DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 11, 2017
Two close US allies, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, traveled to Moscow this week to press different cases relatied to Syria to Putin. Netanyahu focused on Iran; Erdogan on the Kurds..
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 28, 2017
One burning question Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu must address when he meets President Donald Trump is the need to dismantle Hizballah’s dangerously upgraded arsenal, including sophisticated missiles, with its eviction from Syria.
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly January 26, 2017
Syria stands on the threshold of dramatic changes that will directly impact on the strategic and military situation along the Syrian borders with Israel and Jordan, debkafile reports exclusively. They derive from a deal struck this week by US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to establish US, Russian and Turkish security zones in Syria. This scheme will transfer military control of the country to those three powers and require Iranian and pro-Iranian forces to leave. More about this in the latest DEBKA Weekly (for subscribers).
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 21, 2017
Donald Trump in his inauguration speech pledged to wipe radical Islamist terrorism “off the face of the earth.” His words were still reverberating when Russian long-range Tu-22M3 bombers smashed Islamic State targets in the eastern Syrian province of Deir ez-Zour the next day.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 25, 2016
Israel is again urged by Washington to update and enlarge its war fleet to catch up with the rapidly changing conditions opposite its shores, where Russia, Iran and Egypt are building up bigger and better armadas.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 9, 2016
The talks between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Reccep Erdogen in St. Petersburg scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 9, are causing trepidation among Israel’s policy-makers and military leaders. Turkey appears to have opted to quit ties with the US and NATO and line up with a Russian-Shiite front led by Tehran in preference to an anti-Iran Sunni alliance.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 19, 2016
On Sunday, June 19, helicopters of the Syrian Air Force started transporting Palestinian militia fighters from the Damascus area to the Deir-ez-Zor region of eastern Syria, debkafile’s military sources said in an exclusive report. They are joining Hizballah troops gathering in the area ahead of an all-out assault on Islamic State’s grip on the area, notably the Euphrates River valley.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 10, 2016
In his Damascus posting, Gen. Alexander Dvornikov has been given control of the twin Russian commands in Damascus and Baghdad. They function as two halves of the same war room. They are fully coordinated under a single overall commander, enabling the Russian general to stay on top of events and in control of decisions 24/7. This is a key position of enormous authority and extreme diplomatic sensitivity. The Saudis see him as major foe, while the Iranians resent Moscow’s understandings with Israel.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 31, 2015
The IDF and the armies involved in the Syrian war - Russia, Syria and Iran – were on war alert Thursday, Dec. 31 for an imminent Hizballah attack on Israel in revenge for the Samir Quntar assassination in Damascus on Dec. 20. All their intelligence agencies agreed that there was no stopping Hizballah. A senior German emissary was in Beirut two days ago to try and hold Hassan Nasrallah back. He failed. Russian and Iranian forces in Syria are now braced for a potential Israeli counter-offensive.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 6, 2015
On, Dec. 2, Russia started transferring dozens of advanced T-90 tanks to Syria, debkafile reports. They were moved immediately to the Aleppo and Damascus warfronts and will soon be sent to beef up the combined Syrian, Iranian, Hizballah army poised to recover Palmyra from the Islamic State. Israel’s worry is that Russian instructors will also train Iranian and Hizballah forces in the use of the advanced T-90s. With these tanks, they will attain their objective of a strong front in S. Syria and the Syrian Golan for striking Israel’s’ northern frontier defenses.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 30, 2015
The battle for Al-Safira, 20 km. south of Aleppo - and the key to its capture - will go down in Iran’s Revolutionary history as the most humiliating defeat its elite forces have sustained in all its 36 years. This week, Iran sent 2,000 of its best-trained, loyal and well-equipped combat troops, detached from six elite Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) units into battle at Al-Safira, which was supposed to be the turning point in the Syrian civil war. But they were driven back by ISIS amid heavy losses.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 26, 2015
China has jumped aboard the Russia-Iranian military alliance in Syria by sending the aircraft carrier Liaoning-CV-16 to Tartus, to await the arrival of a squadron of its J-15 Flying Shark fighters. As Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama smiled and sat down in the White House to discuss improving relations, Beijing showed muscle - not just in the South China Sea but in the Mediterranean too, turning the Middle East strategic situation on its head.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 24, 2015
Netanyahu gave Putin evidence that Iran was upgrading Hizballah’s arsenal for destroying Israel and plotting a terror front from the Golan. The Russian leaders was unmoved, refused to hear of any interference with Russia’s tight coordination with Iran in Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 24, 2015
Russian reconnaissance teams are going around the battle fronts and Iranian, Hizballa, Syrian army command centers in Syria to plot the coming warfronts. They are meanwhile cashing in on delays in US arms supplies to the Kurds to poach on American Kurdish terrain.
DEBKAfile Special Report September 16, 2015
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will discuss with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Sept. 21 the continued Israeli Air Force freedom of action against threats coming from Syria. This would necessitate coordination between the Russian and Israeli air commands to avoid accidental collisions between their warplanes. A deal on these lines, tacitly agreed between Washington and Moscow, enables US air strikes against ISIS. But Israel faces more complex threats derving from the Iranian and Hizballah presence in Syria, on which Putin may dig in his heels.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis July 27, 2015
Syrian President Bashar Assad, in his first public speech in a year, Sunday, July 26, could afford to admit to loss of territory, after being handed Iran’s new rehabilitation plan for his army, debkafile reveals. Divisions and brigades are rebuilt into three armored commando super-divisions, one each for the northern, southern and Damascus fronts. The 4th Division would still defend Damascus. The 14th Division of Special Forces gets fresh officers under Iranian commanders. The US-Tehran nuclear accord effectively brings an Iranian military presence ever closer to the borders of Israel and Jordan
Iran keeps dark loss of its top general in Syria. Syrian Army starts closing in on ISIS-held Palmyra
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 16, 2015
Abdel Karim Rubash, Deputy Commander of the elite Al Qods Brigades, was the third Iranian general killed in Syria this year and the most senior to die on the Syrian battlefield in four years. His death, kept dark by Tehran, Damascus and Hizballah, is disclosed here by debkafile. Gen. Rubash initiated Hizballah’s introduction to the Syrian war effort. He also organized the Iranian arms convoys to Hizballah via Damascus, some of which Israel bombed from the air. When he died, a combined Syrian-Shiite militia force he had set up had begun advancing on ISIS-held Palmyra.