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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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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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