404 articles tagged "ISIS"
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US-Led Forces Gear Up to Take Raqqa. Assad Deals with ISIS to Get There First
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 10, 2016

Assad is quietly scheming to get ISIS to voluntarily withdraw from Raqqa and other Syrian warfronts to Iraq, hoping to get in before the US-led coalition launches its projected battle to evict the Islamic State from its Syrian capital.

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Six East African Countries Bid for Israel’s Help in War on Islamist Terror
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 10, 2016

Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta brought to Jerusalem six East African nations’ request for Israeli military and intelligence assistance to fend off the Jihadist threat posed by the Islamic State, Al Qaeda, and the Somali Shabaab.

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The West Launches a New Covert War on the Islamic State
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 3, 2016

The new covert war US and other Western powers have recently launched against ISIS has so far touched only its external fringes – not reached the Islamic State’s operational and intelligence core.

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French nuke carrier for sea-air drill with Egypt ahead of Libya offensive
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 29, 2016

The French nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle is on its way to the Mediterranean for joint maneuvers with the Egyptian navy to prepare for a joint attack on ISIS in Libya, debkafile’s military sources report. It will be the Egyptian navy’s first joint exercise with a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. They will practice landing fighter-bombers from the Charles de Gaulle at air bases in Egypt’s western desert for refueling, reloading munitions or emergency landings, and rehearse joint marine landings. 

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The US War on ISIS Is Fading – Both in Syria and Libya
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2016

US and Russian bombardments of ISIS targets have petered out in Syria, heavily outnumbered by intense Russian sorties for wiping out rebel resistance. The US-led operation to destroy ISIS in Libya is also on ice, as former Libyan generals join up with the Islamic State.

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Putin Is Not after a Syrian Victory, but Local Truces Ready for His New Order
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2016

Russian forces are in the middle of a major operation to seize Aleppo, imposing truces in central Syria and pummeling rebel forces in the south, in support of Syrian army, Hizballah and pro-iranian forces.

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US & Russia Prepare to Massively Obliterate ISIS in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2016

The US and Russia have mobilized Britain, France, Germany and Holland for their coming air blitz to burn the ISIS Raqqa HQ in Syria to the ground – preferably by July 1. First they are acting to cut off ISIS escape route to Mosul.

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Al Baghdadi Plans to Run Away from US-Russian Blitz to Africa or Arabia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2016

The ISIS Caliph is preparing to run away from the US-Russian blitz awaiting Raqqa, and setting up shop either in Yemen (with AQAP) or in the North African desert (with AQIM).

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US, Russia Pour Troops into Syria to Buttress their New Pact
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 28, 2016

The Russians and Americans are pouring air and ground troops into Syria to underpin their strategy for ending the Syrian war. 

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Big Powers Share out Their Military Lead-Roles: US in Libya – Russia in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 28, 2016

America and Russia have shared out their military roles in two hotspots – the US leads a new coalition for defeating ISIS in Libya, Russia is taking charge of leading the Syrian army to victory and vanquishing the rebel movement.

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US-Russian marines set up bridgehead in E. Libya for campaign against ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 23, 2016

President Barack Obama resolved earlier this month, much to the surprise of Washington insiders, to open a third anti-terror front in Libya to eradicate the Islamic Front’s tightening grip on the country. This top-secret decision was first revealed by DEBKA Weekly 692 on Jan. 1. For this campaign, he formed a new coalition with Russia and EU governments. This weekend, the first US, Russian, French and Italian Special Forces quietly landed at a point south of Tobruk, after 1,000 British SAS troops had prepared the ground.


 

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ISIS Strapped for Cash from Costly Foreign Terror Ops & WMD Development
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 21, 2016

The Islamic State’s illicit oil trade remains profitable like their other nefarious businesses. But their cash began to dry up after overspending on three months of costly foreign terrorist operations and heavy investments in developing hi-tech weapons and WMD.

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Eisenkot Wants Better Strategic Intelligence to deal with ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 21, 2016

Israel’s Chief of Staff complains that the strategic intelligence supplied by IDF MI is not good enough for coping with ISIS. He fears that a tactical ISIS attack may blow up into a strategic problem without warning.

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First photo of ISIS drone after it was shot down
ISIS is flying homemade drones, developing a missile-armed model
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 20, 2016

The first ISIS unmanned aerial vehicles were seen this week flying over the battlefields of the western Iraqi province of Anbar. Two were shot down by Iraqi Sunni militias, who had been trained and were supported by American military instructors at the big Iraqi Ayn al-Asad airbase in the province. The downed craft when tested at the base facilities showed they were fitted with cameras for spying on the militias that were capable of transmitting images to the jihadists’ rear commands. debkafile: ISIS is preparing to test a drone model armed with missiles.

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The US Will Field More than 10,000 Troops in Iraq by February
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 14, 2016

Ashton Carter is sending the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles back to Iraq to beat ISIS and recover Mosul and Raqqa.

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Has the gunman who brought ISIS terror to Tel Aviv fled to Syria?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 2, 2016

Saturday night Jan. 2, Israeli police and security services knew everything about the terrorist-gunman who Friday sprayed automatic bullets on passersby on Tel Aviv’s favorite recreation street, killing two people and injuring eight – except where to find him. He was identified as Nashat Melhem, 29, from the Israeli Arab village of Ar’arah in the eastern Wadi Ara district. The gag order for the investigation was extended to the evidently related murder of a tax driver near the Tel Aviv beach to hide his getaway route.. 

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First US boots on the ground for Obama’s secret third front against ISIS
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly January 2, 2016

US President Barack Obama is finally willing to scrap his longstanding principle of “no US boots on the ground” for a major new campaign with allies to cut down Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s Islamic State.

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Tel Aviv gunman drops backpack with Koran. ISIS?
DEBKAfile Special Report January 1, 2016

Police spokesman admitted Friday night that their investigation was still wide open. debkafile: Aside from the Koran clue, there are two pointers: ISIS Thursday posted a Twitter message in fractured Hebrew warning “Tomorrow there will be an attack on Dizengoff St,” and at the Palestinian Ain Hilwa refugee camp in Lebanon, the attack had its first response in celebratory gunfire and jubilation. Jihadist organizations linked to the Islamic State have taken over much of the camp. An Israeli Arab has meanwhile identified his son as the shooter.
 

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US Ground Troops for Obama’s New anti-ISIS Front in Libya
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 31, 2015

To smash ISIS in Libya, Obama is ready to send US ground troops into battle and wind down his presidency with the US at war – scrapping two cherished principles.

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Ashton Carter Reconfigures US Intelligence for Cyber War on ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 31, 2015

Carter has undertaken the mission impossible of revamping the US intelligence community for the new priority of cyber war on ISIS. He must write new rules of intra-agency engagement.

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