144 articles tagged "Iraq"
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Obama Makes Tardy Grab for ME Leadership, Slams Brakes on Iran in Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 23, 2015

Obama is moderating his support for Iran’s pretensions to No.1 Middle East power after Tehran let Shiite militias in Iraq and Houthis in Yemen loose to attack Sunni Muslims.

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ISIS Better Trained, More Motivated than Any Arab Elite Force
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 23, 2015

By every military parameter, the Pentagon report finds ISIS superior to any Arab elite force – not just terrorists. Its 30,000 troops fall into three groups, the largest led by seasoned Iraqi field officers.

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AQAP captures Yemeni Hadhramaut
Al Qaeda on winning streaks in Yemen and Iraq, exploiting stalemate in proxy wars
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 17, 2015

Thursday and Friday, April 16-17, two branches of Al Qaeda took the lead in violent conflicts, catapulting key areas of the Middle East into more peril. In Yemen, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and in Iraq, the Islamic State (ISIS), launched new offensives 3.050 kilometer apart. debkafile: Both branches of the Islamist terror movement used the absence of competent adversarial troops on the ground – American and Saudi - to push forward in the two arenas. They also exploited the contradictions in Washington’s attitude towards their foe, Tehran.

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The Reports of ISIS Setbacks in Iraq Are Premature
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 16, 2015

ISIS never tried to capture wide, open swathes of territory, only the main cities from which the Islamists have scarcely been dislodged. Rather than experiencing setbacks, they are still on the offensive, not going after Ramadi.

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How Does Sanctions-Ridden Iran Bankroll Four Major Mid East Wars?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 2, 2015

Iran spends $6-8 billion a year on six armies fighting in four war Middle East wars to promote its expansionist designs in the region. Where does the sanctions-ridden country find the cash?

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Mohammed al-Jawlani
Saudis Bidding for the Radical Sunni Nusra Militia as Their Syrian Proxy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 12, 2015

The Saudis warn Washington that the Sunnis of Iraq would sooner fight against Iran-backed Shiite militias come to liberate them than their Islamic State occupiers. Riyadh is meanwhile trying to hire the Nusra militia as its Syrian proxy.

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IranAir transfers foreign troops to Syria
Iran airlifts thousands of Shiite fighters to Syrian port of Latakia to boost Aleppo warfront
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 21, 2015

debkafile  reveals that a large-scale Iranian airlift is flying thousands of Shiite fighters to the Syrian Mediterranean port of Latakia to reinforce Syrian forces defeated in the last 48 hours by rebels at Aleppo and to save them from retreat. This development is seriously disturbing Israel’s army chiefs. They reckon that Tehran’s promptness in sending over thousands of foreign troops to save Assad’s army, would apply equally to a possible setback in the offensive led by Iranian Revolutionary Guards officers to capture the Golan town of Quneitra across from Israel’s lines.

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Iran Assembles New “Shiite Crescent” Empire across the Mid East Map
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2015

Iran is circumventing ISIS conquests in Iraq and Syria to grab turf in Anbar as the first block in the building of its “Shiite Crescent” empire.

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Will Iraq be Gen. Qassem Soleimani's last battle arena?
Al Qods Brigades chief Gen. Soleimani seriously injured in Iraq by ISIS suicide squad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 14, 2015

Gen. Qassem Soleimani, commander-in-chief of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ elite Al Qods Brigades, and of Iranian forces in Iraq, was seriously injured by an ISIS suicide squad near Samarra in central Iraq and rushed to hospital in Tehran, debkafile reports. The pivotal figure for most of a decade in Iran’s external military, espionage and terrorist operations, he was targeted by ISIS, whose agents infiltrated his command staff and blew themselves up at close quarters. This new ISIS modus operandi was first revealed exclusively by debkafile on Jan. 13.

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US-led warplanes cut through to ISIS targets in Syria & Iraq over Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 2, 2014

All the US and Western strike and surveillance flights against ISIS in Syria and Iraq reach their targets through Israeli and Jordanian airspace, US, European and civilian monitors of global air force movements report. This is confirmed by detailed maps released by bodies tracking the movements of military strike and refueling craft across the world. One of two corridors (see attached map) runs north of Tel Aviv through Jordan to Iraq and the second through Golan to Syria. Israel and Jordan are revealed as partners in the US-led air offensive against ISIS.

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US Gen. John Allen to lead war on ISIS
US Gen. John Allen named to lead coalition war on ISIS, but allies deterred by Obama’s ambiguities
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 13, 2014

“We’re going to build the kind of coalition that allows us to lead, but also isn’t entirely dependent on what we do,” said President Barack Obama at a fundraiser in Baltimore Friday, Sept. 12. That was exactly the kind of ambiguous comment which the governments America is wooing to join the coalition find so off-putting. And so, US Gen. John Allen, appointed Friday, Sept 12, to lead the coalition, learned that 10 Arab and Muslim leaders were just as equivocal when Secretary of State John Kerry’s asked them for combat troops.

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The US Military Comeback to the Mid East through Air Strikes
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 12, 2014

Barack Obama set out a four-point strategy for fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria, starting with a systematic air campaign in Iraq, followed by Kurdish and Iraqi ground offensives and after they roll ISIS back, US air strikes over is Syrian strongholds.

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Rev Guards Intercepted Plane with US Troops in Plot to Disrupt US-Iranian Ties
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 12, 2014

The Revolutionary Guards air force interception of a chartered plane carrying US troops from Afghanistan was part of a radical contest with the pro-diplomacy president over Iran’s nuclear program and ties with Washington.

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US Draws Zero Response to Bid for Regional Troops to Fight ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 12, 2014

The Obama strategy has drawn criticism for investing too little to achieve a short, sharp campaign to eradicate ISIS. Regional governments have too few troops to spare.

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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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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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