Al Qaeda-Iraq forces advance on Baghdad military air base. US ponders air strike ahead of Iran and Russia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 4, 2014
Al Qaeda Iraq (IS) and its Sunni allies were advancing Friday, July 4 on the al-Muthanna military air base at Baghdad international airport, debkafile reports. Three columns, of 1,000-1,500 fighters each, were driving forward in US-made armored Humvees and APCs taken booty. They were also after the assault planes Iran and Russia delivered to the base. The Obama administration must decide quickly whether to launch its first air strike to head off the Iraqi Islamists before they grab the strategic air base and, just as importantly, before Tehran or Moscow moves in.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 27, 2014
Iran plotted to hold its first nuclear test in North Korea but backed off for the time being. Tehran’s nuclear partnership with Pyongyang is the X factor not addressed in Vienna negotiations.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 22, 2014
The US, UAE and Egypt are backing Gen. Khalifa Haftar’s battle against militant Islamists in Libya, hoping to secure oilfields and target Ansar al-Sharia.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 22, 2014
With presidential elections at the end of the month, Ukraine’s oligarchs are likely to agree to an unofficial split of territory in the central and western parts of the country, leaving Russian influence in the east and Crimea intact.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 8, 2014
Large-scale military exercises in Israel and Saudi Arabia aimed at preparing for war with Iran and its proxies.
DEBKAfile Special Report April 12, 2014
The Ukrainian government has offered sweeping autonomous powers to restive, pro-Russian regions as a concession to Moscow's demands. Acting prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk told regional leaders and businessmen Friday, April 11 in the eastern town of Donetsk, where pro-Russian separatists have declared a People’s Republic, that he is ready to consider a law on referendums. He is trying to avert Ukraine’s breakup into pro-Western European and pro-Russian regions by a gesture that is likely a Western trial balloon for Moscow.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 10, 2014
Washington is in a big hurry to finalize a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran to avert the military action building up around the Islamic Republic.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 21, 2014
Obama’s refusal to provide Iraq and Egypt with sophisticated arms for fighting terror has resulted in al Qaeda- Iraq swarming unrestrained across 11 Middle East countries.
DEBKAfile Special Report March 18, 2014
President Vladimir Putin approved a draft treaty between Crimea and Moscow on the breakaway region’s “reunification with Russia” Tuesday, March 18. He formally notified the Russian parliament of Crimea’s application to join Russia as a new federal republic. Monday, the US and EU imposed relatively mild sanctions – travel bans and a freeze on assets - on Russian and Ukrainian officials after condemning the Crimean referendum as illegal. The White House warned sanctions would be broadened if Russia took more steps. Putin has defied that warning.
US, Russian, Chinese military satellites hunt MH370 over Central Asia. Is it readied for a terrorist attack?
DEBKAfile Special Report March 16, 2014
The US, Russia and China Sunday, March 16 contributed military satellites to the search for the Malaysian Boeing 777, missing without a trace for nine days with 239 people aboard. debkafile: The hunt focuses increasingly on some unknown derelict airfield in remote Central Asia, with the investigative accent on the contents of the cargo hold or a possible hijacking by terrorists to prepare for a major attack. Were they Uyghur separatists or others? Was the plane downed by cyber means? And were the pilots complicit in a plot to make Flight MH370 vanish?
DEBKAfile Special Report March 15, 2014
Russian military movements and strength around Crimea do not exceed the level for securing the referendum taking place on the peninsula Sunday, March 16 against possible Ukrainian or Western disruptions. There are no signs of Russia planning to invade other parts of Ukraine. Neither have Ukraine’s European neighbors or the US bases on their soil declared unusual military preparedness. The Ukraine army is likewise stationary. But one or more of these forces may snap into unforeseen action during the referendum or after it’s over.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2014
Syria and Hizballah are preparing to fight Israel so that Iran and Russia can get back at the US and the West by the old Cold War device of fighting through proxies.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 24, 2014
Units of the Russian forces which secured the Olympic Winter Games ending in Sochi Sunday were flown and shipped Monday, Feb. 24 to Russian bases at the Ukrainian Crimean port of Sevastopol, debkafile reports, as Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev refused to recognize the new authorities in Kiev. Giant Russian Air Force transports and rapid deployment forces were placed on alert at the Rostov on-Don base east of the pro-Russian southeastern Ukrainian town of Donetsk. Military movements were also sighed in Belgorod opposite the Ukraine border.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 31, 2014
The Russians withdraw Putin’s aid promise to Yanukovych to avoid another Orange Revolution, however strategically and economically Ukraine is to Moscow.
DEBKAfile Special Report January 21, 2014
Russian security services launched an intensive hunt Tuesday, Jan. 21 for suspected Islamist bomber Ruzana Ibragimova, 22, known also as Salima or the White Widow, who was last seen on a street in Sochi, which hosts the Feb. 7-23 Winter Olympic Games. Some Russian sources report that not one but three female bombers are at large. US forces are assisting Russian security to secure the Games. A vast 2,400-kilometer “ring of steel” enclosing Sochi and manned by 40,000 Russian personnel is the broadest security area ever provided for an Olympic event.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 17, 2014
The joint trip made to Moscow by the Iranian and Syrian foreign ministers on Jan. 16, marked the day the US stepped aside for Russia as Mid East kingpin and elevated Iran’s status over the heads of the Sunni powers and Israel.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 10, 2014
The thaw in Turkish-Iranian relations is producing a joint effort to snatch the Syrian opposition from the US and Saudi Arabia, while also circumventing the US-Russian takeover of Geneva 2.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 3, 2014
The International Olympic Committee requested an independent assessment of the terrorist threat to the Sochi games and received a “somber and disturbing” report.
DEBKAfile Video December 29, 2013
US weapons and Iranian Al Qods officers join the Iraqi army in a major anti-al-Qaeda offensive to foil Al Qaeda’s plan for its first caliphate across the Syrian-Iraqi frontier - but also to buttress the pro-Iranian Shiite crescent arching over the region.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 31, 2013
A major upheaval is believed in progress - not just in US intelligence networks but across the espionage industry around the world in a mad race to shut down, recover and replace the blown networks, for fear of Snowden’s revelations.