DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 6, 2015
As part of a new understanding reached in Doha, Iran agreed to ease up on its support for the Yemeni rebels and let a Saudi-UAE landing in Aden go without resistance.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 9, 2015
Under a secret deal with Obama, Putin has cornered the Middle East nuclear market and signed contracts to supply reactors and other facilities to Saudi Arabia, Iran, Egypt, Jordan and the UAE. Fordo will become a research center.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 2, 2015
Iranian strategists are giving the Houthis advanced Fateh-100 missiles for hitting key Saudi facilities deep in the kingdom, determined to beat back the Saudi air campaign., while upgrading Tehran’s intervention.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 18, 2015
Iran has chosen to plant Houthi forces with heavy arms on island clusters capable of blocking the Red Sea and Suez Canal to shipping as well as threatening the Saudi eastern seaboard.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 12, 2015
The Saudi Air Force chief Lt. Gen. Muhammad bin Ahmed Al-Shaalan was killed in a Yemeni rebel Houthi cross-border missile attack on the big King Khalid Air Base at Khamis Mushayt, debkafile reports.The attack took place on June 6, but his death was kept secret until June 10. The largest Saudi air base, it is from there that the campaign to end the Iranian-backed Yemeni insurgency is being mounted. Tehran likely put the Houthis up to the attack which marked a major escalation in the Yemeni war, with implications for US-Iranian relations.
Two major Mid East escalations: Yemeni rebels fire Scuds at Saudi air base. ISIS warns Syrian rebels
DEBKAfile Special Report June 6, 2015
Riyadh reported Saturday, June 6, that Patriot batteries had intercepted Scud missiles fired by Yemen Houthi rebels at Khamis al-Mushait, the kingdom’s largest air base, from which Saudi jets take off to strike Yemeni rebels. debkafile’s military sources disclose that the Patriots, activated for the first time, were manned by American teams – the first direct US intervention on the Saudi side of the Yemen conflict. Khamenei’s statement on Iranian troops for Syria is awaited. ISIS meanwhile warns Syrian rebels in the south to break off contact with US-Jordanian and Israeli command centers.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 4, 2015
The Syrian army and rebels sap each other’s strength in head-to-head combat, while ISIS watches for its moment to strike and meanwhile lines up long-term strategic assets.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 30, 2015
Hizballah’s Hassan Nasrallah frequently brags that his 80,000 missiles can reach any point in Israel. He may have to compromise. His masters in Tehran are casting about urgently for ways to save the Assad regime in Damascus and halt the Islamic State’s inexorable advance on Baghdad and the Iraqi Shiite shrine city of Karbala. debkafile: Iran is eyeing the re-allocation of some 1,000 long-range rockets in Hizballah’s store for warding off these calamities. It is also weighing a defense pact with Syria to enable Iranian troops to come to Assad’s aid.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 28, 2015
ISIS has seized a dozen oil fields in Iraq and Syria amassing billions of dollars in black market sales and saving up to buy a nuclear bomb.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 28, 2015
Obama has given Iran a free hand to fight ISIS in Iraq without US interference – or air cover. Iraq’s Sunnis cry second American betrayal.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 14, 2015
Disappointed in US intelligence assistance for its Yemen war effort, the Saudis have turned to other allies, including France and Israel to pitch in.
DEBKAfile Special Report May 4, 2015
For the first time in the Syrian war, opposition forces, such as the Army of Conquest and the Free Syrian Army, are receiving substantial quantities of heavy weapons including tanks and antitank missiles, from the United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Turkey, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. debkafile:. The opposition is winning battles as the balance of strength shifts away from the Syrian army. At the same time, since most of these rebel militias are associated with al Qaeda, Assad’s fall could consign Syria to radical Islamist rule.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 23, 2015
The Saudis have drawn up their own game plan for Yemen, independently of US efforts to achieve a ceasefire. Obama has told the Gulf rulers not to expect a defense pact with the US, but Iranian expansion will be curbed.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 17, 2015
Thursday and Friday, April 16-17, two branches of Al Qaeda took the lead in violent conflicts, catapulting key areas of the Middle East into more peril. In Yemen, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and in Iraq, the Islamic State (ISIS), launched new offensives 3.050 kilometer apart. debkafile: Both branches of the Islamist terror movement used the absence of competent adversarial troops on the ground – American and Saudi - to push forward in the two arenas. They also exploited the contradictions in Washington’s attitude towards their foe, Tehran.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 16, 2015
Pakistan has ditched Saudi Arabia and turned to Iran for the sake of a Chinese investment in a pipeline for Iranian gas to solve its energy crisis.
Iran, Saudi Arabia in tense buildup opposite Yemen’s Gulf of Aden shore: US air tankers refueling Saudi jets
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 10, 2015
Saudi-Iranian saber-rattling over Yemen reached a dangerous peak Thursday, April 9: The Saudi army spokesman, Brig. Gen. Ahmad Al-Assiri, said the Iranian flotilla of warships posted to the Gulf of Aden would not be permitted to enter Yemeni territorial waters. He threatened Iranians “remaining in Yemen” would suffer the same fate as the Houthi rebels. An Iranian-Saudi clash of arms in the Red Sea can’t be ruled out, after Egyptian and Iranian warships exchanged fire over the Bab El-Mandeb Strait. Friday, Saudis banned flights of Iranian pilgrims to Mecca.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 7, 2015
Moscow claims to have evacuated hundreds of Russian nationals from Yemen by an air lift running out of Sanaa airport. But debkafile reports exclusively that this was prevented by a Saudi ban on the landing of Russian flights at any Yemeni airport from March 27, when the Saudi Air Force took control of Yemeni airspace. The Russian nationals were eventually evacuated by sea to Cairo. Meanwhile, Saudi Air Force F-15s demolished the Russian consulate in Aden housing a regional spy facility, as Riyadh goes head to head with Moscow.
DEBKAfile Special Report March 28, 2015
Iran’s top war commander, Al Qods Brigades chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani, landed in Sanaa Friday, March 27, debkafile reports, to organize a counter-offensive for the Saudi-Gulf-Egyptian operations against Tehran-backed Houthi rebel advances. By opening its third direct Middle East warfront after Syria and Iraq, Tehran was holding the Obama administration to its promise of support as the leading Middle East power, in return for signing a nuclear framework deal by March 31. Solemeini’s must urgently restore Iran’s sea and air supply lines to Yemen, cut off by Saudi-led air strikes.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 26, 2015
The surprise Saudi-Egyptian-GCC military action in Yemen for cutting down Iran’s proxy Houthis may be the opening shot for further Sunni action against Shiite Iran’s Middle East positions.