396 articles tagged "ISIS"
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Barack Obama
US Failure to Stop ISIS in Iraq Will Boost Al Qaeda in Syria and Mid East
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 13, 2014

Obama will not commit to military action against Al Qaeda in Iraq, by the Americans or the international force that is ready in Jordan.

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Qassem Soleimani
Last Minute: Obama Mulls Weapons for Al-Maliki. Soleimani in Baghdad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 13, 2014

US army may reach Baghdad in time to be used by the Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani to thwart the ISIS advance.

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Al Qods chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani
Iranian military forces are fighting ISIS in Iraq. Gen. Soleimani is in Baghdad. Obama may send Iraq arms
DEBKAfile Special Report June 13, 2014

President Barack Obama is close to deciding on US military steps for thwarting Al-Qaeda whose march has halted 70 km short of Baghdad. He said Thursday, June 12: “We do have a stake in making sure that these jihadists are not getting a permanent foothold in either Iraq or Syria.” debkafile: Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki may finally get the US Apache helicopters and Hellfire rockets he has been appealing for, for months. Al Qods Brigades chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani arrived in Baghdad ahead of the Iranian troops now fighting in Iraq.

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Abu Bakr Al-Baghdad, ISIS chief
Al Qaeda forms up to march on Baghdad, gathering up Iraqi Sunni rebels. Maliki cries treason
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 11, 2014

Under its commander, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, Al Qaeda’s Islamic State in Iraq and Levant – ISIS - formed up Wednesday night, June 11, to march on Baghdad in two columns from Tikrit and Tuz Khormato, south of Kirkuk. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki ordered the last two divisions and six mechanized brigades still operational with 50,000 men, out of his million-strong army, to build a defensive line to save Baghdad. Disaffected Iraqi Sunnis are joining al Qaeda’s march in revolt against the Shiite-led government. Maliki accuses them of treason.

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Al Qaeda's relentless advance in Iraq
After Mosul, Al Qaeda seizes 38,000 sq. km of Iraqi territory, division-size armored vehicle fleet
DEBKAfile Special Report June 11, 2014

After occupying the northern Iraqi oil town of Mosul, Al Qaeda’s ISIS (Islamist State of Iraq and the Levant) went on to seize more slices of Nineveh province. By Wednesday, June 11, they were in control of around 38,000 sq. km. or one-tenth of Iraqi territory and 3.5 million inhabitants. They also took over the main Iraq-Syrian crossing at Yaaroubiyeh.  The Islamists rode out of Mosul Tuesday with 260 new armored vehicles of various types – enough to arm a full division – and put half a million refugees to flight.

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Al Qaeda Flummoxes Belated Western Efforts to Track Jihadis Entering and Exiting Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 22, 2014

The US begins setting up a database to track foreign Islamists’ movements in Syria and Iraq without Turkish cooperation, but Al Qaeda’s tactics make it a difficult task.

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Ayman Zuwahiri Strews Jihadis across Middle East for Fresh Assaults on US and West
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 27, 2014

Al Qaeda’s change of course was recorded by President Obama in his “nukes on the loose” war game. Ayman Zawahiri has changed course and is again instructing al Qaeda terrorists to go back to targeting big US cities.

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Saudis Warn US President Not to Expect Much from His Visit
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 27, 2014

Saudi Arabia is the only Mid East country to be offered US Predator UAVs. With some delicate coordination, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Egypt can combine forces to battle al Qaeda using drones.

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Washington’s Retreat Gives Al Qaeda Free Rein in 11 Targeted Countries
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.

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ISIS fighters under al Qaeda flag in Syrian war
Al Qaeda-Iraq infiltrates Golan as well as Sinai, plots twin attacks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 20, 2014

The presumption is gaining ground in Israel that the bombing attack on an Israeli Golan position Tuesday, March 18, injuring four paratroops, may not have been the work of Hizballah, but of al Qaeda’s Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant–ISIS, which is revealed now to have to have infiltrated the Syrian Golan. debkafile reports two more disturbing developments:  ISIS Sinai cells are plotting a big coordinated operation against Egypt and Israel; and Syrian military intelligence is arming and funding Iraqi al Qaeda – both to crush the Nusra front and hit Israel on the Golan. 

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The Maliki Government Lacks Arms, Money and Fighting Spirit to Stop Al Qaeda’s ISIS Advance
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 28, 2014

Maliki and his army lack the arms, money and fighting spirit to tackle the rampant jihadis.

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Barack Obama
The US Is again Fighting Al Qaeda in Iraq – This Time with Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 10, 2014

World leaders are finding US foreign policy confusing, especially its partnership with Iran in Iran, which has run into Assad’s double game for playing all sides.

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Al Qaeda’s Next Iraqi Targets: Infrastructure and Oil – as in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 10, 2014

Al Qaeda in Iraq (ISIS) is eyeing Iraqi oil to produce funding for its jihad against the Shiite prime minister in Baghdad, like the revenue generated from its seizure of Syrian oilfields.

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Hizballah stronghold bombed
Iraqi Al Qaeda claims Lebanese bombing. Sunni terror in hot pursuit of Shiites from Baghdad to Beirut
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 5, 2014

Iraqi Al Qaeda (ISIS), advancing Saturday, Jan. 4, on Baghdad from captured areas of Sunni Falluja and Ramadi, also claimed to have carried out the bombing attack Thursday, Jan. 2, on Hizballah’s political headquarters in Beirut.  debkafile: Al Qaeda in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon are clearly in mid-momentum of a drive to seize footholds across a wide swathe of the Middle East, spanning three Arab capitals - Baghdad, Damascus and Beirut - in the role of Sunni knife slicing through the Shiite axis of Iran, Syria and the Lebanese Hizballah.

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Al Qaeda battles Iraqi army for Falluja
Al Qaeda defeats a major Iraqi army offensive, invades Ramadi and Falluja
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 3, 2014

Al Qaeda fighters marched into the key Iraqi towns of Falluja and Ramadi Friday, Jan. 3, after resoundingly defeating a major Iraqi army offensive. This victory was aided by the Sunni tribes of western Iraq. The Iraqi-Syrian branch of al Qaeda (ISIS) has now gained a territorial chain of control stretching from Ramadi, 100 km west of Baghdad, to Al-Raqqah in northern Syria, 160 km from Aleppo. Its commander Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi vows to establish an Islamist caliphate, which would present a direct menace to Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.

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Al Qaeda-Iraq Presses Forward for First Jihadist State Spanning Mid East Borders
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 14, 2013

Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi is pulling his Al Qaeda-Iraq troops out of Syria to establish the first Al Qaeda state in the Middle East, with himself installed as absolute ruler. Ayman Zawahiri is dead against the project.

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