DEBKAfile Special Report May 21, 2017
Military tensions on Syria’s borders with Iraq, Jordan and Syria jumped another notch Monday, May 21, on Day 2 of Donald Trump’s foreign trip, with the arrival of the first Russian ground troops in southern Syria. The included paratroops and Spetsnaz fighters, who took up position opposite US and coalition elite units holding a key crossing on the Syrian-Iraqi border.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 20, 2017
The Syrian-pro-Iranian-Hizballah force in southern Syria renewed its advance on the Iraqi border on Saturday, May 20, two days after sustaining heavy casualties from a US air strike on its convoys. Syrian military sources report the capture Saturday of the Suweida region and another 60 square kilometers, moving closer to the strategic Al-Tanf crossing at the Syrian border intersection with Iraq and Jordan, which is held by US and other special operations units.
Trump Launches 8-Nation Operation to Block Iran’s Takeover of Syrian-Iraqi Border. ISIS Left for Later
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 18, 2017
More than 3,000 elite troops are deployed for Trump’s first military initiative to block Iran.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 18, 2017
The Iranian-Syrian offensive was timed to disrupt Donald Trump’s Mid East Trip.
DEBKAfile Special Report May 17, 2017
Israeli security chiefs were gravely concerned Wednesday, May 17, when they learned that a high-ranking Iraqi military delegation had arrived in Damascus for a discussion on the situation unfolding on the Syrian-Iraqi border.
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 Exclusive Report March 25, 2017
Kurdish and Arab fighters dropped by American helicopters quickly captured five villages west of the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa - the opening shot of the US-led Raqqa campaign, debkafile: Escaping ISIS fighters from Mosul and Raqqa are meanwhile heading for the first time to Lebanon.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 10, 2016
Towards week’s end, the Iraqi army’s advance slowed without entering the city.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 24, 2016
The involvement of Turkish special operations, armored and artillery forces in support of the Kurdish Peshmerga battle to drive ISIS out of Bashiqa, 12 south of Mosul, marks a pivotal moment in the US-led coalition’s anti-ISIS offensive to free Iraq’s second city. The entire Mosul operation hangs in the balance. Instead of fighting ISIS, the coalition’s partners are squaring off to fight each other.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 20, 2016
The US has no levers for imposing its will on wayward Kurdish and Shiite militias.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis October 19, 2016
Less than a day after its launch, the big Mosul offensive prepared for more than a year by the US, the Iraqi army, Kurdish forces and others, ground to a halt Tuesday Oct. 17, although none of the parties admitted as much. Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi said his troops were busy opening up corridors for some million civilians to escape, while US sources suggested that the Islamic State would use primitive chemical weapons against the advancing Iraqi and Kurdish forces.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 8, 2016
Obama hopes to complete the Mosul offensive before the end of December and incorporate this victory in his legacy. The Syrian town of Aleppo can go by the board. He leaves it to putin to recover for Assad.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 29, 2016
The early US-ISIS confrontation ahead of the Mosul offensive focuses on chemical warfare.
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 15, 2016
He pins his legacy on rooting ISIS out of Raqqa and Mosul before exiting the White House.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 7, 2016
He is aiming for berths for Russian bombers alongside US planes in Turkey, Iraq, Israel.
DEBKAfile Special Report July 6, 2016
Moscow has decided to send additional advanced aircraft, including K-52 helicopter gunships, to Syria “in order to strengthen the Russian military grouping that takes part in anti-terrorist operations."
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 3, 2016
The Islamic State struck the West again on June 1, when it activated a local Bangladeshi cell for a murderous, hostage-taking attack on a Dakha restaurant to target a large contingent of Italian businessmen.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 1, 2016
A battle on June 29 between ISIS and a pro-American Syrian rebel force near the Syria-Iraq border will go down as one of the most striking defeats ever suffered by an American-backed Syrian rebel force.
DEBKAfile Special Report June 7, 2016
Of all the possible places braced for ISIS terror attacks when Ramadan began, the first attack on the first day of the month-long fast was launched Monday, June 6, in Jordan. Five armed men, in two cars, attacked the Jordanian General Intelligence Command in the Baqaa Palestinian camp, near the capital Amman.