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US military chiefs overrate damage to ISIS
DEBKAfile Special Report May 28, 2016

The US has deployed about 7,500 US soldiers in Iraq and Syria, with an additional  2,000-3,000 fighters working for private security contractors. Washington has sent an additional 1,000 to 1,250  soldiers to Libya. US planes are taking off from Incirlilk base in South Turkey 350km from Raqqa, the ISIS Syrian capital, and 700km from Mosul in Iraq. But ISIS is in no danger of being degraded at this point. 

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Iran’s Soleimani leads US-backed attack on Fallujah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 24, 2016

Even though Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced that 35,000 Iraqi troops have launched an attack to liberate Fallujah from ISIS, most of those forces are not participating in the attack on the city, Pro-Iranian militias under the command of Iran’s Gen. Qassem Soleimani are actually spearheading the assault, debkafile’s military and intelligence sources report. 

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In Another Flip-Flop, Obama Raises ME Troop Level to 10,000
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 19, 2016

US forces have been deployed to four ME countries during the past two weeks.

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Obama Backtracks Again on Mosul Liberation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 12, 2016

US Intelligence bodies carried out a secret poll among the population of Mosul.

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GCC leaders reject Obama’s Middle East policy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 23, 2016

debkafile’s intelligence sources and its sources in the Gulf report exclusively that US President Barack Obama failed in his effort to convince the leaders of the six Gulf Cooperation Council member states, during their summit on April 22 in Riyadh, to support his Middle East policy and cooperate with Washington. 

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Prospects of US-led Mosul Offensive Fade as Iraq Fragments
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 21, 2016

Next Iraqi P.M. may remove U.S. troops from country.

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Local Setbacks Slow US-Russian Momentum against ISIS in Iraq, Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 7, 2016

Moscow and Washington realize they can’t rely on Syrian or Iraqi troops to follow through in any major offensive against ISIS in Raqqa or Mosul and so they are moving forward in slow steps.

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Coming Raqqa Offensive May Net Russia an Iraqi Air Base
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 31, 2016

Putin has never given up on a Russian air base in Iraq after getting his way in Syria. He now has a good chance of Obama’s nod to him gaining an air base in Shiite dominated southern Iraq near the old fields.

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Iraq’s Partition Inches Forward with a New Baghdad Wall
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 25, 2016

The Iraqi government says the wall going up to enclose Baghdad is a defense against terrorists. The Sunnis see it as a step towards forming a separate Shiite Iraqi state based on the capital, Baghdad.

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For the Mosul Offensive, the US again Dumps the Kurds
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2016

The decision to exclude the Kurds is placing the planned offensive for capturing Mosul and destroying ISIS’s main foothold in Iraq in grave doubt. This is reflected by confusion in the White House and Pentagon over the entire enterprise.

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US & Russia Prepare to Massively Obliterate ISIS in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2016

The US and Russia have mobilized Britain, France, Germany and Holland for their coming air blitz to burn the ISIS Raqqa HQ in Syria to the ground – preferably by July 1. First they are acting to cut off ISIS escape route to Mosul.

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Iran Tops up Stock of US Hostages to Squeeze Washington
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 21, 2016

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards had no sooner agreed to release US hostages in a prisoner swap than three more were captured in Baghdad to keep the hostage card in play for squeezing Washington to part with more nuclear concessions.  

 

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ISIS Strapped for Cash from Costly Foreign Terror Ops & WMD Development
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 21, 2016

The Islamic State’s illicit oil trade remains profitable like their other nefarious businesses. But their cash began to dry up after overspending on three months of costly foreign terrorist operations and heavy investments in developing hi-tech weapons and WMD.

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First photo of ISIS drone after it was shot down
ISIS is flying homemade drones, developing a missile-armed model
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 20, 2016

The first ISIS unmanned aerial vehicles were seen this week flying over the battlefields of the western Iraqi province of Anbar. Two were shot down by Iraqi Sunni militias, who had been trained and were supported by American military instructors at the big Iraqi Ayn al-Asad airbase in the province. The downed craft when tested at the base facilities showed they were fitted with cameras for spying on the militias that were capable of transmitting images to the jihadists’ rear commands. debkafile: ISIS is preparing to test a drone model armed with missiles.

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The US Will Field More than 10,000 Troops in Iraq by February
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 14, 2016

Ashton Carter is sending the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles back to Iraq to beat ISIS and recover Mosul and Raqqa.

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ISIS & Al Qaeda Team up for Pincer Movement Vs Saudis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 24, 2015

Riyadh deliberately avoided targeting AQAP in Yemen, believing the jihadis to be secret partners against the Houthi rebels. Having gained strength, AQAP is now ready to joint ISIS to strike the Saudis from Yemen and Iraq.

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Russia Controls the Levers of the US-Iranian-Backed Battle for Ramadi
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 17, 2015

The Russian Baghdad command is collaborating closely with Iran and its Shiite militias over the Ramadi operation for updated intelligence on American movements in Iraq.

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Putin and Gen. Sergei Shoigu
Who are the generals managing the Russian campaign in Syria?
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly December 15, 2015

No one has ever given names or faces to the generals running Russia’s military campaigns in Syria and Iraq or got to the bottom of their tactics. The latest issue of DEBKA Weekly, out Friday, fills in those intriguing blanks – and more: our in-depth investigation pins down the very qualities which convinced Vladimir Putin and his defense minister Sergei Shoigu to choose those generals for their unique and complex mission.
This issue also has some startling disclosures about how the Americans are conducting operations against the Islamic State in Iraq. It is still available. If you are not yet a subscriber, sign on by clicking here.

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The Secret Euphrates Pact between Obama and Putin
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 3, 2015

Both the US and Russian presidents opted to take charge of Kurdish areas in Syria and Iraq, using the Euphrates as the dividing line between them.

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US Forces Elbowed out of Iraqi Positions by Russian-led “Security Quartet”
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 29, 2015

The new “Security Quartet” set up by Russia with Iran, Iraq and Syria, operates out of Baghdad and effectively runs the show in Syria and Iraq, and starting to push the Americans out.

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