New Russian base in SE Syria
First Russian base for SE Syria - near US garrison
Exclusive: The US turns down a Russian proposal for a de-confliction zone in southeastern Syria. The immediate eviction of pro-Iranian and Hizballah troops is not guaranteed.
Jun 23, 2017, 7:52 AM (IDT)
US and Russia Spar at Ever Closer Quarters in SE Syria
They are struggling to control their allies in rival bids to dominate S. Syria.
Syrian War Spotlight Shifts to Two New Southeastern Fronts
The Syrian-Hizballah push for the Jordanian and Israeli border districts is slowed by the Daraa setback.
Iran’s Big Flop: Own Ballistic Missiles Go Wildly Astray
Hizballah’s boast of Iranian missiles able to reach every Israeli target fades.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Jun 21, 2017, 4:05 PM (IDT)

The Saudi king’s decision to elevate his son Mohammed bin Salman, 31, to crown prince and heir to the throne, in place of his cousin Mohammed bin Nayef as part of a broad reshuffle, is not merely the internal affair of the royal hierarchy, but a game-changing international event. The king’s son is ready to step into his allotted place in a new US-Arab-Israeli alliance established by President Trump in May, along with the UAE, Egyptian and Israeli leaders.

Small explosion at Brussels train station
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Jun 21, 2017, 7:49 AM (IDT)

Tuesday night, June 20, a terrorist detonated a bomb belt at the Brussels central train station, shouting “Allahu Akbar!”  Police shot him dead. The explosion was small and there were no victims this time, but it was the second Islamic State attack in West Europe in two days, following through on its announced Ramadan offensive, despite setbacks in Syria and Iraq.

DEBKAfile Special Report Jun 19, 2017, 4:53 PM (IDT)

Moscow Monday, June 19, issued a sharp warning to the United States over its operations in Syria: "Any aircraft, including planes and drones belonging to the international coalition operating west of the Euphrates River will be targeted." This ramped up Russian-US military tensions in Syria to an unprecented level. 

Anti-Muslim terror attack in London
DEBKAfile Special Report Jun 19, 2017, 12:35 PM (IDT)

Police arrested one person after a van ran over worshippers outside Finsbury Park Mosque in north London early Monday. Police report one dead and 10 people injured. Witnesses said that three men were in the van and one jumped out armed with a knife and stabbed people.  Many of the victims had just left evening prayers at the mosque, one of the biggest in Europe, after breaking the Ramadan fast.



DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Jun 18, 2017

As the Iranian-directed Syrian army comes close to winning the battle for S. Syria and breaking through the Syrian-Iraqi border, the US force awaits directives from Washington. Damascus gave the rebels in Daraa 48 hours to withdraw to Jordan while Tehran captured the Al-Waleed crossing from Iraq to Syria.


DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Jun 17, 2017

The Islamic State claimed three “Lions of the caliphate” committed the coordinated Palestinian stabbing-cum-shooting attack Friday night, June 16, outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, in which Border Guard policewoman Hadas Malka was stabbed to death and four people were injured. This was the first coordinated ISIS attack in Israel. The jihadists warned it was not the last.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Jun 15, 2017

President Donald Trump’s goal of generating a rapid improvement of Israel’s ties with the Arab world, including the Palestinians in 2018 is not just up to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, but depends largely on how the Trump administration handles the continuing conflict between Qatar and its powerful Arab opponents, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. 

DEBKAfile Special Report Jun 14, 2017
Shooting attack on Republicans in baseball practice

A group of Republican lawmakers were holding their last baseball practice in Alexandria, Va. early Wednesday when a gunman fired 50-60 shots in ten minutes, injuring Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, the House Majority Whip. He is critical condition after surgery. Two members of his security agents,although hit, pulled their pistols and shot the gunman, Jmes Hodginson, who later died to hospital. 

Electricity reduced in Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Jun 13, 2017

The electricity cutback in the Gaza Strip, engineered by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to flex muscle against Hamas rule, was just one piece on the checkerboard created by the crackdown Egypt, Saudi Arabia Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have imposed on Qatar for supporting terrorist groups like the Palestinian extremist Hamas. This is why Egypt likewise shut down power to Gaza.

Blitz over Daraa
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Jun 12, 2017

Bashar Assad’s troops and his allies, the Iran-backed Lebanese Hizballah, are notorious for their barbaric cruelty to the populations they conquer. But even by their own appalling standards, the massacre they wreaked in capturing the tiny southern Syrian town of Daraa this week must stand out as a milestone from hell, using 150 barrel bombs 25 air strikes and 120 missiles – plus a heavy tank force.

Iranian Shahed-129 drone
DEBKAfile Special Report Jun 10, 2017

The Iranian-made Syrian drone downed by US F-15 fighters in southeastern Syria on June 8 was presented by American media as a “pro-regime” drone. It was in fact, as debkafile’s military sources can disclose, an Iranian Revolutionary Guards Shahed-129, which was fired as a part of a complicated ruse to dupe the US commanders while pro-Iranian forces surreptiously moved in on the Syrian-Iraqi border. The Russian role in this deception is suggestive.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Jun 8, 2017

A single mystery missile, which could have been fired from the ground or the air early Wednesday morning, June 7, wiped out the entire top Islamic State command on the Syrian Golan, debkafile reports. All 16 officers of the 2,000-strong Khaled Ibn al Waleed army, the ISIS operations arm on the Syrian Golan, were present in the targeted building in the town of al-Shagara, located in the triangle where the Israeli, Syrian and Jordanian borders meet. None survived.


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