“Syrian 5th Corps” is new Shiite foreign legion
The legion’s Iranian, Syrian, Hizballah and Shiite militia officers will not command their own troops but mixed units, creating a command structure unique to the Middle East.
Dec 4, 2016, 8:03 AM (IDT)
Putin Tests Trump’s Resolve on Syria
It took him a week to renege on his understandings with the incoming Trump administration.
ISIS’ Black Sea Network Is Scattered in Time
A major terror drive for the New Year’s holidays in both parts of Europe was thwarted.
Unease in Israel over Trump’s National Security Choices
It is feared that the IDF will be downgraded as America’s senior Mid East ally.
Gen. James Mattis in Kabul
DEBKAfile Special Report Dec 2, 2016, 11:13 AM (IDT)

Retired Marine General James Mattis, 66, whom President-elect Donald Trump has picked as his secretary of defense, is famous for his rough-and-tough stance toward America’s adversaries.  From 2010 to 2013, Gen. Mattis was head of the Central Command,  replacing Gen. David Petraeus (now one of the candidates for secretary of state). He earned the “Mad Dog Mattis” handle as a battlefield commander in Iraq when he said: “If you f-k with me, I’ll kill you all.” 

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Nov 30, 2016, 9:56 AM (IDT)

Arab media described Israeli warplanes attacking targets in and around Damascus overnight Tuesday, Nov. 29, as firing “four long-range Popeye” missiles from Lebanese air space on a Syrian army compound in Damascus and a Hizballah arms convoy on the highway to Beirut. If confirmed, this action will have repercussions, since it heralded the breakdown of initial Trump-Putin understandings for Syria and Israel's decision to go it alone..

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Nov 28, 2016, 10:36 AM (IDT)

Libyan Gen Khalifa Hafter arrived in Moscow Sunday, Nov. 26, with a request for Russian arms and military support for his army. He was welcomed in Moscow, which saw an opening for Russia to gain its first military base in North Africa, 700km from Europe. DEBKAfile: President Vladimir Putin began to envision a second Mediterranean base on the coast of Benghazi, twin to Hmeimim in Syria’s Latakia. 

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Russia helicopter Ka-52
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Nov 26, 2016, 6:29 PM (IDT)

Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi’s secret decision to intervene militarily in the Syrian war on the side of the Syrian President Bashar Assad is revealed here by DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources. According to one version, a group of Egyptian helicopter pilots – 18, according to one estimate - landed secretly a few days ago at the Syrian Air Force base in Hama and were pressed at once into service for strikes against Syrian rebel forces.

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DEBKAfile Special Report Nov 25, 2016

As firefighters battled unrelenting wildfires for the fourth day - from the Galilee, through Haifa and up to the Jerusalem Hills, the first flames leapt up early Friday, Nov. 25, outside Kiryat Gath in the southern Lachish district. 

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Nov 23, 2016

Unlike most US president elects, Donald Trump is not waiting to be formally sworn into office on Jan. 20. debkafile’s exclusive sources reveal that he has already plunged unannounced into managing America’s military role in the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. For more details, subscribe here to DEBKA Weekly.

 

 

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Nov 20, 2016

Hizballah this week transferred two brigades of some 5,000 fighters to the Aleppo front to bolster the Assad regime’s concentrated push to finally rout the rebels who have been holding out year after year in the eastern half of the ravaged city.

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DEBKAfile Special Report Nov 17, 2016

These measures open up some serious questions about freedom of expression. What news is “fake”? And how and by whom is it defined? 

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Nov 16, 2016

debkafile: The proportions of the Nov. 15 Russian operation against terrorist targets in Syria better fit the description of low key than “large scale.” No more than 2 Sukhoi Su-33 fighters lifted off the carrier’s decks.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Nov 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, 

Arak IR-40 heavy water reactor
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Nov 12, 2016

Was Tehran testing Donald Trump’s resolve, after he called the 2015 nuclear accord “the worst deal ever” which he vowed to dismantle?

Russian Prime Minister at Western Wall, Jerusalem
DEBKAfile Special Report Nov 11, 2016

As Medvedev visited the Western Wall in support of Israel’s rights in Jerusalem, a mighty Russian fleet was preparing to deliver a crushing blow to Syrian rebel groups holding out in Aleppo - that is until Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton, taking Putin by surprise.









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