422 articles tagged "ISIS"
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Iraqi army tanks flee Ramadi
Ramadi’s fall opens ISIS road to Baghdad. Jordan warns US air strikes won’t stop the terrorists’ advance
DEBKAfile Special Report May 18, 2015

Jordan’s King Abdullah has warned Washington that US air strikes alone can’t stop the Islamic State’s advances in Iraq and Syria. What is more, they leave his kingdom next door exposed to an Islamist incursion in the south that would also put Saudi Arabia in peril.  Abdullah offered the view that the US Delta Special Forces operation in eastern Syria Saturday was designed less to be an effective assault on ISIS’s core strength and more to play down the real Islamist threat facing Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the Gulf emirates. Washington did not heed him.

 

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US Delta raid - from CNN reconstruction
US Special Ops raid killing five ISIS chiefs had to be coordinated with Syria and Russia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 17, 2015

The US Delta Special Operations raid that killed ISIS oil chief Abu Sayyaf Saturday, May 16, could not have taken place without prior US coordination with Damascus and Moscow. debkafile: Washington’s denial of coordination did not preclude a prior notice to Moscow, which then passed it on to Damascus. The operation therefore fixed another Middle East landmark: The US, Russia and the Assad regime pulled together for the first time against the Islamic State, for an operation that was more extensive than reported. Not one, but five top ISIS commanders, were killed

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US Special Operations forces in Jordan.
First US ground operation in Syria kills ISIS oil chief - as Islamists advance on three new fronts
DEBKAfile Special Report May 16, 2015

America’s first ground operation in the Syrian war targeted the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. On Saturday, May 16, Special Operations forces attacked an ISIS house in the Deir a-Zour district of eastern Syria, and killed the high-value Islamist commander and oil and gas chief, Abu Sayyaf, when he resisted capture. debkafile: Catching him alive was preferable in view of his importance to the Islamist group as overseer of the Syrian and Iraqi oil fields they have commandeered, and energy sales which net the group's war chest an estimated $5million a day. 

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ISIS rolls into Iraqi town of Ramadi
Key Iraqi town of Ramadi falls to ISIS, along with Jubbah next door to US training base
DEBKAfile Special Report May 15, 2015

Ramadi, provincial capital of western Iraqi Anbar, fell to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Friday, May 15. The town, 110 km west of Baghdad, controls the traffic on the Euphrates River. Small pockets of Iraqi troops are still stranded there after taking hundreds of casualties. debkafile: ISIS’s new fighting momentum has carried it across Anbar province to capture Jubba, next door to Iraq’s biggest air base at Al-Ansar where US officers are training Iraqi troops. The jihadis are also moving in on the oil town of Baiji.

 

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Why Did a US B-52 Strategic Bomber Join a Mid East War Game against ISIS?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 14, 2015

The B-52H bomber which flew directly from the US to join a multilateral anti-terror exercise in Jordan was hardly the right weapon for swatting ISIS, but better suited for a strong message to Tehran and Damascus.

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No Mosul Campaign So Long as US Denies Peshmerga Heavy Weapons
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 7, 2015

Obama is dead against army the Kurds lest it upset his Iranian applecart. But Barzani warned him that without the peshmerga he had better forget about a campaign for Mosul.

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Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, Texas
The Texas ISIS attack was not averted owing to US “human intelligence” deficit
DEBKAfile Special Report May 5, 2015

The two gunmen who Sunday, May 3, tried - and failed - to shoot up an exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, northeast of Dallas, sounded a wakeup call for US counter-terrorism agencies. Both homegrown Islamists were shot dead. The incident betrayed the “human intelligence” weakness of US and Western agencies – a shortage of undercover agents to mingle in communities which may produce terrorists.

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First ISIS Shooting Attack into Israeli Golan, First Ambush of US-Backed Syrian Rebels near Quneitra
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 30, 2015

ISIS has pushed down from eastern Syria into the South reaching to within a stone’s throw of Israel’s Golan border. The jihadis conducted their first ambush against US-backed Syrian rebels near Quneitra, killing six officers and men.

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ISIS in occupation of Libyan town of Derna
Large-scale Egyptian army massed for operation to capture eastern Libya from ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 26, 2015

The Middle East is on the brink of its fourth war. debkafile reports. Egypt has massed large-scale ground and air forces in the Western Desert, preparing to capture eastern Libya – Cyrenaica - from ISIS occupation. The offensive may be launched by dropping Egyptian marines from the sea on the Libyan coast around Derna (pop: 100,000), which ISIS has made its provincial capital. ISIS is rushing reinforcements to Libya from Syria and Iraq. The Obama administration objects to a direct Egyptian military operation, as CIA chief John Brennan informed President Abdel Fatteh el-Sisi.

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ISIS Better Trained, More Motivated than Any Arab Elite Force
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 23, 2015

By every military parameter, the Pentagon report finds ISIS superior to any Arab elite force – not just terrorists. Its 30,000 troops fall into three groups, the largest led by seasoned Iraqi field officers.

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AQAP captures Yemeni Hadhramaut
Al Qaeda on winning streaks in Yemen and Iraq, exploiting stalemate in proxy wars
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 17, 2015

Thursday and Friday, April 16-17, two branches of Al Qaeda took the lead in violent conflicts, catapulting key areas of the Middle East into more peril. In Yemen, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and in Iraq, the Islamic State (ISIS), launched new offensives 3.050 kilometer apart. debkafile: Both branches of the Islamist terror movement used the absence of competent adversarial troops on the ground – American and Saudi - to push forward in the two arenas. They also exploited the contradictions in Washington’s attitude towards their foe, Tehran.

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The Reports of ISIS Setbacks in Iraq Are Premature
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 16, 2015

ISIS never tried to capture wide, open swathes of territory, only the main cities from which the Islamists have scarcely been dislodged. Rather than experiencing setbacks, they are still on the offensive, not going after Ramadi.

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The Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Damascus in April 2015
Assad looses ISIS against Palestinians trapped in Yarmouk camp - a sinister new partnership
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 8, 2015

Obama’s detente with Iran and recognition of Bashar Assad’s key role in Syria has produced an incredibly sinister new twist in the Syrian war. debkafile reveals: The Yarmouk refugee camp and its 16,000 occupants face not one enemy, but two: the Islamic State and Assad’s army, which opened the way for the ISIS attack. Assad first agreed to split energy revenues with ISIS and went on to outsource the terrorists for a demonstration in Yarmouk to allies and foes alike that he holds the whip hand in the Syrian war and the fate of the Palestinians.

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Iran’s Dash for Yemeni Ports and Red Sea Straits Stalled by Saudi-Egyptian Intervention
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 26, 2015

In the Yemen operation, the Sunni camp led by Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the GCC cuts short Iran’s supplies to the Houthi rebels and advance on Aden.

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US Air Strike over Tikrit - a Symbol of Deepening US-Iranian Strategic Bonds
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 26, 2015

Obama rushed to Iran’s aid with air and intelligence support when the Iraqi forces led by Revolutionary Guards officers were stuck in their offensive to root ISIS out of Tikrit.

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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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