ISIS turns the Abu Kamal tables on Hizballah, Russian air power

After a long row of devastating defeats in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State Monday, Nov. 13, achieved a turnaround strategic success with the recapture of the eastern Syrian town of Abu Kamal, forcing Hizballah forces to retreat to 1-2 km from the town with heavy casualties. Only last week, the Hizballah-led victory in Abu Kamal, which lies 10km from the Iraqi border, was acclaimed as the fall of the last ISIS bastion in Syria.

The jihadists threw everything they had into reversing their defeat – tanks, explosives-packed vehicles driven by suicides, heavy artillery and assaults in wave after wave, with no counting of the cost in lives.

Faced with overwhelming odds, Hizballah appealed for Russian air power. However, 48 hours of blanket aerial bombardment of Abu Kamal by Russian jets failed to stop the ISIS assault or save Hizballah from an agonizing defeat.
DEBKAfile’s military sources elaborate on the strategic importance of this battle. ISIS has regained control of parts of the Syrian-Iraqi border and, even more importantly, control of access to the Euphrates Valley which straddles that border. The Islamists maintain large concentrations in the valley and have made the river itself a defense barrier, by planting floating mines on its water and posting a fleet of speedboats packed with explosives. The Abu Kamal defeat shows that the Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin were premature when, in their weekend conversation in Vietnam, they took it for granted that ISIS was a goner in

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24 thoughts on “ISIS turns the Abu Kamal tables on Hizballah, Russian air power

  • Nov 13, 2017 @ 15:28 at 15:28
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    They sent wave after wave of their subhuman recruits but hid their favorite Camels so no harm should come to them.

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  • Nov 13, 2017 @ 16:14 at 16:14
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    With this ISIS thing, I’am pretty sure there are enough grounds to declare islam (as defined today) a war crime ideology, round up all clergy, and restructure the whole thing on life values. Sort of the history with Japon in WW2.

    We need a Marshall Plan for Islam!

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    • Nov 14, 2017 @ 8:42 at 8:42
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      MacArthur and the Allies ordered the state sponsored Shinto religion in Japan outlawed following the Japanese surrender in WW2. A good historical parallel but doing that requires Japans unconditional surrender after a long war and two A-bombs. Don’t expect any Western politicians with the possible exception of Trump to even suggest that Islam be outlawed and certainly don’t expect the Islamic governments to give up without a fight.

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    • Nov 16, 2017 @ 3:31 at 3:31
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      the marshall plan happened AFTER the unconditional surrender of nazi germany, not before. and that surrender was an important part of it, because it signalled the end of the 3rd reich, and the reconstruction of europe could not be misconstrued as rebuilding it.

      we are a very long ways away from anything like an “unconditional surrender” of islam, or even a preliminary skirmish, so anything like a marshall plan, is highly premature.

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  • Nov 13, 2017 @ 16:20 at 16:20
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    fanatic jihadists fighting and destroying fanatic jihjadists? No problem. Truly, a win-win!

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    • Nov 15, 2017 @ 15:15 at 15:15
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      exactly what the Zionists Extremists planned for……your new name is ISISrael……get used to it you terrorists !!!

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      • Nov 16, 2017 @ 3:33 at 3:33
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        go molest some livestock, troll.

        oh, and by the way, your tinfoil hat is on way, way too tight.

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        • Nov 16, 2017 @ 14:58 at 14:58
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          lol..shlomi you Zionist Extremist dirtbag !!

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          • Nov 16, 2017 @ 23:27 at 23:27
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            You seem very upset with Israel. You are worried you will lose your Camels shlong. Aren’t you? Maybe you could get another ‘pet’ just in-case freak.

  • Nov 14, 2017 @ 23:50 at 23:50
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    There really is no problem here, when as stated above, Jihadis killing Jihadis.
    Let ISIS and Hizbollah kill, maime and completely destroy each other.
    The more of them that do, the less of them there are left to bother Israel.
    The less there are of them, the longer “real peace” may exist in the region.

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    • Nov 15, 2017 @ 15:16 at 15:16
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      ISISrael must be very happy…….your a disgrace to humaity along with the US…..an absolute disgrace !!

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      • Nov 16, 2017 @ 3:35 at 3:35
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        wow, a terrorist-supporting troll calling israel and america a disgrace?! that’s so funny!

        you’re too stupid to breed, troll.

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        • Nov 16, 2017 @ 14:59 at 14:59
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          Zionist Extremism will die a very bad death……ISISrael is doomed !! and it is your leaders fault !!

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        • Nov 16, 2017 @ 15:02 at 15:02
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          ISISrael….what do you not get ? You are a supporter of ISIS for the Greater Israel Genocide…….your a disgrace to god loving Jews !!

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        • Nov 16, 2017 @ 15:04 at 15:04
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          May God love you, you know not what you do…….you need help from a professional……so brainwashed it is scary…..you need all the help you can get !!

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    • Nov 16, 2017 @ 11:26 at 11:26
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      We wish both sides every success.

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  • Nov 15, 2017 @ 10:52 at 10:52
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    General Suheil’s units report that As Sukheria to the north of Abu Kamal is captured. More than 30 ISIS gunmen killed

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  • Nov 15, 2017 @ 14:45 at 14:45
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    The only normal people live in Israel. The fanatic Muslims ruin everything in the Mid-East. The Arab countries-had they had brains in their head could have done peace with Israel and make the Mid-East an economic-cultural-tourist area…

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    • Nov 15, 2017 @ 15:17 at 15:17
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      God’s chosen people…..talk about arrogance and stupidity !!! shocking !!

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      • Nov 16, 2017 @ 1:57 at 1:57
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        No one is paying attention to your brainwashed moronic pronouncements. Keep posting for our amusement.

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        • Nov 16, 2017 @ 15:01 at 15:01
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          Same old bull from washed up Zionist Extremist lunatics….arrogant, deranged and a danger to all of humanity !!! so reap what you sow !!

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      • Nov 16, 2017 @ 23:29 at 23:29
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        Stop sucking all that Camel prick. It is making you CRAZY.

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    • Nov 15, 2017 @ 21:48 at 21:48
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      There is some motion among some Arab countries to accept Israel’s existence, even if there is no affection. Underground there is some cooperation with Egypt and Saudi Arabia, as Iran is recognized as the largest common threat. The forces behind the recent purge in Saudi Arabia are leaning more in this direction, even if it is not yet clear that they will remain on top when the dust settles.

      In the long run, Russia is not really a natural ally of Iran as crazy Shii mullahs with nuclear missiles could easily remember that they are also infidels. But for now Syrian naval bases motivate them.

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