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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DEBKAfile Special Report January 15, 2015
Belgian security and special operations units raided 10 apartments in the eastern town of Verviers and Brussels Thursday, Jan. 15, in search of native jihadis back from Syria who had formed cells to carry out what federal prosecutors called terrorist attacks “on a grand scale,” similar to the terrorist violence that swept Paris last week. In Verviers, two ISIS-linked jihadis were killed and one arrested after they opened fire on the forces. Explosions and gunshots were heard from the clash. One police source said: “We have averted a Belgian Charlie Hebdo.”
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 14, 2015
Gen. Qassem Soleimani, commander-in-chief of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ elite Al Qods Brigades, and of Iranian forces in Iraq, was seriously injured by an ISIS suicide squad near Samarra in central Iraq and rushed to hospital in Tehran, debkafile reports. The pivotal figure for most of a decade in Iran’s external military, espionage and terrorist operations, he was targeted by ISIS, whose agents infiltrated his command staff and blew themselves up at close quarters. This new ISIS modus operandi was first revealed exclusively by debkafile on Jan. 13.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 13, 2015
The Islamic State’s elite unit wiped out the forward command group of the a commando force belonging to Iran’s Al Qods Brigades early Monday, Jan. 12, killing its commander, Gen. Mehdi Norouzi, at Hashimiyah north of Baghdad. debkafile exclusively reveals ISIS's new tactic of systematically taking down high Iranian officers to throw their forces into disarray. The jihadis affirm the deaths of 555 Iranian officers in four months. Israel’s deep concerns about ISIS effectiveness and close US-Iranian collaboration in Iraq were brushed aside in Washington.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 12, 2015
Pakistani and Afghan Taliban high-ups vowed allegiance Sunday, Jan. 12 to the Islamic State’s leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi – forging concord among key Islamist terror movement groups for defying the values that brought millions out for a mammoth rally of Western unity against terror that day. Taliban cemented the pact by beheading a Pakistani soldier held prisoner. Last week, Amedy Coulibaly, who murdered four Jews in a Paris market, also said he acted for ISIS. Abu Bakr has therefore extended his reach to South Asia after Europe and Arab lands.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 11, 2015
French intelligence failures over the Charlie Hebdo terror attack will not be gilded over. Contrary to a French police statement, Hayat Boumeddiene, wife of the terrorist Amedy Coulibaly who murdered four Jews in cold blood at the kosher supermarket. Friday, Jan. 9, was never in the store at all but had been able to skip from France to Syria a week earlier.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 5, 2015
Saudi Arabia faced a double crisis Sunday, Jan. 5: King Abdullah, 91, is gravely ill – reportedly with lung cancer - and preparing to abdicate. Two American specialists have been rushed to Riyadh to treat him, as his successors stand by, although princely disputes may delay an announcement. This development coincided with a bid Sunday by ISIS terrorists to smash into the kingdom from Iraq. The assailants killed Gen. Odah al-Balawi, commander of the northern Saudi border guard, and three other soldiers, before four died in the clash, two by suicide.
Obama’s 2015 gift for Israel and Mid East: Funding for a new Iraqi army – dominated by Iran’s Rev Guards
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 1, 2015
President Obama’s New Year’s gift to Israel and the Mid-East: a multibillion fund for restoring the Iraqi army as a division of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC). Its Dep. Com. Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami, said this week that Iran was assembling from the Shiite militias fighting in Syria and Iraq “an army larger even than the Lebanese Hizballah.” Obama’s financial and military assistance for this army commits the US to forging a strong military bond with Tehran and helping make Iran the foremost Mid East military power.
ISIS capture of Jordanian pilot puts US and Jordan in conflicting dilemmas, may be pivotal to anti-terror war
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis December 25, 2014
The US military is going to great lengths to deny that ISIS shot down the Jordanian Air Force F-16 which came down Wednesday, Dec. 24 over the northern Syrian town of Raqaa. First Lieutenant Muath al-Kasaesbeh, aged 27, was the first Arab pilot captured by the Islamic State. Jordanian tribal leaders and the US military are making intense efforts to keep the pilot, a member of the Bararsha tribe oif South Jordan, safe. Washington regards his fate as potentially pivotal to the continued participation of four Arab air forces in the war on ISIS.