DEBKAfile Special Report February 6, 2016
The five-year old Syrian civil war faces its most critical moment. Saturday, Feb. 6, a combined force of Syrian army and Hizballah troops and an Iraqi Shiite militia under Iranian officers, were led by Russian air and Spetsnaz (special forces) officers into pressing forward to encircle 35,000 rebels trapped in Aleppo, the country’s largest city. The biggest refugee exodus of the Syrian war is blocked at the Turkish border. Moscow hints it will fight off any US, Saudi or Turkish interference.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 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.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 31, 2015
No new light was shed on Soleimani’s disappearance since October by two “new” photos.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 5, 2015
The contest between America and Russia has begun, joined by three other combatants.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 30, 2015
The battle for Al-Safira, 20 km. south of Aleppo - and the key to its capture - will go down in Iran’s Revolutionary history as the most humiliating defeat its elite forces have sustained in all its 36 years. This week, Iran sent 2,000 of its best-trained, loyal and well-equipped combat troops, detached from six elite Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) units into battle at Al-Safira, which was supposed to be the turning point in the Syrian civil war. But they were driven back by ISIS amid heavy losses.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 1, 2015
The list of the Russian air campaign’s first targets in Syria is weighted heavily in favor of strikes in support of stabilizing the Assad regime.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 24, 2015
The launching Thursday, Sept. 24, of joint offensive operations by Russian marines and Hizballah special forces on the ISIS-held Kweiris air base – revealed here by debkafile - runs counter to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s assurances to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu just three days earlier that Russian marines in Syria would not fight with Hizballah. This new development places the Syrian war on an unprecedented and dangerous path for the United States and Israel.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 17, 2015
Russia has sent the Syrian army advanced MIL MI-28 (Havoc) assault helicopters - belying one of two Moscow’s denials about its intentions in Syria, and, contrary to another denial, sophisticated Russian “mobile war rooms” and troop carriers transporting Russian marines were, according to debkafile, sighted on the Homs-Aleppo Highway 4. They were heading for battle to save beleaguered Aleppo from falling to the Islamic State. In Washington, opinions are divided over whether to accept Moscow’s proposal of military talks with the US.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 10, 2015
The Russian force’s missions are to stabilize the Assad regime by bolstering his flagging military on all warfronts in collaboration with Iran, while attacking all rebel forces, especially those with Chechen fighters.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 4, 2015
The Syrian army and rebels sap each other’s strength in head-to-head combat, while ISIS watches for its moment to strike and meanwhile lines up long-term strategic assets.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 21, 2015
debkafile reveals that a large-scale Iranian airlift is flying thousands of Shiite fighters to the Syrian Mediterranean port of Latakia to reinforce Syrian forces defeated in the last 48 hours by rebels at Aleppo and to save them from retreat. This development is seriously disturbing Israel’s army chiefs. They reckon that Tehran’s promptness in sending over thousands of foreign troops to save Assad’s army, would apply equally to a possible setback in the offensive led by Iranian Revolutionary Guards officers to capture the Golan town of Quneitra across from Israel’s lines.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 11, 2014
Syrian and Hizballah troops – commanded by Iranians – are close to taking the city of Aleppo and the whole of Idlib Province, a major strategic gain against anti-regime rebels.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 20, 2013
The mysterious Rev. Guards officer has been secretly appointed commander of the Syrian war. His hidden record covers a long career of external operations in terrorist training, orchestration and execution on behalf of the Islamic regime.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 6, 2013
As it moves in on Syrian Kurdistan, Iran is taking all the various national Kurdish separatist movements under its wing and protection and filling its arsenals with arms and ammo.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 24, 2013
The largest al Qaeda fighting concentration in the world is overrunning Syria, providing Bashar Assad for claiming support for his rule as the only figure capable of stemming the jihadi tide.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 4, 2013
The mainstream Syrian rebel FSA is for the first time willing to discuss local ceasefires in parts of Damascus, Aleppo and Homs, with officers of Assad’s army.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 29, 2013
Three months after the fall of Al Qusayr, the combined Syrian and Hizballah armies have captured the key city of Homs, 162 km northeast of Damascus. Its fall opens the way for Syrian-Hizballah forces to move in on Aleppo for a decisive victory. debkafile: Washington, Jerusalem and Ankara have run out of time for quibbling over whether to step into the Syrian conflict. The Obama administration must decide fast whether to let Assad and his Russian and Iranian backers win the Syrian civil war or stop them at Aleppo.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 19, 2013
Pakistani Taliban operatives arrived in Syria to join the revolt against Bashar Assad only to find the rebel movement torn by internal strife and bitter over its desertion by the West and the US.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 11, 2013
The explosions of big Syrian arsenals in Latakia are still a mystery. However, the weapons piled up for the Syrian-Hizballah Aleppo offensive were destroyed, as well as the advanced Russian Yakhon anti-ship cruise missiles.
Violent Ramadan ahead: Egypt’s army chief says no to dialogue with Brotherhood. Assad nixes ceasefire
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 9, 2013
The Muslim Ramadan beginning in the Middle East Tuesday, July 9, heralds more, rather than less, bloodshed. After at least 51 deaths in a Cairo shootout Monday, Egypt’s military chief Gen. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi rebuffed US efforts for national dialogue and is preparing rapid action to meet the Muslim Brotherhood’s “intifada” in Egyptian towns and Sinai. Iran and Russia are rushing military supplies to Bashar Assad, who is pressing ahead with his projected Syrian-Hizballah battle for Aleppo after rejecting a Ramadan ceasefire.