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 14, 2016
Intelligence sources in Syria and Lebanon said Friday that Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah strongly suspects that US and Russian special forces assassinated Mustafa Bader Al-din, the commander of Hizballah forces in Syria, in a joint operation-despite the public allegation against amorphous rebels.
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 May 5, 2016
The Russians also consented to negotiations on the future of senior Syrian military commanders.
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 Exclusive Report April 21, 2016
This is a joint venture by UAE, Jordan and Israel.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 13, 2016
The speculation that terrorist organizations in Syria, and apparently in Iraq, possess advanced shoulder-fired antiaircraft missiles capable of overcoming defenses of Russian aircraft became reality when one of Russia’s Mi-28H attack helicopters was shot down in Syria on April 11. The aircraft is equipped with the most advanced defensive system of its kind, the President-S, which is resistant to active and passive jamming. The details:
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 6, 2016
ISIS forces in southern Syria overran several Jordanian border crossings south of the Yarmouk River on Tuesday, April 5. This disastrous turn of events is illustrated by an exclusive picture obtained by debkafile of an ISIS fighter unfurling the organization’s flag at one of the crossings which sports a Jordanian flag. Jordanian officers have organized rebel groups at a new joint war room in Daraa, S. Syria, and launched their first attack on ISIS, which hit back with suicide bombers.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 31, 2016
After losing Palmyra, ISIS took everyone by unawares by heading south. US, Israel and Jordan are arming Syrian rebels in the south with heavy weapons to reinforce their effort to keep the jihadis back from the Israeli and Jordanian borders.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 24, 2016
Putin is punishing Assad for obstructing a Syrian political solution in Geneva by holding back air support from his army’s operations until he toes the line.
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 February 11, 2016
Russian forces are in the middle of a major operation to seize Aleppo, imposing truces in central Syria and pummeling rebel forces in the south, in support of Syrian army, Hizballah and pro-iranian forces.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2016
Ali Akbar Velayati, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s foreign affairs advisor, spent three days in Moscow Feb. 1-4 haranguing Russian leaders - not just on their handling of the Syrian war, but also the fate of President Bashar Assad. In his two conversations with President Vladimir Putin, Velayati demanded more inclusive Russian attacks on Syrian rebels. Putin shot back that Iran should send its own troops into the fray – not just generals. debkafile: Iran’s Guards don’t have troops available, and so the Iranian official left Moscow on a sore note.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2016
The controversy in top Israel military and defense circles centers on the advantages and dangers of Russia’s military intervention in Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 28, 2016
The Russians and Americans are pouring air and ground troops into Syria to underpin their strategy for ending the Syrian war.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 10, 2015
The US and Moscow set out on a new road for a political solution of the Syrian conflict and ran into their first obstacle.
DEBKAfile Special Report November 27, 2015
Russia launched electronic warfare against Turkey Friday, Nov. 27 - two days after its bombers began smashing every Turkish vehicle present in Syria and destroying their main border crossing. Their bitter verbal and military showdown spiraled to the point of Tayyip Erdogan warning Vladimir Putin “not to play with fire.” Putin refused to meet the Turkish president at the Paris climate conference until he apologizes for the downing of the Russian jet this week. The state of war between them is very real though undeclared.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 26, 2015
Putin has determined to use the Su-24 attack as a golden opportunity to achieve his goals of pushing Turkey out of Syria, cutting off the connections between the two countries and severing Syrian rebels supply routes from Turkey, exposing them inadequately armed to attack.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 22, 2015
Someone is tipping off Syrian rebels on the whereabouts of Iranian officers targeted for assassination. Eighteen IRGC officers have been murdered, five just in October.