DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 12, 2009
Israel's government changeover catches its armed forces on high war alert on two fronts - its southern border with the Gaza Strip and its northern borders with Lebanon and Syria, DEBKA-Net-Weekly reported Feb. 6. Iran is deeply involved in both. The northern borders may be the more flammable, our military sources report, after Israel warned Damascus, through US, Egyptian and Turkish channels, that its delivery of scores of mobile anti-air missile systems to Hizballah in Lebanon would cross a red line.
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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 8, 2009
debkafile's counter-terror sources report that last week the Lebanese Hizballah put together a large number of terrorist teams and deployed them in six countries for attacks on Israeli targets. This intelligence prompted the counter-terror bureau in Jerusalem to publish Sunday, Feb. 1, an exceptionally high alert for traveling Israelis to be on the lookout for terrorist attacks including abductions. Security is also high in Israel and at embassies and Jewish institutions worldwide.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 28, 2008
Hizballah's military maneuver Saturday, Nov. 22, in an area south of the Litani River barred by the UN, gave Iran's Al Qods chief, Gen. Qassem Suleimani, a chance to personally check on its Lebanese proxy's ability to draw up battle lines at speed against a potential Israeli tank incursion of the Beqaa Valley. As of Saturday, Iran, Syria and the Lebanese Hizballah are tightly meshed into a combined Tehran-led front against any war contingency, bringing the Iranian peril right up to Israel's back door. Yet Israel's leaders made only a feeble responseto this development.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 9, 2008
A Hizballah mission, which arrived in Moscow Tuesday, Oct. 28, was taken around Russian state of the art anti-tank missile factories, including KBP in the town of Tula southwest of Moscow, debkafile's exclusive military sources report. The Lebanese visitors were treated to a live fire demonstration of various types of missile. They then ordered 3,000 missiles of different types and returned home Saturday, Nov. 1.
Tehran is footing the bill.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 7, 2008
Local undercover officers of the Iranian-sponsored Hizballah established and funded this "new" Palestinian terrorist organization for "operations" under their orders, debkafile's counter-terror sources report. It described itself in a statement issued Saturday, Oct. 4, as a "Sunni jihad group which has nothing to do with politics", and whose members are "former members of Fatah, Hamas, Islamic Jhad and leftist parties."
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 7, 2008
debkafile's counter-terror sources report that Israel's security services have set up frontline networks at vulnerable locations to thwart Hizballah's worldwide conspiracy to abduct Israelis and Jews. The pro-Iranian group is targeting Israeli businessmen, diplomats and tourists as well as prominent Jewish figures in West Africa and South America. It enjoys the support and largesse of large, affluent Lebanese Shiite communities dotted around those continents.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 6, 2008
The Iran-backed Lebanese terror group, Hizballah, has contracted to partner Hamas' ongoing crash program using the month-old ceasefire with Israel to intensify combat training and arms procurement in preparation for war.
debkafile's military sources report exclusively that the two groups have signed a secret deal to establish a joint "situation room" under the direction of Hizballah's Unit 1800 to operate from twin command centers in Beirut and Gaza City.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 24, 2008
In a special advisory issued Wednesday, Aug. 20, the Counter-Terror Center in Jerusalem warned Israelis traveling abroad that they run the risk of kidnapping by agents of the Lebanese Hizballah terrorist organization.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 4, 2008
Hizballah has moved on since its seizure of the towering Mount Sannine, the highest point of the Mount Lebanon range - first revealed by debkafile.
As Iranian and Syrian radar and anti-air weapons officers settled on the strategic peak, our military sources report the Lebanese terrorist group proceeded to grab positions on the Western ridge of Jebel Barukh, east of Jezzine, a move which brings it closer to the Israel border.
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Perched atop Lebanon's two tallest mountain peaks, Hizballah, Syria and Iran are able to control most of Israel's air space to the south and the heartlands of Lebanon's Christian centers.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 23, 2008
Sheikh Naim Kassem, deputy secretary-general of Hizballah, said Saturday, July 19, that abductions of more Israeli soldiers may not be ruled out. He declared that his pro-Iranian Shiite group remained at war with Israel.
His statement to the Qatari Al-Arab paper was at variance with the tenor of the speech his boss, Hassan Nasrallah, made in Beirut three days ago.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 22, 2008
Hizballah marked the conclusion of the prisoner exchange with Israel by launching new tactics consisting of anti-air missile ambushes against Israeli Air Force flights over Lebanon and anti-ship missiles against Israel naval craft cruising off its shores, debkafile's military sources report.
Hizballah-sponsored Galilee group claims "Israel girl soldier" from Tiberias held hostage 5 years<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 12, 2008
Is this an Israeli version of Ingrid Betancourt's long agony as the hostage of terrorists?
An unnamed man, saying he was chief of the Galilee Liberation Brigades, claimed in an interview Sunday, June 6, to have carried out the last two terrorist attacks in Jerusalem - the bulldozer rampage and the yeshiva massacre. He then said his group has been holding an Israeli girl soldier from Tiberias hostage for five years.
debkafile's counter-terror sources are convinced he is referring to Dana Bennett, 18, who disappeared after her late-night shift as a waitress in Tiberias on Aug. 1, 2003, and was never heard of since.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 29, 2008
Friday morning, June 27 - Day 8 of the putative Gaza ceasefire - saw a mortar bombardment of Nahal Oz and Kfar Azza and Shear Hanegev, after five missiles on three consecutive days cut it short.
debkafile's military sources report that negotiations for the release of three captive Israeli soldiers are stalled after becoming entangled in the Gaza truce breakdown and Israel's government crisis. Most of all, progress is blocked until Hizballah gains the finance ministry in the government Fouad Siniora is trying to build.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 23, 2008
Sunday night, May 11, the Israeli army was poised to strike Hizballah. The Shiite militia was winding up its takeover of West Beirut and battling pro-government forces in the North. When he opened the regular cabinet meeting Sunday, May 11, prime minister Ehud Olmert had already received the go-ahead from Washington for a military strike to halt the Hizballah advance. The message said that President George W. Bush would not call off his visit to Israel to attend its 60th anniversary celebrations and would arrive as planned Wednesday, May 14 - even if the Israeli army was still fighting in Lebanon and Hizballah struck back against Tel Aviv and Ben-Gurion airport.
Prime minister Ehud Olmert, defense minister Ehud Barak and foreign minister Tzipi Lvini, the only ministers in the picture, decided not to intervene in Lebanon's civil conflict. Iran's surrogate army consequently waltzed unchecked to its second victory in two years over the United States and Israel.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 21, 2008
Head of AMAN's research division Brig. Yossi Baidatz brought bad news on two fronts to the Knesset foreign affairs and security committee Tuesday, June 17. He reported that Hamas needed a ceasefire in Gaza after 350 of its terrorists had been killed. In his view, this ceasefire if finally negotiated would be fragile and short-lived.
As for Israel's northern front, Baidatz confirmed debkafile's previous reports that Hizballah has stockpiled tens of thousands of rockets in fortified tunnels, in numbers far outstripping its pre-Lebanon War 2006 strength.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 30, 2008
debkafile's military sources report that Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak decided to place the armed forces on guard in view of indications that Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah may seriously intend making good on his threat of "open war" against Israel, whom he accuses of the Feb. 12 killing of Imad Mughniyeh.
The Israeli Air Force, according to our sources, has prepared two command and control airplanes which are capable of carrying command centers and special forces from place to place and reacting to terrorist attacks in places far from Israel.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 28, 2008
It exploded under the Zubair-1 pipeline carrying crude to Iraq's Gulf terminals. The blast, the second this week and the turbulence which erupted Monday, are expected to affect oil exports and drilling operations from southern Iraq. International oil prices began to rise in response.
In the Shiite town of Kut, Basra's neighbor, 44 people are reported killed in fighting between Iraqi forces and local militias Thursday.
The next DEBKA-Net-Weekly out Friday closely examines Iraq's changing battlefield with fresh disclosures.
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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 26, 2008
Addressing a memorial rally from a huge video screen in S. Beirut, the Hizballah leader said Monday, March 24: "In a few days Israel will discover its mistake in killing Imad Mughniyeh. Boasting of "our culture of death." He went on to shout: "We will choose the target, the time and the place to avenge him. The Israelis have cause for worry. It is possible that Israel will cease to exist in the present generation."
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 18, 2008
Bashar Assad's strategists are not losing a moment to cash in on the abundant conspiracy theories surrounding the death, to plant one of its own: Mughniyeh, they say, was killed in their capital by their Lebanese enemies.
Therefore, it is feared in Washington and Jerusalem that, while plotting revenge on Israel, Hizballah, backed by the Syrian commando units, will launch attacks on Lebanese national intelligence and Druze targets in Beirut and Mt. Lebanon - they point a finger at Druze leader Walid Jumblatt. Their immediate goal would be to overthrow the pro-Western, anti-Syrian government headed by Fouad Siniora and stir up a new civil war. The door would then re-open for Syria to make a comeback to the troubled country and move troops in for the first time since they were thrown out in 2005, in contravention of UN Security Council resolutions.
Syria's machinations give substance to Director of US National Intelligence Mike McConnell's assertion to Fox TV Sunday, Feb. 17, that, while Hizballah is blaming Israel, "...there's some evidence that it may have been internal Hezbollah. It may have been Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 29, 2008
debkafile's intelligence report exclusively the findings of a special inquiry launched by Hizballah to solve the mystery of who killed the master terrorist Imad Mughniyeh and how.
debkafile's counter-terror sources stress that, above all, Hizballah was keen to clear itself of suspicion that Mughniyeh was betrayed by an insider planted by Mossad, and this report points at Palestinians who are accused of giving him away.