DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 31, 2016
For Putin, Palmyra’s capture was a stepping stone to total victory over ISIS by smashing its Raqqa headquarters. Preparations are in train for the operation.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 27, 2016
Vladimir Putin after all took the momentous decision for Russian carpet bombing to level the Islamic State forces holding Palmyra since last May and so clear the way for Bashar Assad’s troops and allied forces to enter the heritage city Saturday and Sunday, March 26-27 and take control of several districts. He acted more in Moscow’s interest than in the Syrian ruler’s. Palmyra’s fall would consolidate and expand Russia’s grip on Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 18, 2016
The Russians don’t waste time and money on training local troops as professional soldiers but adjust their aerial campaign tactics to the capabilities of the local ground forces available.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2016
US and Russian bombardments of ISIS targets have petered out in Syria, heavily outnumbered by intense Russian sorties for wiping out rebel resistance. The US-led operation to destroy ISIS in Libya is also on ice, as former Libyan generals join up with the Islamic State.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 11, 2016
Russian air raids over Syria have noticeably tapered off in the first 10 days of the New Year to their lowest level since the onset of Moscow’s major intervention in Syria in late September, intelligence sources report. This may be partly due to winter weather conditions, partly for urgent maintenance work, and partly to give the air crews a break for the Russian holiday season.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 31, 2015
Russian-Israeli air force coordination went swimmingly until Moscow turned the screw on Netanyahu this week to force him to get out of the way of Putin’s plans for South Syria.
DEBKAfile Special Report December 30, 2015
Israel’s military and political leaders became intensely anxious Tuesday, Dec. 29, when they saw how concentrated Russian air strikes were swiftly dislodging anti-Assad rebels from southern Syria and beginning to open the door for the Syrian and Hizballah armies to come dangerously close to the Israeli border. debkafile’s military and intelligence sources report that Russian air strikes in other parts of the country have tapered off.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 10, 2015
ISIS has a range of devices for eluding air strikes, such cardboard decoys, camouflage, using terrain and vegetation for cover and moving under cover of dark.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 3, 2015
The S-400 is overqualified for Middle East warfare in Syria or against ISIS. But it is an effective deterrent, forcing Western warplanes to circle round Syria from the east to reach its targets.
DEBKAfile Special Report November 18, 2015
The secret Obama-Putin deal on a political solution for Syria that was reached on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Antalya has radically changed and intensified Russia’s air strike tactics in the last 24 hours. For the first time, Russian air force planes took off for Syria Tuesday, Nov. 17 from home bases.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 2, 2015
Russia’s military intervention is expanding radically. debkafile reveals two new related developments: Chinese J-15 fighter bombers will soon join the Russian air campaign over Syria, taking off from the Liaoning-CV-16 aircraft carrier; and, moreover, Iraq has given Moscow the use of the Al Taqaddum Air Base at Habbaniyah, 74 km west of Baghdad - both as a way station for the Russian air corridor to Syria and as a launching-pad for bombing missions against ISIS forces and infrastructure in northern Iraq and northern Syria.
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.
Egypt bombs ISIS targets in Libya after video of 21 Copts beheaded. Ten Egyptians earlier killed in Sinai
DEBKAfile Special Report February 16, 2015
Egyptian air strikes bombed Islamic State targets in Libya at dawn Mon. Feb. 16, hours after a video was released showing the mass beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians. The targets were officially described as “Islamic State camps, training sites and weapons storage areas.” Six days earlier, an ISIS-affiliated Sinai group aired a video depicting the beheadings of 10 alleged collaborators with Israeli and Egyptian intelligence – altogether 31 savage murders of Egyptians in less than a week. debkafile: ISIS-Libya has developed a bridge all the way to Iraqi via Sinai affiliates.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 7, 2015
Jordan carried out a second straight day of air strikes Friday, Feb. 6 on Islamic State positions. But ISIS countered swiftly for “dozens of Jordanian air strikes” in Syria, by blaming those strikes for the purported death of their American hostage, 26-year old Kayla Mueller in their Syrian stronghold, Raqqa. debkafile: After burning the Jordanian pilot Lt. Mu’ath al Kassaesbeh alive, ISIS is capable of murdering its American hostage to deter US and Jordan from sending ground troops into the war, as President Obama plans to ask Congress to approve more military force.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 12, 2014
Barack Obama set out a four-point strategy for fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria, starting with a systematic air campaign in Iraq, followed by Kurdish and Iraqi ground offensives and after they roll ISIS back, US air strikes over is Syrian strongholds.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 17, 2014
Two channels to a ceasefire have produced no results, and an IDF ground incursion into Gaza to destroy Hamas’ underground bunkers is increasingly likely.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 17, 2014
The Jordanian air strike Wednesday April 16 against an armored vehicle convoy from Syria destroyed an Al Qaeda raider force on its way to attack a US military target, debkafile reveals. Jordan’s first assault on a target outside the country took place on the Syrian side of the border opposite the eastern Jordanian town of Ruwaished. At a secret base nearby, Iraqi troops are being instructed by US and Jordanian instructors in counter-terror combat tactics. This episode dramatizes the escalating Al Qaeda-Iraq threat to Jordan, US forces based there and Israel.
Israeli defense minister with top generals could have been hit by the bomb trap which injured five soldiers
DEBKAfile Special Report November 1, 2013
A Hamas bomb trap was planted in the tunnel discovered last month running from Khan Younes in the Gaza Strip to Kibbutz Ein Hashlosaha. It was triggered when a combat engineering unit came to destroy it Thursday night. Five men were injured, one seriously, including a Lt. Colonel and a major. Four days ago, the tunnel was visited by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and a group of generals. What if they had run into the same booby-trap? Were they lucky or was it not yet in position?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 18, 2013
The Syrian conflict spread in earnest Monday, March 18, when the Syrian Air Force conducted bombing runs over Syrian rebel jumping-off bases inside Lebanon and border valleys used for smuggling men and arms into Syria. debkafile reports exclusively: Syrian ruler Bashar Assad Saturday gave Lebanese President Michel Suleiman 48 hours to sack his chief of staff – or else face air attack. The ultimatum expired Monday. Assad may now be preparing similar treatment for Jordan, timing it for President Barack Obama’s visit this week.