DEBKAfile Special Report December 4, 2016
Syria and its allies came closer than ever to taking Aleppo on Friday, Dec. 2, when they captured the Tariq al-Bab district to gain control of 60 percent of the rebel-held eastern part of the city. Drawing on the lessons of their success, the winning forces have begun building a military outfit modeled on the format of the victorious coalition. It is designated the “Fifth Corps” of the Syrian army, but debkafile’s military and intelligence sources can identity the new unit as the framework for an international Shiite brigade or foreign legion.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 1, 2016
It took him a week to renege on his understandings with the incoming Trump administration.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 1, 2016
It is feared that the IDF will be downgraded as America’s senior Mid East ally.
DEBKAfile Special Report November 24, 2016
Homes were evacuated in one residential neighborhood after another Thursday, Nov. 24, ahead of the huge flames and thick smoke enveloping Israel’s third city, Haifa, three days after hundreds of wildfires, most caused by arsonists, began spreading across the country. The Shin Bet and fire brigade’s investigators have gone into action to put a stop to the wave of arson attacks, encouraged by Palestinian social media..
DEBKAfile Special Report November 5, 2016
Jordanian forces, along with US special forces and helicopters, are engaged in a massive manhunt for the Islamist gunmen who murdered three US military trainers and seriously injured others Friday, Nov. 4 at the Prince Faisal Air Base near the southern Jordanian town of Al-Jafr.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis November 1, 2016
Whoever is elected US president on Nov. 8, he or she will face a pressing need to rebuild America’s fences in most parts of the world, including the Middle East. debkafile reviews the problems facing each of them.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 6, 2016
Supplied C-802 anti-ship missiles to Yemeni insurgents for blocking Red Sea routes to world shipping.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 5, 2016
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been forced to give up his grand plan to pipe gas from Israel’s offshore fields to Turkey for sale in European markets after France and Germany refused to deal with Turkey's Edrogan.
DEBKAfile Special Report September 30, 2016
World lealders gathered in Jerusalem Friday, Sept. 30, for the funeral of Shimon Peres, twice prime minister, minister in 12 governments and member of the Knesset for half a century, Peres crowned his long career as Israel’s ninth president from 2007 to 2014. He died aged 93, the last of Israel's founding fathers..
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 25, 2016
Israel is again urged by Washington to update and enlarge its war fleet to catch up with the rapidly changing conditions opposite its shores, where Russia, Iran and Egypt are building up bigger and better armadas.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 23, 2016
In scores of air raids launched early Friday, Sept. 23, Syrian and Russian bombers pulverized Syrian rebel strongholds in eastern Aleppo, while, on the ground, Syrian military, Hizballah and pro-Iranian Shiite militia forces hammered those targets in one of the most destructive onslaughts yet seen in the nearly six-year Syrian civil war. Cries of “annihilation!” came from rebel commanders.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 17, 2016
The Pentagon and US army are not following the orders of their Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama in the execution of the military cooperation accord in Syria concluded by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva on Sept. 12. Five days after the truce they agreed would go into effect Monday, fighting was still raging Saturday, Sept. 17.
DEBKAfile Special Report September 15, 2016
The failure of the Ofek 11 spy satellite mission would not only mean hundreds of millions of dollars down the drain, but also indirect losses, incurred by the need to close airspace and territorial waters for the launch, as well as the wasted efforts of deploying fighter and reconnaissance planes as accompaniments and placing medical, rescue and hazardous material disposal units on alert.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 14, 2016
The shells spilling over to Israeli Golan came from Syrian rebels – not Syrian army artillery. debkafile: The battle was initiated by the rebel Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra) to open up a link between its separates forces south and north of Quneitra.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 12, 2016
In another move to grab control of the Syrian arena, the Kremlin marked the start of the US-Russian brokered ceasefire in Syria with a push for the US to dissolve its war room in Amman that is manned also by Jordanian, Saudi, Israeli, Qatari and United Arab Emirates officers.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 3, 2016
A day after Israel’s Amos-6 communications satellite was lost in a highly unusual explosion/fast fire of the SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral, some Israel aerospace industry experts are beginning to suspect sabotage.
DEBKAfile Special Report September 2, 2016
Israel’s satellite industry, one of the world’s eight, was set back for years by the powerful explosion Thursday afternoon, Sept. 1, of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on its launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station two days before Saturday’s launch of the Amos 6 communications satellite. The satellite that was destroyed was designed to provide direct satellite data services to remote parts of Africa.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 24, 2016
Turkey is setting a rapid pace for its rapprochement with Israel. Saturday, Aug. 20, the Turkish parliament ratified the reconciliation agreement Ankara signed with Jerusalem and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced the ambassadors would be exchanged soon.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 22, 2016
Even though Hamas works hand in glove with the Islamic State in Sinai, Egypt and Libya, the Palestinian group has no role in ISIS decisions to attack Israel or any influence over its considerations.