DEBKAfile Special Report May 16, 2016
The defeat that Iran and Hizballah suffered on May 6 in a battle at the Syrian village of Khan Touman showed they cannot win the war for Syria’s President Assad. Seven days after the clash, the commander of Hizballah’s forces in Syria, Mustafa Bader Al-din, was killed in a ground-to-ground missile strike near the Damascus international airport. Later claims by various sources that he was killed in the battle were attempts to conceal the two biggest military blows suffered by the Iranians and Hizballah in Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 5, 2016
The new economic plan is supposed to herald a major change in the conservative country’s economy and society. DEBKA Weekly’s Saudi experts predict that there may be strong opposition within the royal family
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 4, 2016
Washington and Moscow have made dramatic progress over the last few days in marathon telephone talks between Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on ending the war in Syria. Russia agreed for the first time to discuss the possibility that Syrian President Bashar Assad will step down, and the conditions under which such a process will take place.
DEBKAfile Special Report April 27, 2016
The US withdrew its forces from the Sinai Peninsula last weekend in response to Egypt’s transfer of sovereignty over Tiran and Sanafir islands to Saudi Arabia. The move came after Washington protested to Egyptian President El-Sisi over its exclusion from consultations and military coordination between Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Israel regarding the islands.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 14, 2016
The new alliance enables Riyadh to control the point where the Red Sea meets the Suez Canal.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 17, 2016
The Saudis and Yemeni Houthi rebels have got together for a “calm border” truce, opening the way for ending the Yemen war and dumping Iran.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 5, 2016
Turkey and Saudi Arabia have taken separate steps to break free from Washington’s dictates on the Syrian issue and show their resistance to Russia’s highhanded intervention in Syria. They are moving on separate tracks to signal their defiance and frustration with the exclusive pact between Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin which ostracizes Riyadh and Ankara on the Syrian question. Turkey, saddled with three million Syrian refugees, is desperate for a no-fly, security zone to shelter them on Syrian soil.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 4, 2016
Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the king’s son, is choreographing escalated Saudi intervention in the Syrian war. He plans to arm Syrian rebels militias with missiles capable of striking the new Russian T-90 tanks, which debkafile’s intelligence sources disclose were shipped directly to the Syrian army’s armed divisions in the last two weeks from the Russian Black Sea base of Novorossiysk.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 3, 2016
Saudi Arabia has opened a new front in Lebanon against Shiite Iran and Hizballah, after being warned off by Russia and the US from intervention in Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 18, 2016
Obama and Putin have no intention of cutting Turkey and Saudi Arabia into their joint plans for the Syrian military conflict or future. Erdogan, while bitterly opposed to their sponsorship of the Kurds, will think twice before stepping into Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2016
The dickering for a compromise on a ceasefire in Syria has not shaken the Obama-Putin pact which gives Russian the leading military role in the conflict. The ceasefire lines will reflect the US and Russian lines east and west respectively of the Euphrates River.
DEBKAfile Special Report February 6, 2016
The five-year old Syrian civil war faces its most critical moment. Saturday, Feb. 6, a combined force of Syrian army and Hizballah troops and an Iraqi Shiite militia under Iranian officers, were led by Russian air and Spetsnaz (special forces) officers into pressing forward to encircle 35,000 rebels trapped in Aleppo, the country’s largest city. The biggest refugee exodus of the Syrian war is blocked at the Turkish border. Moscow hints it will fight off any US, Saudi or Turkish interference.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 21, 2016
Zarif extracted concessions on centrifuges from Kerry as the six foreign ministers waited ready in Vienna, hour after hour, to declare the nuclear accord in force and start lifting sanctions.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 14, 2016
The Saudis put the Shiite cleric to death as a deliberate anti-Iran action to break up the US-Shiite bond and unify the warring princely factions engaged in power struggles behind the policies of the king and his son.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 14, 2016
Saudi Arabia, expecting to find itself in full-blow war with Iran, has turned to Pakistan for military backing.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 10, 2016
In his Damascus posting, Gen. Alexander Dvornikov has been given control of the twin Russian commands in Damascus and Baghdad. They function as two halves of the same war room. They are fully coordinated under a single overall commander, enabling the Russian general to stay on top of events and in control of decisions 24/7. This is a key position of enormous authority and extreme diplomatic sensitivity. The Saudis see him as major foe, while the Iranians resent Moscow’s understandings with Israel.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 24, 2015
Riyadh deliberately avoided targeting AQAP in Yemen, believing the jihadis to be secret partners against the Houthi rebels. Having gained strength, AQAP is now ready to joint ISIS to strike the Saudis from Yemen and Iraq.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 17, 2015
Iran has suddenly left Yemen’s Houthi rebels high and dry consigning them to the mercies of a deal with Saudi Arabia for ending the civil war.