Acrimony behind the diplomatic smiles
Iran and Russia in major falling-out over Syria
Tehran suspects that because President Vladimir Putin is in step with the Obama administration in Syria, he will avoid subduing pro-US and Saudi-backed Syrian rebels.
Feb 5, 2016, 9:06 AM (IDT)
Putin Headhunts Syrian General to Replace Assad
He is shaping a Chechen-style regime to take over in Damascus.
US & Russia Preparing Massive Blitz for Raqqa
Britain, Holland, France and Germany will join US-Russian anti-ISIS assault.
ISIS Chief Al Baghdadi Plans to Run Away from US-Russian Blitz
He is looking at two hideaways: North Africa and Yemen.
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly Feb 2, 2016, 11:22 AM (IDT)

The Syrian peace conference in Geneva has only one real task: to rubberstamp the quiet deals Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin have struck for ending the Syrian war. Their pact was first revealed in last week’s DEBKA Weekly. The current issue out Friday has the sequel, which exclusively covers Putin’s next steps. He is already studying a short list of candidates as Bashar Assad's successor. This issue also reveals US-Russian plans for eradicating ISIS by the targeted date of July 1.
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Tu-22M Russian strategic bomber for Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Feb 3, 2016, 12:29 PM (IDT)

Russia is determined to bomb Syrian rebels into submission by a massive aerial campaign, comparable to the American 2003 “shock and awe” offensive over Baghdad. President Vladimir is not deterred by the hundreds of civilian casualties caused in these raids, nor  by rebel groups’ threat to walk out of the Geneva conference because he knows Barack Obama is behind him.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Feb 1, 2016, 11:19 AM (IDT)

Israel’s leaders are clinging to lame locutions – “good judgment and responsibility” - to avoid military action for dealing with the crisis situations fast coming to a head on three extremely dangerous fronts: armed Palestinian terror; southern Syria is slide into the control of Hizballah; 100,000 missiles amassed in S. Lebanon; and, fresh Hamas terror tunnels from the Gaza Strip.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Jan 28, 2016, 3:25 PM (IDT)

On Wednesday, Jan. 27 a large Hizballah force entered the southern Syrian town of Daraa, a critically dangerous event for Israel’s security. The way to the town, which lies near the Jordanian border and across from the Israeli Golan, was opened before Hizballah by none other than Russian forces. This was a blatant violation of President Vladimir Putin’s commitments to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Jordanian King Abdullah



DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Jan 14, 2016

In a pivotal step reflecting the changeability of military and political deals in Israel’s neighborhood, Jordan has agreed to establish a shared war room with Russia for the concerted conduct of their operations in southern Syria. This represents an extreme reversal of Amman’s policy. Until now, Jordan fought against Russia’s protégée Bashar Assad from a joint war room north of Amman called the US Central Command Forward-Jordan, as part of a lineup with the US, Saudi Arabia and Israel.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Nov 25, 2015

The Russian-Turkish clash over the downing of the SU-29 by Turkish warplanes Tuesday, Nov. 24, has sharply ramped up the personal head-on-head between the US and Russian Presidents Obama and Putin over the fate of Bashar Assad.

DEBKAfile Special Report Nov 21, 2015

Russia has launched a merciless blanket air campaign, backed by Kalibr cruise missiles fired from the Caspian and Mediterranean Seas, for wiping the Islamic State’s Syrian center of Raqqa off the map, debkafile reports. At least 75 air sorties so far are systematically razing the town of 200,000 inhabitants, district by district.

DEBKAfile Special Report Nov 18, 2015

The secret Obama-Putin deal on a political solution for Syria that was reached on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Antalya has radically changed and intensified Russia’s air strike tactics in the last 24 hours. For the first time, Russian air force planes took off for Syria Tuesday, Nov. 17 from home bases. 

Massive foreign buildup in northern Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Jan 25, 2016

The US and Russia are in the process of a military buildup in the Kurdish areas of northern Syria. It is ranged along a narrow strip of land 85 km long, stretching from Hassakeh in the east up to the Kurdish town of Qamishli on the Syrian-Turkish border. Facing them from across that border is a parallel buildup of Turkish strength. This highly-charged convergence of three foreign armies along a tense borderland is reported here by debkafile’s military sources. It is too soon to determine whether the three are operating in sync or at odds.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Jan 21, 2016

Israeli and Palestinian security officers are discussing the formation of a new Palestinian militia to take charge of enforcing law and order in the Arab districts of Jerusalem and halting the terrorist campaign emanating from there. debkafile: The dialogue is led by senior Shin Bet and police officials and the Palestinian General Intelligence (Mukhabarat) chief Maj. Gen. Majid Faraj. Concern about the fast-spreading ISIS influence in Palestinian communities has given the project an extra spurt. There is no confirmation that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is in the picture. 

First photo of ISIS drone after it was shot down
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Jan 20, 2016

The first ISIS unmanned aerial vehicles were seen this week flying over the battlefields of the western Iraqi province of Anbar. Two were shot down by Iraqi Sunni militias, who had been trained and were supported by American military instructors at the big Iraqi Ayn al-Asad airbase in the province. The downed craft when tested at the base facilities showed they were fitted with cameras for spying on the militias that were capable of transmitting images to the jihadists’ rear commands. debkafile: ISIS is preparing to test a drone model armed with missiles.

Platform-M armored combat robot
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Jan 18, 2016

Russian, Syrian, Iranian and Hizballah troops were taking up positions Monday, Jan. 18, for a massive offensive to retake Aleppo, Syria’s second city, hoping to break the backs of rebel resistance. A victory in Aleppo (prewar population: 1 million) is expected in Moscow, Tehran and Damascus to reverse the tide of the war and force the Syrian rebels to accept that their insurgency is at an end and their only remaining option is to join the Russian peace process. Two novel Russian robot systems will take part in the offensive.

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