387 articles tagged "ISIS"
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Shiite militias shoot rockets against ISIS in Tikrit
Iran-led forces are worsted in Tikrit in Tehran’s first battlefield encounter with ISIS
DEBKAfile Special Report March 25, 2015

The offensive launched by the Iraqi army and Iranian-led Shiite militias to capture Sunni Tikrit from the Islamic State has been thrown back - despite rosy coalition assessments. The fighting died down because the casualties ISIS inflicted on the mixed force and its Iranian officers were too heavy to bear and continue fighting. Complete Iraqi units fled in disarray. This outcome hangs a big question mark over the US tactic of relying for ground warfare against ISIS on local forces under Iranian command. Legendary Al Qods chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani faces hard questions. 

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Gen. Qassem Soleimani
Obama Pushes Jordan out of Saudi-Israeli Sphere into Tehran’s Arms
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 19, 2015

The Saudis and Gulf are pulling the financial rug from under Amman for playing ball with Tehran at US instigation. Israel may also withdraw its shield from the royal family.

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ISIS Proves a Tough, Crafty Foe Armed with Sophisticated Electronic and Cyber Weapons
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 19, 2015

To overcome ISIS, which is fighting with sophisticated electronic and cyber weapons as well as terrorist tactics, Iran will need to deploy its air force and the West will have to raise a force of 100,000 professional soldiers.

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Al Qods chief Gen. Soleimani welcomed in Amman
Iranian Al Qods chief on landmark visit to Amman as guest of Jordan’s national intelligence director
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 9, 2015

debkafile reveals exclusively that Gen. Qassem Soleiman, commander of the Revolutionary Guards elite Al Qods Brigades, paid a groundbreaking visit last Thursday, March 5, to Jordan as guest of Gen. Faisal Al-Shoulbaki, director of General Intelligence and a trusted adviser to King Abdullah II. The visit, encouraged by Obama administration policy, showed one of America’s oldest Sunni Arab allies recognizing the trending Mid East reality to jump the lines over to Tehran. Iran’s grab for influence is reaching from four capitals, Baghdad, Damascus, Sanaa, Beirut  to a fifth, Amman.
 

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Egyptian President El-Sisi will attack Libya-sourced terror
Egypt goes to war on ISIS, masses troops against Islamist Libyan stronghold at Darnah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 28, 2015

Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi has massed his troops for all-out war on ISIS strongholds in Libya, the first Arab ruler to challenge Islamist terrorists in a fellow Arab country, debkafile reports. His initiative dramatizes the spillover of the Islamist State’s threat across the Middle East, and the ineffectiveness of the US-led anti-terror coalition’s efforts in Iraq and Syria. Egyptian commando and marine forces stand ready for imminent sea landings to seize Darnah and wipe out the Islamist militias, coupled with an air and ground campaign against their hideouts in Sinai.

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Hurdles Beset Run-up to US-led Spring Offensive to Recover Mosul
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 26, 2015

The US can’t get its Mosul spring offensive against ISIS off the ground because Iraqi troops are not ready and the Kurds and Arab coalition members are holding back for taking part.

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Barack Obama and King Salman
Obama and Salman have Little in Common outside Affinity for Muslim Brotherhood
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 26, 2015

Obama and Salman have little in common except for their shared affinity for the Muslim Brotherhood. The new king appears to prefer Turkey to Egypt as a close ally.

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Mid East Shakeup Leaves Egypt and Israel Out on a Limb, Giving ISIS Benefits
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 26, 2015

Egypt and Israel are left out on a limb by the Saudi king Salman’s defection to supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and dialogue with Ankara, rather than helping Cairo to stand up to the new ISIS threat from next-door Libya and backing Egypt and Israel against Iran.

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Egyptian Copts lined up for mass murder by ISIS
Egypt bombs ISIS targets in Libya after video of 21 Copts beheaded. Ten Egyptians earlier killed in Sinai
DEBKAfile Special Report February 16, 2015

Egyptian air strikes bombed Islamic State targets in Libya at dawn Mon. Feb. 16, hours after a video was released showing the mass beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians. The targets were officially described as “Islamic State camps, training sites and weapons storage areas.” Six days earlier, an ISIS-affiliated Sinai group aired a video depicting the beheadings of 10 alleged collaborators with Israeli and Egyptian intelligence – altogether 31 savage murders of Egyptians in less than a week. debkafile: ISIS-Libya has developed a bridge all the way to Iraqi via Sinai affiliates.

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Barack Obama
Can Obama Shift Lead Role in War on ISIS from America to Iran?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 12, 2015

Fighting ISIS is Part II of Obama’s master plan, which is to first give Iran major concessions on a nuclear deal and a free rein in the Middle East – then dump the Islamist war in the ayatollahs’ laps.

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Gen. John Allen
Jordan May Be the Lone Arab Survivor of the US-Led Coalition Battling the Islamic State
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 12, 2015

The US promise of a large ground offensive against ISIS hinges entirely on training and arming Iraqi troops as the other Arab coalition members go AWOL.

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Israeli Drones Boost Egyptian Fight against Islamists’ “Sinai Province”
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 12, 2015

Egypt has joined forces with Israel to fight the spreading Islamist terror which is escalating on three fronts from Libya to Sinai and from Suez to the Delta. Israel is contributing advanced military drones.

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Egyptian forces build up in Sinai to battle Islamists
Israel and Egypt forewarned of synchronized ISIS-Sinai assaults in both countries
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 9, 2015

Egyptian and Israeli intelligence have discovered the former Ansar Bait al-Maqdis - reborn as the Islamic State’s operational arm in Sinai – well into advanced preparations for a large-scale terrorist offensive targeting Israel forces manning the Egyptian frontier, along with another multiple assault on Egyptian targets in Sinai, the Suez and Cairo. debkafile: Elated by the success of their Jan. 29 multiple attacks, which left at least 40 Egyptians dead and more than 100 injured, the Islamist group is determined to keep going.  Israeli forces are well prepared. 

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Kayla Mueller, the American aid worker held hostage by ISIS
ISIS may have killed the American hostage Kayla Mueller while blaming a Jordanian air strike
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 7, 2015

Jordan carried out a second straight day of air strikes Friday, Feb. 6 on Islamic State positions. But ISIS countered swiftly for “dozens of Jordanian air strikes” in Syria, by blaming those strikes for the purported death of their American hostage, 26-year old Kayla Mueller in their Syrian stronghold, Raqqa. debkafile: After burning the Jordanian pilot Lt. Mu’ath al Kassaesbeh alive, ISIS is capable of murdering its American hostage to deter US and Jordan from sending ground troops into the war, as President Obama plans to ask Congress to approve more military force.

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Islamists Target Jordan’s King Abdullah, Eye Egypt’s El-Sisi and the Suez Canal
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2015

ISIS tacticians figured that the horrific murder of the Jordanian pilot would drum up anti-US sentiment and popular Arab calls to quit the US-led coalition.

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A UAE Air Force Mirage 2000 jet
US coalition against ISIS is fraying. Gulf Arab partners mull withdrawal over Iran’s involvement
DEBKAfile Special Report February 5, 2015

The UAE suspended its participation in the US-led coalition against ISIS in Iraq after the capture of Jordanian pilot Lt. Mu’ath al Kassasbeh by the Islamic State revealed the absence of personnel and facilities on hand for rescuing coalition air crews falling into enemy hands. The Jordanian pilot was subsequently burned alive. debkafile: The UAE contributed the largest and most modern air force in the Gulf region. But the entire coalition is fraying over the profound concern of all the Arab participants over America's expanding cooperation with Iran.

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Jordanian Air Force pilot Lt. Mu’ath al Kassasbeh
Jordan executes two al Qaeda terrorists in revenge for pilot burned alive by ISIS
DEBKAfile Special Report February 4, 2015

At dawn Wednesday, Feb. 4, Jordan executed the Iraqi woman terrorist Sajida al-Rishawi, who was offered to ISIS to save the life of the pilot Lt. Mu’ath al Kassasbeh, along with another al Qaeda terrorist Ziad Karbouli. Since the Islamic State released the video showing the young pilot burned alive in a cage, the Jordanian army and security forces have been on full-scale alert in case ISIS hits back at the executions by activating its many sleeper cells for strikes in Jordanian cities. debkafile: This would bring the jihadist threat up to Israel’s eastern border.

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Shiite pilgrim bus explosion in Damascus
Islamist State plots terror attacks inside Tehran. Hizballah high-up killed in Damascus bus blast
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 2, 2015

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has launched a new terror offensive against Iranians and other Shiites. It was kicked off Sunday, Feb. 2 with an attack on a Damascus bus carrying Lebanese Shiite pilgrims. Nine people were killed and at least 20 injured. ISIS has set its sights on the Muslim Shiite heartland, Iran and its cities – especially the capital Tehran. The bus attack aimed to kill a Hizballah military commander traveling in disguise with the pilgrims. His Beirut HQ is keeping his death and identity secret.

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Kenji Goto in ISIS hands
ISIS in full swing under ex-Iraqi general: 70 deaths in a month, on the march in 10 countries
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis February 1, 2015

Saturday night, January 31, the Islamic State capped a month of atrocities by beheading its second Japanese hostage, Kenjo Goto. In January alone, the Islamists are known to have killed at least 70 people in 10 targeted European and Middle East countries. They trailed horror through France, Spain, Belgium, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Libya, with Britain preparing for the worst. debkafile: This sweep is orchestrated by Abu Ali al-Anbari, a former major general in Saddam Hussein’s army - currently the Islamist terrorist organization’s top commander.

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Crude prices climbed briefly on Abdullah's death
Oil markets seek stability under new Saudi King Salman. A short price spurt followed Abdullah’s death
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 23, 2015

The new Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz pledged continuity for the kingdom’s oil and other policies in his first speech Friday, Jan. 23, following the death of his half-brother King Abdullah. The late king, a strong, shrewd and measured ruler, navigated the kingdom on a steady course in a turbulent neighborhood. He also made sure the succession would be smooth, swift and safe for the long term. Abdullah was also largely responsible for plunging oil prices by refusing to cut production. King Salman will have to stand up to heavy arm-twisting bythe US, Iran and Russia for ending this policy.

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