DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 22, 2014
The US begins setting up a database to track foreign Islamists’ movements in Syria and Iraq without Turkish cooperation, but Al Qaeda’s tactics make it a difficult task.
Revived US military intervention in Mid East flashpoints is heralded by active steps in Syria and Libya
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly May 20, 2014
The latest DEBKA Weekly out Friday homes in on the Obama administration’s seminal Middle East policy turnabout, performed unannounced almost overnight: The quiet switch from military withdrawal to proactive military intervention – based mainly on the CIA – is already impacting the Libyan and Syrian crises. Exclusive insights and fresh data will reveal how this extraordinary change is manifested in US-UAE backing for Gen. Khalifa Haftar’s nascent operation in Libya, compared with reliance on the strong Israeli and Jordanian armies to achieve US goals in Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 1, 2014
Iran buttresses two Arab governments plus Hizballah versus Saudi-backed Egypt and the UAE.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 25, 2014
Netanyahu hopes that in consideration of Israel’s neutrality on Ukraine, Putin will be receptive to its concerns on Iran and Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2014
Obama wants to avoid another diplomatic debacle in the Middle East, after Egypt and Syria and so he may cut short John Kerry’s bid to keep Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations going.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 21, 2014
Assad has shifted the Syrian border to accommodate his gift to Hizballah of the Qalmoun Mountains to reward the Lebanese Shiites for aiding in the capture of Yabroud.
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 Special Report March 5, 2014
Hizballah is bent on making Israel’s northern borders active warfronts. Early Wednesday, March 5, an Israeli patrol fired on a group planting a roadside bomb at the Syrian-Israeli border fence near Merom Hagolan, Five days ago, Hizballah launched two rockets against an IDF Golan outpost. Due warning of the coming escalation came from Bashar Assad's communications adviser Bouthaina Shaaban in an interview March 3 to Hizballah's mouthpiece, the al-Mayadeen news network. debkafile: This action would not have been approved without Tehran’s say-so.
Western sources: Israel Air Force hits SS-21 batteries, first attack in Syrian war on nuclear-capable missiles
DEBKAfile Special Report February 25, 2014
Western sources report that Israeli Air Force strikes in Lebanon and Syria overnight Monday, Feb. 24 came on the heels of the first use in the three-year Syrian war of a Russian-made nuclear-capable Tochka (Point) surface missile - NATO-coded SS-21 Scarab - which carries a 480-kilo warhead with a range of 70 km. One or more missile were fired earlier Monday by Syrian-Hizballah forces in the battle for Yabroud. Lebanese sources report different IAF targets: a cluster of five Hizballah command posts in the Beqaa Valley, or arms convoys moving between Lebanon and Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 7, 2014
The White House is qualifying its support for Kerry’s diplomacy for Iran, Syria and Middle East peacemaking, finding it too decisive for Obama.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 31, 2014
“The biggest diplomatic fraud in a decade" was how one Syria watcher called Geneva-2 which was staged as an exercise in misdirection to conceal the real conference in Bern with Iran at center stage.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 31, 2014
Erdogan visits Tehran to mark the end of Turkish cooperation with Washington and the start of a new era for the two non-Arab powers to start dominating the Middle East.
DEBKAfile Special Report January 20, 2014
The Obama administration was forced Monday, Jan. 20 - the day Iran began implementing the interim nuclear accord - to put its foot down against Moscow and Tehran over UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon’s invitation for Iran to attend the Syria peace conference opening Wednesday. debkafile: Barack Obama and John Kerry were shocked to discover Moscow and Tehran exploiting the US outreach to them for independent steps on Syria in defiance of Washington’s conditions. They told Ban that the US would not demur for fear of upsetting the nuclear accord.
DEBKAfile Special Report January 13, 2014
The US and Iran agree to treat Tehran’s regional policies as separate from nuclear diplomacy to forestall obstacles which such opponents as Saudi Arabia and Israel may raise. Monday, Jan. 14, senior US sources admitted: “The US and Iran have sought to insulate the nuclear negotiations from the tensions over Iran’s regional policies.” On the Syrian issue, governments near and far will attend Geneva 2, but Israel is not invited, although events in next-door Syria and Lebanon directly impinge on its security. Sharon would not have taken this snub lying down.
Iraqi Al Qaeda claims Lebanese bombing. Sunni terror in hot pursuit of Shiites from Baghdad to Beirut
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 5, 2014
Iraqi Al Qaeda (ISIS), advancing Saturday, Jan. 4, on Baghdad from captured areas of Sunni Falluja and Ramadi, also claimed to have carried out the bombing attack Thursday, Jan. 2, on Hizballah’s political headquarters in Beirut. debkafile: Al Qaeda in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon are clearly in mid-momentum of a drive to seize footholds across a wide swathe of the Middle East, spanning three Arab capitals - Baghdad, Damascus and Beirut - in the role of Sunni knife slicing through the Shiite axis of Iran, Syria and the Lebanese Hizballah.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 3, 2014
The freeze on Iran’s nuclear program, agreed in Geneva, is still in abeyance, and the destruction of Syria’s poison weapons stuck somewhere in limbo.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 13, 2013
Al Qaeda pens its first operational blueprint for Israel’s destruction, planning to use its lack of strategic depth to attack the Jewish state from Syria and Iraq.
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly December 7, 2013
Behind the ballyhoo of the Geneva nuclear accord, Washington and Tehran have begun sharing out their areas of influence in post-war Syria in tacit concurrence. They have the same two goals: Blocking al Qaeda’s advance in Syria and keeping Bashar Assad in power. The details of this under-the-counter arrangement between Washington and Tehran are revealed in the latest issue of DEBKA Weekly out Friday, Dec. 6.
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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 6, 2013
Two US war rooms were necessary in view of various Obama commitments to different Middle East allies. The area marked out as US area of influence is designed also to impede al Qaeda’s advance.