18 articles tagged "tunnels"
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​The next war: Hizballah tunnels, pocket drones
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 27, 2017

debkafile takes exception to the furious focus on a past war by the State Comptroller – the post mortem of any conflict will always pick at faults – when the new menaces staring Israel in the face should be at the forefront of the national discourse.

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Netanyahu moves to co-opt Herzog to cabinet
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 2, 2016

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s revived bid to bring opposition leader, Labor’s Yitzhak Herz, into his coalition government as foreign minister is not acknowledged by either side – the latest exchange messages took place Sunday night, Aug 1. But its undercurrents are sending squalls to the surface of apparently unrelated issues.

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‘Tunnel war’ heralds Hamas-IDF next clash
DEBKAfile Special Report May 6, 2016

The exchanges of fire between the IDF and Hamas in the Gaza border area during the last few days has rattled the terrorist organization, making it fire mortar shells, rockets and light weapons at IDF forces in the area. The firing that intensifies each time that the troops approach a tunnel, or one of its apparatuses, is helping the IDF locate the openings of the tunnels

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New Iron Dome version can destroy tunnels
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 11, 2016

Israel has started testing a secret new weapon for defeating the tunnel systems, which the Palestinian Hamas and Hizballah are busy digging for surprise attacks against Israel. Western sources reported Friday, March 11, that the new weapon, dubbed the “Underground Iron Dome,” can detect a tunnel, then send in a moving missile to blow it up.

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Ya’alon counts on the Qatari envoy for solving Hamas tunnel problem
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 9, 2016

Few Israelis, including the people who wake up at night to the clatter of Gaza Palestinians digging tunnels, have never heard of Mohammed Al-Emadi. But his importance cannot be overestimated, because, as debkafile reveals here, he is the Persian Gulf Emirate of Qatar’s de facto ambassador to the Gaza Strip and to Israel. He is moreover Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon’s secret weapon against Hamas’s terror tunnels. The impression gaining ground is that Yaalon has no answer to Israel’s security problems other than economic inducements to keep its enemies quiet.

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Israel's military chiefs on Golan
Did Hizballah dig a special tunnel to get bomb into Israel?
DEBKAfile Special Report January 6, 2016

The mystery of how Hizballah managed to plant the bomb which blew up against an IDF patrol, without causing casualties, Tuesday, Jan. 5, in the Shebaa Farms district of Mt Hermon is perplexing Israel’s military chiefs. 

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ISIS and Hamas Play Ball in Sinai Facing No Resistance
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2015

ISIS-Sinai disclosed its first beheading atrocity of a western hostage the day after Washington announced the disbanding of the Multinational Force and Observers after serving in Sinai for decades.

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Desperate El-SISI Ready to Loose ISIS Terror against Israel to Save Egyptian Troops
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2015

Despite his warm relations with Netanyahu and close cooperation with Israel in fighting terror, El Sisi is desperate enough to throw Israel as a bone to ISIS to get the terrorists off the backs of Egyptian troops in Sinai.

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An ISIS tunnel in Al-Qaim
ISIS goes underground for guerilla warfare against new US “lily pad” strategy in Iraq
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 15, 2015

Following the US plan to deploy American advisers in “lily pad” bases to work with Iraqi troops near the frontlines, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has adopted a new strategy. debkafile reports exclusively that ISIS is turning to tunnel warfare in pursuit of guerrilla tactics on its active fronts in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Egyptian Sinai and the Gaza Strip. The jihadis were impressed by the effectiveness of the Hamas assault and smuggling tunnel system for effective assaults on Israel and Egyptian forces in Sinai and took a leaf out of their book.

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A Hamas terror tunnel - a model for Hizballah
Hizballah copycats Hamas’ terror tunnels for Lebanese-Galilee border. No IDF solutions yet
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 20, 2015

Local reports of mysterious underground explosions in northern Israeli locations on the Lebanese border are confirmed by Israeli troops on field exercises in the neighborhood. They attest to heavy earthmoving equipment, explosions, burrowing and shaking ground on the Lebanese side of the border, giving the area the appearance of a huge subterranean building site. debkafile: Hizballah has undoubtedly taken a leaf out of the Hamas book of terror and mobilized fully and efficiently for a major tunnel-building project. Israel seems curiously passive in the face of its enemy’s dangerous enterprise.

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Iranian Gen. Mohammad Ali Allah Dadi killed on Golan
Israel braces for early payback for deaths of Hizballah officers, Iranian general on Golan
DEBKAfile Special Report January 19, 2015

Israeli military chiefs are gearing up for an early Hizballah cross-border attack on Upper or Western Galilee in response to the helicopter strike which Sunday, Jan. 18, killed 5 Hizballah and 6 Iranian officers, including Iranian general Mohammad Ali Allah Dadi. Tehran also promised retribution. Monday noon, security units in Galilee were put on alert for defending the population of a quarter of a million against attack. debkafile: Even more than Hizballah’s rockets, Israelis in the north dread terrorist invasions from Lebanon through Hamas-style tunnels.

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IDF quietly carves out 1-3km security strip while pulling troops out of Gaza. A humanitarian truce declared
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 4, 2014

While withdrawing the bulk of its ground troops from the Gaza Strip, the IDF has been quietly carving out an off-limits cordon sanitaire just inside the Gaza border. It is designed to be controlled from the outside by special forces and armored units on round-the-clock alert to bar hostile infiltrations and equipped with a battery of firing posts, sensors and drones. The strip runs 65km from Beit Hanoun in the north to Khan Younis in the south (see map). Israel has turned to acting unilaterally in respect of its own security needs rarther Hamas' price for a truce.

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IDF Gen. Sami Torjeman, commander of Gaza operation
Three Israeli soldiers killed in action in Gaza and 27 injured. Cabinet orders operation expanded
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 30, 2014

Three Israeli soldiers were killed and 27 injured in the Gaza Strip Wednesday, July 30, the 23rd day of Israel’s counter-terror operation. The cabinet has decided to expand the Gaza mission. Maj. Gen. Sami Torjeman, OC Southern Command, told reporters that the soldiers had fought “stubbornly,” and “seriously impaired” Hamas’ strength. They had won every one of their direct engagements with Hamas. Hundreds of enemy fighters have been killed, including scores of Hamas’ elite troops and some of their commanders who were hunkered down in hideouts.

 

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A Hamas terror tunnel
Nine out of 10 Israel’s war dead Monday died on Israeli soil – a microcosm of the IDF operation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis July 29, 2014

That nine of the 10 Israeli servicemen killed in the counter-terror operation against Hamas Monday, July 28, died on Israeli soil was a wake-up call for Israel’s war leaders. It meant that Hamas had used the 22 days of combat to carry the contest from its own home ground into Israel by grabbing the tactical advantage of surprise, as illustrated by the tragic Nahal Oz tunnel episode which cost 5 Israeli lives. debkafile: The tunnel threat can’t be eliminated without first seizing Hamas war rooms, the hub of its elaborate underground network.

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Netanyahu, Ya'alon and Gantz in the IDF war room
Hamas’ first nocturnal rocket attack on Tel Aviv. Israel lost 10 servicemen Sunday - five defending Nahal Oz
DEBKAfile Special Report July 29, 2014

A decision to push ahead for the next stage of Israel’s counter-terror offensive in the Gaza Strip was widely expected Monday night, July 28, after a day of deadly coordinated attacks by Hamas, supposedly a ceasefire day, cost 10 soldiers’ lives. The IDF was braced to respond operationally by advancing to the next stage of its counter-terror campaign. But the order did not come. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon continued to clutch at the straw of a viable ceasefire – even though Hamas has violated every truce. 

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An intelligence decrypt
IDF set for electronic and signals control of Hamas, Islamic Jihad command centers, after rocket fire
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 26, 2014

Before it ended with Hamas rocket fire Saturday night, July 26, the 12-hour Israel-Hamas ceasefire offered Israeli intelligence a rare opportunity for collecting enemy data.  In the heat of battle, the IDF and its clandestine arms were unable to gain electronic and SIGINT access to the underground Hamas and Islamic Jihad command and control centers, which appear to be well equipped with complex tactical and encrypted communications systems. Now they must go for Hamas’ sophisticated intelligence production processing system, elements of which may have broken surface during the ceasefire.  
 

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Israeli soldiers in the Gaza Strip
Thirteen IDF Golani soldiers killed in Gaza, at start of urban stage of Israel’s operation against Hamas
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis July 20, 2014

The IDF Golani Brigades lost 13 soldiers early Sunday, July 20, in the Gaza Strip district of Shejayia, it was announced. Their commander, Col. Rosan Aliyan, was seriously injured. The urban stage of the IDF’s Operation Defensive Edge has taken Israel into one of its most perilous wars, launched as Hamas’ rocket barrage against the Israeli population continued without pause. When the troops are done cleansing Shejaia, they must grapple with tough challenges in three more Hamas Gaza City strongholds: Shaati, Al Bureij and Nuseirat, before its terrorist infrastructure is dismantled.

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Israeli air strike over the Gaza Strip
IDF ground forces attack Gaza amid air, sea and artillery pounding. Half a million Gazans told to leave. Israelis around Gaza sent to shelters
DEBKAfile Special Report July 17, 2014

Israel air, sea and artillery pounded the Gaza Strip Thursday night, July 17, as IDF ground forces embarked on a ground attack, just announced by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. debkafile reports a softening-up operation to prepare for the entry of armored and infantry units. The IDF calls on the half million Gazans of southern towns of Khan Younes and Rafah to leave their homes for their own safety.  Israelis living close to the Gaza border were advised to stay in bomb shelters.
 

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