Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi has massed his troops for all-out war on ISIS strongholds in Libya, the first Arab ruler to challenge Islamist terrorists in a fellow Arab country, debkafile reports. His initiative dramatizes the spillover of the Islamist State’s threat across the Middle East, and the ineffectiveness of the US-led anti-terror coalition’s efforts in Iraq and Syria. Egyptian commando and marine forces stand ready for imminent sea landings to seize Darnah and wipe out the Islamist militias, coupled with an air and ground campaign against their hideouts in Sinai.More>
Israeli fighter jets flew passes over the Golan Monday, Feb. 23 as a warning to Syrian helicopters and fighter planes to stop encroaching on the no-fly zone, in violation of standing Israeli-Syrian armistice agreements, DEBKAfile reports. A repeat performance is unlikely to be tolerated.More>
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The US and Iran are in a last-ditch effort to rescue their nuclear diplomacy before it falls into deep crisis. The Obama administration may have hit the limit of its concessions; Iran won’t give way on centrifuges and enriched uranium stocks; while Binyamin Netanyahu nixes the existing US-Iranian draft.More>
DEBKAfile reveals that a large-scale Iranian airlift is flying thousands of Shiite fighters to the Syrian Mediterranean port of Latakia to reinforce Syrian forces defeated in the last 48 hours by rebels at Aleppo and to save them from retreat.More>
Scores of Iranian and Hizballah fighters and a Syrian general were killed by “friendly fire” from the Syrian army’s 9th Division’s artillery and missiles Wednesday, Feb. 18, debkafile report. The incident, during their push from S. Syria to the Golan is attributed to faulty coordination among the assorted forces in the drive for Quneitra, where Tehran plans to establish a major military outpost and forward command center up against Israel’s Golan deployment. This is the first instance of Syria’s Bashar Assad agreeing to pass a warfront to Iranian command.
A special debkafile investigation has discovered that the Argentine-Jewish prosecutor Natalio Alberto Nisman, 51, was murdered on Jan. 18 by an Iranian agent posing as a defector calling himself “Abbas Haqiqat-Ju.” The killer struck hours before Nisman showed the Argentine parliament evidence of a cover-up by President Cristina Kirchner of Iran’s complicity in the country’s worst terrorist attack, the 1994 bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish community center, in which 85 people died, two years after 29 people were killed by a blast at the Israeli embassy. Nisman’s evidence ultimately proved Iran's culpability in the two terrorist attacks.
Accusing Binyamin Netanyahu of leaking “sensitive” information on US nuclear negotiations with Iran skews the fact of an almost done deal between US President Barack Obama and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani. It wants only Iran’s paramount leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei endorsement. In attempting to bring him round, Washington is using media spin tactics which Netanyahu’s opponents have seized on to accuse him of sabotaging relations with Washington. Netanyahu is not alone in objecting to Obama’s Iran policy. So too do the Saudis, some Gulf emirates and Egypt.
The Iranian-backed “Operation Quneitra Martyrs” for the capture of the Golan brings Afghan and Pakistani Shiite fighters to an Israeli border for the first time, debkafile reveals that 2,000 of these fighters have joined an equal number of Hizballah troops, who are spearheading a march on the Golan from southern Syria. They were recruited from the Hazara and Zaynubian militias established by Tehran. After polishing their combat skills and learning to fight as an integrated force, Iran plans to deploy them in Lebanon to augment Hizballah’s war on Israel.