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The Arab World Seen in Washington as Disintegrating in Bloody, Hopeless Wars
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 16, 2015

Obama saw the Arab world engulfed in ghastly bloody wars in the foreseeable future and was confirmed in his determination to make Iran America’s top strategic ally in the Middle East. Arab rulers are still reeling from the blow and finding it hard to adapt to their new circumstances.

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Egypt’s El-Sisi is the Third Arab Ruler in the Islamist State’s Crosshairs
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 2, 2015

Egyptian president El-Sisi joins the Syrian and Iraqi leaders in ISIS’s crosshairs, after hundreds of jihadis stormed Egyptian positions in northern Sinai. They were empowered by a longstanding pact with the ousted Muslim Brotherhood.

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Saudis Lead GCC Quest for New Strategic Allies after US Letdown in Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 14, 2015

Disappointed in US intelligence assistance for its Yemen war effort, the Saudis have turned to other allies, including France and Israel to pitch in.

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ISIS in occupation of Libyan town of Derna
Large-scale Egyptian army massed for operation to capture eastern Libya from ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 26, 2015

The Middle East is on the brink of its fourth war. debkafile reports. Egypt has massed large-scale ground and air forces in the Western Desert, preparing to capture eastern Libya – Cyrenaica - from ISIS occupation. The offensive may be launched by dropping Egyptian marines from the sea on the Libyan coast around Derna (pop: 100,000), which ISIS has made its provincial capital. ISIS is rushing reinforcements to Libya from Syria and Iraq. The Obama administration objects to a direct Egyptian military operation, as CIA chief John Brennan informed President Abdel Fatteh el-Sisi.

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Khamenei sends Iranian navy to Bab el-Mandeb Straits. Iran arms store for Hamas bombed in Libya
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 31, 2015

Control of the Red Sea Bab el-Mandeb Straits passed Tuesday, March 31 to pro-Iranian forces when the Yemeni Army’s 117th Brigade handed positions guarding the waterway to two Houthi commando battalions, debkafile reveals. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered two task forces to sail to the region to reinforce Houthi control of the strategic straits. Iran was involved in another development Tuesday, when unidentified aircraft bombed and destroyed a base in Burak, southwestern Libya, used by Iran to store arms purchased in Sudan for the Palestinian Hamas.

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King Salman and Abdul-Fatteh El-Sisi
El-Sisi and Salman at Cross Purposes after First Encounter
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 5, 2015

The new Saudi King has posed stiff conditions for continuing his predecessor’s generous financial and political assistance to Egyptian president Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi, who finds himself without Arab allies in his fight against Islamist terrorists.

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Egyptian President El-Sisi will attack Libya-sourced terror
Egypt goes to war on ISIS, masses troops against Islamist Libyan stronghold at Darnah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 28, 2015

Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi has massed his troops for all-out war on ISIS strongholds in Libya, the first Arab ruler to challenge Islamist terrorists in a fellow Arab country, debkafile reports. His initiative dramatizes the spillover of the Islamist State’s threat across the Middle East, and the ineffectiveness of the US-led anti-terror coalition’s efforts in Iraq and Syria. Egyptian commando and marine forces stand ready for imminent sea landings to seize Darnah and wipe out the Islamist militias, coupled with an air and ground campaign against their hideouts in Sinai.

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Mid East Shakeup Leaves Egypt and Israel Out on a Limb, Giving ISIS Benefits
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 26, 2015

Egypt and Israel are left out on a limb by the Saudi king Salman’s defection to supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and dialogue with Ankara, rather than helping Cairo to stand up to the new ISIS threat from next-door Libya and backing Egypt and Israel against Iran.

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Egyptian Copts lined up for mass murder by ISIS
Egypt bombs ISIS targets in Libya after video of 21 Copts beheaded. Ten Egyptians earlier killed in Sinai
DEBKAfile Special Report February 16, 2015

Egyptian air strikes bombed Islamic State targets in Libya at dawn Mon. Feb. 16, hours after a video was released showing the mass beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians. The targets were officially described as “Islamic State camps, training sites and weapons storage areas.” Six days earlier, an ISIS-affiliated Sinai group aired a video depicting the beheadings of 10 alleged collaborators with Israeli and Egyptian intelligence – altogether 31 savage murders of Egyptians in less than a week. debkafile: ISIS-Libya has developed a bridge all the way to Iraqi via Sinai affiliates.

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Israeli Drones Boost Egyptian Fight against Islamists’ “Sinai Province”
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 12, 2015

Egypt has joined forces with Israel to fight the spreading Islamist terror which is escalating on three fronts from Libya to Sinai and from Suez to the Delta. Israel is contributing advanced military drones.

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Islamists Target Jordan’s King Abdullah, Eye Egypt’s El-Sisi and the Suez Canal
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2015

ISIS tacticians figured that the horrific murder of the Jordanian pilot would drum up anti-US sentiment and popular Arab calls to quit the US-led coalition.

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Kenji Goto in ISIS hands
ISIS in full swing under ex-Iraqi general: 70 deaths in a month, on the march in 10 countries
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis February 1, 2015

Saturday night, January 31, the Islamic State capped a month of atrocities by beheading its second Japanese hostage, Kenjo Goto. In January alone, the Islamists are known to have killed at least 70 people in 10 targeted European and Middle East countries. They trailed horror through France, Spain, Belgium, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Libya, with Britain preparing for the worst. debkafile: This sweep is orchestrated by Abu Ali al-Anbari, a former major general in Saddam Hussein’s army - currently the Islamist terrorist organization’s top commander.

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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi speaking at a mosque in Mosul
ISIS posts a new forward command group to Egyptian Sinai - at Israel’s back door
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 10, 2014

A group of at least ten ISIS operations and intelligence officers, led by a senior commander, has arrived in Sinai and taken charge of the local Ansar Beit al-Maqdas jihadis, thereby opening up a dangerous new front against Egypt and Israel, in proximity to the Suez Canal, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, debkafile reports. Since Ansar pledged allegiance to IS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdad considers Sinai a province of his Islamic caliphate. His forward command in Sinai is directed to move from targeting Egypt to fighting the “Egyptian-Zionist alliance.”

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US Prepares Air Strikes against Libya’s Most Powerful Militia. Egypt and UAE Join in
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 12, 2014

The US, Egypt and UAE are ready for a concentrated air campaign to crush Libya’s most dangerous militias and restore stable government to Tripoli.

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Egypt and Emirates Ask Obama to Stay out of Their Action against Qatar
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 29, 2014

UAE and Egypt work together to strike Qatari-backed Islamist militias in Libya, in the alliance’s first overt military strike at Qatar and its proxies.

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Al Qaeda’s Beheadings of Soldiers Spread from Syria through Iraq to Libya
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 1, 2014

ISIS and other Islamist extremist Al Qaeda offshoots are beheading enemy soldiers after battle in Syria, Iraq and Libya, sometimes filming or promoting the gruesome acts online.

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Six Emerging “Terror States” Encircle Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia
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.

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2012 attack on US Consulate in Benghazi
US Special Forces capture Benghazi raid leader Abu Khattala
DEBKAfile Special Report June 17, 2014

Ahmed Abu Khattala, commander of the Libyan Ansar al-Sharia, who led the 2012 assault on the US consulate in Benghazi, has been captured in a secret US Special Operations forces raid in the same Libyan town. The Islamist terrorist, who was the prime mover in the attack which killed US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three of his staff, is now in US custody outside Libya. DEBKA Weekly 635 revealed exclusively on May 16 that US President Barack Obama had signed a secret Presidential Directive for the capture of Abu Khattala, dead or alive.

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Khalifa Haftar
Stabilizing Libyan Oil to Offset Russia’s Energy Leverage against Europe
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 22, 2014

The US, UAE and Egypt are backing Gen. Khalifa Haftar’s battle against militant Islamists in Libya, hoping to secure oilfields and target Ansar al-Sharia.

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US Special Ops soldier on Jordan River
Revived US military intervention in Mid East flashpoints is heralded by active steps in Syria and Libya
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly May 20, 2014

The latest DEBKA Weekly out Friday homes in on the Obama administration’s seminal Middle East policy turnabout, performed unannounced almost overnight: The quiet switch from military withdrawal to proactive military intervention – based mainly on the CIA – is already impacting the Libyan and Syrian crises. Exclusive insights and fresh data will reveal how this extraordinary change is manifested in US-UAE backing for Gen. Khalifa Haftar’s nascent operation in Libya, compared with reliance on the strong Israeli and Jordanian armies to achieve US goals in Syria.

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