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.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 20, 2017
Trump like Putin is refusing to allocate more troops to Syria.
DEBKAfile Special Report April 6, 2017
The Trump administration is clearly on the brink of military action against the Assad regime judging by the thunderous rhetoric of its highest officials Wednesday night, April 5. A clash with Russian forces must be avoided.
DEBKAfile Special Report April 5, 2017
Seven nations maintain elite military units in Syria – the US, Russia, Britain, Germany, France, Jordan and Israel. American, Russian and Turkish troops are backed by air support. They could have combined to destroy Asad's chemical arsenal and finished the job in a few days.
DEBKAfile Special Report March 21, 2017
The IDF Tuesday confirmed that an Israeli miniature Skylark drone had crashed over a technical fault Sunday, March 19, in the same Quneitra area of the Golan as the attack which killed a Syrian soldier.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 18, 2017
Israel launched an air raid against the Syrian T4 air base near Palmyra early Friday March 17, as pro-Iranian Hizballlah forces drove through Hermon to reach Israel's Golan border, Moscow held back from restraining Hizballah.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 2, 2017
They are in charge of separating Sunni and Shiite combatants.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 31, 2017
An order to stand down was issued Thursday night, Jan. 26, by the Russian Commander in Syria Lt. Gen. Alexander Zhuravlev to Syrian army and Iranian and Shiite high commands in Aleppo, as well as Hizballah units in all parts of Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 26, 2017
The order came from Moscow to prevent military reprisals for Putin-Trump deal for Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 15, 2016
The elite Russian unit was defeated by the jihadists in Palmyra, a counterattack prepared.
DEBKAfile Special Report December 12, 2016
Islamic State forces pushed forward their assault to retake the central Syrian town of Palmyra Monday, Dec. 12, and by evening had entered the big Russian-Syrian T-4 air base outside the town, carrying off substantial quantities of Russian armaments. Reporting this, debkafile added: They booty they snatched included different types of ground-to-ground missiles as well as anti-tank and anti-air rockets.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 26, 2016
Hizballah staged two drive-by shooting attacks into northern Israel Wednesday, Oct. 26, slightly injuring an Israel soldier. The two rounds of gunfire came from a moving vehicle driving on the Lebanese side of the border.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 6, 2016
He has no intention of sinking any further into the Syrian war quagmire.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 6, 2016
Tehran builds up a Shiite army from Iraqi recruits to repopulate the city.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 22, 2016
Obama orders a secret probe in Washington to discover who it was.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 10, 2016
debkafile reports that Putin virtually shut the door on further cooperation with the United States in Syria after signing a secret deal with Turkish leader Tayyip Edrogan. The agreed that they would map out together the next steps in the Middle East, including Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 5, 2016
Instead of grappling with global crises, the G20 summit is revealed as a platform for a further plunge in the cold war relations revived afresh between the United States and Russia.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 20, 2016
The near-clash between US and Syrian warplanes over Kurdish Hassaka in northern Syrian Friday Aug. 19 sprung out of the Obama administration’s decision the day before to try and draw the line on the growing Russian-Iranian-Turkish-Syrian collaboration in the conjoined Syrian-Iraqi arenas.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2016
Hizballah commits its elite Radwan Force to save the Syrian-Iranian Aleppo front from folding against rebel assault,after Moscow decided to withhold air cover in line with the new Putin-Erdogan deal in St. Petersburg. Putin also bowed to Erdogan’s demand on the Manjib front.