US official: Israel conducted air strike near Abu Kamal. DEBKAfile: Pro-Iranian Iraqi militia targeted

A US official disclosed that the airstrike on Monday, June 18, which killed dozens of fighters near the Syrian-Iraqi border town of Abu Kamal, was conducted by Israel. Syrians sources reported that between 40 and 50 Syrian army and Shiite Iraqi militia fighters were killed.  DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources disclose that the Israeli air strike, if the US official’s account is confirmed, was a major operation for stemming the influx of several brigades of the pro-Iranian Iraqi Kata’ib Hizballah militia as they crossed into Syria from Iraq. This militia is part of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMU) umbrella organization, which takes its orders from Iran’s Al Qods chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
Our sources add that the Kata’ib Hizballah brigades were on their way to southwestern Syria to deploy along the Israeli and Jordanian borders. The air strike caused major havoc in their ranks and a larger number of casualties than reported. As a result, the Iraqi brigades withdrew from Syria and pulled back across the border to Iraq.

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51 thoughts on “US official: Israel conducted air strike near Abu Kamal. DEBKAfile: Pro-Iranian Iraqi militia targeted

  • Jun 19, 2018 @ 0:54 at 0:54

    Iran did the air strike to make the an excuse to pull back to Iran

    • Jun 19, 2018 @ 10:20 at 10:20

      Iranian Radical Leadership offers Arrogance of High Persian Pride that belittled POTUS Jimmy Carter in 1979 and 1980. POTUS Reagan took over and made sure Iran was held in check and had no problem in destroying the Iranian Navy and Air Force in one day in the Late 1980s.

      POTUS Obama came in and once again extended an hand of Friendship and was met with Arrogance Persian Pride and that too proved Iranian Radical Leadership has no place for Rile nor Existence in the New Middle East with or without Nukes.

      POTUS Trump is now proving POTUS Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obama look like Chump Change when it comes to making Decisions not being pushed around by anyone, and the Iranians will continue to take Hits and Run Back to Iran.

      Just like when the original Persian-Achaemenid Empire, as established by Cyrus the Great in the 6th century B.C., only lasted approximately 200 years until the Death of Darius III in 330 B.C., following his Defeat by Alexander the Great.

      The Ayatollah was once warned but still talks a Great IRAN but his inability to stop any attacks at anytime, shows his Leadership is even weaker even with Billions now, and his time is coming to an end. The True Persians will rise up and dump the Proxy Persian Pretenders just like Darius III was done in by his Guards.

      Just like Hamas, PLO, and Hezbollah, when given the opportunities to make Peace, they rejected it, and then end up seeing later they only get weaker not stronger.

      • Jun 19, 2018 @ 15:54 at 15:54

        AMEN, Ginger !

      • Jun 19, 2018 @ 22:34 at 22:34

        We at Rapture Express ™ are actively tracking the Debka Prophets (r) predictions with our newly developed Jesus Algorithm ™. So far according it to the computer results 90% off the prophecies untold here are false. The 10% that appear to be fulfilled straight out of the mad writing of cavemen thousands of years ago are based on insurer information that is non-public disclosed. In other words the Debka Prophets are frauds. Our Jesus Algorithm ™ never lies, humans however live by lies.

        • Jun 20, 2018 @ 0:18 at 0:18

          The Jesus Algorithm on Following Lies kind of undercuts Jesus own Teachings that All People can overcome not just their own Sins whether Lying, Coveting, and Hosts of other Fellow Human Violations and that includes the Original Sin. Jesus was Jewish that was raised and knew Jewish Scriptures and after his Death and Resurrection his Jewish Sect of Apostles decided to apply Jesus Teachings on all People. Either way, whether being Jewish or Gentile or Together asking for Forgiveness and attempting to Sin No More based on Penance and unconditional love towards and among one another, renews all People especially Strangers to Treat each other in Friendship, Forgiveness, and Brotherhood-Motherhood. It is not just Counting the Lies that COUNTS it is Choosing to Stop Lies And after asking for Forgiveness…..the Jehovah-G-D-Allah, Abraham, Ishmael, Issac, Jesus, with inclusion of Mohamed The Messenger all Same Ways of Self-Worth between all People with G-D as they Choose, Refuse, Confess for Renewal Together.

  • Jun 19, 2018 @ 0:56 at 0:56

    Send more planes next time, . . . some got away this time.

    • Jun 19, 2018 @ 1:10 at 1:10

      Tough day at the office for some. For militants and mercenaries isn’t it like their job to get blown up?

    • Jun 19, 2018 @ 12:26 at 12:26

      Israel is Keen on keeping daesh in Syria, actions with obtruse justification does not conceal the sponsors of terrorism. Deash will be defeated that’s will be mission accomplished for SAA.

      • Jun 20, 2018 @ 1:47 at 1:47

        The conspiracy against Syria and Arabs in general clear now to all humanity. All terrorist whether those who kill three thousand inside America or Islamic State are sponsors by western nations,Israelis,and Arab vassals like Saudi Arabia .

  • Jun 19, 2018 @ 1:35 at 1:35

    Guys. Listen to me really hard, because i am super serial – the entire US is going to get EMP and then because of reliance on trucks to haul shit we will have famine and the only way to prevent that is to hedge with


    (If you got this far and are thinking this has nothing to do with the steady pushing of Iran out of Syria, you GET my point)

    • Jun 19, 2018 @ 1:42 at 1:42

      Says who? Quote your most reliable sources.
      @tAhoE VaLleY LiNEz

      • Jun 19, 2018 @ 5:01 at 5:01

        TRAINS. Trains are special. Trains are famine proof! Trains are EMP proof. There is endless miles of track rusting in the weed. (Insert inane acronym here) needs to go buy maps! For trains. Hedge vs EMP famine risk!!

        • Jun 19, 2018 @ 11:13 at 11:13

          You should know a few things about Predatory Behavior by now just from the History of the World. Let me remind you, Legitimate Intelligence-Gathering Agencies can easily turn from Peaceful Co-Existence or choose to Prey On Weaker Governments.

          They don’t run away, they appreciate such fear and choose to accept and face without a modicum of doubt or waiver. There’s nothing more exhilarating than unleashing and confronting the other guys fears. There is only one nation that ever used Atomic Weapons on other human beings. They are capable of it and those that challenge such threats are putting every man, woman and child in jeopardy. Iranian Leadership is already in jeopardy.

          “To Defeat any Adversary you must always Drive the Fight, be willing to do that which is Never Expected.” You’re in no position to understand the events unfolding around you. What you do not understand and what our politicians don’t want to accept or face is that the Americans have acquired Laser Defenses and a First-Strike Nuclear Capability.

          Never underestimate American Power by just watching American Dancers and Clowns? The Americans Value Individual Life above everything else. They wouldn’t tolerate the Loss
          of even one Single City. If the Americans launch a first strike, all Nuke Land-Based Missiles would be taken out even before any can be fueled.

          • Jun 19, 2018 @ 16:27 at 16:27

            Trains Ginger, stay on topic!

    • Jun 19, 2018 @ 9:23 at 9:23

      The EMP is coming to America is true.
      10 States Affected
      Before this Paris nuked.
      Any day soon will happen.


      • Jun 19, 2018 @ 11:30 at 11:30

        America is not living in fear nor any 10 States eityer……A Black Star System can detonate Atomic Missiles in the Ionosphere with an Electromagnetic Pulse Weapon and take down everything what adversaries may think their own reserve weapons are surviving even on water, underwater or above in the air, but that is surprise to a reprise. The Black Star System has been tested and fully operational…..not a single American City or State would be hit.

        Thus, any adversary needs to be concern that if there’s no consequences for attacking others, what’s their incentive for peace? There is none except the opportunity to talk and change weaker governments from within before they choose to take another from without.

        The Americans are in this Century and Decade while Iran is trying to acquire a Weapon from 1940-50s… you know the rest of the story? A Small Minority of Leaders that makes their own Economy and People Weaker do not prevail over those that have too many Centers and Separations of Powers. Even more disconcerting for any Small Cult Rivals the True Fear is America’s Multitude of Individualists that are found at the Most Critical Times and Stand Up and Take Down Others that think they can Bluster and Bully.

        Whenever the American National Security Council and Advisers Meet on a Any Crisis, Event or Threat the Very First Question asked by POTUS is only one…….Can They Hurt Us? The Answer decides the reaction and later silence from any POTUS is not always a sign of cowardice but preparation on outcomes adversaries never considered.

        • Jun 19, 2018 @ 11:45 at 11:45

          “Whenever the American National Security Council and Advisers Meet on a Any Crisis, Event or Threat the Very First Question asked by POTUS is only one…….Can They Hurt Us? The Answer decides the reaction and later silence from any POTUS is not always a sign of cowardice but preparation on outcomes adversaries never considered.”


          Sounds like the true reality————maybe MR. Kim Jung Un finally got that message but the Iranian “leader ship” is over looking it ??????????

        • Jun 20, 2018 @ 18:30 at 18:30

          There is no Black Star system. You are smoking crack.

    • Jun 19, 2018 @ 11:10 at 11:10

      Nope you listen…….Losers in Soccer, Football or Wars Don’t Dance on the Field, Nor Write History, and usually not around after Losing. Even if the USA was hit with an EMP as you keep claiming the People, Culture and Nation that did it will be Blamed, Held Accountable, and won’t Survive even a Worse Fate that will bring on Societal Fratricide.

    • Jun 19, 2018 @ 16:35 at 16:35

      Answer to tAhoE VaLleY LiNEz,
      I have dealt with people who use upper and lower case letters in the same word and also different colored ink in many of the letters in the same word. I have found ALL of them were crazy, stupid and illogical. So tAhoE VaLleY LiNEz there is an old saying: “If you are crazy and dumb it is best not to say or write anything so you don’t prove you are crazy and dumb.”

      • Jun 20, 2018 @ 0:02 at 0:02

        Mr. Vogt,

        While you may lambast the etiquette of my communique, you are in grave danger of missing the point – The tinfoil hat crowd is telling me there is an EMP, that will send ‘Murica into a severe famine, and the only way to hedge against that eventuality is to build more trains.


    • Jun 22, 2018 @ 0:36 at 0:36

      US intelligence report: China will have the world’s most powerful naval gun ready for war by 2025
      The warship-mounted electromagnetic railgun is expected to enter China’s arsenal by 2025, according to sources with direct knowledge of a U.S. intelligence report. Railguns have long appeared on Russian, Iranian and U.S. military wish lists as cost-effective weapons that give navies the might of a cannon with the range of a precision-guided missile. China’s railgun is capable of striking a target 124 miles away in under 90 seconds, according to the report.

  • Jun 19, 2018 @ 1:41 at 1:41

    “As a result, the Iraqi brigades withdrew from Syria and pulled back across the border to Iraq.”

    Now that’s a successful operation. Mission accomplished.

    Kol Hakavod Le Tzahal!

    • Jun 19, 2018 @ 4:00 at 4:00

      Who can blame them. They are Iraqis. They probably didn’t care to be in Syria in the first place.

      • Jun 19, 2018 @ 11:41 at 11:41

        The Mullah in Iraq backed by the Iranians has a Shorter Shelf Life as well rather in any Government….The Iranian and Iraq’s Shiite Religious Bleeder-ship needs to remember one thing about Men and Women they think they can Rule with Immunity and Misusing Allah’s Words……There is no worse tyranny than to force a man pr woman to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him, her or together!

    • Jun 19, 2018 @ 6:41 at 6:41

      Way to go IDF

    • Jun 19, 2018 @ 11:48 at 11:48

      ““As a result, the Iraqi brigades withdrew from Syria and pulled back across the border to Iraq.”

      Now that’s a successful operation. Mission accomplished.”


      AGREED————-but what happens next ????

    • Jun 20, 2018 @ 0:41 at 0:41

      Iran Leadership has been in Constant Retreat ever 1979 when they took over and have made themselves deaf, dumb, and blind while filling their Robes and Pockets with Gold and Silver, while denying the Persia People’s Rightful Cultivation in all of Middle East Civilization like was done under King Cyrus.

    • Jun 22, 2018 @ 8:08 at 8:08

      It will be many months before that brigade is combat-ready again.

  • Jun 19, 2018 @ 1:54 at 1:54

    Nice Jeeps. Nice flags!

    • Jun 19, 2018 @ 11:52 at 11:52

      “Nice Jeeps. Nice flags!”

      @David Turner,

      They make GREAT TARGETS too!

  • Jun 19, 2018 @ 1:58 at 1:58

    hahaha …The turkey shoot begins…”memories of Saddam’s mother of all battles”.


  • Jun 19, 2018 @ 2:02 at 2:02

    Target rich environment.

  • Jun 19, 2018 @ 2:07 at 2:07

    The Muslims fight while the Russkies watch soccer
    What a coalition

  • Jun 19, 2018 @ 3:32 at 3:32

    I was always a huge advocate of Effects Based Operations. This strike is a classic example of how that concept works. You want a large, dedicated group of fighters to lose their desire to keeping moving forward, out in the open? Bomb the front of the movement and let the rest of the organization see and smell the results. you don’t need dozens of aircraft, you just need to rain hell with a few and then let the survivors wonder when they are coming back. I would say this operation was a resounding success. Perhaps a few more parades with their fancy marching will allow their courage to be regained, but only until the start to cross the border again. ” There be Dragons There”!

  • Jun 19, 2018 @ 3:44 at 3:44

    On Jun 18, 2018 the US president officially directed the Pentagon to establish a sixth branch of the U.S. military – The Space Force.

    At this time there are no county defined exclusive zones, on the model of the maritime zones, for both the adjacent and rotating with the Earth space (Aerospace, which is the general term for Earth’s atmosphere and the outer space in its vicinity), and for the rest of the space. But, the space is a valuable asset for a state regarding special rights for exploration and use. New legislation is required.

    In respect of the old legislation, there is only the concept of Airspace, which is the portion of the atmosphere controlled by a country above its territory, including its territorial waters. There are subdivisions of the Airspace and special zones of the Airspace like:
    Prohibited areas
    Restricted areas
    Warning areas
    Military operation areas (MOAs)
    Alert areas
    Controlled firng areas (CFAs)
    National Security Areas (NSAs)

    These are regulated by each country Air sovereignty act, like for a sample US with a very elaborate one, or Israel with a comically very poor one. There is to mention the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Civil Aviation (Montreal Convention, 1971) used against Israel some time in the past.

    The problems as the illegal kite flying in special zones might justify complete air-transport and air access interdiction for an entity performing such acts. In which case, in order to prevent even larger violations or escalation, airports like the zone all along the border could be disabled by force and people performing criminal acts pursued in justice.

    ——————- more to come about Gaza special right to cosmos in next comment ——————–

    • Jun 19, 2018 @ 5:21 at 5:21

      No fear! In case of sonic boom over or near the border airports for flying kites, Hamas will provide ear plugs, this is the will of Allah!

      Sonic booms generate significant amounts of sound energy, sounding similar to an explosion or a thunderclap to the human ear, definitely not pleasant for the ear of the protester. Some maneuvers, diving, acceleration or turning, can cause focusing of the boom, and possible ear removal or denture cracks.

      Please plug all your openings with Hamas approved plugs!

  • Jun 19, 2018 @ 5:49 at 5:49

    You would think Iran would learn from their mistakes.
    Iran knows it is fighting a loosing battle and getting their asses kicked in Syria, yet it relentlessly keeps trying to dump more blind shiites into the kill zone. And they keep coming back for more. Iran has placed its entire foreign policy around the destruction of Israel according to their son of allah – Khomeini\Khamenei. Iran is a threat not only to itself, but all regional states they corrupt.
    So many die for Khamenei’s honor, I don’t get it. There must be a lack of proper education and a massive amount of brainwashing going on in Iran. Such an odious leadership.

  • Jun 19, 2018 @ 7:43 at 7:43

    “As a result, the Iraqi brigades withdrew from Syria and pulled back across the border to Iraq.”


  • Jun 19, 2018 @ 8:37 at 8:37

    Once once we arranged a meeting with their allah hahahaha. Terrorist varmints down!

    • Jun 19, 2018 @ 9:45 at 9:45

      Yeah right, what about the deadly ISIS ? Israel never attacks ISIS……US never attacks ISIS………we all know now ISIS is a US/ISRAELI/SAUDI creation… nearly fooled the world fair play but you have been found out…… way out now …

      • Jun 19, 2018 @ 12:07 at 12:07

        “…we all know now ISIS is a US/ISRAELI/SAUDI creation… nearly fooled the world fair play but you have been found out…… way out now …”

        @ jam,

        Regarding the Saudis———-maybe. But as for the USA and Israel, you’re just another “conspiracy theorist” making another bogus comment————-does your show name “jam” represent your thought process?

        • Jun 20, 2018 @ 0:45 at 0:45

          Say he is right, I want to know what there is no way out of??? What weight does any threat made against the strongest military power in the world really amount to? Jam you seem like a tough talker are you prepared to bring the evil US to account for its crimes??

  • Jun 19, 2018 @ 10:29 at 10:29

    IDF should stop messing around and take out Muhandis & Soleimani

  • Jun 19, 2018 @ 12:16 at 12:16

    Nicely done, Israel. Now multiply that by 100. Fifty pisslims doesn’t even count.
    In terms of war doesn’t even fill a tooth cavity.
    You are still loosing from where a while ago there were no iranians in Syria.
    You have to WIN. Not just harass.
    Six Days War, WIN.
    And you have to finish the pisslim missile artillery in Lebanon.
    And you have to finish Gaza.
    And shoot your traitor pussy leftist generals who think they can say “no”
    And get rid of your traitorous leftist 5th column.
    You have work to do.

    • Jun 20, 2018 @ 1:02 at 1:02

      @jorge We do realize there are crazy mass murdering psychos on both sides. Calls for genocide discounted by all. Have a nice day being nutso.

  • Jun 19, 2018 @ 16:03 at 16:03

    The “wise” (really donkey-brained) ayatollahs “thought”, that by dressing their goons in different uniforms, they would be “successful”, at long last…Just like the proverbial turkey: It thought, and thought —
    but still found itself right in the middle of Thanksgiving table !

  • Jun 19, 2018 @ 21:01 at 21:01

    Monday was 18 june!!!

    • Jun 19, 2018 @ 23:18 at 23:18

      No, 18th of June last Monday was.

  • Jun 20, 2018 @ 7:04 at 7:04

    Looks like them Iraqi dudes who bolted Syria are a lot smarter than I thought. The Jooz control the skies over Syria now. You’re all sitting ducks. Get your Shiites asses over to your side of the border

  • Jun 20, 2018 @ 8:20 at 8:20

    I see that the Iranians have given up smoking……

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