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US & Russia Prepare to Massively Obliterate ISIS in Syria
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.

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Al Baghdadi Plans to Run Away from US-Russian Blitz to Africa or Arabia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2016

The ISIS Caliph is preparing to run away from the US-Russian blitz awaiting Raqqa, and setting up shop either in Yemen (with AQAP) or in the North African desert (with AQIM).

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The US Will Field More than 10,000 Troops in Iraq by February
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.

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First US Air Base in Syria: The Game Changer Left out of Obama’s Speech
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.

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Russia’s Second Air Base in Syria to Host Iranian Squadrons as well
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 3, 2015

The Russian Al-Shayarat air base near Homs will provide space for two Iranian air squadrons for joint operations first to recover Palmyra.

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First Iranian fighter jets over Syria alongside Russian bombers
DEBKAfile Special Report November 22, 2015

Videos apparently leaked by Moscow reveal the presence of Iranian F-14 and MiG -29 fighters in Syrian skies for the first time. The Italian magazine “The Aviationist,” showed them escorting heavy Russian bombers, including the Tupolev TU-160, the heaviest, fastest and most destructive bomber ever built, on missions no more than 150 km from Israel’s northern border. Normally, the Israeli Air Force would have fought off and shot down any Iranian warplanes appearing in Syrian air space, but they are protecting themselves by flying with Russian bombers. 

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Massive Russian blanket air bombardment is flattening Raqqa
DEBKAfile Special Report November 21, 2015

Russia has launched a merciless blanket air campaign, backed by Kalibr cruise missiles fired from the Caspian and Mediterranean Seas, for wiping the Islamic State’s Syrian center of Raqqa off the map, debkafile reports. At least 75 air sorties so far are systematically razing the town of 200,000 inhabitants, district by district.

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Suicide bombers strike Hizballah in Beirut
ISIS launches its winter terror offensive with first 274 deaths
DEBKAfile Special Report November 13, 2015

The Islamic State launched its winter offensive with surprise attacks in less than a month on Sharm el-Sheikh, Amman, Beirut and Sinai. These locations were chosen deliberately outside the primary Syrian and Iraqi battlefields, while at the same time targeting Russia, the US, Egypt, Iran and Hizballah, where least expected. debkafile: By going after Jihad John in Raqqa, northern Syria, Thursday night, Nov. 11, the US will not hold back the ISIS offensive or prevent its terrorists from striking again after suicide bombers claimed 43 lives at Hizballah’s Beirut stronghold.

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Syrian Kurds’ Wants Autonomy Guaranteed for Helping to Vanquish ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 15, 2015

The Syrian Kurds are playing hardball with Russia and the US, demanding heavy weapons and guarantee of autonomy as the price for helping either of them to beat ISIS.

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Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi Knows No One is in Line to Stop ISIS – Notably the US
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 9, 2015

ISIS is now fighting to capture the big Iraqi refinery town of Baiji from a mixed force of Iraqi army and Shiite troops under Iranian Revolutionary Guards officers. The US admits that its warplanes return from Iraq with most of their ordnance unused.

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Tel Abyad’s Fall with US Air Cover Is an Epic Coup against ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 18, 2015

Kurdish forces with US aerial backing pulled of an epic victory against ISIS, capturing Tel Abyad a town close which is close enough to the ISIS Syrian “capital” of Raqqa to lay it to siege.

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IS' Syrian stronghold in Raqqa
Taking the US fight against IS into Syria would consolidate Assad and his Iranian-Hizballah allies
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 23, 2014

President Barack Obama must take into account that a decision to extend US military action against the Islamic State to Syria would have the effect of rescuing Bashar Assad’s rule in Damascus from the Islamist peril and strengthening the presence of his Hizballah and Iranian allies in Damascus. debkafile: Israel's and Jordan's security would also be affected. Considering Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi’s recent undercover contacts with Assad, a US decision may also tilt his calculus about hosting diplomacy on the Gaza conflict

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