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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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