396 articles tagged "ISIS"
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Russian Military Intervention in Syria Is Short of Top-of-Line Weaponry
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 22, 2015

Russia’s military expedition to Syria has not got very far. It is held back by a shortage of advanced weapons and outdated aerial warfare tactics.

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Who Is Knocking off High Iranian officers in Syria?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 22, 2015

Someone is tipping off Syrian rebels on the whereabouts of Iranian officers targeted for assassination. Eighteen IRGC officers have been murdered, five just in October.

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Syrian Kurds’ Wants Autonomy Guaranteed for Helping to Vanquish ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 15, 2015

The Syrian Kurds are playing hardball with Russia and the US, demanding heavy weapons and guarantee of autonomy as the price for helping either of them to beat ISIS.

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Russia Sets Sights on Raqqa and Mosul for Routing ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 8, 2015

Putin aims to drive ISIS out of Mosul as well as Raqqa both to defeat ISIS and destroy its infrastructure and to gain a foothold in Iraq.

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Chinese Air Force J-15 fighter bomber
Chinese warplanes to join Russian air strikes in Syria. Russia gains Iraqi air base
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 2, 2015

Russia’s military intervention is expanding radically. debkafile reveals two new related developments: Chinese J-15 fighter bombers will soon join the Russian air campaign over Syria, taking off from the Liaoning-CV-16 aircraft carrier; and, moreover, Iraq has given Moscow the use of the Al Taqaddum Air Base at Habbaniyah, 74 km west of Baghdad - both as a way station for the Russian air corridor to Syria and as a launching-pad for bombing missions against ISIS forces and infrastructure in northern Iraq and northern Syria.

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Nine Russian-Iranian Operational Commands Ready for Long-Term Warfare
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 1, 2015

Nine joint commands form the backbone of the Russian-Iranian-Syrian-Iraqi war machine and cover all aspects of collaboration for a full-scale war. Iran and Russian worked out the details while nuclear negotiations were still in progress.

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Moscow Determined to Remove Rebel Threat from Highway No. 5 to Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 1, 2015

The list of the Russian air campaign’s first targets in Syria is weighted heavily in favor of strikes in support of stabilizing the Assad regime.

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A Russian-Dominated Belt Stretching from the Mediterranean to the Persian Gulf
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 24, 2015

Putin plans to develop his Syrian foothold into a wide-reaching Russian-dominated belt moving in on Mid East spheres of influence as the US disengages. In the Syrian arena, his main goal is to wipe out the hundreds of Chechen and Caucasian fighters in rebel and ISIS ranks.

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Russian Officers Liaise with Iranian Command, Poach on US-Backed Kurdish Groups
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 24, 2015

Russian reconnaissance teams are going around the battle fronts and Iranian, Hizballa, Syrian army command centers in Syria to plot the coming warfronts. They are meanwhile cashing in on delays in US arms supplies to the Kurds to poach on American Kurdish terrain.

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Russian troops already engaged in battle against ISIS around Homs
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 17, 2015

Russia has sent the Syrian army advanced MIL MI-28 (Havoc) assault helicopters - belying one of two Moscow’s denials about its intentions in Syria, and, contrary to another denial, sophisticated Russian “mobile war rooms” and troop carriers transporting Russian marines were, according to debkafile, sighted on the Homs-Aleppo Highway 4. They were heading for battle to save beleaguered Aleppo from falling to the Islamic State. In Washington, opinions are divided over whether to accept Moscow’s proposal of military talks with the US.

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Zawahri Races for an Opening to ISIS to Beat Iran for a Deal with Al-Baghdadi
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 10, 2015

Al Qaeda’s Ayman Al-Zawahri, after three years’ silence, has offered to cooperate with ISIS, stepping in as fundamentalist voices in Tehran call for talks with the Islamic State. Who will get there first?

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The New “Hashemite Army” Is Poised for Battle with ISIS – Next in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 3, 2015

Jordan’s Abdullah has built a new 70,000-strong Hashemite Army with US arms and Saudi funding. It is now poised for battle in eastern Syria to take on ISIS at Deir Ez-Zur.

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Russian airborne troops for Syria
Russia gearing up to be first world power to insert ground forces into Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 1, 2015

All of the steps being taken by Russia to lay the groundwork for the intervention of its ground forces in the Syrian civil war are being carried out in coordination with the US and Iran. As their coordination tightens, so are the preparations for the first direct big-power military intervention in the Syrian war picking up speed. Those preparations were further accelerated by the ISIS advance on Aug. 31 closer to central Damascus than any anti-Assad group has ever achieved. Moscow is not ready to allow Bashar Assad’s rule to be endangered.
 

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Islamic Caliphate currency in gold dinars.
ISIS declares war on the US dollar with the “gold dinar”
DEBKAfile Special Report August 31, 2015

The Islamic State on Sunday, Aug. 30, went to war on the US Dollar with a 54-minute video tape, produced to New York Madison Avenue PR professional standards. This was the first time a terrorist organization had declared financial war on America. Shown is a mint in Mosul producing gold “dinars,” silver “dirhams” and copper “fulhus.”  The ISIS reach for world domination by the gold dinar was first greeted as a stunt. debkafile notes that while seizing land, the Islamists also pirates natural resources in a drive to control the world’s economic levers.

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ISIS "mobile defense SVBIED" in action in Iraq
Resolving the Syrian war is not the silver bullet for stopping ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 29, 2015

Ongoing world power talks on ways to stop ISIS are stumped, as they move next week from Moscow to Washington. Vladimir Putin last week offered three worried Arab leaders nuclear reactors and other aid, but in plans for ending the Syrian war - on which they pinned high hopes – no silver bullet was found for stopping the inexorable Islamist advance. When Barack Obama meets Saudi King Salman in Washington next week, he will not find a customer to buy his reliance on Iran, which has failed to pull the anti-terror wagon out of the mud.

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Putin again Touts Gazprom for Running Israel’s Offshore Gas Exports
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 27, 2015

While preparing for the first time to send Russian military forces to Syria to fight ISIS, Putin doesn’t forget the energy card. He offers Netanyahu a deal: Russian military protection for Israel’s Mediterranean gas fields in return for a stake in pipeline construction.

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Israeli Heron drone sold to Jordan
Israel’s first ever arms deal with an Arab country – drones for Jordan to fight ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 15, 2015

In its first arms sale to an Arab country, revealed here by debkafile, Israel has sold Jordan 12 advanced unmanned aerial vehicles of the Heron TP and Skylark types. They are urgently needed by the Jordanian Royal Air Force to beef up its cross-border counter-terrorism campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Like other joint US-Israeli-Jordanian operations ongoing against the Islamic State, the Herons and Skylarks are almost certainly being operated by officers at the US Central Command Forward-Jordan war room north of Amman. Israel earlier donated 16 Cobras to Jordan’s air force. 

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The Islamic State Is Not Falling Back But Gaining
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2015

A year into the US-led coalition war on ISIS in Iraq and Syria, finds the jihadis holding onto most of the territorial gains against an almost-stalled offensive, while keeping their manpower stocks replenished with volunteers and expanding their terror fronts.

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ISIS and Hamas Play Ball in Sinai Facing No Resistance
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2015

ISIS-Sinai disclosed its first beheading atrocity of a western hostage the day after Washington announced the disbanding of the Multinational Force and Observers after serving in Sinai for decades.

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Desperate El-SISI Ready to Loose ISIS Terror against Israel to Save Egyptian Troops
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2015

Despite his warm relations with Netanyahu and close cooperation with Israel in fighting terror, El Sisi is desperate enough to throw Israel as a bone to ISIS to get the terrorists off the backs of Egyptian troops in Sinai.

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