396 articles tagged "ISIS"
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Two Princes, Two Wars: Who Is Going to Win?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2015

The Crown Prince leads the war on domestic terror, while his deputy heads the war on Yemen. But the latter is also the king’s son and the Yemen war may be easier to crack than the pervasive attraction of young Saudi men to the radical lure of ISIS.

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Lavrov, Kerry, Al-Jubeir at Doha
Russia and US woo Saudis to help save Assad - albeit putting Israel and Jordan in danger from S. Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report August 9, 2015

Building on the nuclear accord, the Obama administration has been in close communion with Moscow and Tehran on moves to save the Assad regime as the key to ending the Syrian conflict and a united front against the Islamic State. This initiative was to have peaked at the Doha foreign ministers’ meeting on Aug. 3, except that it was blocked by Saudi refusal to acknowledge Assad. The US and Russia hope to change Riyadh’s mind when Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir visits Moscow on Aug. 11. But then, Israel and Jordan would face great peril from southern Syria.

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US and Russia Head up New Grouping for Fighting ISIS, Sustaining Assad in Power
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 6, 2015

The US, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf have lined up to fight ISIS, after each gives up on primary issues. Bashar Assad stays, by common consent, and the Houthis lose the Yemen war.

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Jordanian Troops in Iraq for First Real Seek-and-Destroy Mission against ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 30, 2015

Jordanian commandos, backed by Israeli air support, are deep inside Iraqi Anbar in search and destroy missions against ISIS. Abdullah II is the first ruler to undertake this mission outside his borders.

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Wrangling over Targets Brings Havoc to the US-Turkish Campaign against ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 30, 2015

The campaign against ISIS launched by the US and Turkey is running into havoc because Washington and Ankara are at cross-purposes on targets, with Ankara using it to hit Kurds.

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Turkey Turns against ISIS to Join Syria, Iraq, Egypt on the Front Line against the Islamists
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 30, 2015

Erdogan puzzles everyone by ditching his clandestine ties with ISIS to go on the offensive against the group, even at the certain risk of serious retribution of terror that could ruin Turkey’s $30bn tourist trade.

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Syrian "barrel bombs" dropped on targets
ISIS wipes out the Syrian army’s main strategic arsenal, flattens heart of Al Safira complex
DEBKAfile Special Report July 29, 2015

As the US and Turkey got started on a new air campaign against the Islamic State in Syria, the jhadis pulled off their most devastating attack yet on the Syrian army’s biggest arsenal. They subjected the giant Al-Safira military complex north of Aleppo to a steady blitz of an estimated 50 Grad missiles from Monday night to Tuesday, July 28. debkafile’s military sources report that Facility No.790, a large depot of the Syrian army’s strategic weapons, including chemicals, was set on fire and flattened. Many Iranian technical personnel were also working there.
 

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To gratify Tehran and Moscow, new US-Turkish anti-ISIS war campaign in Syria skirts Assad’s forces
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 25, 2015

After hree rounds of Turkish bombing attacks on the Islamic State in northern Syria, Ankara and Washington agreed Saturday, July 25, to name the security zone covered by a “partial no fly zone” they had declared in northern Syria the “Islamic State free zone.” This name represents a US-Turkish concession to Iran of immunity for its allies, Syrian President Bashar Assad and Hizballah, in order to gain Tehran’s cooperation in the campaign against ISIS. This deal advances Syrian-Hizballah hold on northern Syria against Islamist assaults, but drops the Kurds by the wayside.

 

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The ISIS Kornet missile attack on Egyptian Navy vessel
ISIS infiltrates Egyptian special forces, joins with Hamas to occupy N. Sinai, liquidate Sisi
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 23, 2015

The Islamic State’s success in infiltrating elite Egyptian military units and banding together with the Palestinian Hamas poses mounting danger to the life and rule of Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi. debkafile: A large group of Egyptian officers and men has defected to ISIS led by Hisham al-Ashmawy, who is seen as the hand behind the prosecutor general’s assassination and other attacks on regime officials. Tuesday, July 21, a joint ISIS-Hamas force struck the Multinational Force and Observers in northern Sinai - the first ever attack on the MFO, which is still ongoing.  

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Iran's Shiite Popular Mobilization Forces
Israel to Ashton: Iranian forces mustn’t be allowed to dump ISIS on Israeli Golan border
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 20, 2015

Israeli leaders’ main business with visiting US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter when they meet Monday, July 20, is their concern about Tehran’s possible endgame in fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon will ask Carter if the US has any control over the Iranian command centers, and is in a position to stop Tehran harnessing Hizballah and Syrian troops to help its Shiite militias push ISIS onto the Golan and the Jordanian borders, so as to remove the threat to Tehran’s allies in Damascus and Baghdad.

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Netanyahu Hopes Congress Blocks Obama’s Nuclear Deal, While Striving for a Unity Government
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 16, 2015

Netanyahu still hopes Congress will throw out Obama’s nuclear deal, but is on guard for emergencies by a bid for a unity government and warning the armed forces to stand ready for unexpected regional changes.

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Cameron Goes to War with Empty Hands and Terror Infrastructure to His Rear
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 16, 2015

PM David Cameron is beefing up UK defense budget but can’t overcome an under-equipped outdated army or come to grips with the Islamist terror from within.

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A US mobile surveillance sensor tower
US-Israeli-Egyptian mobile sensor-fence projects to block further ISIS Mid East expansion
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 10, 2015

American experts are overseeing a lightning operation for setting up either mobile sensor towers or electronic fences in Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan and Israel in a desperate bid to seal their borders off against the fast-moving ISIS impetus. Its reign of terror is spreading out from Iraq and Syria and creeping into southern Jordan, the Israeli Negev and Egyptian Sinai, then on to Libya and over to Tunisia and Algeria, covering a distance of 4,000 km. Egypt’s El-Sisi asked for the towers when the ISIS offensive in N. Sinai went into its second week unchecked.
 

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High Egyptian Officials in Hiding from Islamist Hit-men: President Sisi Is Top Target
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 9, 2015

President El-Sisi is a prime target for assassination by an ISIS or Muslim Brotherhood hit-man, who could come from his inner circle of guards, like the Islamist who murdered his predecessor Anwar Sadat.

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Sinai Bedouin: Ruthless Smugglers of Arms, Money, Fighters to ISIS – and Migrants to Europe
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 9, 2015

Three Sinai Bedouin tribes have formed a crime cartel of unbridled savagery. Controlling Middle East arms and people smuggling routes, the tribes have seized control of African asylum seekers and push them out to sea to Europe in leaky boats.

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Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi Knows No One is in Line to Stop ISIS – Notably the US
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 9, 2015

ISIS is now fighting to capture the big Iraqi refinery town of Baiji from a mixed force of Iraqi army and Shiite troops under Iranian Revolutionary Guards officers. The US admits that its warplanes return from Iraq with most of their ordnance unused.

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Israel Special Operations Forces
Israel merges IDF elite units to form the new Commando Brigade tailored to combat ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis July 7, 2015

Monday, July 6, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gady Eisenkott unveiled Israel’s answer to the rising ISIS threat nearing its gates: the new Commando Brigade. An amalgam of four elite units, it is designed for quiet, bold, covert and effective action against terrorist groups posing a threat in the Sinai Desert to Egyptian sovereignty and Israel’s southern border. Such action would be coordinated closely between Israeli and Egyptian military and intelligence arms. There would be similar operations if necessary from Israel’s northern border – against Hizballah or any threat from Syria.

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Egyptian army backed by Apaches kills 241 Islamists in broad area between Sheikh Zuwaid and Rafah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 6, 2015

The heavy fighting between the Egyptian army and Islamic State in northern Sinai evolved by its sixth day into an asymmetrical contest. debkafile: By Monday, July 6, the Egyptians were depending heavily on Apache helicopter air strikes to fight off the Islamist terrorists, who were using guerilla tactics to send foot soldiers to strike by night and mount ambushes by day. The Apaches strike any moving object. ISIS has lost 241 men since July 1, but can keep going in the long term thanks to a constant influx of manpower and war materiel.

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Egyptian troops battle ISIS in Sinai
Israeli policymakers' alarming over-reliance on Egypt to grapple with Hamas and ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis July 3, 2015

The statements by different Israeli spokesmen this week on Egypt, ISIS and Hamas were at dangerous variance with the actual events on their back door. They seemed to overlook the radical axis formed by ISIS, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, which threatens Egypt with a drawn-out bloody war, overrunning much of Sinai up to the Suez Canal, seizing the Gaza Strip and launching major assaults on Israel. Friday, July 3, rockets suspected to have come from Sinai raised alerts in parts of southern Israel and administered a much-needed dose of reality.

 

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Western Focus on “Lone Wolves” Risks Missing Sophisticated Terror Networks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 2, 2015

Investigations of the ISIS attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait already show that each assailant had accomplices, as terrorist networks and sleeper cells come to light. Calling them lone wolf operations obstructs counter-terror probes and operations.

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