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Slow rocket fire from Gaza after Hamas goes back to accepting Tehran’s domination
Hamas flexes its muscles on Temple Mt., Jerusalem
Hamas flexes its muscles on Temple Mt., Jerusalem
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Dec 19, 2014, 7:45 PM (IDT)

The red alert for the incoming rocket from Gaza which hit the Eshkol District Friday morning Dec.19, followed dull thumps in parts of Beersheba Thursday. debkafile: They were an omen of Hamas’ return to Tehran’s sway. Their reconciliation accord provides for Hamas to revive low-key rocket fire against Israel while coordinating all its operations with Iran. Hamas will pretend “anonymous groups” are responsible. Israel is onto this turn of events but is keeping quiet for now. But Hamas celebrated with an unheard-of military parade on Temple Mount, Jerusalem.

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Obama Plans Four-Point Strategy for Fighting ISIS
US air strikes will start in Syria only after IS is rolled back in Iraq.
Rev Guards Plotted to Disrupt US-Iranian Ties
Iranian fighter jets intercepted plane carrying US troops before it left Afghan airspace
Obama Prepares Air Strikes to Crush Libya’s Militias
US, Egypt and UAE join forces to stabilize Libya and end militias’ reign of terror.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
Dec 17, 2014, 6:07 PM (IDT)

The Syrian rebel Yarmouk Shuhada Brigades, backed and trained in Jordan for two years by US officers and supported by the Israeli army, has abruptly dumped them and switched to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, debkafile’s exclusive sources reveal. This sudden defection leaves IDF defense formations on the Golan, US and Jordanian deployments in the northern part of the kingdom, and pro-Western rebel conquests in southern Syria in danger of collapse. ISIS gains direct access to a long section of Israel’s Golan border with Syria.

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Australian commandos end the hostage siege in Sydney
DEBKAfile Special Report Dec 16, 2014, 3:35 PM (IDT)

The 17-hour cycle of Australia’s first major Islamist terrorist experience at home, which began early Monday, Dec. 16, with a hostage siege at the Lindt chocolate café in Sydney’s bustling central business district, will have afforded Australia’s counter-terror services more operational lessons than any studies

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Bashar Assad gets a new lease of life
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Dec 14, 2014, 7:46 PM (IDT)

Unconfirmed reports swirled around Arab capitals Sunday, Dec. 14, that President Barack Obama, in league with Moscow and Tehran, had turned his Syrian policy on its head to recognize Bashar Assad’s rule. 

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Electioneering starts for Israel's March 17 vote
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Dec 12, 2014, 10:17 PM (IDT)

Five major blocs are emerging at the outset of Israel’s election campaign: right, left, center, religious and Arab.  The only fresh face is Moshe Kahlan, late of Likud, who this week established his Kulanu (All of Us) party. 

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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi speaking at a mosque in Mosul
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Dec 10, 2014, 12:50 PM (IDT)

A group of at least ten ISIS operations and intelligence officers, led by a senior commander, has arrived in Sinai and taken charge of the local Ansar Beit al-Maqdas jihadis, thereby opening up a dangerous new front against Egypt and Israel,

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Israel jets bombing Syrian targets
DEBKAfile Special Report Dec 8, 2014

US military sources revealed Monday, Dec. 8, that Israel’s air strikes near Damascus the day before wiped out Russian hardware including missiles dispatched post haste to help Syria and Hizballah frustrate a US no-fly zone plan for northern Syria. The Kremlin has warned that any no-fly zone over Syria would be treated as direct US intervention in the Syria war, and incur Russian military intervention. The advanced anti-air missiles and radar Moscow sent Syria and Hizballah to back up this warning were destroyed by Israel. Damascus threatens Israel with “unimaginable harm.”

DEBKAfile Special Report Dec 7, 2014

Israel’s air strikes near Damascus international airport and the Syrian-Lebanese border Sunday, Dec. 7, are depicted by Middle East sources as Israel’s first overt military clash with Russia in the course of the Syrian war. Those sources assert that the strikes demolished components of Russian SA-25 or other types of top-line anti-air missile systems that Moscow had shipped in for Syria and the Lebanese Hizballah. The raid came less than 24 hours after Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov shook hands with Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah in Beirut.

Egyptian and Saudi rulers take charge of Arab affairs
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Dec 6, 2014

The Saudi, UAE and Egyptian rulers are acting to finally unravel the effects of Barack Obama’s “Arab Spring” and extinguish the Muslim Brotherhood and other elements he supported for overturning conservative regimes. debkafile: These Arab rulers have found a key ally in Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who used the chance of an epic breakthrough in relations with leading Arab nations, with immediate and far-reaching effect on Israel’s security and standing in the region. He has not so far exposed this feat in campaigning for re-election.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Dec 4, 2014

President Barack Obama and his National Security team headed by Susan Rice have decided to seize on the political crisis besetting the Israeli government and the upcoming general election on March 17 for action to bar Binyamin Netanyahu’s reelection to a fourth term as prime minister.

This decision reverberated through Future party leader Yair Lapid’s assertion Wednesday night, Dec. 3, after he was sacked as finance minister, that Binyamin Netanyahu would not be next prime minister. He laid claim to the premiership himself. The Obama administration has maintained close ties with Lapid.













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