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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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Barack Obama, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Obama’s Strategic Partnership with Iran in Iraq Doesn’t Stop IS. US Abandons Kurds
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 14, 2014

Obama’s plan to use Iran to push IS out of Iraq is hitting a rough patch as the Islamists are undeterred and continue their onslaught in Kurdistan, which the US has all but abandoned.

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IS executes Iraqi soldiers
US arms rushed to Iraqi Kurds from Jordan, Israel. Al Qaeda-Sinai targets US Negev military facilities
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 11, 2014

The Kurdish Peshmerga fight against Islamic State terrorists broadened out Monday, Aug. 11, with the US arms airlift to the semiautonomous Iraqi Kurdish capital, Irbil, of large quantities of military hardware from the Mafraq King Hussein Air Base in Jordan and US emergency stores in the Israeli Negev. The US will soon run out of air strike targets without fielding special forces on the ground to mark them. debkafile reveals: Al Qaeda in Sinai reinforced by IS fired rockets at US and Israeli Negev bases in support of Hamas’ war on Israel.

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Islamist Forces Swarm into Kurdistan and Lebanon up to Iranian Border
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 8, 2014

The regular armies of Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Israel and Saudi Arabia are all fighting Islamist forces in one way or another, but the militants continue their regional juggernaut.

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Al Qaeda’s Beheadings of Soldiers Spread from Syria through Iraq to Libya
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 1, 2014

ISIS and other Islamist extremist Al Qaeda offshoots are beheading enemy soldiers after battle in Syria, Iraq and Libya, sometimes filming or promoting the gruesome acts online.

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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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