Syria forces ranged for major counteroffensive to dislodge rebels from Quneitra. High tension on Golan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 3, 2014
Soldiers of the Syrian army’s 7th Division and tanks were poised Wednesday, Sept. 3 for an imminent all-out offensive against rebels holding parts of Quneitra, debkafile reports. The Syrians may move their tanks into the battle zone, in defiance of Israel’s caution via the UN that they would be infringing ceasefire agreements and incur IDF counteraction. Damascus counts on Israel being deterred from striking Syrian forces fighting Syrian Islamists after the wave of revulsion from the beheading of the Jewish American journalist Steven Sotloff by Iraqi Islamists.
Egyptian troops hunt Hamas, Islamic Jihad rocket gangs loose in Sinai. Palestinians stall on truce talks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 1, 2014
The Egyptian military are scouring northern and central Sinai for Hamas and Islamic Jihad rocket squads and the launching sites they have buried beneath the desert surface, according to debkafile’s exclusive sources. They turn out to have established an elaborate rocket-launching network in Sinai in the week before the Aug. 26 ceasefire in Gaza - both as a second front against Israel, and as a lever, in case the Cairo negotiations later this month failed to meet their terms for a deal. But those talks are stalled anyway by furious Palestinian inter-faction feuding.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 28, 2014
The battle for Quneitra has no real military importance for the Syrian conflict at large, says debkafile. The Syrian army, helped by Iran and Hizballah, is winning and the rebel side crumbling. However, integrated in the rebel contingents fighting for Quneitra, with US, Israeli and Jordanian backing, are Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front fighters and its Sinai arm, Ansar Beit Al-Madis, which works hand in glove with Israel’s foe, the Palestinian Hamas. When a black Al Qaeda flag flies over Quneitra 200 m from its Golan border, Israel will face a new dilemma.
Israel-Hamas truce deal in effect from Tuesday 7 p.m. Heavy Palestinian barrage last minute kills 2 Israelis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 26, 2014
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi were able to bring Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip to accept an unlimited ceasefire in hostilities in effect from 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, based on the 2012 deal. Netanyahu did not ask for his ministers’ endorsement, knowing he did not have majority support in the cabinet. Hamas violated all eleven agreed truces during during the 50-day Gaza conflict. Up to the last minute, Hamas kept up heavy rocket and mortar fire, causing two Israeli deaths and seven injured in the Eshkol District.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 24, 2014
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Sunday, Aug. 24 that Operation Defensive Edge would end “only when quiet returns to southern Israel. Till then, we shall continue to hammer Hamas - for now by air.” debkafile:
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 19, 2014
debkafile’s intelligence sources disclose that the Egyptian-brokered draft deal Israeli and Hamas delegates inked in Cairo Monday night, Aug. 18, said to contain, in return for a Hamas commitment to withhold rocket fire on the Israeli population, a number of major Israeli waivers. The draft is subject to endorsement by the Israeli security cabinet, which does not convene until Tuesday. They may entail lifting the siege on the Gaza Strip by permission to establish deep sea and air ports - before Hamas is made to disarm, and also talks on releasing prisoners.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 14, 2014
The newly elected Recep Tayyip Erdogan, bolstered by a US arms deal, has Israel’s leaders preparing for a potential Turkish air or sea attack.
DEBKAfile Special Report August 8, 2014
Hours before the 72-hour Gaza ceasefire was due to expire Friday morning, Aug. 8, the Palestinian Hamas’ military wing slapped down an ultimatum before Israel: Either allow the Gaza Strip to have an open seaport – which would be tantamount to lifting the Gaza blockade - or prepare for a long and brutal war of attrition with thousands of fatalities. Abu Obeida, spokesman of Hamas’ military wing, Ezz e-Din Al-Qassam, announced that their new rockets with large warheads would strike Ben Gurion airport and cut Israel off from its air transport links.
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.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 8, 2014
Islamists from Syria clash with the Lebanese Army in the northeast, prompting fears that Al Qaeda and its affiliates will spread in the country or spark an all-out Sunni-Shiite war.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 1, 2014
Chinese government sponsored hackers compromised networks of several private Israeli security firms, stealing schematics for Iron Dome, drones, Arrow 3 and other anti-ballistic missile programs.
Kerry and Ban in truce bid to save Hamas from defeat. Israel holds reply. Cairo won’t amend truce proposal
DEBKAfile Special Report July 21, 2014
Three rival groups are in a tug-o’-war over a ceasefire initiative for the Gaza conflict: The US and UN; Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia; and Qatar, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority. Monday night, July 21, US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Cairo to press their case. Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi told them he would not amend his original ceasefire proposal to suit Hamas’ demands. Israel has reserved its response, needing time for the IDF to accomplish its counter-terror mission in the Gaza Strip.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 11, 2014
Abbas orders the Tanzim militia reformed, in preparation for battles with Israel in the West Bank.
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.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 29, 2014
“Ma’an is the Falluja of Jordan!” shouted thousands of Bedouin Saturday, June 28, in the southern Jordanian town of Ma’an. They held ISIS placards and flags in one hand and automatic rifles in the other. Ma’an lies104 km from the Israeli Eilat and some 60 km from the main artery linking northern Israel to the south. debkafile: In Washington, there was anxious talk Sunday about the prospect of the Islamists rocking Abdullah’s throne. This would leave the US no option but to approve American and Israeli military intervention in its defense.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis June 28, 2014
Armed US drones went into operation this weekend to defend its Baghdad embassy and Iraqi strategic facilities. Iran and Hizballah are braced for the oncoming Islamist suicide bombing assault on Beirut. Jordan and Saudi Arabia have deployed tank divisions on their borders against ISIS encroachments. Their next-door neighbor, Israel is nursing the blow to its prestige from the failure of its massive, all-out military-intelligence operation to rescue three kidnapped teenagers after two weeks. The sights of the Islamist State of Iraq and Levant (ISIS) also include “Palestine.”
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 13, 2014
Israel ex-general reveals that Stuxnet attack on Iranian nuclear system was aided by hand-implantation of the virus.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 7, 2014
Egyptian President Abdul-Fattah El-Sisi, before taking the oath of office on Sunday June 8, became the first regime head to strike out at the Palestinian unity government installed in Ramallah on June 24. He has strengthened the siege on its Gaza partner, Hamas. Cairo insists that the Rafah crossing stays shut unless Hamas hands control over to the Palestinian Authority, which will never happen. debkafile: This places the reconciled Palestinian partners at odds over who calls the shots in the Gaza Strip, presenting their government with the first major test of its unity.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 5, 2014
The new Palestinian unity government leaves Hamas with major sources of power, including militia, weaponry, Gaza port, and civilian posts. Some worry Hamas is attempting to do what Hizballah has done in Lebanon and overtake Fatah and the PA.
DEBKAfile Special Report June 3, 2014
A Palestinian gunman in a car opened fire on an Israeli border guard checkpoint at the Tapuach checkpoint outside Nablus before dawn Tuesday, June 3. The soldiers returned fire and killed the gunman, after one was hit in the leg. It was the second encounter in four days at the same spot between an Israeli security force and a terrorist. It occurred shortly after the US decided to work with the new Palestinian unity government, despite Israel’s concerns about the participation of the Hamas terrorist organization. This stirred "deep disappointment" in Jerusalem