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Big Powers Share out Their Military Lead-Roles: US in Libya – Russia in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 28, 2016

America and Russia have shared out their military roles in two hotspots – the US leads a new coalition for defeating ISIS in Libya, Russia is taking charge of leading the Syrian army to victory and vanquishing the rebel movement.

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Nimr Execution as Rallying-Point for King Salman and His Son’s War Policies
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 14, 2016

The Saudis put the Shiite cleric to death as a deliberate anti-Iran action to break up the US-Shiite bond and unify the warring princely factions engaged in power struggles behind the policies of the king and his son.

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Ramadi’s “Conquest” Leaves Little to Celebrate. ISIS Is Still Around
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 31, 2015

Deep cracks emerged in the allied front that pulled off the partially successful Ramadi operation. Most forces stayed out of the fighting, Americans shut Shiite militias out of the city center, and the US-trained Sunni militias had their own agenda.

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The Dangerous Slide into a Five-Sided Proxy War in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 5, 2015

The contest between America and Russia has begun, joined by three other combatants.

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US Forces Elbowed out of Iraqi Positions by Russian-led “Security Quartet”
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 29, 2015

The new “Security Quartet” set up by Russia with Iran, Iraq and Syria, operates out of Baghdad and effectively runs the show in Syria and Iraq, and starting to push the Americans out.

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Syrian Kurds’ Wants Autonomy Guaranteed for Helping to Vanquish ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 15, 2015

The Syrian Kurds are playing hardball with Russia and the US, demanding heavy weapons and guarantee of autonomy as the price for helping either of them to beat ISIS.

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Moscow Determined to Remove Rebel Threat from Highway No. 5 to Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 1, 2015

The list of the Russian air campaign’s first targets in Syria is weighted heavily in favor of strikes in support of stabilizing the Assad regime.

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Air Collisions Are Unavoidable in Overcrowded Syrian Airspace
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 1, 2015

Russia evades coordination with the US and Israel for its operations in Syria, spelling chaos in the overcrowded Syrian sky.

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Russian Officers Liaise with Iranian Command, Poach on US-Backed Kurdish Groups
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.

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Hundreds of Russian Marines Land on Syria’s Latakia Coast
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 10, 2015

Russia has plunged full tilt into direct combat in the Syrian conflict with the landing of hundreds of Russian marines on the coast of Latakia – all accompanied with heavy weaponry, including missiles and drones. Two of the units are fresh from combat in Ukraine alongside pro-Russian separatists.

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Stabilize Assad, Assert Control of Aleppo, Fight ISIS, Destroy Chechens
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 10, 2015

The Russian force’s missions are to stabilize the Assad regime by bolstering his flagging military on all warfronts in collaboration with Iran, while attacking all rebel forces, especially those with Chechen fighters.

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High-Tech Israeli Drones See into Cores of Clandestine Iranian Nuclear Facilities
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 10, 2015

Israel drones have been upgraded with Japanese technology to see into the cores of nuclear plants and collect samples. The data and radioactive dust found in undeclared Iranian nuclear plants have been handed to the US and the nuclear watchdog.

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The New “Hashemite Army” Is Poised for Battle with ISIS – Next in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 3, 2015

Jordan’s Abdullah has built a new 70,000-strong Hashemite Army with US arms and Saudi funding. It is now poised for battle in eastern Syria to take on ISIS at Deir Ez-Zur.

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Iran’s Gen. Soleimani Lays His Battlefield Failures at Washington’s Door
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 3, 2015

Iranian Gen. Soleimani’s makeshift forces are taking a beating on all fronts – Syria, Iraq and Yemen – outsmarted and outgunned by ISIS. To cover up his failures he has unleashed a vicious attack on Washington.

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Russian airborne troops for Syria
Russia gearing up to be first world power to insert ground forces into Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 1, 2015

All of the steps being taken by Russia to lay the groundwork for the intervention of its ground forces in the Syrian civil war are being carried out in coordination with the US and Iran. As their coordination tightens, so are the preparations for the first direct big-power military intervention in the Syrian war picking up speed. Those preparations were further accelerated by the ISIS advance on Aug. 31 closer to central Damascus than any anti-Assad group has ever achieved. Moscow is not ready to allow Bashar Assad’s rule to be endangered.
 

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The US-MFO Exit from Sinai will Expose a Widening Circle of Mid East Waterways
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 27, 2015

Washington prepares to pull its troops out of the MFO Sinai force to escape Islamist threats, but also Tiran island which will leave vital sea passages unguarded and open to being seized by ISIS.

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Israeli Heron drone sold to Jordan
Israel’s first ever arms deal with an Arab country – drones for Jordan to fight ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 15, 2015

In its first arms sale to an Arab country, revealed here by debkafile, Israel has sold Jordan 12 advanced unmanned aerial vehicles of the Heron TP and Skylark types. They are urgently needed by the Jordanian Royal Air Force to beef up its cross-border counter-terrorism campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Like other joint US-Israeli-Jordanian operations ongoing against the Islamic State, the Herons and Skylarks are almost certainly being operated by officers at the US Central Command Forward-Jordan war room north of Amman. Israel earlier donated 16 Cobras to Jordan’s air force. 

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ISIS and Hamas Play Ball in Sinai Facing No Resistance
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2015

ISIS-Sinai disclosed its first beheading atrocity of a western hostage the day after Washington announced the disbanding of the Multinational Force and Observers after serving in Sinai for decades.

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Obama Won’t – or Can’t – Fight the Chinese Cyber Invasion of US Computers
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 6, 2015

Washington is hamstrung from retaliating for Chinese cyber aggression against US computer systems by a) not having a smoking gun, and b) lack of viable options.

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Khamenei Shuts US Firms out of Iran’s Post-Sanctions Economy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 30, 2015

Khamenei, before ratifying the nuclear deal, shuts Iran’s doors to business with US firms, hands out gas concessions to Italy and France, oil and nuclear industry to Russia, refineries to China.

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