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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 22, 2015
Moscow and Iran agree to Assad’s phased exit after secret collaboration understandings are reached between Obama and Putin to fight ISIS together.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 9, 2015
Moscow opened a new route for flying military shipments from Sevastopol in Crimea and other South Russian bases to Syria, debkafile discloses. To circumvent US efforts to block the airspace of NATO nations, Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria, along the Mediterranean route, the Russian is senidng military transports over the Caspian Sea, northern Iran and Iraq, to reach Mezze airbase in Damascus and supply the new Russian base at Jablah.The White House warned Tuesday night, Sept. 8: “Russian military buildup would risk confrontation with the counter-ISIL coalition that included the US.”
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 3, 2015
Iranian Gen. Soleimani’s makeshift forces are taking a beating on all fronts – Syria, Iraq and Yemen – outsmarted and outgunned by ISIS. To cover up his failures he has unleashed a vicious attack on Washington.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 27, 2015
Tehran is fighting on two Iraqi fronts: It has imported the powerful Zelzal missile to beef up a fresh offensive to recover Ramadi and Faluja from ISIS and contending with strong anti-Iran opposition lead by the venerated Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani from Najef.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 20, 2015
Tehran has scooped Turkey and the US on the Kurdish issue by engineering a moonlight flit from their northern Iraqi bases and command centers to Iran, thus grabbing control of the central Kurdish issue.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 15, 2015
In its first arms sale to an Arab country, revealed here by debkafile, Israel has sold Jordan 12 advanced unmanned aerial vehicles of the Heron TP and Skylark types. They are urgently needed by the Jordanian Royal Air Force to beef up its cross-border counter-terrorism campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Like other joint US-Israeli-Jordanian operations ongoing against the Islamic State, the Herons and Skylarks are almost certainly being operated by officers at the US Central Command Forward-Jordan war room north of Amman. Israel earlier donated 16 Cobras to Jordan’s air force.