11 articles tagged "counterterrorism"
Russian Gen. Alexander Dvornikov and Putin
Russian anti-ISIS war from Syria to Caucasus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 12, 2016

In a supreme effort to prevent ISIS suicide units from reaching Russia from Syria, Sergei Shoigu, Russia's Defense Minister, has promoted the Russian commander in Syria, Colonel-General Alexander Dvornikov to an expanded command as head of the South Russia military district which covers the Black and Caspian Seas, Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Armenia as well as Syria..

Local Setbacks Slow US-Russian Momentum against ISIS in Iraq, Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 7, 2016

Moscow and Washington realize they can’t rely on Syrian or Iraqi troops to follow through in any major offensive against ISIS in Raqqa or Mosul and so they are moving forward in slow steps.

The West Launches a New Covert War on the Islamic State
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 3, 2016

The new covert war US and other Western powers have recently launched against ISIS has so far touched only its external fringes – not reached the Islamic State’s operational and intelligence core.

Marine hovercraft
US-Russian marines set up bridgehead in E. Libya for campaign against ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 23, 2016

President Barack Obama resolved earlier this month, much to the surprise of Washington insiders, to open a third anti-terror front in Libya to eradicate the Islamic Front’s tightening grip on the country. This top-secret decision was first revealed by DEBKA Weekly 692 on Jan. 1. For this campaign, he formed a new coalition with Russia and EU governments. This weekend, the first US, Russian, French and Italian Special Forces quietly landed at a point south of Tobruk, after 1,000 British SAS troops had prepared the ground.


Ahmed Hatib captured in Herzliya
Failure to capture Tel Aviv gunman inspires first copycat attempt
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.


Belgium elevates terror level
Europe rounds up 25 jihadi suspects. Crackdown hamstrung by lack of counterterrorism center
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 16, 2015

In the last two days, 25 jihadi suspects were rounded up and secret cells broken down in Belgium, France and Germany. But these counter-terror operations lifted only corners of the Islamist terrorist network of active cells spread across Europe by dedicated killers, armed to the teeth and expertly trained in Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan in the skills of mass murder. debkafile: notes that operational cooperation among Europe’s intelligence and security services is far too rare and a central continental anti-terror mechanism for shared strategy and intelligence sorely missing.

Belgian counter-terror unit cordons off Verviers street
Belgium cracks down on jihadi cells home from Syria to avert Paris-style terror
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.”


Hayat Boumedienne,Islamist terrorist
Was the French police hunt for Boumediene genuine or a rigged show?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 11, 2015

French intelligence failures over the Charlie Hebdo terror attack will not be gilded over. Contrary to a French police statement, Hayat Boumeddiene, wife of the terrorist Amedy Coulibaly who murdered four Jews in cold blood at the kosher supermarket. Friday, Jan. 9, was never in the store at all but had been able to skip from France to Syria a week earlier.


French police house-to-house search
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. 

Egyptian gunships on anti-terrorist raid in Sinai
Dozens of armed Salafist, Palestinian casualties in Egyptian copter strike in support of Gaza blockade
DEBKAfile Special Report September 3, 2013

Egyptian Air Force helicopter gun-ships surprised Salafist and Palestinian terrorists Tuesday, Sept. 3, with 13 rockets fired  into two gatherings at Al-Muataa and Touma, south of the town of Sheikh Zuweid near the northern Sinai border with the Gaza Strip. Egyptian security officials reported “dozens" killed and wounded. debkafile: Egyptian forces are carving out two security zones for blocking the transit of Hamas and Jihad Islami gunmen between Sinai and the Gaza Strip. The Apaches struck the Salafists and Palestinians rioting against this operation.

Chuck Hagel nominated US Defense Secretary
Ahead of Chuck Hagel, John Brennan nominations, US intel official in Cairo
DEBKAfile Special Report January 7, 2013

President Obama sent US Undersecretary for Defense Intelligence Michael Vickers to Cairo Sunday, Jan. 12 to try and revitalize the counter-terror war in Libya and Sinai. debkafile: Obama needs to show action on fighting terror before the murder of US Ambassador Christ Stevens in Benghazi by al Qaeda comes up in congress and hampers the endorsement of Chuck Hagel as defense secretary and John Brennan as Central Intelligence Director, who were nominated Monday.

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