414 articles tagged "ISIS"
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The Regional Coalition for Beating IS Begins Breaking up 12 Hours after Its Launch by Obama
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 12, 2014

Turkey stuns Washington by dropping out of the US-led coalition, refusing to fight jihadis or let its bases be used for air strikes.

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Erdogan's second no to the United States
Grave setbacks for Obama’s strategy: Turkey backs out of US-led war on IS. Germany, UK say no to air campaign
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 11, 2014

Turkey inflicted a stunning blow Thursday, Sept. 11 at President Barack Obama’s strategy for a broad US-led coalition for tackling and defeating the Islamic State, and the potential 11-member group which US Secretary of State John Kerry established in Jeddah that day. Ankara said its air bases would be unavailable for US-led attacks on “jihadists in Iraq and Syria.” Turkey would also “not take part in combat operations against militants.” This knocked out one of the props from under the Obama plan. The UK and Germany also said no to air strikes in Syria..

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Old enemies, new buddies?
Secret US-Syrian dialogue for coordinating counter-ISIS operations in Syria led up to Obama speech
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 10, 2014

Shortly before President Barack Obama was to unveil his strategy for tackling ISIS in Iraq and Syria Wednesday, Sept. 10, US and Syrian officers held secret talks for coordinating their military efforts in Syria against the common foe, debkafile reveals exclusively. The Syrian officers, on the authority of President Bashar Assad, met on the quiet several times with American officers in the capital of one of the Gulf emirates – probably Muscat in Oman. The Syrian side of the US campaign is judged to be more complicated than the operation in Iraq.

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Israel's Ofeq 10 spy satellite
Israeli intel available only to US dangled as bait for Arabs to join Obama’s anti-IS coalition
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 9, 2014

A “Western diplomat” reported Monday, Sept. 8, that “Israel has provided satellite imagery…in support of the US-led aerial campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq.” This information was “shared by Washington with Arab and Turkish allies after being “scrubbed of evidence of its Israeli origin.”  debkafile: This tall tale is clearly part of a deep US game - to break up the Saudi-Egyptian-UAE bloc which backed Israel’s Gaza operation, and draw Arab allies into the Obama coalition for fighting the Islamic State, offering the bait of Israeli intelligence available only through Washington.

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US-Iranian military, intelligence cooperation in war on ISIS reaps first successes in Syria and Iraq
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 5, 2014

At least 18 foreign ISIS fighters, including Americans and Europeans, were killed in a Syrian air raid Thursday, Sept. 4, over their Raqqa HQ. A second Syrian air raid killed or injured another group of high ISIS officers at Abu Kamal near the Iraqi border. A day earlier, US jets struck an IS base in the northern Iraqi town of Tal Afar, killing its commander, Abu Hajar Al-Sufi,  and two top lieutenants of ISIS chief Abu Baker Al-Baghdadi. All these actions owed their success to deepening US-Iranian military and intelligence cooperation. Is this Obama's unadmitted strategy?

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ISIS Horror Spectacles in Iraq to Divert Attention from Its Maneuvers to Seize Euphrates-Tigris Basins
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 4, 2014

The ISIS leader is quietly moving his contingents from Syria into Iraq to rendezvous with the Iraqi arm to occupy the Euphrates basin, using the sound and fury of US air strikes to obscure his steps.

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Obama Is Sidetracked from ISIS by Promoting His Alliance with Iran in Iraq
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 4, 2014

Kurdish leaders spurn the advice of their US military advisers fearing it is tilted to meet Iran’s main objective which is to preempt Kurdish independence rather than to fight ISIS.

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Senior NATO Members Rise up against US-Iranian Detente
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 4, 2014

In revolt against the US-Iranian détente, the UK, Germany and Australia are bypassing the US to directly arm Iraqi Kurds fighting ISIS. NATO is in disarray.

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Syrian soldiers
Syria forces ranged for major counteroffensive to dislodge rebels from Quneitra. High tension on Golan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 3, 2014

Soldiers of the Syrian army’s 7th Division and tanks were poised Wednesday, Sept. 3 for an imminent all-out offensive against rebels holding parts of Quneitra, debkafile reports. The Syrians may move their tanks into the battle zone, in defiance of Israel’s caution via the UN that they would be infringing ceasefire agreements and incur IDF counteraction. Damascus counts on Israel being deterred from striking Syrian forces fighting Syrian Islamists after the wave of revulsion from the beheading of the Jewish American journalist Steven Sotloff by Iraqi Islamists.  
 

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Al Qaeda's top bomb-maker, Saudi Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri
Al Qaeda’s 9/11 anniversary attacks ready to go. New undetectable explosive may be used
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 2, 2014

Credible Saudi, British and Australian intelligence sources say Al Qaeda’s IS and AQAP have completed plans for coordinated terrorist operations around the 13th anniversary of 9/11 - first in the Mid East and Europe and later in the US. debkafile: They may be using a secret undetectable explosive developed in Yemen by Al Qaeda’s top bomb-maker, Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri. This novel explosive may have been surgically implanted in the bodies of Western suicide jihadists, who can travel freely on US or European passports to their target destinations.

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Al Qaeda executions in Sinai
Amid a trail of Al Qaeda atrocities, world leaders call on someone else "to stamp out the disease"
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 30, 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry called Saturday, Aug. 30 for a “coalition of nations… to stamp out the disease of the Islamic state group,” following President Barack Obama highly-criticized denial of a strategy for “dealing with Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.” The British premier revealed that Al Qaeda carried out the attack on the Jewish museum of Brussels. World leaders wax eloquent on the Islamist peril, but prefer to fight it at leisure through “allies” and “coalitions.” Israel too avoided reacting to the abduction of 43 UN observers at its Golan back door.

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Barack Obama
Two Rival anti-IS Blocs Emerging: US Plus Iran vs Saudi Arabia, Egypt & Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 29, 2014

While Obama works with Iran to fight Islamists, he faces a rival bloc doing the same in Egypt, Saudi Arabia in Israel. But will he be willing to take Hizballah and Iran as partners and part of the deal?

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IS' Syrian stronghold in Raqqa
Taking the US fight against IS into Syria would consolidate Assad and his Iranian-Hizballah allies
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 23, 2014

President Barack Obama must take into account that a decision to extend US military action against the Islamic State to Syria would have the effect of rescuing Bashar Assad’s rule in Damascus from the Islamist peril and strengthening the presence of his Hizballah and Iranian allies in Damascus. debkafile: Israel's and Jordan's security would also be affected. Considering Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi’s recent undercover contacts with Assad, a US decision may also tilt his calculus about hosting diplomacy on the Gaza conflict

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US photojournalist James Foley before his execution
Islamic State posts execution of US journalist to deter Obama from further involvement in Iraq war
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 20, 2014

Islamic State terrorists released a video online Tuesday night, Aug. 19, showing the beheading of American photo-journalist James Wright Foley, 40, abducted in Syria 22 months ago, after threatening to punish the US and Britain for air strikes in Iraq. debkafile: IS forces are gearing up for a counter-offensive against the Peshmerga and Iraqi army, as another deterrent to further US or foreign intervention in the Iraq war. Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has taken some of Saddam Hussein’s most professional and experienced army officers as advisers.

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Barack Obama, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Obama’s Strategic Partnership with Iran in Iraq Doesn’t Stop IS. US Abandons Kurds
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 14, 2014

Obama’s plan to use Iran to push IS out of Iraq is hitting a rough patch as the Islamists are undeterred and continue their onslaught in Kurdistan, which the US has all but abandoned.

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Abdel Fattah El Sisi, Vladimir Putin
Egypt Charts Putin-Led Grouping with Saudis and Israel for Resolving Syrian Crisis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 14, 2014

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi tries to convince Putin to join the Israel-Saudi-Egypt alliance against US policy in the Mid East and bolster Assad as an anti Al Qaeda force.

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IS executes Iraqi soldiers
US arms rushed to Iraqi Kurds from Jordan, Israel. Al Qaeda-Sinai targets US Negev military facilities
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 11, 2014

The Kurdish Peshmerga fight against Islamic State terrorists broadened out Monday, Aug. 11, with the US arms airlift to the semiautonomous Iraqi Kurdish capital, Irbil, of large quantities of military hardware from the Mafraq King Hussein Air Base in Jordan and US emergency stores in the Israeli Negev. The US will soon run out of air strike targets without fielding special forces on the ground to mark them. debkafile reveals: Al Qaeda in Sinai reinforced by IS fired rockets at US and Israeli Negev bases in support of Hamas’ war on Israel.

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Islamist fundamentalists gain tactical advantage over the US and Israel in Gaza and Irbil, 1,372 km apart
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 9, 2014

While different in many ways, the campaigns waged by the US in northern Iraq against Al Qaeda’s IS, and by Israel in Gaza against Hamas, share common features. President Obama won’t put US special forces back in Iraq and, for very different reasons, Israeli leaders abstained from sending special forces deep inside the Gaza Strip to eliminate the Hamas high command and its main rocket stocks. Both have fallen into the same error of relying on air strikes to eliminate Islamist fundamentalists on the march. And so neither conflict will end soon.

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Islamist Forces Swarm into Kurdistan and Lebanon up to Iranian Border
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 8, 2014

The regular armies of Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Israel and Saudi Arabia are all fighting Islamist forces in one way or another, but the militants continue their regional juggernaut.

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Saudis Beset with Dual Islamist Menace: Invasion and Penetration
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 8, 2014

Saudi Arabia brings in foreign troops to stave off the threat of IS invasion, but also faces risk of Islamist penetration within its own institutions.

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