DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 14, 2013, 10:09 PM (GMT+02:00)
Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi is pulling his Al Qaeda-Iraq troops out of Syria to establish the first Al Qaeda state in the Middle East, with himself installed as absolute ruler. Ayman Zawahiri is dead against the project.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 23, 2013, 12:05 AM (GMT+02:00)
Erdogan’s peace package with the Kurdish PKK is falling apart. Iran is trying to plant agents in the PKK for a proxy clandestine war on Turkey. Erdogan is helping the US devise a plan for getting rid of Iraqi PM Nuri Maliki, Tehran’s pawn in Baghdad.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 2, 2013, 12:31 AM (GMT+02:00)
Turkey has signed an epic pact with the Kurdish Regional Republic of Iraq to cooperate in founding a self-ruling Kurdish entity in northern Syria. Ankara guarantees an air and military umbrella and its pipeline for brining Syrian Kurdish oil and gas to Europe.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 7, 2013, 12:20 AM (GMT+02:00)
Bashar Assad could hardly lose the war with the hefty backing of Russia, Iran, Iraq and Hizballah. Hizballah tilted the fighting against the rebels, while Iraq is feeding his war chest with billions of petrodollars.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 30, 2013, 11:44 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is blatantly defying Washington by ranging its army along the 600-km Syrian border on orders from Tehran and consenting to aid Bashar Assad’s war on Syrian rebels, especially al Qaeda.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 24, 2013, 1:11 AM (GMT+02:00)
Al Qaeda-Iraq has relocated to Syria and completed its merger with Jabhat al-Nusra. They control key areas of eastern Syria including a producing oil field and access to the Jordanian border and are posed to serve as a counterweight to the Shiite Hizballah.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 18, 2013, 11:47 PM (GMT+02:00)
Al Qaeda’s rocket attack on Eilat from Sinai caught Israeli, US and Egyptian intelligence nappy. Israel is getting its act together with new units to man the three borders facing the new al Qaeda presence in Sinai, Syria and Iraq.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 18, 2013, 11:47 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Al Qods Brigades chief, Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, candidly Iran’s hopes and ambitions in a public lecture this week. He indicated that Syria is no longer the focus of Iran’s plans of expansion but rather Iraq, which has been chosen as the main vehicle for exporting the Shiite ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 14, 2013, 9:40 PM (GMT+02:00)
Shiite forces, Iranian, Lebanese and Iraqi, are mustering their strength in Syria to head off al Qaeda’s Syrian momentum carrying over into Iraq and Lebanon.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 12, 2013, 8:30 AM (GMT+02:00)
By beating the Syrian army 17th reserve division for control of the Euphrates, Islamist militias have removed the last gap in al Qaeda’s 1,000-km chain of command from northern Baghdad to eastern Damascus, including Syrian Golan on Israel’s border. Any “conflagration” in Syria could quickly spread to Lebanon, Iraq or the Golan; a violent incident in Egypt could spill back and forth into Libya, Israel or Algeria. “The threats have not gone, only assumed new shapes,” said IDF chief of staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 26, 2012, 12:38 AM (GMT+02:00)
Russia has won from Baghdad the same privilege as Iran for using Iraqi air space as a corridor for delivering military supplies to Bashar Assad in Damascus. The huge arms deal Putin and Maliki signed this month provides Syria with a reserve arsenal across the border in Iraq.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 27, 2012, 10:15 PM (GMT+02:00)
Russia is ready to supply Iraqi Kurdistan with assault helicopters after Obama refused the KRG leader’s request for an air force. Moscow has acquired a stake in the oil of Kirkuk and accepts the Kurds’ need of an air force to protect it. Iraqi prime minister Maliki plands to ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 3, 2012, 12:43 AM (GMT+02:00)
The US has quietly crafted a new Kurdish state in northern Syria. It is linked to the self-governing Kurdish republic of Iraq and defers to its rulers. Turkey and Iraq feel betrayed by Barack Obama, fearing their own Kurdish minorities like Iran’s Kurds will be swallowed up by the long dreamed-of ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 4, 2012, 12:32 AM (GMT+02:00)
Iran is satisfied that Washington has made substantial concessions on its nuclear program and more can be squeezed persuaded for the sake of Tehran’s assistance for resolving the crises in Afghanistan and Iraq.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 30, 2012, 7:09 PM (GMT+02:00)
A year after the death of its iconic leader Osama bin Laden at the hands of US special forces, Al Qaeda is making an operational comeback, notably in North Africa and Syria. The suicide bombings hitting Damascus and Idlib in the last 24 hours were the work of Al Qaeda in Iraq – AQI, whose operatives have been pouring into Syria in the last two weeks, debkafile reports. Without US intervention, al Qaeda will be able to use Syria for attacking its neighbors too, Turkey, Lebanon, Israel and Jordan.
DEBKAfile Special Report February 13, 2012, 3:55 PM (GMT+02:00)
Saudi rulers, to save the Syrian opposition from defeat at Bashar Assad’s hands, are reported by debkafile’s intelligence sources as taking a hand in turning al Qaeda Iraqi cells loose against him. Saudi agents used their pull with Iraqi Sunnis to persuade al Qaeda leaders that Assad and his Alawite regime were their most dangerous foe and their overthrow the first Sunni priority. Al Qaeda’s Pakistan headquarters broadcast the same call-up. Up 1,000 al Qaeda jihadis reported now in Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 20, 2012, 12:18 AM (GMT+02:00)
Bashar Assad, universally hated and despised for his brutality, is confounding predictions of his imminent downfall with the help of tactical, arms and propaganda assistance from Russia and Iran. Al Qods Commander Maj. Gen. Haj Qassem Soleimani directs the Iranian team in Damascus and military advisers attached to Syrian Army riot dispersal units. From Lebanon, Hizballah pumps out emergency reinforcements for the Syrian military.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 23, 2011, 10:15 PM (GMT+02:00)
By Friday night, Dec. 23, Western intelligence sources were attributing the twin suicide car attacks which claimed 53 lives and injured more than 100 outside the Syrian Security Directorate in Damascus earlier in the day to President Bashar Assad and his security chiefs. His motive? To keep the Arab League team, just arrived for an effort to start brokering peace in Syria, busy in Damascus instead of inspecting Homs where the bloody military crackdown continued during the day.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 22, 2011, 11:44 PM (GMT+02:00)
Gulf rulers led by Saudi Arabia say that by packing up its bags and leaving, the US military abandoned Iraq the country to an Iranian power grab led by Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and released its sectarian demons. They are therefore determined to go it alone against Iran.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 15, 2011, 11:40 PM (GMT+02:00)
Syria has moved Scud missiles, some tipped with chemical warheads, to its border with Turkey, reinforced its tank units on the Jordanian border and airlifted from Russia three million face masks against chemical and biological weapons.