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.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 10, 2016
Towards week’s end, the Iraqi army’s advance slowed without entering the city.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 24, 2016
The involvement of Turkish special operations, armored and artillery forces in support of the Kurdish Peshmerga battle to drive ISIS out of Bashiqa, 12 south of Mosul, marks a pivotal moment in the US-led coalition’s anti-ISIS offensive to free Iraq’s second city. The entire Mosul operation hangs in the balance. Instead of fighting ISIS, the coalition’s partners are squaring off to fight each other.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 20, 2016
The US has no levers for imposing its will on wayward Kurdish and Shiite militias.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis October 19, 2016
Less than a day after its launch, the big Mosul offensive prepared for more than a year by the US, the Iraqi army, Kurdish forces and others, ground to a halt Tuesday Oct. 17, although none of the parties admitted as much. Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi said his troops were busy opening up corridors for some million civilians to escape, while US sources suggested that the Islamic State would use primitive chemical weapons against the advancing Iraqi and Kurdish forces.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 8, 2016
Obama hopes to complete the Mosul offensive before the end of December and incorporate this victory in his legacy. The Syrian town of Aleppo can go by the board. He leaves it to putin to recover for Assad.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 29, 2016
The early US-ISIS confrontation ahead of the Mosul offensive focuses on chemical warfare.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 17, 2016
The Pentagon and US army are not following the orders of their Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama in the execution of the military cooperation accord in Syria concluded by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva on Sept. 12. Five days after the truce they agreed would go into effect Monday, fighting was still raging Saturday, Sept. 17.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 15, 2016
He pins his legacy on rooting ISIS out of Raqqa and Mosul before exiting the White House.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 7, 2016
He is aiming for berths for Russian bombers alongside US planes in Turkey, Iraq, Israel.
DEBKAfile Special Report July 6, 2016
Moscow has decided to send additional advanced aircraft, including K-52 helicopter gunships, to Syria “in order to strengthen the Russian military grouping that takes part in anti-terrorist operations."
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 3, 2016
The Islamic State struck the West again on June 1, when it activated a local Bangladeshi cell for a murderous, hostage-taking attack on a Dakha restaurant to target a large contingent of Italian businessmen.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 1, 2016
A battle on June 29 between ISIS and a pro-American Syrian rebel force near the Syria-Iraq border will go down as one of the most striking defeats ever suffered by an American-backed Syrian rebel force.
DEBKAfile Special Report June 7, 2016
Of all the possible places braced for ISIS terror attacks when Ramadan began, the first attack on the first day of the month-long fast was launched Monday, June 6, in Jordan. Five armed men, in two cars, attacked the Jordanian General Intelligence Command in the Baqaa Palestinian camp, near the capital Amman.
DEBKAfile Special Report May 28, 2016
The US has deployed about 7,500 US soldiers in Iraq and Syria and an additional 1,000 to 1,250 troops in Libya. US planes are taking off from Incirlilk base in South Turkey against Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq. Yet the ISIS peril is not diminished.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 17, 2016
On Tuesday, May 17, the US expanded its involvement in the war in Syria, and for the first time since the war began in 2011, US F-16 fighter-bombers bombed radical Syrian rebels fighting Iranian, Syrian and Hizballah forces near Aleppo, debkafile’s military and intelligence sources say in an exclusive report.
DEBKAfile Special Report December 22, 2015
The importance of the offensive launched Tuesday, Dec. 22 to recapture the Iraqi town of Ramadi from ISIS lies chiefly in the makeup of the assault force facing ISIS, which is unique in contemporary Syrian and Iraqi conflicts. debkafile: For the first time, US and Russian army and air force are fighting side by side along with Iraqi Shiite and Sunni militias, the former under Iranian command, as well as the Iraqi army. debkafile: If this format succeeds, as military experts predict,, it may be transposed to Syria and other anti-ISIS fronts.
DEBKAfile Special Report June 10, 2015
The United States this week began transferring to Iraq and Gulf bases elite units of the 82nd Airborne Division. debkafile: The first batch of 500 officers and men will be deployed in Baghdad and the Kurdish republic’s capital of Irbil, followed by another 500 in July and 250 in December. Operating out of Anbar, elite US troops will step up raids on ISIS commanders, bases and moving columns, modeling them on the successful DELTA operation of May 16. Tehran is on terror alert following intelligence of ISIS bombers heading to attack Iranian cities.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 24, 2015
Columns of ISIS tanks and armored cars (made in the US and taken booty in Iraq) were heading Sunday, May 24, from Palmyra for the Jordanian border, with no Syrian troops in sight to block their advance, debkafile reports exclusively. Their initial target is the eastern section of the border, including the meeting point between the Syrian, Jordanian and Iraqi frontiers. The US maintains 7,000 special operations troops and an air force unit in the Kingdom of Jordan. President Barack Obama must decide how they react to an ISIS invasion.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 23, 2015
The US has joined the battle for Qalamoun. debkafile discloses that a US special operations unit, stationed at the north Lebanese Hamat air base, is directing unarmed Aerosonde MK 4.7 intelligence-gathering flights over the Qalamoun Mt arena, 100 km to the west. Since Hizballah is also operating Ababil-3 surveillance drones over the same battlefield, US-Hizballah coordination became necessary. For the first time, the US military is working directly with an internationally-designated terrorist organization – with earthshaking ramifications for Israel’s security and strategic ties with the US.