Russian convoy carries pontoons to Euphrates
Syrian/Hizballah troops cross Euphrates to east
In breach of their deal with the US, Russian pontoon bridges enabled Syrian/Hizballah troops to cross the Euphrates. Neither the US nor Israel interfered.
Sep 16, 2017, 4:06 PM (IDT)
Trump’s Reliance on Advisers for Iran and Syria Is Self-Defeating
Putin and Khamenei, however, keep careful tabs on all their underlings’ actions.
Big Syrian-Iranian-Hizballah Victory Parade in Al-Qa’im
They seriously expect to smash ISIS and end the Syria war in time for their parade in mid-October.
ISIS-Sinai Fights Egyptian Army in Battalion Formation
ISIS IEDs killed 18 Egyptian troops, destroyed guaranteed bomb-proof US armored vehicles.
DEBKAfile Special Report Sep 15, 2017, 8:40 AM (IDT)

For the second time in a month, North Korea fired a ballistic missile over northern Japan early on Friday, Sept. 15. This one was launched from a point near the country’s main international airport in the district of Sunan, where the North Korean capital of Pyongyang is also located. 

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Sep 13, 2017, 10:02 PM (IDT)

After a tense conversation with Bashar Assad in Damascus Tuesday, Sept. 12, debkafile reports that the Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu flew secretly to Tehran. His mission: to assert Russian control of Syrian-Iranian-Hizballah anti-ISIS operations on the east.   

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Sep 12, 2017, 1:36 PM (IDT)

Iran, Syria and Hizballah sharpened their responses to the large-scale Israeli military war game against a potential Hizballah invasion when, on Tuesday, Sept. 12, the drill began its second week with a simulated 30km-deep thrust into S. Lebanon.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Sep 10, 2017, 7:29 PM (IDT)

The crisis in Gaza is only one item on the agenda of the Hamas delegation’s talks in Cairo since Saturday, Sept. 9. DEBKAfile’s intelligence sources have learned that the Palestinian extremist rulers of Gaza have big plans for building up their power bases in Syria and Lebanon.



DEBKAfile Special Report Aug 30, 2017
Advanced A-50 Russian AWACS in Syria

The Russian air force has recently deployed to Syria four of its most highly advanced early warning and control aircraft, the Beriev A-50 SRDLO (“Mainstay”), which is rated the most sophisticated AWACS in operation. This development limits the freedom enjoyed hitherto by the US and Israeli air and naval forces over Syria and in the eastern Mediterranean and make their operations far more hazardous.



DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Sep 10, 2017

The US and Russia have just come together to support a joint pincer movement to pin the Islamic State down in its last strongholds of Abu Kamal and Mayadin in the Euphrates Valley, debkafile reports. The new US-Russian understanding provides a roadmap for twin offensives - one with Russian air cover led by Syrian regime, Hizballah and pro-Iranian militia forces; the second with US air support by the pro-US Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF),  the Kurdish YPG and the Syrian Arab Shammari Sanadid Brigade.

DEBKAfile Special Report Sep 8, 2017

While Israeli jets were bombing a Syrian chemical facility early Thursday, Sept 7, control of the Syrian-Iraqi-Jordanian border was quietly changing hands. With the Americans poised to quit Al-Tanf, Tehran’s dream of a land corridor through Iraq to the Mediterranean is unfolding at speed.

DEBKAfile Special Report Sep 7, 2017

Syrian opposition media named Israel as responsible for air strikes over Syria before dawn Thursday, Sept. 7 - in particular the attack which targeted the Scientific Studies Researchers Center, CERS), at Masyaf, 38km west of Hama in central Syria. debkafile: A  confidential UN report strongly indicated that Syria and North Korea had long collaborated in the development of chemical and other prohibited weapons, giving the US good reason for conducting this attack.

IDF drill against Hizballah invasion
DEBKAfile Special Report Sep 5, 2017

The IDF Tuesday, Sept. 5, embarked on its biggest military exercise against Hizballah in 19 years, with a radically revised mission in the face of a greatly empowered enemy (tanks and drones as well as 100,000 rockets and missiles) which is now embedded in Syria, not just in Lebanon. The IDF’s entire northern array will simulate a Hizballah thrust across the border to occupy two Israeli locales in Galilee and the Golan - and simultaneous defensive and offensive operations deep behind enemy lines.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Sep 3, 2017

Even North Korea’s 150-kiloton hydrogen bomb and its avowed ability to fit it onto an intercontinental ballistic missile, as Kim Jong-un demonstrated Sunday, Sept. 3, has so far drawn nothing more decisive from the world’s powers but words of condemnation and threats of stronger sanctions. But he has scorned all former measures because they were imposed piecemeal and never fully followed through. But most of all, because the big powers never got together for united action.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Sep 1, 2017

Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the UN, Thursday, Aug. 31 challenged the international community to hold Iran to account after the Islamic Republic showed its “true colors” by restoring ties with the Palestinian extremist Hamas. Tehran and its pawns used the month of August to climb into position for drawing a noose around Israel to the north and the south. No signs of the Trump administration or the Netanyahu government folllowing up on H\aley's wakeup call.

DEBKAfile Special Report Jul 10, 2017

Less than 24 hours after the US-Russian sponsored ceasefire went into force in southwest Syria, it broke down early Monday, July 10, when large-scale Syrian army and Hizballah forces launched a general offensive on Syrian rebel forces in the Al Suweida province. This region was listed with Quneitra and Daraa as one of three demilitarized locations covered by the truce.  

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