DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis February 3, 2017
A fresh round of sanctions was followed by the posting of the USS Cole to the Red Sea. Tehran or its Middle East proxies, such as the Lebanese Hizballah, may well hit back in Syria or by limited military strikes against US allies, Riyadh and Tel Aviv.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 31, 2017
An order to stand down was issued Thursday night, Jan. 26, by the Russian Commander in Syria Lt. Gen. Alexander Zhuravlev to Syrian army and Iranian and Shiite high commands in Aleppo, as well as Hizballah units in all parts of Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 28, 2017
One burning question Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu must address when he meets President Donald Trump is the need to dismantle Hizballah’s dangerously upgraded arsenal, including sophisticated missiles, with its eviction from Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 26, 2017
The order came from Moscow to prevent military reprisals for Putin-Trump deal for Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 23, 2017
Syrian government and rebel groups launch a fresh peace conference in the Kazakh capital of Astana Monday, Jan.23 in freezing temperatures of minus 20 Centigrade. Although the event is jointly sponsored by Russia, Turkey and Iran, Moscow is the real power-broker. The effort to turn the truce in a more permanent cessation of hostilities will be long and arduous, and only then can Syria’s political future be approached.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 21, 2017
Donald Trump in his inauguration speech pledged to wipe radical Islamist terrorism “off the face of the earth.” His words were still reverberating when Russian long-range Tu-22M3 bombers smashed Islamic State targets in the eastern Syrian province of Deir ez-Zour the next day.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 13, 2017
There were two unclaimed explosions in Damascus overnight Thursday and early Friday (Jan.12-13) – one at an officers club in Damascus and the second at Mezzeh airport, which Syria alleged was the work of the new Israeli S-35 stealth aircraft firing across the border from a point over the Sea of Galilee. There was no claim to either of the attacks.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 12, 2017
The delivery timeline depends on how fast he distances himself from Iran and Hizballah.
DEBKAfile Special Report December 29, 2016
The Russian-Turkish initiative brings the Syria war the closest it has ever been to conclusion. Its success will be tested by a ceasefire at midnight on Thursday, Sept. 29, and the coming peace talks in Kazakhstan.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 22, 2016
He invited Iran to take a leading role in resolving the Syrian conflict.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 15, 2016
It will be much tougher and non-negotiable. Iranian forces to be forced out of Iraq and Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 15, 2016
Erdogan is looking for a fight with the Iraqi Shiites and in trouble with ISIS in Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 8, 2016
A conventional, four-nation army is prepared to fulfill Iran’s imperial ambitions.
DEBKAfile Special Report December 4, 2016
It is designated the “Fifth Corps” of the Syrian army, but debkafile’s military and intelligence sources can identity the new unit as the framework for an international Shiite brigade or foreign legion.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 20, 2016
Hizballah this week transferred two brigades of some 5,000 fighters to the Aleppo front to bolster the Assad regime’s concentrated push to finally rout the rebels who have been holding out year after year in the eastern half of the ravaged city.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 6, 2016
Tehran builds up a Shiite army from Iraqi recruits to repopulate the city.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 23, 2016
In scores of air raids launched early Friday, Sept. 23, Syrian and Russian bombers pulverized Syrian rebel strongholds in eastern Aleppo, while, on the ground, Syrian military, Hizballah and pro-Iranian Shiite militia forces hammered those targets in one of the most destructive onslaughts yet seen in the nearly six-year Syrian civil war. Cries of “annihilation!” came from rebel commanders.
DEBKAfile Special Report September 15, 2016
The failure of the Ofek 11 spy satellite mission would not only mean hundreds of millions of dollars down the drain, but also indirect losses, incurred by the need to close airspace and territorial waters for the launch, as well as the wasted efforts of deploying fighter and reconnaissance planes as accompaniments and placing medical, rescue and hazardous material disposal units on alert.