DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis February 17, 2014, 10:23 AM (GMT+02:00)
The bus carrying South Korean tourists from Egypt to Israel was rigged as a time bomb for Eilat, debkafile reveals. It blew up prematurely in Egyptian Sinai, killing three South Korean tourists and the Egyptian driver, and injuring fourteen, Sunday, Feb. 16 - shortly before the bus crossed into Israel. An explosion in downtown Eilat would have afforded the al Qaeda-linked Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis its first multi-casualty terrorist hit inside an Israeli town. Serious lapses were exposed in Egyptian security. North Korea voiced shock and outrage over the terrorist attack.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 24, 2012, 10:46 PM (GMT+02:00)
US President Barack Obama sits down with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan in Seoul, South Korea Sunday, March 25. Earlier, Obama gave the Turkish leader - and Israel’s Binyamin Netanyahu too - a lesson in political expediency: March 20, Washington awarded 11 nations exemptions from new US financial sanctions against Iran. The downscaling of sanctions caught Israel by surprise and angered Turkey, most of all as the outcome of unknown secret US-Iranian talks.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis December 19, 2011, 3:52 PM (GMT+02:00)
The sudden death of Kim Jong II of a heart attack aged 69, Monday, Dec. 19 confronts the world for the first time since the Cold War with a leaderless nuclear power about which it knows almost nothing. Though anointed heir, his youngest son Kim Jong-un is not expected to ride in without being challenged. The inevitable power struggle, which could be drawn out for years, may generate violence on and around the Peninsula and greater North Korean involvement in the Middle East nuclear race.
DEBKAfile Special Report November 23, 2010, 11:41 AM (GMT+02:00)
South Korea returned the fire after dozens of North Korean artillery shells killed two marines, injured 17 soldiers and three civilians on Yeonpyeong island near the tense Yellow Sea border. The island is being evacuated as fires rage out of control. South Korean leaders met in the presidential bunker in Seoul, having declared the highest non-wartime alert and warned of a stronger response. The White House strongly condemned the attack.