DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 16, 2010
The Syrian ruler Bashar Assad is afraid to strengthen his own armed forces lest they overthrow his regime in a coup d'etat. He is therefore building Hizballah up into a modern army as the shield for Damascus and his regime.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 14, 2010
Syria has not actually handed Scud missiles, A or SS-1B, to the Hizballah in Lebanon - only positioned them on the border ready for transit - and taught two Hizballah brigades how to use them, debkafile's military sources report, refuting the flurry of press reports that these ground missiles are already in Lebanon.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 17, 2010
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 12, 2010
Hizballah ran to Tehran for a bailout after its funding sources were hit by three disasters: Imad Mughniyeh's fund-raising contacts dried up with his death, the organization fell victim to a pyramid fraud and its overseas financial agents died in the Ethiopian Airline crash near Beirut.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 3, 2010
Syria has defied
DEBKAfile Special Report February 27, 2010
Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak warned that Hizballah and its 45,000 rockets - including "some which many sovereign countries do not have" - are directed by Iranian and Syrian civilian and military officials already present in
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 23, 2010
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's talks with Syrian president Bashar Assad in
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2010
debkafile Iranian and military sources report the new war threats from
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 22, 2010
Iranian Guards train 5,000 Hizballah fighters to capture and hold five Israeli towns and regions ifs nuclear sites are attacked - or some other pretext. Syria would be involved.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 22, 2010
If attacked, Iran will send thousands of Hizballah raiders across the border to capture and hold five sectors of northern Israel. They will be supported by missile barrages on Israeli military facilities and backed up by Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 18, 2009
A big explosion hit Hizballah's main command HQ in South Lebanon, near Tayr Felsay east of the port town of Tyre, at 0800 Monday night, Oct 12, debkafile's military sources report. Senior Lebanese sources said there were at least 8 people killed or injured in the blast. The command center was located in the residential compound of senior Hizballah operative Saeed Nasser.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 8, 2009
The Kuwaiti daily Al-Siyassa reported Thursday, Sept. 3, that chemical weapons were stored in the hidden Hizballah arms warehouse which blew up at Hirbet Salim near the Israeli border in mid-July. Of the 11 Hizballah operatives killed in the blast, 3 died of chemical poisoning.
A European source quoted an Arab official as predicting that Hizballah is gearing up "for something big."
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 2, 2009
Rauy Sultani, 23, from the Israeli Triangle town of Tirah was brought to trial before the Petach Tikva district court Monday, Aug. 31, accused of being recruited by the Lebanese Hizballah to spy on the Israeli chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi. Sultani is accused of grave offenses against state security, passing information to the enemy and contact with a foreign agent.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 17, 2009
Israel, Lebanon and Iran have been trading charges of responsibility for the rising military tensions on the Lebanese-Israeli border in the past week. debkafile's military sources disclose that the Lebanese Shiite Hizballah is preparing for the intake of self-propelled anti-air SAM-8 missiles and an upgraded version of the Iranian ground-ground Fateh-110 missile, which can reach Tel Aviv.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 24, 2009
debkafile's military sources report that the IDF and northern command are urgently investigating how a large group of Hizballah terrorists and Lebanese villagers managed to rush the new border fence and hoist Lebanese and Hizballah flags at an unmanned Israeli lookout post at the foot of the Kfar Shaba Farms Hills. The incident occurred Friday, July 17. Later Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah said his movement would join the Lebanese government only if it accepted its anti-Israel platform.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 21, 2009
The mysterious explosion at the Hirbet Salim village in South Lebanon occurred, debkafile's military sources report, at one of the 35 large weapons dumps the Hizballah has built illegally 20 kilometers from the Israel border.
In the event of war with Israel, these arsenals can arm some 7,500 Hizballah militiamen living in hiding among the Lebanese border villagers.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 2, 2009
From early 2006, Egyptian and Western security services and Israeli intelligence have been aware of Hizballah's smuggling operations for Hamas on behalf of Tehran and Iran's covert networks in Sinai and the Suez Canal cities of Port Said, Suez and Ismailia.
But last Wednesday, April 8, Cairo disclosed that Egyptian security forces had arrested 49 men, 41 Egyptians, seven Israeli Arabs, and one Lebanese citizen on charges of supporting Hamas and Hizballah. Iran was not mentioned. The arrests had begun last November and were continuing.
The disclosure sparked a slanging match between Cairo and Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah. Yet neither touched the real bone of contention.
It suited neither party to admit that the gang Cairo exposed led to a major undercover Iranian network operating in Egypt for three years.
In the event of an American or Israeli military strike against its nuclear facilities, Tehran would have resources in place for retaliating against Saudi and Western traffic passing through the Suez Canal, the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the waters off the Horn of Africa.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 20, 2009
Hizballah's secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah declared Monday, Feb. 16 that his terrorist organization is fully entitled to arm itself with every kind of weapon "including anti-air missiles in its struggle against Israel."
Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak said earlier this month that such weapons "would change the strategic balance and force Israel to act."
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 12, 2009
Israel's government changeover catches its armed forces on high war alert on two fronts - its southern border with the Gaza Strip and its northern borders with Lebanon and Syria, DEBKA-Net-Weekly reported Feb. 6. Iran is deeply involved in both. The northern borders may be the more flammable, our military sources report, after Israel warned Damascus, through US, Egyptian and Turkish channels, that its delivery of scores of mobile anti-air missile systems to Hizballah in Lebanon would cross a red line.
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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 8, 2009
debkafile's counter-terror sources report that last week the Lebanese Hizballah put together a large number of terrorist teams and deployed them in six countries for attacks on Israeli targets. This intelligence prompted the counter-terror bureau in Jerusalem to publish Sunday, Feb. 1, an exceptionally high alert for traveling Israelis to be on the lookout for terrorist attacks including abductions. Security is also high in Israel and at embassies and Jewish institutions worldwide.