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Tense Israeli-Hizballah shadow war stops short of skirmishes. Overnight mystery blast
Concrete bulwarks trucked to Israel's northern border
Concrete bulwarks trucked to Israel's northern border
DEBKAfile Special Report Jan 26, 2015, 10:35 AM (IDT)

Israel and Iran’s Lebanese surrogate, the Shiite Hizballah, are both evidently sounding out their opponents’ intentions after vows of revenge for the air strike which killed a dozen Hizballah and Iranian officers on the Golan on Jan. 18. Heightened military movements in the last 24 hours focus on the 900-meters tall Ramim Ridge. Sunday night, as a large explosion was heard in Lebanon, huge IDF trucks transported concrete ramparts to the Upper Galilee, in case Hizballah resorts to a sniper attack like the one that killed a high Israeli officer five years ago.

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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.
Past meeting between President Barack Obama and King Salman, then Crown Prince
Past meeting between President Barack Obama and King Salman, then Crown Prince
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
Jan 24, 2015, 2:32 PM (IDT)

President Barack Obama will arrive in Riyadh Tuesday, Jan. 27 with the First Lady, to offer US condolences on the death of King Abdullah and hold his first formal conference with Salman Bin Abdulaziz as King of Saudi Arabia. He must clear the air most urgently on Riyadh’s flat opposition to the multilateral nuclear deal taking shape with Iran; persuade Salman to slow oil production so as to curb plunging oil prices; and decide together how to handle Yemen’s fall into the hands of Shiite Houthi rebels backed by Iran.

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Crude prices climbed briefly on Abdullah's death
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Jan 23, 2015, 9:41 PM (IDT)

The new Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz pledged continuity for the kingdom’s oil and other policies in his first speech Friday, Jan. 23, following the death of his half-brother King Abdullah. He will have to stand up to Russia and Iran to maintain this oil policy.

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Binyamin Netanyahu in former address to US Congress
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Jan 22, 2015, 2:39 PM (IDT)

Neither the US Congress nor Israel accepts the Obama formula on Iran. Israel decided to strike an Iranian-Hizballah military convoy on Golan, causing the death of an Iranian general. This gave Senate sanctions initiatives military muscle. House Speaker John Boehner responded by inviting Binyamin Netanyahu to address Congress on Feb. 11.

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Russian S-400 defense missiles
DEBKAfile Special Report Jan 21, 2015, 11:26 AM (IDT)

Moscow is to sell Iran its most advanced S-400 as well as the disputed S-300 defensive systems under the military cooperation pact signed in Tehran Tuesday, Jan. 20. Egypt, Syria and the Lebanese Shiite Hizballah will also receive Russian S-300 missiles. Israel faces encirclement from three directions.

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Iranian Gen. Mohammad Ali Allah Dadi killed on Golan
DEBKAfile Special Report Jan 19, 2015, 3:09 PM (IDT)

Israeli military chiefs are gearing up for an early Hizballah cross-border attack on Upper or Western Galilee in response to the helicopter strike which Sunday, Jan. 18, killed 10 Hizballah and Iranian officers, including Iranian general Mohammad Ali Allah Dadi.

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An Iranian Fateh-110 missile fired
DEBKAfile Special Report Jan 18, 2015

Lebanese and Western sources reveal that the two missiles fired Sunday, Jan. 18, by Israeli helicopters at an armed military convoy on the Syrian side of the Golan struck a group of Iranian and Hizballah officers near Quneitra. Five Hizballah officers were killed, including Jihad Mughniyeh son of the Shiite terrorist movement’s military chief, whom Israel killed in 2008, and an Iranian commander. debkafile: The group was inspecting a site for deploying a Hizballah force integrated in Syria’s surface missile deployment opposite Israel’s Golan lines.
 

Belgium elevates terror level
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Jan 16, 2015

In the last two days, 25 jihadi suspects were rounded up and secret cells broken down in Belgium, France and Germany. But these counter-terror operations lifted only corners of the Islamist terrorist network of active cells spread across Europe by dedicated killers, armed to the teeth and expertly trained in Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan in the skills of mass murder. debkafile: notes that operational cooperation among Europe’s intelligence and security services is far too rare and a central continental anti-terror mechanism for shared strategy and intelligence sorely missing.

Will Iraq be Gen. Qassem Soleimani's last battle arena?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Jan 14, 2015

Gen. Qassem Soleimani, commander-in-chief of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ elite Al Qods Brigades, and of Iranian forces in Iraq, was seriously injured by an ISIS suicide squad near Samarra in central Iraq and rushed to hospital in Tehran, debkafile reports. The pivotal figure for most of a decade in Iran’s external military, espionage and terrorist operations, he was targeted by ISIS, whose agents infiltrated his command staff and blew themselves up at close quarters. This new ISIS modus operandi was first revealed exclusively by debkafile on Jan. 13.

French police house-to-house search
DEBKAfile Special Report Jan 9, 2015

Four hostages held by Islamist gunmen at a Jewish grocery store in Paris were reported dead Friday, Jan. 9 by French police, shortly after a rescue operation that killed the gunman, Amedy Coulibaly, who earlier shot dead a policewoman. Other captives were set free. Minutes before, Said and Cherif Kouachi died in a shooting attack on the police siege force at a factory near Dammartin-en-Goelle, 40 km northeast of Paris. The two Charlie Hebdo killers were holed up there threatening to “die as martyrs” with their hostage before going on the offensive. 













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