120 articles tagged "Iraq"
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Barack Obama
Like in Syria and Iraq, Obama Shuns Clash with Iran over Gaza Crisis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 17, 2014

As Hamas and Israel battle it out, Iran is buying new rockets from Libya and smuggling them in to Gaza through the porous Sinai Peninsula.

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Baghdadi Starts Issuing Passports, Tries to Unite Sunni Radicals under IS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 11, 2014

The newly announced Islamic Caliphate is now reportedly issuing passports, and has set up a Cabinet to oversee their territory in Syria and Iraq.

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Barack Obama
A US Air/Missile Strike May Await Iraq – and Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 4, 2014

Obama considers air strikes in Iraq and Syria to take out ISIS targets including its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and weapons stores.

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Six Emerging “Terror States” Encircle Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 4, 2014

Islamist entities not governed by international law are redrawing the map of the Middle East, swiftly gaining territory and oil.

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Saudi special operations force on the ready
King Abdullah calls up Saudi armed forces on high preparedness. Egyptian troops ready to fly to kingdom
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 26, 2014

Thursday, June 26, the day before US Secretary of State John Kerry was due in Riyadh, King Abdullah summoned a National Security Council meeting “upon the current security events in the region, especially in Iraq,” and ordered “all necessary measures to protect the kingdom against terrorist threats.” The Saudi military has been mobilized and placed on high preparedness, after royal reconnaissance flights discovered Iraqi Al Qaeda-linked Sunni fighters (ISIS) heading for the Saudi border to seize the Ar Ar crossing. debkafile: Egyptian commandos are about to fly out to bolster Saudi border defenses.

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Gaza rockets aim at Kurdish oil route via Israel. More security for Ashkelon and Eilat depots
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 25, 2014

The recent increase in Grad rocket fire on Ashkelon's coast is actually intended to hit the town’s oil port and the Trans-Israel oil pipeline linking it to Eilat, says debkafile. Islamic Jihad and Salafists in Gaza, working with Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis in Sinai, aim to sabotage the new independent Iraqi Kurdish route through Turkey and Israel and ensure that Iran and ISIS retain control of regional oil. With the first oil shipments coming through, Israel becomes a major conduit for Kurdish oil and an indirect player in the Iraqi war.

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ISIS patrol
Jordanian air force bombs Al Qaeda-Iraq incursion. ISIS also stands at Saudi border. Kerry’s snags in Iraq
DEBKAfile Special Report June 23, 2014

Jordanian air strikes hit ISIS armored contingents Monday night, June 23, as they invaded the kingdom through the Turaibil border crossing, which they seized Saturday. debkafile reports: The Islamist State of Iraq and Levant’s capture of Rutba – also Saturday – signposted Saudi Arabia as another impending target. Monday, ISIS completed its capture of the strategic northern Iraqi town of Tal Afar. The US and Israel have laid on a battery of advanced intelligence-gathering measures - military satellites, drones and reconnaissance planes - to track the Islamist fighters’ rapid advance.

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Obama’s “up to 300 US military advisers” won’t stop ISIS-Sunni entrenchment in Iraq
DEBKAfile Video June 19, 2014

President Obama announced Thursday, June 19, after meeting his national security team, that the US would send up to 300 military advisers to Baghdad and establish joint operations centers in Baghdad and the North. He said that the US would be willing to join inclusive regimes in Syria and Iraq in setting up counterterrorism platforms for regional partners to fight terrorists. debkafile: The level of US military assistance offered by Obama will not deter the ISIS and its Sunni allies from further advances in Iraq. 

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USS George H. W. Bush opposite Bahrain
Epic US-Iran military cooperation in Iraq coincides with Israel’s war on Tehran’s Palestinian ally, Hamas
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 17, 2014

On June 16, the US and Iran took their first steps for military cooperation in Iraq, at the same time as Israel declared war on Tehran’s Palestinian ally, Hamas, in the wake of a fruitless four-day sweep of the West Bank Hebron region for three kidnapped Israeli teenagers, and the detention of hundreds of Hamas activists. Israel leaders said this was just the beginning of military pressure on Hamas. debkafile: The  275 troops Obama assigned to Iraq are also the beginning of a wider military intervention against ISIS in collaboration with Iran.

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Will Netanyahu use boys’ rescue operation to finally thrash Hamas in Gaza too?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis June 16, 2014

An approaching IDF military operation against Hamas appeared to be building up this week in the wake of the massive IDF effort to rescue the three Israeli boys Hamas kidnapped outside Hebron on June 10. debkafile: It already has a name: “Our Brothers Come Home.” Egypt has reinforced its borders with Israel and Gaza, offering the chance of President Abdule-Fattah El-Sisi’s backing. Israel’s strategic decisions are influenced by the thousands of Iranian Shiite troops battling Sunni Islamists in Iraq. Tehran's success would consolidate Hamas and Jihad Islami domination of Ramallah.

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IDF Is Only Mid East Army Ready to Take on ISIS in Iraq
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 13, 2014

US, Iran caught off guard by rapid ISIS advances in Iraq, with Israel the only army that has restructured for unconventional warfare.

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The ISIS Whirlwind Wiped out US War Gains in Iraq
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 13, 2014

ISIS takeover of Mosul and other key Iraqi territory erases US gains and gives them control of Jordanian and Syrian borders, with no local force able to combat their strength.

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Barack Obama
US Failure to Stop ISIS in Iraq Will Boost Al Qaeda in Syria and Mid East
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 13, 2014

Obama will not commit to military action against Al Qaeda in Iraq, by the Americans or the international force that is ready in Jordan.

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Qassem Soleimani
Last Minute: Obama Mulls Weapons for Al-Maliki. Soleimani in Baghdad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 13, 2014

US army may reach Baghdad in time to be used by the Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani to thwart the ISIS advance.

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Al Qaeda Flummoxes Belated Western Efforts to Track Jihadis Entering and Exiting Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 22, 2014

The US begins setting up a database to track foreign Islamists’ movements in Syria and Iraq without Turkish cooperation, but Al Qaeda’s tactics make it a difficult task.

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Nouri al-Maliki
Polling in Iraq, Syria and Egypt May Cleave Mid East into Two New Blocs
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 1, 2014

Iran buttresses two Arab governments plus Hizballah versus Saudi-backed Egypt and the UAE.

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Saudis Warn US President Not to Expect Much from His Visit
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 27, 2014

Saudi Arabia is the only Mid East country to be offered US Predator UAVs. With some delicate coordination, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Egypt can combine forces to battle al Qaeda using drones.

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The Maliki Government Lacks Arms, Money and Fighting Spirit to Stop Al Qaeda’s ISIS Advance
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 28, 2014

Maliki and his army lack the arms, money and fighting spirit to tackle the rampant jihadis.

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Lakhdar Brahimi
US Military Aid Injected to Foster Foothold in Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 31, 2014

The US reverses its non-intervention policy for Syria and decides to arm three selected Syrian rebel militias to gain a foothold in Damascus and help defeat Hizballah on Mt. Qalamoun.

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Barack Obama
The US Is again Fighting Al Qaeda in Iraq – This Time with Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 10, 2014

World leaders are finding US foreign policy confusing, especially its partnership with Iran in Iran, which has run into Assad’s double game for playing all sides.

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