DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 4, 2013, 12:40 PM (GMT+02:00)
The gunning down of Hajj Hassan Hollo al-Laqqis, a high-ranking Hizballah commander and close crony of Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah raised the stakes of the clandestine war between Saudi Arabia and Iran - or rather between Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan and Iran’s Al Qods Brigades commander Qassem al-Soleimani. Hizballah blamed Israel for the assassination because it is easier to reach for revenge than Saudi Arabia. Al-Laqqis was killed in the underground parking lot of his home by five shots to the head and throat.
DEBKAfile Special Report December 2, 2013, 10:05 AM (GMT+02:00)
In New York and Tel Aviv, former CIA director Gen. Michael Haden and ex-chief of AMAN, Gen. (ret) Amos Yadlin, offered the same opinion. Both said Sunday, Dec. 1, that Iran has attained the status of a nuclear threshold state, able to build several nuclear bombs in a matter of weeks. By this diagnosis, they indicted their respective governments for failing to stop this happening. Hayden on the Geneva accord: “We need to negotiate hitting the delete button.” Yadlin: "Iran is a step before breakout to a bomb. This is unfortunate but true.”
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 14, 2013, 10:09 PM (GMT+02:00)
Prince Bandar bin Sultan has a war chest of $500 million for clandestine operations in Iran, including assassinations and fomenting violent unrest among its national minorities in four corners of the country.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 8, 2013, 12:19 AM (GMT+02:00)
Turkish-Iranian intelligence cooperation has produced an operation against Syria rebel supplies through Turkey. Tehran wants to redirect Turkish exports from its Israeli route back to Syria, and use the Turkish route to promote Iranian products in Europe.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 3, 2013, 8:12 AM (GMT+02:00)
Turkish and Iranian Foreign Ministers Ahmet Davutoglu and Javad Zarif signed a secret pact in Ankara covering intelligence cooperation between their two countries Friday, Nov. 1, debkafile reveals exclusively. Although a member of NATO, Turkey undertook under this accord to stop cooperating with third countries in spying on Iran and to roll up anti-Iranian spy rings operating from its soil. From late October, the Erdogan government began enforcing a prohibition on the activities of agents collecting information on Iran from the Turkish side of the Iranian border.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 31, 2013, 11:49 PM (GMT+02:00)
A major upheaval is believed in progress - not just in US intelligence networks but across the espionage industry around the world in a mad race to shut down, recover and replace the blown networks, for fear of Snowden’s revelations.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 17, 2013, 11:26 PM (GMT+02:00)
The US Seals team assigned with capturing al Shabaab’s Nairobi mastermind missed out by failing to learn the lessons of the US Mogadishu raid of 1993.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 23, 2013, 12:05 AM (GMT+02:00)
Egyptian strongman Gen. El-Sisi used secret intelligence files out of Brotherhood reach and the element of surprise to overthrow its rule and place its leaders behind bars.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 23, 2013, 12:05 AM (GMT+02:00)
Egyptian intelligence has asked for Israel help in tracking down Mahmoud Izzat Ibrahim, newly-anointed Brotherhood Supreme Guide, last seen holed up in Gaza.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 9, 2013, 12:23 AM (GMT+02:00)
None of the 22 countries where US embassies were shut down placed their counterterrorist services on terror alert, after failing to find evidence of a terrorist campaign in the offing.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 11, 2013, 11:02 PM (GMT+02:00)
Netanyahu like King Abdullah proved able to think on their feet in the Egyptian crisis and act directly without referring to Washington. Israeli intel and drones made available to support Egyptian offensive against the Muslim Brotherhood and Sinai Salafists.
Israeli leaders rebut criticism of under-reacting to threats from Syria by hinting at covert operations
DEBKAfile Special Report June 28, 2013, 6:01 PM (GMT+02:00)
Senior Israeli officers in the North estimate that the IDF’s performance is just 40 percent of what is required for defending Israel’s border against the threats building up from the Golan. For too long, Israeli intelligence has been in thrall to the misconception that Bashar Assad’s days are numbered and underestimated Hizballah’s combat effectiveness in the Syrian war. Friday, an Iron Dome anti-missile battery was finally deployed to the northern town of Haifa, after a different kind of rhetoric came from Israeli leaders.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 16, 2013, 11:52 PM (GMT+02:00)
Russia has claimed it has penetrated the US missile shield and it no longer poses a military threat to Moscow. If this is true, Israel and the Gulf emirates are exposed to Iranian ballistic missiles unless because their early warning systems are integrated in the US network.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 28, 2013, 11:22 PM (GMT+02:00)
Israeli jets were reported flying over Damascus by foreign sources in the last few hours Sunday (April 28). debkafile: Iran is pushing Bashar Assad hard to let Hizballah have sophisticated weapons, including self-propelled SA-17 interceptor missile systems.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 25, 2013, 10:39 PM (GMT+02:00)
Pushed hard by the US, Turkish officials opened discussions with Israel on the revival of their former military and intelligence collaboration, especially in relation to the Syrian conflict on which they agreed to pool intelligence and work together in Iraqi Kurdistan.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 21, 2013, 11:24 PM (GMT+02:00)
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s Middle East trip was supposed to present the $10 billion US arms sales to Israel, Saudi Arabia and the UAE as a signal for deterring a nuclear Iran. The Boston bombings shifted the onus of his trip to Syria and al Qaeda. Russian cooperation was a vital source of intelligence for nabbing the two bombers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Friday, April 19. Russian President Vladimir Putin will almost certainly claim his quid pro quo in Syrian currency.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 20, 2013, 4:39 PM (GMT+02:00)
Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev won the dubious distinction of being the first terrorist operatives to import al Qaeda terror to the United States through a route outside the Middle East – the Caucasus. debkafile: The pair were double agents, hired by US and Saudi intelligence to penetrate the Wahhabi jihadist networks which spread across the Russian Caucasian, with the help of certain Saudi financial institutions. Instead, the two former Chechens betrayed their mission and went over secretly to the radical Islamist networks.
DEBKAfile Special Report February 14, 2013, 1:22 PM (GMT+02:00)
In the murky world of double agents, no one can be sure who serves whom at any given time. Some straw companies also serve many spymasters - whether as their operating method or out of greed. Ben Zygier-Alon’s mission has not been revealed, but some leaks suggest he may have been mixed up in this kind of vortex and, instead of jumping out, decided on his own bat to follow through all the way to a certain objective, so sealing his fate and possibly betraying his own masters.
DEBKAfile Special Report February 13, 2013, 12:30 PM (GMT+02:00)
Despite their best investigative efforts, ABC TV found no lead to the mysteries of the life and death of Australian Ben Zygier, the Mossad agent. How did he kill himself in a top-security cell in 2010 under the tightest surveillance? Why was he held in secret, solitary confinement? An unnamed Israeli official said his exposure would have posed an existential threat to the country. An Australian inquiry has been launched to find out why Israel’s notification of his death to the Tel Aviv embassy never reached Canberra.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 11, 2013, 12:00 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Al Qods Brigades Chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani beat the US to the draw in Cairo. He arrived in the last week of December and discussed with President Mohamed Morsi’s top advisers how his organization could help the Muslim Brotherhood build their own militia-cum-secret service.