DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 11, 2016
Less military force is available for this offensive even than for the Mosul operation.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 28, 2016
This is meant to deter them from joining the coalition offensive against Raqqa.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 14, 2016
But US lacks bridges for spanning differences between Iraqi and Kurdish forces for storming Mosul
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 16, 2016
ISIS Is Building Getaway Command Bunkers in Case of Defeat in Syria and Iraq. No one can tell if Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi will fight on or make a run for it.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 5, 2016
Under the current reality, there is no local military force capable of defeating ISIS and capturing its two de facto capitals.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 21, 2016
Next Iraqi P.M. may remove U.S. troops from country.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2016
The decision to exclude the Kurds is placing the planned offensive for capturing Mosul and destroying ISIS’s main foothold in Iraq in grave doubt. This is reflected by confusion in the White House and Pentagon over the entire enterprise.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2016
The US and Russia have mobilized Britain, France, Germany and Holland for their coming air blitz to burn the ISIS Raqqa HQ in Syria to the ground – preferably by July 1. First they are acting to cut off ISIS escape route to Mosul.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 20, 2016
The first ISIS unmanned aerial vehicles were seen this week flying over the battlefields of the western Iraqi province of Anbar. Two were shot down by Iraqi Sunni militias, who had been trained and were supported by American military instructors at the big Iraqi Ayn al-Asad airbase in the province. The downed craft when tested at the base facilities showed they were fitted with cameras for spying on the militias that were capable of transmitting images to the jihadists’ rear commands. debkafile: ISIS is preparing to test a drone model armed with missiles.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 14, 2016
Ashton Carter is sending the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles back to Iraq to beat ISIS and recover Mosul and Raqqa.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 17, 2015
ISIS is concentrating its military effort on three fronts: northern Syria and the two Iraqi cities it holds – Ramadi and Mosul – the latter of which is being built up as a fortress in expectation of a combined US-led offensive to retake it.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 10, 2015
The US is building its first air base on Syrian soil at the disused Abu Hajar airport in northern Kurdish territory. It will reduce flying time for air strikes against the ISIS capitals, Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 29, 2015
ISIS was no more impressed by Russia’s military intervention that it was by US military assaults. Its war gains remain intact and seemingly unthreatened from any quarter.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 8, 2015
Putin aims to drive ISIS out of Mosul as well as Raqqa both to defeat ISIS and destroy its infrastructure and to gain a foothold in Iraq.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 7, 2015
Obama is dead against army the Kurds lest it upset his Iranian applecart. But Barzani warned him that without the peshmerga he had better forget about a campaign for Mosul.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 26, 2015
The US can’t get its Mosul spring offensive against ISIS off the ground because Iraqi troops are not ready and the Kurds and Arab coalition members are holding back for taking part.
DEBKAfile Special Report June 11, 2014
After occupying the northern Iraqi oil town of Mosul, Al Qaeda’s ISIS (Islamist State of Iraq and the Levant) went on to seize more slices of Nineveh province. By Wednesday, June 11, they were in control of around 38,000 sq. km. or one-tenth of Iraqi territory and 3.5 million inhabitants. They also took over the main Iraq-Syrian crossing at Yaaroubiyeh. The Islamists rode out of Mosul Tuesday with 260 new armored vehicles of various types – enough to arm a full division – and put half a million refugees to flight.