A US-Iran military front is fast shaping up on the Syrian-Iraqi border – with a role for the IDF

As the US military takes up new positions against Iran on the Syria-Iraq border, a major Mid East event seems to be brewing, with a key role for Israel. This is strongly indicated by the comings and goings of top US officials this weekend. Gen. Mark Milley, Chairman of the US Chiefs of Staff, is in Israel as the guest of Israel’s chief of staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi. On Saturday, Nov. 213, the commander of US CENTCOM, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie predicted that Iran will probably launch another attack in the Middle East.  At a regional conference in Manama, Bahrain, McKenzie said that although 14,000 additional US soldiers were deployed in the Persian Gulf since the spring, they did not deter Iran from attacking a Saudi oil field.

On Saturday too, Vice President Mike Pence paid an unannounced trip to Iraq for a special briefing on the situation on the Syrian-Iraqi border at the US Al-Asad Air Base. These movements came after the top-secret Israeli air strike last Tuesday, Nov. 19, on a mysterious Iranian target near the Syrian town of Abu Kamal close to the Iraqi border. Neither Israel nor Iran revealed what that was about except to admit that it occurred.

Most significantly, Pence chose to arrive in Iraq at Irbil, capital of the semiautonomous Kurdish Republic (KRG), rather than Baghdad and the first person he met was the KRG’s president Nachirvan Barzani. He only put in a brief phone call to Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi.

The vice president’s actions signified the revival of the US-Kurdish alliance – not just with the Syrian branch but also with their Iraqi brethren. Indeed, the outcry over the Trump administration’s desertion of the Syrian Kurds in the wake of the Turkish invasion earlier this month neatly camouflaged the substantial influx of US troops arriving in the Kurdish regions of eastern Syria this month. American encampments there, far from being evacuated, have been substantially augmented by new military facilities, two of them air bases.

DEBKAfile’s military sources have learned that US engineering units are erecting one new base near Al Sur in the Deir Ez-Zour region and another near the town of Amuda. Those bases are partly designed to counter the Russian air force’s establishment of a military air base in the Kurdish town of Qamishli, so that the US does not lose control of northeastern Syria near the Iraqi border to Moscow. However, the newly boosted US deployment in that corner of Syria has a more pressing mission. As Tehran tightens its grip on Baghdad and its Revolutionary Guards elite Al Qods Brigades take over command of the Iraqi Shiite militias stationed on the Iraqi-Syrian border, this part of Syria gains in strategic importance. The topped-up US military presence is becoming the only real obstruction for preventing Iran creating a direct bridge between its forces in Iraq, Syria and Hizballah in Lebanon.

On this point, American and Israel’s strategic interests converge, especially when both anticipate hostilities exploding in this part of the Syria-Iraq border in the near future, and the importance of this region growing in the coming weeks and months. The talks the top US soldier, Gen. Milley conducted in Israel no doubt focused on the Israel Defense Forces’ role in these events.

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50 thoughts on “A US-Iran military front is fast shaping up on the Syrian-Iraqi border – with a role for the IDF

    • Nov 24, 2019 @ 22:08 at 22:08

      That’s the biggest bunch of BS. since the phony baloney shiftless kangaroo court and the corrupt Marxist dim’s trying to have the state department declare the settlements illegal. And that statement could only come from an antisemitic idiot.

    • Nov 24, 2019 @ 22:54 at 22:54

      link broken. either UI full of it, or mossad taking care of business as usual.

      • Nov 25, 2019 @ 1:09 at 1:09

        Israeli killed over 1 million of their Jews in Israel , for different reasons .Some for money , for information , for housing , or to feed their own clans.

        • Nov 25, 2019 @ 1:42 at 1:42

          the muslim dictators killed over 10 million of their Muslims in arabic countries, for different reasons .Some for money , for information , for housing , or to feed their own clans.

        • Nov 25, 2019 @ 2:59 at 2:59

          Solemo, another Iranian troll.

        • Nov 25, 2019 @ 18:10 at 18:10

          Total lie.

        • Nov 26, 2019 @ 1:53 at 1:53

          provide citations for your comment please and thank you.

    • Nov 24, 2019 @ 23:14 at 23:14

      you are a garbage nazi pig

    • Nov 25, 2019 @ 0:13 at 0:13


      • Nov 25, 2019 @ 19:15 at 19:15

        Welcome Back Jim! Who was the impostor while you were gone? I am looking forward to some incisive and entertaining remarks…

    • Nov 25, 2019 @ 1:42 at 1:42

      Debka Info Is Wise… Notice that VP Pence went to Kurdistan City of Irbil, Not Shiia Baghdad. Protests in Iran by Kurds continue as well. NATO Turkey settled the matter as well in Washington Weeks ago. Trump Trap Set on Shiia Thieves & Cowards! Fortune Follows Art Of Bold Deals!

    • Nov 25, 2019 @ 2:57 at 2:57


    • Nov 25, 2019 @ 12:43 at 12:43

      DEBKA: Take these antisemitic lies and incitement to violence down now.

    • Nov 25, 2019 @ 13:11 at 13:11

      uncle:another supporter of the enturbaned adepts of the religion of peace

  • Nov 24, 2019 @ 22:10 at 22:10

    What are your basis? What proof you have? Just one more hater and a moron who’s bored amd choose this place to write…GTFO.

  • Nov 24, 2019 @ 22:55 at 22:55

    Bibi & the WH corrupt idiot NEED a war to deflect internal problems, if they get Iran once & for all I’m all for it !

    • Nov 24, 2019 @ 23:25 at 23:25

      Iran already solidly defeated the US in the last Irak war and Iran just won the Syrian war. Does the US want to lose 3 wars in a row if I include Afghanistan? Iran may demand to get a few states as war reparations. ?s

      The US always drops bombs and runs away proclaiming mission accomplished. That’s not how you win wars.

      • Nov 25, 2019 @ 1:10 at 1:10

        Can you please give me some of what you are smoking? I really need a new reality too… The re-birth of Persia is just around the corner, the religious leaders of Iran today, will be joining Bin Laden, Gaddafi, Saddam, his 2 sons, etc. very soon… It’s hard to keep your military supplied, and paid, when you have the sanctions they have, and the bite from them is beginning to bite… Cutting the internet off for a few days is not going to fix the problems the rulers will have to deal with. The longer this goes, the harder it will be, and the more desperate the rulers will become… The IPO with Saudi Aramco will be the end of OPEC, a new horizon is beginning to take hold in the New Middle East. The re-birth of Persia will applauded by all.

        • Nov 25, 2019 @ 19:36 at 19:36

          I’m solidly anchored in reality. You certainly aren’t. And BTW, the Aramco IPO has been canceled. The are just doing an insignificant scaled down version to save face.

      • Nov 25, 2019 @ 18:26 at 18:26

        ankitous you have never really seen a total us war machine in a major war with no civilian hold your fire collateral damage restraining a us soldier or IDF soldier

        • Nov 25, 2019 @ 19:42 at 19:42

          otto keller,
          That kind of war only happens in a simulation. Russia has turned your country into a co ck fight. The ultimate weapon is when you can turn your enemy against itself and compromise their leadership. In that respect, it’s Mission Accomplished X a million. And it costs nothing and you suffer no losses. A trillion $ in defense spending completely wasted to add to the deficit.

    • Nov 25, 2019 @ 1:55 at 1:55

      Notice How Hizballah in Lebanon, Hamas in Gaza & Houthis in Yemen have gone Silent on Iran-Iraq Shiia Brigades by Israel. Soon, they will Speak Japanese to Revolutionary Guards Elite Al Qods Brigades, “SaSayounara (さようなら (Goodbye Forever)”, with French “C’est la vie (That Life)”! https://youtu.be/CJCdz6Rn3ms

  • Nov 24, 2019 @ 23:18 at 23:18

    These are only insignificant details, the main issue is still open – no date set for a conference on a Marshall Plan for Iran, or at least not yet. Why wait for the end of the second Trump term for a decision on how to revive this part of ME?

    • Nov 25, 2019 @ 13:17 at 13:17

      aladdin:before pouring money in the pockets of the bearded chiefs,let us make a brain washing ,like china does with the ouighours

  • Nov 24, 2019 @ 23:40 at 23:40

    Anyone consider that this is just another attempt to keep Bibi in power and out of jail by manipulating tensions to “have to keep Bibi’s position and immunity” for the good of Israel?

    The Knesset is needed to vote so how very convenient to to create all this concern now in a attempt to influence the Knesset vote and the upcoming 3’rd election.

    • Nov 25, 2019 @ 0:01 at 0:01


    • Nov 25, 2019 @ 2:08 at 2:08

      Worked for Bush in 2004. Being at War Saves Leaders!

  • Nov 25, 2019 @ 0:15 at 0:15


    • Nov 25, 2019 @ 19:25 at 19:25

      Wow! Hilarious! This is the real Jim Carroll. Everyone take note.

  • Nov 25, 2019 @ 1:33 at 1:33

    No one could outwit Queen Elizabeth’s England going from Poverty to Prosperity in 27 Years to Empire on every Continent. Until the Americans did it in 1776 & 1812. Just watch Ford Verses Ferrari & see why Iran Regime is Walking into a Trap No One Saw coming in Tehran. Persia will be Persia again & IDF is there too!

  • Nov 25, 2019 @ 3:35 at 3:35

    It looks like there will soon be a regime change in Iran by the West.

  • Nov 25, 2019 @ 8:49 at 8:49

    MENORAH…. , first semicircle (Arabs),second semicircle (iran-turkey-afghaniatan Pakistan militias) the last semicircle (RUSSIANS and all European ati semites)……. May the God of Joshua and David be with you LEADERS of ZION.

  • Nov 25, 2019 @ 9:26 at 9:26

    Everything is fine as America, Arabia Gulf States, Kurds, & Israel have Planning in Place while Iran has Fewer Options & Allies to Respond as Already Seen on not Supporting the Regime. Even Children of IRGC Elite Protests the Values of their Parents on Regime’s Social Restrictions, Spending & Thievery Keeping Iran in Poverty.

  • Nov 25, 2019 @ 10:38 at 10:38

    time to smash the Kurdissh terror troops out of existence?

  • Nov 25, 2019 @ 10:44 at 10:44

    US shi ksas and p issy kn ickers idf will sit still in their fortress es and throw bo mbs to destr oy people from the land, that is their strength

  • Nov 25, 2019 @ 15:31 at 15:31

    Does Debka, ever monitor these immature comments?

  • Nov 25, 2019 @ 15:42 at 15:42

    Most Men Die Wiser Even If Called Madmen, But Khamenei Will Die With A Legacy Of Losing Such Is The Fate Of Shiia Throughout History!

  • Nov 25, 2019 @ 17:02 at 17:02

    Is Netanyahu is drug from power, it’s important that there’s no continuation plan from Max Boot and Pence to prosecute a war on Iran, despite netanyahu’s ouster

    Everything to stymie Max Boot and Pence needs to be in motion now, to make sure Netanyahu and his neo cons don’t get their way even after he’s gone

    • Nov 25, 2019 @ 17:12 at 17:12

      Dont count the children of Gomer who is the brother of Magog out just yet. But its good to see that the Jewish people (semetic and non) may be given an opportunity to change. But as the Bible says Magog is going to rise up and as this is where Ashkenazi (the children of Gomer) really come from its its likely that they are going to play a very large part in this prophecy. After all who are thw false Jews of the Synagogue of Satan? May the light of G-d free all those who wish to walk in the truth and freedom of the Light.

      • Nov 26, 2019 @ 2:45 at 2:45


        You are spreading delusions. You can not just take the Scripture at face value, you must dig into the ancient meanings and connect it to other Scripture that confirms the insight.

        In the case of Magog, it has nothing to do with humans. Magog is the demon spirits of the dead giants, who are currently locked up in the abyss. Meaning, the armies that surround are not human armies, they are the armies of joe two, which are the same armies of revelation nine.

        It is wiser to keep your comments in reference to what the website is designed, rather than trying to turn it into bogus hysterical theories of basted baloney.

  • Nov 25, 2019 @ 17:09 at 17:09

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  • Nov 25, 2019 @ 17:26 at 17:26

    Israel high profile emails exposed :
    Prime minister’s office of Israel

    [*] Emails : 125

  • Nov 25, 2019 @ 21:29 at 21:29

    No! Let them speak. We can’t be all agreeing at the same thing. Maybe they’d learn something?

  • Nov 27, 2019 @ 5:26 at 5:26

    Seldom has Debka hosted a collection of more inept, ignorant and odious posts in one “harvest” –Touche…

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