DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 26, 2016
Syrian Kurdish militia commanders are flouting the ultimatum US Vice President Joe Biden handed them Wednesday, Aug. 24 to retreat to east of the Euphrates or else forfeit US support. Instead, debkafile’s military sources report, they decided to stand their ground and fight it out with the Turkish army. By backing Ankara against the Kurds, the US has forfeited its main spearhead for the campaigns to oust ISIS from Raqqa and Mosul,
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2016
Hizballah commits its elite Radwan Force to save the Syrian-Iranian Aleppo front from folding against rebel assault,after Moscow decided to withhold air cover in line with the new Putin-Erdogan deal in St. Petersburg. Putin also bowed to Erdogan’s demand on the Manjib front.
DEBKAfile Special Report August 8, 2016
The battle for Aleppo was locked in a draw Monday, Aug. 8 - contrary to the claims of Syrian rebel forces to have broken through the weeks-long government siege on the city and seized key positions from Assad’s army and its allies, Hizballah and pro-Iranian Shiite militias.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 4, 2016
He says: Let the Russians get on with it, as the US has little presence in the arena anyway.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 23, 2016
US-led offensives grind to a halt on two fronts, are pushed back on a third.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 23, 2016
Putin determines to curtail US military intervention in Syrian war.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 16, 2016
ISIS Is Building Getaway Command Bunkers in Case of Defeat in Syria and Iraq. No one can tell if Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi will fight on or make a run for it.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 17, 2016
On Tuesday, May 17, the US expanded its involvement in the war in Syria, and for the first time since the war began in 2011, US F-16 fighter-bombers bombed radical Syrian rebels fighting Iranian, Syrian and Hizballah forces near Aleppo, debkafile’s military and intelligence sources say in an exclusive report.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 12, 2016
Falling-out between Russia, Iran and Syria stymies Aleppo offensive.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 7, 2016
The US, Russia and the Syrian rebels started discussions this weekend over the composition of a list of Syrian generals who will be removed over war crimes they committed during the country’s civil war, debkafile’s military and intelligence sources report exclusively. :
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 2, 2016
The chief of staff of the Iranian military, Maj. Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi, arrived in Damascus on April 30 to assume direct command of the Iranian and Hizballah forces fighting in Syria, debkafile’s military and intelligence sources report. His arrival shifts Iran intervention in Syria into high gear.
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.