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.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 27, 2008
The Hizballah leader, in his most vituperative speech against Israel ever, said Friday, Feb. 22: "Arab opposition, including Syria, and popular opposition will eliminate Israel; its armed forces will be defeated and Israel will be left with no army. We will fight as we have never fought before."
Nasrallah pledged "Mughniyeh's blood would not go unpunished.
debkafile: On Feb. 20, Israeli chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi indicated Hizballah planned to seize on an Israeli ground offensive against Gazan missiles to launch a revenge attack in the north.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 20, 2008
The Iraq's Shiite radical leader Moqtada al-Sadr's announcement Thursday, Feb. 14, condemning the assassination of Imad Mughniyeh and declaring three days of mourning in all Sadrist offices provides a glimpse of the untold Iraqi chapter in the dead terrorist's career.
DEBKA-Net-Weekly's latest issue out Friday bares some of Mughniyeh's hidden missions and the effect of his death on the anti-Western front led by Tehran.
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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 18, 2008
debkafile's military sources report that Imad Fayez Mughniyeh, the Hizballah's supreme commander and plotter of major anti-US and anti-Israel terror operations in the last 25 years died aged 46 in a car bomb explosion in the Damascus district of Tanzim Kafr Susa Tuesday night, Feb. 12.
Hizballah accused Israel of the assassination and vowed to retaliate. Hassan Nasrallah will eulogize the dead man at his funeral in Beirut Thursday by video link. Beirut is already tense since the funeral falls on the third anniversary of the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri.
On Aug. 5, 2006, debkafile described Mughniyeh as the only undercover agent in the Middle East who enjoys the complete personal trust of both Iranian supreme ruler Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and al Qaeda's Osama bin Laden. In recent years he has liaised between them. His death is a blow to both.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Tehran, Damascus, Hizballah leadership reported coordinating retaliation for Mughniyeh's death
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 14, 2008
This is how anxious Western and Israeli counter-terror agencies interpret the muted responses to the killing of Imad Mughniyeh in Damascus Tuesday, Feb. 12. Iran, Syria and Hizballah are certain that the bomb planted in the master terrorist's Mitsubishi Pajero in the heart of the Syrian capital was rigged by the Israeli Mossad. They are therefore most certainly setting up a major reprisal in the form of a terrorist hit or a military assault.
Wednesday night, all Hizballah's top leaders went to ground.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Nasrallah's "body parts" speech prompted by internal Hizballah power struggle<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 23, 2008
Hassan Nasrallah has fallen out with internal security chief Wafik Saffa and replaced the bodyguards who kept him in hiding in the 17 months since the 2006 Lebanon War, debkafile's counter-terror sources reveal. The Shiite terrorist chief aimed a double swipe at Saffa - first by appearing in public for the first time with a new team of bodyguards, second by claiming to hold "many body parts" of Israeli soldiers who fell in battle in the 2006 Lebanon war. This claim served to make it impossible for Saffa to continue to represent Hizballah in negotiations for the release of the two Israel kidnapped soldiers.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 21, 2008
In his first live public appearance in more than a year at the Shiite Ashura procession in Beirut, Hassan Nasrallah alleged his organization, which fought Israel last summer, is holding the remains of Israeli soldiers, including a complete body and several parts. The families of the two kidnapped Israeli reservists Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser accused Nasrallah of vile body-trafficking to distract attention from his troubles at home.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Data on Hizballah's stock of missiles that can reach Tel Aviv and pre-war shore-sea missiles were correct in May 2007. They ha
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 5, 2007
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's report to the UN Security Council confirms that Hizballah has tripled its arsenal of the C-802 anti-ship missiles which struck the Israeli missile destroyer in the 2006 Lebanon War, and "has since rearmed to a level higher than prior to last year's conflict."
debkafile's military sources reveal: Hizballah has since May boosted its fighting strength by 20 percent, including anti-air units freshly-trained in Iran and armed with Iranian anti-air missiles and guns. Iranian engineers are also paving 1,000 km of strategic highways across Lebanon to speed up military convoy movements.