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 May 27, 2017
Russian President Vladimir Putin acted to strengthen the military alliance he had set up with Iran and Turkey for working together in Syria - as a counterweight to President Donald Trump’s spectacular success in forging a Sunni Arab bloc during his four days in the Middle East. It was a tough call. He decided to impose a siege on ISIS-held Raqqa in the north to counterbalance US troops in the south, without provoking a clash.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis May 8, 2017
The Islamic State's strategists are confident they have found a convincing tactical answer to the assaults on their strongholds by using tunnel warfare and small mobile detachment armed with multiple car bombs..
DEBKAfile Special Report April 30, 2017
The US has sent a group of US Marines armed with eight-wheeled Stryker armored carriers to northern Syria as a buffer between Syrian Kurds and Turkish forces, after Turkish air strikes killed 20 members of the US-backed Kurdish YPG (People’s Protection Units) militia. Clashes broke out between Turkish and Kurdish forces after the air strikes.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 8, 2017
US engineering teams are working round the clock to build a big new air base in northern Syria after completing the expansion of another four. They are all situated in the Syrian borderland with Iraq, debkafile reports. The Trump administration is going full steam ahead on the massive project of pulling US air force units out of the Incirlik air base in southern Turkey and transferring them to the Syrian complex..
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 1, 2017
Except for one missing factor, the United States is in advanced preparations for the operation to oust the Islamic State from Raqqa, its Syrian stronghold, as Mission Mosul winds down in Iraq. Tuesday, March 28, a large convoy of trucks, with the KRG numbers plates of the semiautonomous Kurdish government of Iraq, crossed into Syria at the Semalka border post. But without the Turkish army, the operation is short of tanks.
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