DEBKAfile Special Report March 24, 2016
The Belgian government some weeks ago hired an Israeli security firm to inspect security arrangements at the Zaventem airport of Brussels. The experts, who were asked for advice on improvements, submitted initial recommendations for urgent upgrades. However those improvements had not been installed by Tuesday, March 22, when Islamist terrorists hit the airport.
DEBKAfile Special Report March 22, 2016
Brussels was hit by two major terrorist attacks Tuesday, March 22, which left at least 34 dead and 200 injured. Fourteen people were confirmed dead, 35 injured in two explosions before 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 22, inside the departure hall of Brussels airport, caused by a suicide bomber and originating at the American Airlines desk. Israelis among the casualties. Belgian media report that shots and shouts in Arabic were heard at the time of the blasts.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 21, 2016
The Islamic State’s illicit oil trade remains profitable like their other nefarious businesses. But their cash began to dry up after overspending on three months of costly foreign terrorist operations and heavy investments in developing hi-tech weapons and WMD.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 8, 2016
Initial interrogation of the five detained accomplices of Natash Melhem, the triple Tel Aviv murderer who died in a gunfight Friday, Jan 8, revealed that they were part of an Islamic State cell. The special police force which ran him to earth told him to surrender and shot him dead when he opened fire. Disabling rather than killing shots might have left a living source of information on what was clearly a meticulously planned terror attack by a gunman with a support team. So why did the Yamam marksmen choose to kill him instead of injuring him and taking him alive?
DEBKAfile Special Report January 5, 2016
The failure of a massive police-security forces manhunt to catch Nashat Melhem, five days after he murdered three people in Tel Aviv on Jan. 1 inspired a 20-year old Palestinian from the Jerusalem village of Issawiya to become the “second Melhem” – this time in Herzliya. He was quickly captured - but only after the Tel Aviv searchers were forced to detach a large team to hunt for the copycat terrorist in this upscale town before he struck. Police chief Rinnie Alsheikh broke his silence to report that the search had spread to outside Greater Tel Aviv.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis November 14, 2015
The geography of the six Paris locations targeted by terrorists Friday night points to precise advance planning in support of a primary target, namely, French President Francois Hollande, while at the same time sowing bloody havoc in the French capital, frightening tourists away and shaking the French governing system to the core. The outrage which took an estimated toll of 127 to 153 lives took place without warning from any French intelligence agency. Saturday, the French president accused ISIS of an act of war against his country.
DEBKAfile Special Report November 14, 2015
French police are preparing to place areas of Paris under curfew Friday night as the city comes under multiple terrorist attack with at least 158 dead, including 118 hostages executed. French President Francois Hollande said that in view of the unprecedented assault, he has ordered French borders closed and the army mobilized. Three locations were initially targeted but there may be twice as many.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 5, 2015
A Russian-made Buk missile could have reached a high-flying airliner and could have been made available to ISIS-Sinai from its partner Ansar Al-Sharia, its fraternal ally in Libya.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 5, 2015
ISIS targeted and struck two foes, Russia and Egypt, with a single Russian-made missile. Neither wants to admit this. The Islamists fearing retribution went to ground after shooting down the Russian airliner, but there was none.
DEBKAfile Special Report November 5, 2015
The British Cobra (emergency cabinet) decision of Wednesday, Nov. 4, not to send airliners to or from Sharm El-Sheikh, where 20,000 British tourists are stranded, further strengthens the assumption that the Russian Metrojet Flight 9268 was downed over Sinai Saturday by a terrorist missile. So far, the drawn-out deliberations and prevarications by officials in several countries regarding the crash of the Russian plane are meant for one purpose: to gain time for doing nothing about ISIS in Sinai.
Train gunman: French intelligence fails again to distinguish between informer and Islamist terrorist
DEBKAfile Special Report August 22, 2015
The Moroccan gunman, Ayoub Qahzzani, 26, who injured three passengers on the Amsterdam-Paris fast train Friday, Aug. 21, before he was subdued, was one more Muslim extremist known to French intelligence who was nonetheless able to commit an act of terror. debkafile: This selfsame scenario has been repeated time and again in three years since the Toulouse Jewish school outrage. The bravery of two US servicemen and other passengers averted a massacre on the packed Thalys train.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2015
The Crown Prince leads the war on domestic terror, while his deputy heads the war on Yemen. But the latter is also the king’s son and the Yemen war may be easier to crack than the pervasive attraction of young Saudi men to the radical lure of ISIS.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 2, 2015
Investigations of the ISIS attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait already show that each assailant had accomplices, as terrorist networks and sleeper cells come to light. Calling them lone wolf operations obstructs counter-terror probes and operations.
DEBKAfile Special Report December 16, 2014
The 17-hour cycle of Australia’s first major Islamist terrorist experience at home, which began early Monday, Dec. 16, with a hostage siege at the Lindt chocolate café in Sydney’s bustling central business district, will have afforded Australia’s counter-terror services more operational lessons than any studies of past incidents or attacks in far-off places. It could have been shortened had the stream of smart phone and social network messages from the hostages been put to efficient use, or if the Australian commandos had executed their raid sooner and differently.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 29, 2014
Rumors grow that Israeli couple killed in Brussels Jewish museum attack were targeted for their alleged intelligence work, and that their death may be connected to another assassination in Israel.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 15, 2014
Obama attempts to reverse the political tide by signing directive to assassinate Libyan commander of attack on Benghazi complex and prevent smart bomb attack.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 21, 2014
Obama’s refusal to provide Iraq and Egypt with sophisticated arms for fighting terror has resulted in al Qaeda- Iraq swarming unrestrained across 11 Middle East countries.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 13, 2014
The dominant theory among western intelligence agencies to account for the Malaysian aircraft’s disappearance is a Uighur terrorist attack, using lax security at Kuala Lumpur airport.
DEBKAfile Special Report March 9, 2014
Dozens of international intelligence and counter-terrorism agencies worldwide are seeking the identifies of two passengers with stolen passports aboard the Malaysian airliner which vanished Saturday, March 8, without a trace, with 239 people aboard. Interpol sharply reprimanded Kuala Lumpur security for failing to check its lists of stolen and lost passports against passengers’ documents. The FBI has found no signs of an explosion in the vicinity of the lost airliner. The cause of the crash remains baffling.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis February 17, 2014
The bus carrying South Korean tourists from Egypt to Israel was rigged as a time bomb for Eilat, debkafile reveals. It blew up prematurely in Egyptian Sinai, killing three South Korean tourists and the Egyptian driver, and injuring fourteen, Sunday, Feb. 16 - shortly before the bus crossed into Israel. An explosion in downtown Eilat would have afforded the al Qaeda-linked Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis its first multi-casualty terrorist hit inside an Israeli town. Serious lapses were exposed in Egyptian security. North Korea voiced shock and outrage over the terrorist attack.