DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 2, 2016
Saturday night Jan. 2, Israeli police and security services knew everything about the terrorist-gunman who Friday sprayed automatic bullets on passersby on Tel Aviv’s favorite recreation street, killing two people and injuring eight – except where to find him. He was identified as Nashat Melhem, 29, from the Israeli Arab village of Ar’arah in the eastern Wadi Ara district. The gag order for the investigation was extended to the evidently related murder of a tax driver near the Tel Aviv beach to hide his getaway route..
DEBKAfile Special Report January 1, 2016
Police spokesman admitted Friday night that their investigation was still wide open. debkafile: Aside from the Koran clue, there are two pointers: ISIS Thursday posted a Twitter message in fractured Hebrew warning “Tomorrow there will be an attack on Dizengoff St,” and at the Palestinian Ain Hilwa refugee camp in Lebanon, the attack had its first response in celebratory gunfire and jubilation. Jihadist organizations linked to the Islamic State have taken over much of the camp. An Israeli Arab has meanwhile identified his son as the shooter.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 12, 2015
After deposing two president, Egypt’s military junta has no problem in ousting a third. The generals are watching El-Sisi closely since terrorists were able to down the Russian airliner over Sinai and his failure to drum up international support for his campaign against ISIS.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 20, 2015
Tehran has opened talks with Syrian rebels, radical Palestinians, Druze and other extremists for launching two new terror fronts against Israel from the Golan and the West Bank.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 16, 2015
King Abdullah has deployed almost half of his army for the defense of Jordan’s borders against threats coming in from Tehran and Hizballah accompanied by subversion and incitement to destabilize the throne.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 18, 2015
The Americans have stopped referring to King Salman’s “dementia” and now praise his industry, competence and initiative, predicting he will stay on the throne for six-to-eight years.
DEBKAfile Special Report June 10, 2015
The United States this week began transferring to Iraq and Gulf bases elite units of the 82nd Airborne Division. debkafile: The first batch of 500 officers and men will be deployed in Baghdad and the Kurdish republic’s capital of Irbil, followed by another 500 in July and 250 in December. Operating out of Anbar, elite US troops will step up raids on ISIS commanders, bases and moving columns, modeling them on the successful DELTA operation of May 16. Tehran is on terror alert following intelligence of ISIS bombers heading to attack Iranian cities.
DEBKAfile Special Report May 5, 2015
The two gunmen who Sunday, May 3, tried - and failed - to shoot up an exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, northeast of Dallas, sounded a wakeup call for US counter-terrorism agencies. Both homegrown Islamists were shot dead. The incident betrayed the “human intelligence” weakness of US and Western agencies – a shortage of undercover agents to mingle in communities which may produce terrorists.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 1, 2015
The Syrian and Hizballah military delegations visiting Tehran this week achieved their purpose: debkafile reports that in three days of talks, up until April 30, Syrian Defense Minister Gen. Fahad Jassim al-Freij procured from his Iranian counterpart Hussein Dehghan, approval for a stepped-up terror campaign against Israeli forces and civilians on the Golan, to be executed by terrorist surrogates. Iran pledged its support for this campaign. It is to be launched from a new “open area” in South Syria where terrorist militias willing to attack Israel will be given free rein.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 30, 2015
Fear of ISIS drove the hitherto neutral Syrian Druzes into seeking support from Assad. He turned them over to the Revolutionary Guards and Hizballah who recruited them as Hizballah fighters and terrorists against Israel.
DEBKAfile Special Report February 15, 2015
Two shooting attacks within 10 hours of each other left two civilians dead and five Danish police officers injured at a meeting on freedom of speech and a synagogue in Copenhagen before and after midnight Saturday, Feb. 14. Early Sunday, police kiled a man at the nearby Norrebro railway station when he opened fire. They seek to establish whether he was one of the shooters and if indeed the two attacks were connected. People were warned Sunday to stay off the streets as armed terrorists were at large.
Oil markets seek stability under new Saudi King Salman. A short price spurt followed Abdullah’s death
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 23, 2015
The new Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz pledged continuity for the kingdom’s oil and other policies in his first speech Friday, Jan. 23, following the death of his half-brother King Abdullah. The late king, a strong, shrewd and measured ruler, navigated the kingdom on a steady course in a turbulent neighborhood. He also made sure the succession would be smooth, swift and safe for the long term. Abdullah was also largely responsible for plunging oil prices by refusing to cut production. King Salman will have to stand up to heavy arm-twisting bythe US, Iran and Russia for ending this policy.
DEBKAfile Special Report January 15, 2015
Belgian security and special operations units raided 10 apartments in the eastern town of Verviers and Brussels Thursday, Jan. 15, in search of native jihadis back from Syria who had formed cells to carry out what federal prosecutors called terrorist attacks “on a grand scale,” similar to the terrorist violence that swept Paris last week. In Verviers, two ISIS-linked jihadis were killed and one arrested after they opened fire on the forces. Explosions and gunshots were heard from the clash. One police source said: “We have averted a Belgian Charlie Hebdo.”
Kouachi brothers die in suicidal attack on French siege force. Four hostages killed in Jewish Paris mini-market
DEBKAfile Special Report January 9, 2015
Four hostages held by Islamist gunmen at a Jewish grocery store in Paris were reported dead Friday, Jan. 9 by French police, shortly after a rescue operation that killed the gunman, Amedy Coulibaly, who earlier shot dead a policewoman. Other captives were set free. Minutes before, Said and Cherif Kouachi died in a shooting attack on the police siege force at a factory near Dammartin-en-Goelle, 40 km northeast of Paris. The two Charlie Hebdo killers were holed up there threatening to “die as martyrs” with their hostage before going on the offensive.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 24, 2014
Hamas has shown itself to be a well-trained and disciplined army in the past few weeks, but despite its rockets, snipers and infiltrators it has not yet managed any major successes.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 4, 2014
Islamist entities not governed by international law are redrawing the map of the Middle East, swiftly gaining territory and oil.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 5, 2014
The US attempted to forge a new bloc of Turkey, Qatar, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood to counterbalance Iranian power, but Morsi’s ouster as Egyptian president put an end to the short-lived alliance.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 19, 2014
That Israel has no answer for attacks from Syrian territory was apparent from its response to the bombing Tuesday, March 18 of the Golan Post 104, which injured four paratroopers – one seriously - the fourth such attack this month. Artillery and rockets were directed at a Syrian army post near Quneitra followed by air strikes. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon held the Assad regime responsible.debkafile: Holding a sovereign state responsible for terrorist action from its soil never worked in Gaza and will only lead to a war of attrition in the north.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 14, 2014
The Lebanese Shiite Hizballah, itself a listed terrorist group, was forced Thursday, Feb. 13 to cancel its most solemn annual event in memory of fabled “special security chief” Imad Mughniyeh for fear of terrorist attack. Hassan Nasrallah traditionally addresses these events. debkafile’s counter-terror sources report that al Qaeda and Sunni extremists have since last July carried out 10 suicide bombings, claiming scores of lives in Beirut and across Lebanon. Security is doubled up for Nasrallah and other top operatives on a tip that they are gunning for them in person.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis February 1, 2014
Eilat come under missile attack from Sinai every few days, like Gaza’s Israeli neighbors - harmlessly thus far. But the Red Sea tourist resort is paying for Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yaalon’s short-sighted policy of security and intelligence cooperation with Egypt’s Gen. Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi. Direct action against Gaza and Sinai terror has passed into Egyptian hands. This gap in Israel’s security has been seized on by the Islamist Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis terrorists to take the country hostage against El-Sisi’s counter-terror offensive.