DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 23, 2015
The four rockets fired from Syria into Israel’s Galilee and Golan Thursday, Aug. 20 were Iran’s way of testing the Israel’s government’s will for military action. Israel’s rhetoric and artillery, missile and aerial strikes Thursday night and Friday left everyone confused, by blaming Iran, Al Qods, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and then attacking Syrian military targets in the Quneitra district. But the next day, Saturday, Tehran unveiled its new Fateh-313 missile, showing the Israeli reaction to the rockets to have fallen short of deterring the continued pursuit of its policies.
News flash for Obama: With or without a nuclear deal, Hizballah’s Iranian missiles threaten Tel Aviv
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 5, 2015
President Barack Obama missed the point by warning the 22 Jewish leaders invited to the White House Tuesday, Aug. 3, that if Congress strikes down the Iranian nuclear deal, …”Hizballah rockets will rain down on Tell Aviv” – not on New York. debkafile: Iranian-supplied rockets have repeatedly rained down on Israeli population centers from the 2006 Lebanese war and up to the July 2014 Gaza operation. They hang over Israel today, like yesterday and probably tomorrow, irrespective of whether Congress endorses or throws out Obama’s nuclear deal with Tehran, because they were never part of that deal.
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.
Arab sources report Israel air strikes against Syrian-Hizballah missile bases, Hizballah arms convoys. DEBKAfile: Hizballah secret airstrip possible target
DEBKAfile Special Report April 25, 2015
Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya TV reported Saturday, April 25, Israeli air strikes against Hizballah and Syrian targets in the Qalamoun Mts. on the Syrian-Lebanese border from April 22 to April 24. Neither Israeli nor Syrian officials confirm these reports. The IAF targets are described as the 155th, 65th and 92nd Brigades of the Syrian army and Hizballah, two Hizballah arms convoys and Syrian long-range missile bases or batteries. debkafile: The putative air strike may also have targeted Hizballah’s first ever airstrip for drones in the Lebanese Beqaa Valley.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 24, 2014
Hamas has shown itself to be a well-trained and disciplined army in the past few weeks, but despite its rockets, snipers and infiltrators it has not yet managed any major successes.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 4, 2014
Netanyahu avoids direct engagement with Gaza, despite tensions running high in Jerusalem and the West Bank after Israeli kidnap-murder victims found and the possible revenge killing of a Palestinian in Jerusalem.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 15, 2014
Obama pushes back deadline for nuclear talks, and seeks congressional approval for military action against Iran despite doubts he will follow through.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 15, 2014
Talks between Rice and Netanyahu revealed the Israeli Prime Minister has accepted that Iran will become a nuclear threshold country, but questions the timeline and why the US isn’t concerned with Tehran’s medium-range ballistic missiles.
DEBKAfile Special Report May 11, 2014
Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei threw a large spanner in nuclear diplomacy Sunday, May 11, when he told the Revolutionary Guards to start mass-producing missiles. He dismissed western expectations on limits to missile production as “stupid and idiotic.” Khamenei was responding to the US demand, raised mainly under pressure from Israel, to deal with Iran’s nuclear weapons projects and its missiles program in the coming round of talks on May 15. debkafile: The Iranian leader is also under threat of a putsch by the Guards if he approves any further nuclear concessions.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2014
The US begins supplying Syrian rebels – via Saudi Arabia – advanced weapons, including include anti-tank, anti-aircraft missiles, heavy mortars and ammo. All the same, Obama’s welcome in Riyadh was heated rather than warm.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 10, 2014
Binyamin Netanyahu warned Monday, March 10, that because the world chooses to ignore Iran’s concealed nuclear program, the next Klos C ship may not carry missiles but “nuclear suitcases.” debkafile: He was the first Western leader to acknowledge Iran’s possession of nuclear suitcases, which were part of a ten-year old illicit Ukrainian shipment to Iran of six X-55 nuclear capable cruise missiles with a range of 2,000km. A nuclear suitcase can enable terrorist organizations to quickly transport a tactical nuclear or dirty bomb from place to place.
Syrian-Lebanese border partly erased by hectic war traffic. Israeli air strike Monday mostly inside Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 26, 2014
Middle East sources say Israel’s air strikes on Monday, Feb. 24, were conducted by no more than one or two warplanes which aimed four rockets at a single target, an SS-21 surface missile launcher. Four Hizballah operatives were killed. Large sections of the Lebanese-Syrian border are obliterated by the hectic traffic of arms, men and smuggling networks. Rising there too is an international Shiite legion. Hizballah’s Beqaa Valley arms and missile stores are now strategic reserve supply centers for Hizballah and Syrian units fighting in border sectors.
Khamenei Divorces Rev Guards from Nuclear Negotiations, Awards Them Control of Mid East Trouble Spots
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 13, 2014
Khamenei has pushed the Rev Guards out of nuclear diplomacy and compensated them by leaving their financial empire untouched and giving them control of Iran influence in Mid East trouble spots.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 13, 2014
Iran’s leaders mark revolutionary anniversary with menacing speeches denouncing America and Israel and downgrading their military prowess against their own military capabilities.
DEBKAfile Special Report December 14, 2013
President Hassan Rouhani announced Saturday, Dec. 14, that Iran had launched a monkey into space and brought it back to earth safely aboard a home-made bio-capsule. debkafile: This confirmed that Iran's missiles can reach any point on earth - notwithstanding its commitments under the Geneva accord signed last month. By marching out of the Vienna conference Friday – in response to new US sanctions - the Iranian delegation left the entire accord up in the air before details of its implementation were settled, or a date set for a nuclear freeze.
US reports Israeli air strike in Latakia. Other foreign sources: Israel also struck target in Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 31, 2013
A US official Thursday night, Oct. 31, confirmed Arab reports that Wednesday night, the Israeli Air Force attacked a consignment of Russian-made SA-8 Gecko Dgreen mobile missiles in the Syrian port of Latakia to prevent its delivery to Hizballah. Other foreign sources said Israel also struck a similar consignment in Damascus. DEBKA: The leak from Washington to US media angered Israeli officials. US sources explained that the administration, immersed in joint diplomacy on Syria with Moscow, had to demonstrate it was not involved in the Israeli operation.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 29, 2013
Lt. Gen. Vyacheslav Kondrashov, Russian Deputy chief of staff and deputy GRU military intelligence director, spent his first day in Cairo, Tuesday, Oct. 29, with Egyptian military chiefs going through the list of Russian hardware they want to buy in their first major arms transaction in decades. They included advanced weapons withheld by the United States and topped the list with medium-range ICBMs able to reach Iran and most of the Middle East. debkafile: Cairo seems to be after the new 2000-mile range Russian SS-25 ground-to-ground missile.
DEBKAfile Special Report October 21, 2013
In his trip to Tehran this week, Russian Air Force Chief Gen. Viktor Bondarev and his hosts, Brig. Gen. Hassan Shasafi and other senior Iranian military chiefs, laid the groundwork for transactions to upgrade military ties between Moscow and Tehran to a level unprecedented in their past relations, as well as posing a challenge to America’s military status in the region. Iran is bidding for Russian technology to upgrade its missiles, extend their range and improve their precision, and Russian fighters, interceptors, transports and refueling planes for its air force.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 2, 2013
Moscow and Washington are vying for Tehran’s favors. While Washington is painting the new president as a moderate, Moscow is preparing the way for a high-powered visit to Tehran by Vladimir Putin by dangling an offer of highly advanced air-defense missiles.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 30, 2013
Hizballah has invested four of its eight brigades in Assad’s war on rebel forces. At least one brigade is equipped with heavy weapons, including ballistic missiles.