43 articles tagged "Raqqa"
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ISIS U-Turns West to Lebanon as Next Target
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 25, 2017

Kurdish and Arab fighters dropped by American helicopters over a region west of the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa quickly captured at least five villages and so cut jihadist concentrations in the northwestern Syria from their Raqqa stronghold. debkafile: This operation was the opening shot of the US-led campaign to isolate the Islamic State’s Syrian capital before storming it. Escaping ISIS fighters from Mosul and Raqqa are meanwhile heading for the first time to Lebanon.

 

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Trump Starts Working Secretly with Russia in Syria – Ahead of FBI Probe
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 23, 2017

US and Russia set up new Syrian bases in synchronized moves.

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Al Qaeda blows up Shiite pilgrim buses in Damascus
Before US whacks ISIS-Syria, Al Qaeda is resurgent
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 13, 2017

A new-old menace has raised its head: Al Qaeda and its Syrian affiliates have launched a fresh wave of terror in Syria. Saturday, March 11, two bomb explosions killed 74 Shiite pilgrims, most Iraqis, at an ancient cemetery in Damascus.

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Trump Deploys US Troops to Syria for War on ISIS, Offloads Russia and Turkey
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 9, 2017

He decides that America will go it alone with a local force – without Russia or Turkey.

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US Rangers in Syria with Striker tanks
US troops land in Syria to launch Raqqa operation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 8, 2017

EXCLUSIVE:  Elements of the US 75th Ranger Regiment have arrived in Syria for the Trump administration’s first direct military operation in Syria: the long-delayed offensive to capture Raqqa from the Islamic State. 

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Epic US, Russian, Turkish military summit on Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2017

EXCLUSIVE:  For the first time ever, the top soldiers of the United States, Russia and Turkey are holding a secret meeting in the Turkish town of Antalya for an effort to avert a clash between their three armies in N. Syria, 

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Why Did the Raqqa Offensive Never Take off? For Four Good Reasons
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 9, 2017

The Kurdish-Arab force has meanwhile been stopped in its tracks.

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Old Petraeus Team’s Leading Lights Join Trump’s NSC in Key Posts
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 9, 2017

Two are colonels who helped draw up his surge plan which turned the tide in Iraq.

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Russia Airfreights Syrian Troops to Save Deir Ez-Zour from Falling to ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 19, 2017

The fall of this key town would impact the Mosul operation and a decision to retake Raqqa.

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Russian Elite Spetsnaz Trounced in Face-off with ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 15, 2016

The elite Russian unit was defeated by the jihadists in Palmyra, a counterattack prepared.

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ISIS returns to Palmyra
ISIS seizes big Russian-Syrian T-4 air base
DEBKAfile Special Report December 12, 2016

Islamic State forces pushed forward their assault to retake the central Syrian town of Palmyra Monday, Dec. 12, and by evening had entered the big Russian-Syrian T-4 air base outside the town, carrying off substantial quantities of Russian armaments. Reporting this, debkafile added: They booty they snatched included different types of ground-to-ground missiles as well as anti-tank and anti-air rockets. 

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Obama hits Trump tie with Putin, Erdogan on Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 14, 2016

Half a dozen long convoys of trucks carrying US arms, hurriedly put together by US military headquarters in Baghdad, have crossed the border in the last three days on their way to the Syrian Kurdish PYD-YPG militia, 

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Obama’s “Turkish Headache” Holds up the Operation to Liberate Raqqa
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 10, 2016

If the Kurds take the lead, they risk being hit in the back by the Turkish army.

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The Operation to Retake Raqqa from ISIS Is Still Far off
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 3, 2016

Ashton Carter can’t bring Turkey and the Kurds together for an operation.

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The Mosul Operation May Mire the US in Regional Conflicts
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 20, 2016

Obama’s plan for a major victory against ISIS quickly runs foul of local disputes.

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ISIS Too Pivots to Asia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 29, 2016

Three-quarters of a billion Asian Muslims provide a recruiting paradise for terrorists.

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Obama Pins His Legacy on Vanquishing ISIS at Raqqa and Mosul
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 15, 2016

He pins his legacy on rooting ISIS out of Raqqa and Mosul before exiting the White House.

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ISIS Still Holds Most Seized Land in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Sinai
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 1, 2016

Reduced numbers don’t diminish their capabilities as West believes.

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Why Does America Shirk Smashing the Raqqa Global Terror Hub?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 11, 2016

Less military force is available for this offensive even than for the Mosul operation.

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ISIS’ First Bombing of Syrian Kurds – A Turning Point in War on Islamic Terror
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 28, 2016

This is meant to deter them from joining the coalition offensive against Raqqa.

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