31 articles tagged "Iraqi army"
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US SEAL Forces in Syria
Iraqi officers land in Syria, stir Israeli concern
DEBKAfile Special Report May 17, 2017

Israeli security chiefs were gravely concerned Wednesday, May 17, when they learned that a high-ranking Iraqi military delegation had arrived in Damascus  for a discussion on the situation unfolding on the Syrian-Iraqi border.

An ISIS tunnel in Mosul
New ISIS mobile tactics against US in Syria, Iraq
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis May 8, 2017

The Islamic State's strategists are confident they have found a convincing tactical answer to the assaults on their strongholds by using tunnel warfare and small mobile detachment armed with multiple car bombs..

ISIS Upbeat after New Tactic Slows US Military Assault on Mosul
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 27, 2017

Small units armed with dozens of bomb cars are forcing US, Iraqi troops to fall back.

Mosul offensive folds, waiting now for Trump
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 5, 2016

There is no chance of the Mosul offensive scoring a victory before Barack Obama quits the White House next month. Altogether 54,000 Iraqi troops and 5,000 US servicemen – supported by 90 warplanes and 150 heavy artillery pieces - were invested in the Mosul campaign when it was launched in October. They proved unable to beat 9,000 jihadists. 

As the Mosul Offensive Peters out, ISIS Poises for Its Comeback
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 1, 2016

The Iraqi army’s failure to break through prompts ISIS recovery.

ISIS Plots Full-Scale Offensives in Iraq, Jordan to Preempt Trump Takeover
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 24, 2016

The jihadists plan to pre-empt hawkish Trump administration’s counter-terror offensive.

The US-Led Coalition’s Advance on Mosul Lags Way behind Schedule
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 10, 2016

Towards week’s end, the Iraqi army’s advance slowed without entering the city.

ISIS in Mosul Is Nowhere Near Breaking Point, Two More Islamic Terror Groups Stand by
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 3, 2016

Two more Islamic terror groups are standing by to jump in from the Syrian-Iraqi border.

Iran’s Tel Afar op is in sync with Russia in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 30, 2016

The pro-Iranian Iraqi Shiite drive to capture Tel Afar, 55 km from Mosul in western Iraq, was designed less to complete the encirclement of the Islamists in Mosul and more to forge a link in the land bridge Tehran aspires to build to give its Revolutionary Guards free passage to Hizballah and the Shiite groups fighting for Bashar Assad in Syria. This is reported by debkafile’s military and intelligence sources.


Shiite militias drive US-supplied MI Abrams tanks
Pro-Iranian Shiites ready to lead Mosul operation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 29, 2016

The US-led coalition offensive for liberating Mosul from ISIS suffered two ominous downturns on its 10th day, Friday, Oct. 28, debkafile’s military sources report. One: Pro-Iranian Iraqi Shiites stand ready to “imminently” launch an attack on Tal Afar, sparking the threat of sectarian violence; and, two, the Islamic State is poised to launch surface missiles with a range of 500km against Baghdad, as well as Jordan and Israel.

Comparing the US-led Mosul Operation with Russia’s Intervention in Aleppo
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 27, 2016

The US-led operation to liberate Mosul went haywire in its first week.

ISIS Counteroffensives across Iraq May Spread to Baghdad and Jordan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 27, 2016

They did not expect ISIS to counter with assaults on other Iraqi cities.

Fiercely resistant ISIS seizes two Iraqi cities
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis October 25, 2016

ISIS’ capture of two important Iraq towns was designed to throw the US-led coalition’s Mosul operation off balance: The fall of Sinjar in northern Iraq was the Islamists’ second victory against the Kurdish Peshmerga after Kirkuk. The attack on Rutba near the Jordanian border severed the main highway link between Baghdad and Amman.

Tehran will fight Turkey’s role in Mosul operation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 24, 2016

The involvement of Turkish special operations, armored and artillery forces in support of the Kurdish Peshmerga battle to drive ISIS out of Bashiqa, 12 south of Mosul, marks a pivotal moment in the US-led coalition’s anti-ISIS offensive to free Iraq’s second city. The entire Mosul operation hangs in the balance. Instead of fighting ISIS, the coalition’s partners are squaring off to fight each other.

The big Mosul offensive is stuck, halted by ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis October 19, 2016

Less than a day after its launch, the big Mosul offensive prepared for more than a year by the US, the Iraqi army, Kurdish forces and others, ground to a halt Tuesday Oct. 17, although none of the parties admitted as much.  Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi said his troops were busy opening up corridors for some million civilians to escape, while US sources suggested that the Islamic State would use primitive chemical weapons against the advancing Iraqi and Kurdish forces.

Obama set for Mosul battle, leaves Aleppo to Putin
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 8, 2016

Obama hopes to complete the Mosul offensive before the end of December and incorporate this victory in his legacy. The Syrian town of Aleppo can go by the board. He leaves it to putin to recover for Assad.



Mosul Operation Brought Forward to October at Obama’s Insistence
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 29, 2016

Barack Obama orders US army chiefs to bring forward the operation to free Mosul from ISIS.

US Air Strikes on ISIS Chemical Weapons Plants in Iraq
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 29, 2016

The early US-ISIS confrontation ahead of the Mosul offensive focuses on chemical warfare.

Five Causes of the Long Delay in Liberating Mosul
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 11, 2016

Neither Iraq nor US or the Kurds have enough fighting manpower for an offensive.

US Tigris Bridge Plan for Mosul Offensive Sparks Baghdad-Kurdish Tug-o’-War
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 14, 2016

But US lacks bridges for spanning differences between Iraqi and Kurdish forces for storming Mosul

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