55 articles tagged "Raqqa"
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ISIS’ Global Terror Is Resistant to Losses in Syria, Iraq
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 22, 2017

Even the possible death of its “caliph” Baghdadi will not stop ISIS global terror.

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Indirect US talks for ISIS fighters to exit Raqqa
DEBKAfile Special Report May 29, 2017

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis told CBS News Sunday night, May 28, that the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS) jihadist group has "accelerated" and shifted to "annihilation tactics." This assertion does not square with the indirect talks the United States is secretly conducting with ISIS for its commanders and most of its operational strength to quit Raqqa and relocate in Al Mayadeen and Abu Kamal in southeastern Syria. 

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Russian siege on Raqqa, distant from US troops
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 27, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin acted to strengthen the military alliance he had set up with Iran and Turkey for working together in Syria - as a counterweight to President Donald Trump’s spectacular success in forging a Sunni Arab bloc during his four days in the Middle East. It was a tough call. He decided to impose a siege on ISIS-held Raqqa in the north to counterbalance US troops in the south, without provoking a clash.

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An ISIS tunnel in Mosul
New ISIS mobile tactics against US in Syria, Iraq
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis May 8, 2017

The Islamic State's strategists are confident they have found a convincing tactical answer to the assaults on their strongholds by using tunnel warfare and small mobile detachment armed with multiple car bombs..

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Conflicting US-Turkish “Green Lights” Potentially Clash in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 4, 2017

On May 16, two unpredictable, strong-willed leaders, Trump and Erdogan, will face each other over Syria.

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ISIS Upbeat after New Tactic Slows US Military Assault on Mosul
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 27, 2017

Small units armed with dozens of bomb cars are forcing US, Iraqi troops to fall back.

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Turkish Air Blitz Shocks Syrian Kurds into Splitting from US Raqqa Offensive
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 27, 2017

Their exit leaves US elite forces and Syrian Arab fighters high and dry against ISIS.

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ISIS Opens Its Next Front in Sinai and Gulf of Aqaba
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 20, 2017

Officers from Raqqa high command transferred to Sinai, expand terror operations.

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Raqqa Op on Hold: Trump like Putin Refuses More Troops for Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 20, 2017

Trump like Putin is refusing to allocate more troops to Syria.

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Trump to Erdogan: For 30,000 Troops, Take Raqqa Operation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 20, 2017

The US President is suddenly ready to see Turkish troops taking over Raqqa offensive.

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Sarin Gas Bomb: Russian-Iranian Distraction from Grand US Raqqa Plan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 6, 2017

The outrage was contrived by Russia, Iran and Assad to deflect a large-scale US buildup in Syria.

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Turkish tanks deployed in Syria
With Turks out, Raqqa operation is short of tanks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 1, 2017

Except for one missing factor, the United States is in advanced preparations for the operation to oust the Islamic State from Raqqa, its Syrian stronghold, as Mission Mosul winds down in Iraq. Tuesday, March 28, a large convoy of trucks, with the KRG numbers plates of the semiautonomous Kurdish government of Iraq, crossed into Syria at the Semalka border post. But without the Turkish army, the operation is short of tanks.

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ISIS U-Turns West to Lebanon as Next Target
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 25, 2017

Kurdish and Arab fighters dropped by American helicopters quickly captured five villages west of the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa - the opening shot of the US-led Raqqa campaign,  debkafile: Escaping ISIS fighters from Mosul and Raqqa are meanwhile heading for the first time to Lebanon.

 

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Trump Starts Working Secretly with Russia in Syria – Ahead of FBI Probe
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 23, 2017

US and Russia set up new Syrian bases in synchronized moves.

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Al Qaeda blows up Shiite pilgrim buses in Damascus
Before US whacks ISIS-Syria, Al Qaeda is resurgent
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 13, 2017

A new-old menace has raised its head: Al Qaeda and its Syrian affiliates have launched a fresh wave of terror in Syria. Saturday, March 11, two bomb explosions killed 74 Shiite pilgrims, most Iraqis, at an ancient cemetery in Damascus.

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Trump Deploys US Troops to Syria for War on ISIS, Offloads Russia and Turkey
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 9, 2017

He decides that America will go it alone with a local force – without Russia or Turkey.

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US Rangers in Syria with Striker tanks
US troops land in Syria to launch Raqqa operation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 8, 2017

EXCLUSIVE:  Elements of the US 75th Ranger Regiment have arrived in Syria for the Trump administration’s first direct military operation in Syria: the long-delayed offensive to capture Raqqa from the Islamic State. 

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Epic US, Russian, Turkish military summit on Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2017

EXCLUSIVE:  For the first time ever, the top soldiers of the United States, Russia and Turkey are holding a secret meeting in the Turkish town of Antalya for an effort to avert a clash between their three armies in N. Syria, 

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Why Did the Raqqa Offensive Never Take off? For Four Good Reasons
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 9, 2017

The Kurdish-Arab force has meanwhile been stopped in its tracks.

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Old Petraeus Team’s Leading Lights Join Trump’s NSC in Key Posts
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 9, 2017

Two are colonels who helped draw up his surge plan which turned the tide in Iraq.

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