DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 23, 2016
In scores of air raids launched early Friday, Sept. 23, Syrian and Russian bombers pulverized Syrian rebel strongholds in eastern Aleppo, while, on the ground, Syrian military, Hizballah and pro-Iranian Shiite militia forces hammered those targets in one of the most destructive onslaughts yet seen in the nearly six-year Syrian civil war. Cries of “annihilation!” came from rebel commanders.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 22, 2016
Obama orders a secret probe in Washington to discover who it was.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 17, 2016
The Pentagon and US army are not following the orders of their Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama in the execution of the military cooperation accord in Syria concluded by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva on Sept. 12. Five days after the truce they agreed would go into effect Monday, fighting was still raging Saturday, Sept. 17.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 14, 2016
The shells spilling over to Israeli Golan came from Syrian rebels – not Syrian army artillery. debkafile: The battle was initiated by the rebel Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra) to open up a link between its separates forces south and north of Quneitra.
DEBKAfile Special Report August 8, 2016
The battle for Aleppo was locked in a draw Monday, Aug. 8 - contrary to the claims of Syrian rebel forces to have broken through the weeks-long government siege on the city and seized key positions from Assad’s army and its allies, Hizballah and pro-Iranian Shiite militias.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 13, 2016
Israeli military bulldozers backed by tanks have crossed into the demilitarized zone dividing the Israeli and Syrian Golan borders. They are building a line of fortifications and anti-tank trenches 300-500 meters inside the DMZ
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 7, 2016
The US, Russia and the Syrian rebels started discussions this weekend over the composition of a list of Syrian generals who will be removed over war crimes they committed during the country’s civil war, debkafile’s military and intelligence sources report exclusively. :
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 24, 2015
Russian reconnaissance teams are going around the battle fronts and Iranian, Hizballa, Syrian army command centers in Syria to plot the coming warfronts. They are meanwhile cashing in on delays in US arms supplies to the Kurds to poach on American Kurdish terrain.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 24, 2015
The launching Thursday, Sept. 24, of joint offensive operations by Russian marines and Hizballah special forces on the ISIS-held Kweiris air base – revealed here by debkafile - runs counter to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s assurances to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu just three days earlier that Russian marines in Syria would not fight with Hizballah. This new development places the Syrian war on an unprecedented and dangerous path for the United States and Israel.
DEBKAfile Special Report July 29, 2015
As the US and Turkey got started on a new air campaign against the Islamic State in Syria, the jhadis pulled off their most devastating attack yet on the Syrian army’s biggest arsenal. They subjected the giant Al-Safira military complex north of Aleppo to a steady blitz of an estimated 50 Grad missiles from Monday night to Tuesday, July 28. debkafile’s military sources report that Facility No.790, a large depot of the Syrian army’s strategic weapons, including chemicals, was set on fire and flattened. Many Iranian technical personnel were also working there.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis July 27, 2015
Syrian President Bashar Assad, in his first public speech in a year, Sunday, July 26, could afford to admit to loss of territory, after being handed Iran’s new rehabilitation plan for his army, debkafile reveals. Divisions and brigades are rebuilt into three armored commando super-divisions, one each for the northern, southern and Damascus fronts. The 4th Division would still defend Damascus. The 14th Division of Special Forces gets fresh officers under Iranian commanders. The US-Tehran nuclear accord effectively brings an Iranian military presence ever closer to the borders of Israel and Jordan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 28, 2015
Assad has pulled his army back on four fronts and relies on a foreign Shiite legion to defend his regime against swelling rebel and ISIS forces.
DEBKAfile Special Report April 27, 2015
According to Arab media, Israeli executed its third strike against Syrian and Hizballah targets on the Qalamoun Mts. Sunday night, April 26 - shortly after Hizballah tried to plant an explosive device near an Israeli Golan military post. Anonymous Israeli sources improbably attributed the air strike to the Syrian opposition. debkafile: Israel was more likely warning Tehran, Damascus and Hizballah that it would meet terror and the arming of Hizballah with sophisticated weapons by smashing their long-range missile depots on the mountain – even at the risk of a showdown with Iran.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 18, 2015
Scores of Iranian and Hizballah fighters and a Syrian general were killed by “friendly fire” from the Syrian army’s 9th Division’s artillery and missiles Wednesday, Feb. 18, debkafile report. The incident, during their push from S. Syria to the Golan is attributed to faulty coordination among the assorted forces in the drive for Quneitra, where Tehran plans to establish a major military outpost and forward command center up against Israel’s Golan deployment. This is the first instance of Syria’s Bashar Assad agreeing to pass a warfront to Iranian command.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2015
A large Syrian force - combined with thousands of Shiite and Hizballah fighters - Sunday, Feb. 8 launched its broadest southern offensive in the four-year conflict, heralding Act III of the Iranian-Hizballah drive for a foothold on Israel’s Golan border, debkafile reports. By Wednesday, Feb. 11, “Operation Ali Allah Dadi for Quneitra Martyrs,” had reached to within 5-6 km south and east of Quneitra, ready for a final assault on the Syrian Golan town. Israel’s failure to curtail their advance would let Iran take up a forward position on its doorstep.
Israel struck nine Syrian targets in response to boy’s death, and as a boost for the rebel bid for Quneitra
DEBKAfile Special Report June 23, 2014
Israel carried out nine strikes against Syrian military targets after midnight Monday, June 23, in retaliation for a Kornet rocket attack which killed an Israeli boy, and injured two others a few hours earlier. They were conducted by air and by Spike NLOS anti-tank missiles (Tamuz), against the Syrian 90th Brigade command center in Quneitra and three battalions. The IDF Spokesman said this was in response for ongoing cross-border aggression. debkafile: It was also an opportunity to help Syrian rebels break their standoff with Syria forces in the battle for Quneitra.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 29, 2014
Iran pulling together Shiite army of Afghan refugees to aid Assad’s depleted forces, as the US begins training Syrian rebels.
DEBKAfile Special Report April 21, 2014
On April 11, Syrian planes dropped Chinese-manufactured chlorine gas canisters rigged with explosive detonators on Kafr Zita near Hama. Since then, British and French intelligence sources report at least four such attacks against the northern towns of Idlib and Homs and the Harasta and Jobar districts outside Damascus. Assad is dropping these crippling gas bombs at the rate of one every three days, mocking the 2013 Kerry-Lavrov chemical disarmament pact. debkafile: Iran is buying Chinese chlorine in industrial quantities off the Internet from a Hangzhou-based firm.