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.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 19, 2010
The crossing of the US 4th Stryker Brigade and 2nd Infantry Division from Iraq into Kuwait Thursday morning, Aug. 19, ended America's combat involvement in the seven and-a-half year Iraq war. But for Iraq, it is just beginning: At least two civil conflicts are at boiling point - Sunni-Shiite strife and hostilities between the two Muslim factions and the Kurds of the North. And Iran's followers stand ready to seize Iraq's oil-rich South potentially sparking yet another world conflagration.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 30, 2009
Because the Obama administration wants to put the six-year old Iraq conflict on a back burner, relying on the safe hands of Nouri al-Maliki, the deadliest terrorist atrocity to hit Baghdad in two years was treated in Washington and Baghdad as an unforeseen disaster, possibly triggered by Iraq's election in two months' time.
In fact, the Iraq war is by no means over - or even won.
At least five international and regional elements are keeping it seething, debkafile reports.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 2, 2009
Hillary Clinton said on arrival in Baghdad Saturday, April 25, for her first visit as US secretary of State that the wave of suicide killings which accounted for more than 250 lives this month were "a tragic signal that Iraq was on the right path."
Many of the victims were Iranian pilgrims visiting Shiite shrines.
This development is seen by debkafile's sources as meaning:
1. Al Qaeda has not given up on Iraq. 2.US and Iran are warned against cooperating on Aghanistan and Pakistan conflicts.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 3, 2008
Responsibility for Anbar, the 11th of Iraq's 18 provinces, was transferred to provincial security forces at a ceremony in Ramadi Monday, Sept. 1, at the start of the Sunni Muslim Ramadan.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 21, 2008
The Iraqi military bus was attacked west of the northern city Monday, May 19.
Since Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki launched a US-supported military operation to wipe out al Qaeda's last urban base several weeks ago, more than 1,250 individuals have been arrested in Mosul.
A high-value target arrested Monday, May 19, was Abdul Khaleq al-Sabawi, a former general under the Saddam Hussein regime, who became al Qaeda's military chief in Mosul.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 6, 2008
Asked about reports that some rockets made this year and seized in raids against Shiite militias came from Iran, the Baghdad government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said Sunday, May 4: "There is no conclusive evidence."
He said the Baghdad had appointed a committee to determine whether there is merit to US charges that its eastern neighbor is arming and training Shiite Muslim militants here.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 28, 2008
DEBKA-Net-Weekly report Syrian police pushed Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, 66, who led the Iraqi Sunni Baath underground campaign against the US Army after Saddam Hussein's overthrow in 2003, across the border Tuesday, April 23. In Baghdad, the man in custody is undergoing DNA testing to find out if he really is the King of Clubs on America's most wanted deck of cards list - or a fake.
Damascus clearly moved to blunt the impact of disclosures in the US Congress on April 24 about its covert nuclear site which Israeli raiders destroyed last September.
More about this event and its ramifications appeared in the latest DEBKA-Net-Weekly out Friday.
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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 17, 2008
A car bomb outside the Diyala provincial government center and a crowded restaurant in Baquba, north of Baghdad, killed at least 40 people and injured more than 50 at noon Tuesday, April 15. A suicide bomber blew himself up soon after, killing 13 people, in Ramadi, capital of the Anbar province where US "surge" troops had over the past year reduced al Qaeda's strongholds.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 16, 2008
During the Basra offensive which prime minister Nouri al-Maliki launched March 25 against militias in the southern Basra province, more than 1,000 security troops, including a full infantry battalion, refused to fight their fellow Shiites of the targeted militias, or crossed the lines with their weapons to join them.
Since Maliki's failed crackdown in the south, US and Iraqi forces have been battling Moqtada Sadr's Shiite followers in Baghdad's slum Sadr City.
Another 5 US soldiers killed in separate attacks Monday in Baghdad - eight deaths in two days <br/><br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 10, 2008
Three were killed, 31 injured in rocket attacks on Baghdad's Green Zone Sunday night amid fierce clashes between US forces and Shiite gunmen in the capital's Sadr City in which at least 20 people were killed and 52 wounded. Wednesday, a mass demonstration has been called by Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr to press for an end to the US "occupation."
In northern Iraq, Iraqi security forces freed 42 university students who had been kidnapped by gunmen near Mosul.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 5, 2008
Thursday, April 3, US helicopter strikes killed 5 people in Hilla and destroyed a house in Basra. Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr called for a million-strong march in the shrine city of Najef against US "occupation" on April 9, the fifth anniversary of the fall of Baghdad.
Iraq's death toll of 1,082 was 50 percent higher in March than February - boosted by hundreds killed in Basra.
Sadrist Basra militia ordered to defy call to lay down arms as US, UK intensify air bombardment<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 30, 2008
Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr Saturday, March 29, told his militiamen in Basra not to obey the order to lay down arms issued by the Iraqi government which launched a crackdown on militias five days ago. As the Shiite versus Shiite warfare spread to other cities in the south, the troops commanded by Iraq's Shiite prime minister Nouri al-Maliki failed to dislodge the militias.
The Maliki government faced another sort of challenge in Baghdad - defections, when 40 policemen, their faces covered, handed over their weapons to the Mehdi Army's office in the Shiite district, saying they could not fight their brothers.
Iran has closed its Shalamsheh border crossing near Basra.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 26, 2008
US Iraq commander Gen. David Petraeus said he has evidence that Iran was behind Sunday's bombing of the Iraqi government-US embassy seat in the fortified Green Zone. He accused Iran of training, equipping and funding the insurgents who fired the mortar and rocket barrage. He also charged Iran with adding "lethal accelerants" to the ordnance.
The remains of two US contractors kidnapped separately in Iraq more than a year ago have been recovered. The FBI identified the contractors Monday as Ronald Withrow of Roaring Springs, Texas, and John Roy Young of Kansas City, Mo.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 19, 2008
Among them were seven Iranians. Another 71 people were killed in the attack in the Shiite shrine town south of Baghdad. In a northern district of the capital, six children were killed when a mortar round hit their home.
Also Monday, March 17, US Vice president Dick Cheney and Republican presidential candidate John McCain pledged a long-term US military presence in Iraq.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 18, 2008
In answer to a no-confidence motion in the Knesset Monday, foreign minister Tzipi Livni said Gaza is the source of terror because it is ruled by terrorists. For them, the truce is a chance to build up their arsenals with supplies from Tehran which reach Gaza through Egypt. The minister said she would meet former Palestinian PM Ahmed Qureia later in the day. Israel would persist in its war on terror, she said, just as it would continue peace talks with "pragmatic forces."
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 15, 2008
Eleven died and 57 were wounded when a parked car bomb exploded in a clothing shop district outside the fortified Green Zone government center in Baghdad. Five members of an Awakening Council, which works with US forces against al Qaeda, were shot dead by gunmen at two checkpoints near Tikrit north of Baghdad. And the Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho, kidnapped last month near Mosul, was found dead in a grave dug by the kidnappers. Pope Benedict XVI had called for his release.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 15, 2008
In the past three days, 12 US troops have lost their lives in Iraq.
One was killed by a roadside bomb Tuesday. Monday, 8 US soldiers died in two attacks: In Baghdad a terrorist walked over to a US foot patrol and detonated his explosive vest killing five soldiers and nine Iraqi civilians. In Diyala province north of the capital, a roadside bomb blast left three American soldiers dead. This has been the deadliest week for US troops in Iraq since last summer.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 12, 2008
Fourteen members of one family died when their bus was hit south of Nasiriya in the south on their back from mourning rites in Najef for a dead relative. At Kut, another southern town, 14 people died when members of the radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's Mehdi Army fought Iraqi security forces.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 12, 2008
This was the deadliest day for US soldiers in Iraq since last summer.
In Baghdad, a terrorist wearing an explosive vest blew himself up against a US patrol on foot Monday, March 10, leaving five American troops dead. Nine Iraqi civilians were wounded, including an interpreter.
In Diyalah province, north of Baghdad, three American soldiers and an interpreter were killed by a roadside bomb blast.