399 articles tagged "ISIS"
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S-400 in Syria is Effective Only as a Show of Russian Muscle and Deterrent
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 3, 2015

The S-400 is overqualified for Middle East warfare in Syria or against ISIS. But it is an effective deterrent, forcing Western warplanes to circle round Syria from the east to reach its targets.

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ISIS Hires Qaddafi’s ex-Officers for 10,000-Strong Libyan Force
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 3, 2015

After four idle years, Qaddafi’s ex-officers and soldiers are flocking to the ISIS flag and are muscling in on Libya’s oil and gas fields and pipelines in the service of their new master.

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US Security Forces Chase Shooters
Islamist terror in California, Russia under ISIS threat, IDF’s first anti-ISIS drill
DEBKAfile Special Report December 3, 2015

The FBI suspects that the multiple shooting at the San Bernadino social center Wednesday night, which claimed at least 14 lives and injured 17, was an act of international terror and has not ruled out Islamist radicals. ISIS’s global impact spread dramatically that day with menaces to Russia, the first British air strike in Syria, and the Israel’s large-scale counter-ISIS exercise – the first to be carried out by any army.

 

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Israel extremely nervous over Russian operations on its Golan border
DEBKAfile Special Report December 2, 2015

Israel must decide whether its understandings with Putin are worth preserving when Russia provided air cover for Hizballah and Iranian Revolutionary Guards to fight their way up to positions within sight of Israel’s Golan border defenses. This dilemma arose when Tuesday, Dec. 1,  the day after the Putin-Netanyahu meeting in Paris, Syrian, Hizballah and Iranian forces advanced from the southern Syrian town of Deraa toward the
Syrian Golan town of Quneitra. Israel's Golan forces went on high aliert Wednesday.

 

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The Iranian, Hizballah investment in Palestinians Backfires – in Beirut
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 26, 2015

The Iranian, Hizballah investment in training and funding Palestinian terror groups backfired in Beirut on Nov. 13, when Palestinian suicide bombers blew up a Hizballah district in Beirut on behalf of ISIS.

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First Iranian fighter jets over Syria alongside Russian bombers
DEBKAfile Special Report November 22, 2015

Videos apparently leaked by Moscow reveal the presence of Iranian F-14 and MiG -29 fighters in Syrian skies for the first time. The Italian magazine “The Aviationist,” showed them escorting heavy Russian bombers, including the Tupolev TU-160, the heaviest, fastest and most destructive bomber ever built, on missions no more than 150 km from Israel’s northern border. Normally, the Israeli Air Force would have fought off and shot down any Iranian warplanes appearing in Syrian air space, but they are protecting themselves by flying with Russian bombers. 

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Massive Russian blanket air bombardment is flattening Raqqa
DEBKAfile Special Report November 21, 2015

Russia has launched a merciless blanket air campaign, backed by Kalibr cruise missiles fired from the Caspian and Mediterranean Seas, for wiping the Islamic State’s Syrian center of Raqqa off the map, debkafile reports. At least 75 air sorties so far are systematically razing the town of 200,000 inhabitants, district by district.

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ISIS threatens New York and worldwide terror panic. French raid aided by Moroccan intelligence
DEBKAfile Special Report November 19, 2015

Thursday Nov. 19, ISIS threatened a suicide attack on New York’s iconic Times Square, depicting a bomber unzipping his coat to display an explosive vest. The NYPD rushed to the scene. Anti-terror agencies are taking no chances after the string of terrorist slaughters claimed by the Islamic state. 

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French anti-terror police
Hollande, Obama lack the troops and will for total war on ISIS. Mid East rulers are even more reluctant
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis November 16, 2015

When French President Francois Hollande declared war on ISIS and called the attack in Paris an “act of war,” he gave the terrorist organization’s leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi an unexpected boost: respect as a head of state. US President Barack Obama was more cautious, declaring at the G-20 summit in Antalya that his country and France would fight together against terror, without specifying how. That is because no ruler of any Muslim country has dared declare total war on ISIS, or wants to do so, and no Arab army is able or willing to undertake this war. 

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French President Hollande was top target in multiple terror atrocity in Paris
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis November 14, 2015

The geography of the six Paris locations targeted by terrorists Friday night points to precise advance planning in support of a primary target, namely, French President Francois Hollande, while at the same time sowing bloody havoc in the French capital, frightening tourists away and shaking the French governing system to the core. The outrage which took an estimated toll of 127 to 153 lives took place without warning from any French intelligence agency. Saturday, the French president accused ISIS of an act of war against his country.

 

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Suicide bombers strike Hizballah in Beirut
ISIS launches its winter terror offensive with first 274 deaths
DEBKAfile Special Report November 13, 2015

The Islamic State launched its winter offensive with surprise attacks in less than a month on Sharm el-Sheikh, Amman, Beirut and Sinai. These locations were chosen deliberately outside the primary Syrian and Iraqi battlefields, while at the same time targeting Russia, the US, Egypt, Iran and Hizballah, where least expected. debkafile: By going after Jihad John in Raqqa, northern Syria, Thursday night, Nov. 11, the US will not hold back the ISIS offensive or prevent its terrorists from striking again after suicide bombers claimed 43 lives at Hizballah’s Beirut stronghold.

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Operating in 11 Countries, ISIS Holds Enough Territory to Keep Foes at Bay
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 12, 2015

The Sinai branch of ISIS could not have performed alone for blowing up the Russian airliner. It was backed by the spreading, multinational Islamic State organization, like the Tunisian attack five months earlier.

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Egyptian President Shaken up by Russian Airliner Crash and Diplomatic Setbacks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 12, 2015

After deposing two president, Egypt’s military junta has no problem in ousting a third. The generals are watching El-Sisi closely since terrorists were able to down the Russian airliner over Sinai and his failure to drum up international support for his campaign against ISIS.

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Russia ramps up helicopter deployment in Syria
Russian military surge in Syria: More helicopters, first “volunteer” combatants
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 11, 2015

Russia is deepening its military intervention in the Syrian conflict with reinforcements of combat helicopters and its first “volunteer” ground forces, according to intelligence reports reaching debkafile from southern Russia and the Crimea. With these reinforcements, Russia will take the lead of the slow-moving Iranian-Syrian-Hizballah campaigns against the Islamic State and insurgent advances on the Homs and Idlib front lines. The first Russian combat helicopters have already been moved out of Latakia to Syrian air bases in Homs and Hama.

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Shortly before the Obama-Netanyahu summit, ISIS hit Americans in Jordan
DEBKAfile Special Report November 9, 2015

ISIS carried out a terrorist attack in Jordan on Monday, Nov. 9, just hours before Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama met for talks at the White House in Washington. Since the two leaders concur on the rising threat posed by ISIS, it can be assumed that a significant portion of their meeting centered on the news of the attack in Jordan, in which two American trainers, a South African and two Jordanians were killed - and its implications.

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St. Petersburg mourns air disaster victims
Putin halts flights to Egypt until “true causes” known for Metrojet crash
DEBKAfile Special Report November 6, 2015

President Vladi­mir Putin halted all Russian flights to Egypt Friday, Nov. 6, “until we know the true causes of the incident” .i.e. the cause of the Russian Metrojet flight crash over Sinai Saturday which killed all 224 people aboard. Several European and Gulf Arab governments suspended flights to Sharm el-Sheikh, but Russia was the first to halt all outbound flights to Egypt. debkafile: Moscow broke ranks with Cairo over playing down the terrorist factor in the face of compelling evidence of an explosion collected by Russian investigators.

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Has the Buk Missile System Made Its First Appearance in Sinai?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 5, 2015

A Russian-made Buk missile could have reached a high-flying airliner and could have been made available to ISIS-Sinai from its partner Ansar Al-Sharia, its fraternal ally in Libya.

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Moscow and Egypt Part Company in Responses to the Islamist Challenge
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 5, 2015

ISIS targeted and struck two foes, Russia and Egypt, with a single Russian-made missile. Neither wants to admit this. The Islamists fearing retribution went to ground after shooting down the Russian airliner, but there was none.

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Anti-air missiles in ISIS hands also imperil Saudi, Jordanian and Israeli skies
DEBKAfile Special Report November 5, 2015

The British Cobra (emergency cabinet) decision of Wednesday, Nov. 4, not to send airliners to or from Sharm El-Sheikh, where 20,000 British tourists are stranded, further strengthens the assumption that the Russian Metrojet Flight 9268 was downed over Sinai Saturday by a terrorist missile. So far, the drawn-out deliberations and prevarications by officials in several countries regarding the crash of the Russian plane are meant for one purpose: to gain time for doing nothing about ISIS in Sinai.

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ISIS claims downing Russian airliner in Sinai in reprisal for Moscow’s Syria air strikes
DEBKAfile Special Report October 31, 2015

"The fighters of the Islamic State were able to down a Russian plane over Sinai province that was carrying over 220 Russian crusaders. They were all killed, thanks be to God. The daily murder of scores of innocents in Syria by your air bombardments will bring upon you disasters…" said a statement from the Sinai affiliate of ISIS after a Metrojet Airbus 321, carrying 217 Russian tourists and 7 crew from Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg, crashed in central Sinai early Saturday morning, Oct. 31. There were no survivors. 

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