DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 24, 2015
The Ramadi operation is meant to bear out the Obama doctrine for placing the war on ISIS in the hands of regional ground forces rather than the US and the West. The Iraqi army is fielding 10,000 troops against 600 ISIS fighters.
DEBKAfile Special Report December 22, 2015
The importance of the offensive launched Tuesday, Dec. 22 to recapture the Iraqi town of Ramadi from ISIS lies chiefly in the makeup of the assault force facing ISIS, which is unique in contemporary Syrian and Iraqi conflicts. debkafile: For the first time, US and Russian army and air force are fighting side by side along with Iraqi Shiite and Sunni militias, the former under Iranian command, as well as the Iraqi army. debkafile: If this format succeeds, as military experts predict,, it may be transposed to Syria and other anti-ISIS fronts.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 9, 2015
ISIS is now fighting to capture the big Iraqi refinery town of Baiji from a mixed force of Iraqi army and Shiite troops under Iranian Revolutionary Guards officers. The US admits that its warplanes return from Iraq with most of their ordnance unused.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 19, 2015
To overcome ISIS, which is fighting with sophisticated electronic and cyber weapons as well as terrorist tactics, Iran will need to deploy its air force and the West will have to raise a force of 100,000 professional soldiers.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 22, 2014
The current military state of play in Iraq is being fought bizarrely on three more or less disconnected levels, debkafile reports. A combined Iraqi-Kurdish force captured Mt. Sinjar and, accompanied by US advisers, is poised to attack the northern town of Tal Afar, 50 km west of Mosul. ISIS has meanwhile focused on grabbing the oil regions of Syria and Iraq and renewed its siege of the Iraqi refinery town of Baiji, so pumping up its revenues from $2 to 2.5 billion, despite falling crude prices – and even dumping looted oil for $25-30 per barrel.
Iranian military forces are fighting ISIS in Iraq. Gen. Soleimani is in Baghdad. Obama may send Iraq arms
DEBKAfile Special Report June 13, 2014
President Barack Obama is close to deciding on US military steps for thwarting Al-Qaeda whose march has halted 70 km short of Baghdad. He said Thursday, June 12: “We do have a stake in making sure that these jihadists are not getting a permanent foothold in either Iraq or Syria.” debkafile: Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki may finally get the US Apache helicopters and Hellfire rockets he has been appealing for, for months. Al Qods Brigades chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani arrived in Baghdad ahead of the Iranian troops now fighting in Iraq.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 3, 2014
Al Qaeda fighters marched into the key Iraqi towns of Falluja and Ramadi Friday, Jan. 3, after resoundingly defeating a major Iraqi army offensive. This victory was aided by the Sunni tribes of western Iraq. The Iraqi-Syrian branch of al Qaeda (ISIS) has now gained a territorial chain of control stretching from Ramadi, 100 km west of Baghdad, to Al-Raqqah in northern Syria, 160 km from Aleppo. Its commander Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi vows to establish an Islamist caliphate, which would present a direct menace to Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.
DEBKAfile Special Report June 9, 2013
Syrian rebel forces attacked two Iraqi military positions at the southern tip of their common border Sunday, June 9. They failed to beat the Iraqi troops back although a number of Iraqi officers and soldiers were killed. This was the Syrian rebels' first engagement with the Iraqi army, although it is unlikely to be the last. debkafile: Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has even outdone Hassan Nasrallah in the generosity of his assistance for propping Assad up – advancing Damascus unlimited credit and a dip into Iraq’s multibillion-dollar oil revenues for his war chest.