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.