414 articles tagged "ISIS"
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ISIS attacks Egyptian Sinai positions
Some 200 dead – Egyptian troops, Islamists, civilians - in major ISIS-Egyptian battle in North Sinai
DEBKAfile Special Report July 1, 2015

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant moved ominously close to Israel’s borders Wednesday, July 1 – not as predicted in the north, but in the south. In Sinai, ISIS followed up on its Ramadan terror outrages in France, Tunisia, Kuwait and Kobani, with a massive offensive against Egyptian forces stationed around Sheikh Zuwaid near the Israeli and Gazan borders. Around 200 people were killed in the fierce ten-hour battle – Egyptian troops, Islamist attackers and civilian. Israeli and US Mid East forces were on the ready in case of more ISIS attacks.

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The Tunisian hotel gunman Abu Yahya al Qayrawani
ISIS “lone wolf” violence on global stage baffles Western authorities fighting terror
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis June 27, 2015

The US said Friday, June 26, there was no indication “on the tactical level” that “the attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France were coordinated.” debkafile: That conventional measure of Islamist operations no longer applies. ISIS has introduced its own "lone wolf" methods of operation which are hard to detect and predict They resulted Friday in 211 deaths on three continents. Some ISIS operatives are radical Muslims who "cooperate” with local authorities after secretly swearing allegiance to the group; others are Westerners returned home from the Syrian or Iraqi battlefields primed for jihad.

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A Tunisian holiday beach after an ISIS attack
ISIS “Ramadan operations” leave at least 211 dead in France, Tunisia and Mid East
DEBKAfile Special Report June 26, 2015

Friday, June 26, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) demonstrated the broad scope of its brutal reach by perpetrating terrorist attacks on three continents – Europe, Africa and Asia, in one day, the second Friday of the Muslim festival of Ramadan. The deadliest occurred at two hotel beaches in the popular Tunisian resort town of Sousse, where gunmen killed at least 39 holidaymakers, many of them foreign tourists - mostly British and German. One gunman was killed. It followed the atrocity at a US-owned French gas factory near Grenoble.

 

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Outside US-owned Air Products factory attacked by Islamists
ISIS plants decapitated body in attack on US-owned French factory
DEBKAfile Special Report June 26, 2015

The French police have detained several suspects after one or two men waving Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) flags rammed a car triggering a large explosion into an American-owned liquid gas factory near the southern French city of Grenoble Friday, June 26. One person was killed and two injured. A decapitated body covered in Arabic writing was left in the factory and a severed head hung on the railings outside.Th attacker arrested with several accomplices was named as Yassin Sahli. Security has been tightened across France. 

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Kings Salman & Abdullah Plan to Redraw the Mid East Map to Contain and Shrink ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 25, 2015

The Saudi and Jordanian kings are moving forward on a scheme to bring the Sunnis of Iraqi Anbar and southern Syria under the Jordanian Crown and build an anti-ISIS barrier for Saudi Arabia.

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Gen . Qassem Soleimani on the Iraqi warfront
Khamenei sacks Qassem Soleimani from command of the Syrian war
DEBKAfile Special Report June 24, 2015

Uproar in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has relieved Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Al Qods Brigades chief and supreme commander of Iran's Middle East forces, of his Syria command after a string of fiascos. He remains in charge of Iran’s military and intelligence operations in Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon. This is revealed exclusively by debkafile. Tehran was shocked to find it was too stretched for troops and funds to uphold its commitments on four warfronts – Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon - without straining the reserves for combating a potential ISIS attack.
 

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Jordan's King Abdullah ready for new role
A new plan for combating ISIS takes shape in two Mid East rulers’ back rooms
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly June 24, 2015

Jordan’s King Abdullah arrived in London Tuesday, June 23, on an unpublished mission, which he would disclose only to top American and British officials directly engaged in war on the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. DEBKA Weekly has discovered that the Jordanian and Saudi kings have secretly mapped out an original, revolutionary plan for blocking the ISIS threat to their realms. They now seek US endorsement. This deeply hush-hush blueprint will first see the light of day in the coming issue of DEBKA Weekly out next Friday.

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Tel Abyad’s Fall with US Air Cover Is an Epic Coup against ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 18, 2015

Kurdish forces with US aerial backing pulled of an epic victory against ISIS, capturing Tel Abyad a town close which is close enough to the ISIS Syrian “capital” of Raqqa to lay it to siege.

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Americans Now Give Saudi King Salman a Solid Six-to-Eight Years
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 18, 2015

The Americans have stopped referring to King Salman’s “dementia” and now praise his industry, competence and initiative, predicting he will stay on the throne for six-to-eight years.

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An ISIS tunnel in Al-Qaim
ISIS goes underground for guerilla warfare against new US “lily pad” strategy in Iraq
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 15, 2015

Following the US plan to deploy American advisers in “lily pad” bases to work with Iraqi troops near the frontlines, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has adopted a new strategy. debkafile reports exclusively that ISIS is turning to tunnel warfare in pursuit of guerrilla tactics on its active fronts in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Egyptian Sinai and the Gaza Strip. The jihadis were impressed by the effectiveness of the Hamas assault and smuggling tunnel system for effective assaults on Israel and Egyptian forces in Sinai and took a leaf out of their book.

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ISIS Is Unstoppable in the Foreseeable Future - even if Obama Does Deliver a Complete Strategy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 11, 2015

While all the experts agree that Obama has been too slow to stop ISIS, some ask whether this was not a devious ploy to let the Islamists curtail Iran’s imperial aspirations.

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Israel Must Opt between Defending Syria’s Druze against ISIS - or Accept a Refugee Flood
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 11, 2015

Israel fears that responding to the Syrian Druze distress call against ISIS will force its entanglement for the first time in the Syrian conflict. A flood of Druze refugees from Jabal Druze would also be hard to absorb.

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Syrian Druze militiaman
Israel’s Druze dilemma: To arm imperiled Syrian Druze community or open door to a flood of refugees
DEBKAfile Special Report June 11, 2015

Israel has a historic commitment to its Druze citizens and so the dangers besetting more than half a million of their distressed Syrian brethren on Jabal Druze, 88 km from its border, and 38 km from Jordan, confronts the Netanyahu government with a grave dilemma. Conceding to Israeli Druze leaders’ demand to send them arms would draw Israel out of its long abstention from direct involvement in the Syrian conflict. But refusing many thousands of Druze refugees admission, if put to flight by Islamists, is not an option, which may not be precluded anyway by sending weapons.

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ISIS heading for Tehran
Thousands of US paratroops head for Iraq. Tehran braces for onset of ISIS terror attacks on cities
DEBKAfile Special Report June 10, 2015

The United States this week began transferring to Iraq and Gulf bases elite units of the 82nd Airborne Division. debkafile: The first batch of 500 officers and men will be deployed in Baghdad and the Kurdish republic’s capital of Irbil, followed by another 500 in July and 250 in December. Operating out of Anbar, elite US troops will step up raids on ISIS commanders, bases and moving columns, modeling them on the successful DELTA operation of May 16. Tehran is on terror alert following intelligence of ISIS bombers heading to attack Iranian cities. 

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The Grad missile which exploded at Netivot
ISIS purloined rockets from Hamas production lines to attack Israel. Netanyahu marks out wide sterile zone
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 8, 2015

Islamic State operatives in the Gaza Strip have been helping themselves to Hamas rockets in recent weeks after furtively penetrating the teams operating the group’s production and assembly lines, debkafile reveals The jihadis then passed the stolen rockets to their squads for launching against Israel. These attacks will intensify the deeper the Islamists’ penetration of Hamas plants and their access to ever more advanced, long-range missiles. Israeli, Egyptian and Hamas attempts to stop the rocket attacks hit the wrong address. Israel has marked out a broad sterile zone. 

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New government needs new solutions for Gaza rockets
Another rocket attack challenges Israel’s military planners to tackle ISIS and Hizballah inroads in Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis June 7, 2015

While the IDF targets Hamas for air strikes, the tiny Gaza Strip has become the only patch of land in the Middle East where Sunni ISIS and the Shiite Hizballah terrorists operate simultaneously though separately against the same declared foes: Hamas and Israel. These groups constantly change sides and escalate their violence, The new situation cries out for both Israel and Egypt to step in without delay, as Hamas loses ground to yet more radical and violent organizations, who are seizing control of the rocket offensive against Israel. 

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US Patriots stationed in Saudi Arabia
Two major Mid East escalations: Yemeni rebels fire Scuds at Saudi air base. ISIS warns Syrian rebels
DEBKAfile Special Report June 6, 2015

Riyadh reported Saturday, June 6, that Patriot batteries had intercepted Scud missiles fired by Yemen Houthi rebels at Khamis al-Mushait, the kingdom’s largest air base, from which Saudi jets take off to strike Yemeni rebels. debkafile’s military sources disclose that the Patriots, activated for the first time, were manned by American teams – the first direct US intervention on the Saudi side of the Yemen conflict. Khamenei’s statement on Iranian troops for Syria is awaited. ISIS meanwhile warns Syrian rebels in the south to break off contact with US-Jordanian and Israeli command centers.

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ISIS moves in on Syrian Kurdish town of Hasakeh
Exclusive: Tehran expected to invoke defense pact for large-scale troop deployment to Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 4, 2015

Reliable sources in Tehran expect the government to invoke the 2006 Iranian-Syrian defense pact “in the coming hours” to urgently airlift substantial numbers of Iranian troops to Syria to save Bashar Assad’s regime and his army from collapse. This is reported exclusively by debkafile. Syrian army divisions are breaking up under the ISIS assault on the northern Kurdish town of Hasakeh, and the onslaught of the Syrian opposition Army of Conquest on the southern town of Deraa. The troops are fleeing the front lines of both embattled cities.

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Is Assad Turning Coat again for a Deal with ISIS to Save His Regime?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 4, 2015

Assad has done business with Al Qaeda in the past against the US in Iraq and with fellow-Baathist Saddam Hussein’s former top general, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri.

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The Islamic State May Thrive for Years against Floundering Western Strategy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 4, 2015

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s Islamic State draws on the services of former top Iraqi generals for high-caliber military operations and surprise tactics.

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