops for all-out war on ISIS strongholds in Libya, the first Arab ruler to challenge Islamist terrorists in a fellow Arab country, debkafile reports. His initiative dramatizes the spillover of the Islamist State’s threat across the Middle East, and the ineffectiveness of the US-led anti-terror coalition’s efforts in Iraq and Syria. Egyptian commando and marine forces stand ready for imminent sea landings to seize Darnah and wipe out the Islamist militias, coupled with an air and ground campaign against their hideouts in Sinai.

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Gen. John Allen
Jordan May Be the Lone Arab Survivor of the US-Led Coalition Battling the Islamic State
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 12, 2015

The US promise of a large ground offensive against ISIS hinges entirely on training and arming Iraqi troops as the other Arab coalition members go AWOL.

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