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August 16, 2017, 8:39 PM (IDT)

Iran’s Armed Forces Chief, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Baqeri, and the head of the Revolutionary Guards ground forces arrived in Ankara Wednesday. This was the first visit to Turkey by top Iranian military officials since the 1979 Iranian Islamic revolution. They went into meetings with their Turkish counterparts to coordinate their policies and moves in Syria. DEBKAfile: Tehran and Ankara are apprehensive about advancing US-Russian cooperation in Syria, fearing to be pushed aside. Both are also determined to bring the Kurds under control before they establish an autonomous republic in northern Iraq.

August 16, 2017, 8:26 PM (IDT)

The new Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar, said Wednesday that his movement doesn’t war with Israel, but if it does happen, “Hamas will pulverize Israel.” He claimed that many towns have been built under ground - not just tunnels, as Israel says. He warned against “foolish steps” against the Gaza Strip, because “Hamas is ready and a lot stronger than it was last time.” The Hamas leader said, “Israel is not starting a new war against Gaza because it is scared of the unknown.”

August 16, 2017, 3:57 PM (IDT)

US President Donald Trump praised Kim Jong Un, the leader of the North Korea, on Wednesday for delaying a decision on attacking against the US territory of Guam and pausing an escalation in tensions between the two countries. "Kim Jong Un of North Korea made a very wise and well reasoned decision," Trump wrote on Twitter. "The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!"

August 16, 2017, 3:48 PM (IDT)

Three major Israeli counter-terror operations in a week (Aug.10-16) are a measure of the intensity of terrorist plots for the commission of mass-casualty strikes in Jerusalem. Although Israel’s security authorities are cagey with the information they release on the mostly covert war they are waging on Palestinian and other Arab terror, three geographical areas may be marked out as significant:

August 16, 2017, 11:06 AM (IDT)

Police found a suspicious bag toted by a tourist at the Rehovot railway station to be innocent. The incident occurred Wednesday morning, But meanwhile the station was evacuated and closed for several hours while explosive experts examined the bag.

August 16, 2017, 10:03 AM (IDT)

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Tuesday that the latest US sanctions against Iran were unrelated to its 2015 nuclear deal with the six world powers. Iran, she said, must stop its “missile launches, support for terrorism, disregard for human rights and violation of UN Security Council resolutions.”
She was responding to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s threat that Tehran could withdraw from the nuclear deal within hours if the US imposed new sanctions.

Haley stressed at the same time, "Iran cannot be allowed to use the nuclear deal to hold the world hostage.” The nuclear deal must not become 'too big to fail'." 

August 16, 2017, 9:40 AM (IDT)

In an operation heavily secured by the Border Police, IDF forces early Wednesday demolished the two-floor home at Kubar, near Ramallah, of the Palestinian terrorist who knifed to death three members of the Salomon family in Halamish on July 21. In a local disturbance staged to stop the operation, a Palestinian was injured by an rubber bullet.

Security forces earlier detained the terrorist’s father, mother, two brothers and an uncle, charging them with having had prior knowledge of the crime and failing to notify the authorities or preventing it. Their neighbors donated a new site to the family for rebuilding their destroyed home. Michal Salomon, who lost her husband Gilad in the attack, said terrorists should not be allowed to rebuild their homes, when hers was destroyed forever.

August 15, 2017, 9:57 PM (IDT)

A pre-planned exercise for testing Air Force aerial defense systems set off loud explosions overTel Aviv and other parts of central Israel Tuesday night. They were caused by anti-air fire from a local base. The drill was on the IAF’s annual work schedule.

August 15, 2017, 5:47 PM (IDT)

Saudi Arabia and Iraq agree to re-open their Arar border crossing for trade for the fist time since 1990 when ties were cut following Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait. Saudi and Iraqi officials toured the site Monday. The governor of Anbar province said troops had been deployed to safeguard the desert route leading to Arar. On Monday, the Saudi cabinet decided to establish a joint trade commission with Iraq.

DEBKAfile: Both Saudi Arabia and the UAE have welcomed visits to their capitals by the influential Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadar in recent weeks as part of their effort to curtail Iran’s influence in Baghdad and the region.

August 15, 2017, 3:20 PM (IDT)

India is using a system of smart fences and surveillance methods from technology developed in Israel for a fence it is building to secure its border with Pakistan against infiltrators. At present, we patrol from point A to point B, said K.K. Sharma, the director general of India's Border Security Force (BSF). With the new fence, “we can shift to a QRT (quick reaction team)-based system. We will have multi-layered security systems. If one fails, then the second system will detect it."

August 15, 2017, 3:15 PM (IDT)

Four people were arrested for plotting terrorist attacks under ISIS direction from Syria to blow up Moscow’s metro system and strike a shop, after they were tracked down by Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB).c State, the agency said Monday.  An explosives lab on the outskirts of Moscow was also uncovered. 

August 14, 2017, 9:37 PM (IDT)

Incoming Israeli Air force Chief Maj. Gen. Amikam Nurkin, 41, who took the command over from Amir Eshel at a ceremony on Monday, Aug. 14, plunges straight into the ongoing air campaigns Israel is waging covertly and continuously against Iranian, Hizballah and Islamic State targets - and not only in the Syrian and Lebanese arenas.

August 14, 2017, 9:38 AM (IDT)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the Mossad Director Yossie Cohen asserted separately on Sunday, Aug. 13, that wherever the Islamic State is thrown out, Iran moves in. This assessment was borrowed from American evaluations of the situation in Afghanistan and Yemen. It does not work as a guiding principle for Israeli security in its immediate neighborhood - certainly not for Syria.

August 14, 2017, 9:38 AM (IDT)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the Mossad Director Yossie Cohen asserted separately on Sunday, Aug. 13, that wherever the Islamic State is thrown out, Iran moves in. This assessment was borrowed from American evaluations of the situation in Afghanistan and Yemen. It does not work as a guiding principle for Israeli security in its immediate neighborhood - certainly not for Syria.

August 12, 2017, 5:12 PM (IDT)

The transformation of a small, strategic wedge of land between the Syrian, Israeli, Jordanian and Iraqi borders is going forward apace without arousing much interest - even in Israel, where it should cause the most concern, debkafile reports. On Wednesday, Aug. 8, two Russian army companies of Ingushet troops from the northern Caucasus set up a command post in the Syrian village of Tal al-Shahm, 13km from Israel’s Golan border.

August 11, 2017, 8:05 AM (IDT)

US President Donald Trump toughened his stance on North Korea in remarks to reporters Thursday night, Aug. 10. Rejecting criticism at home of his “fire and fury” threat, Trump said: “They’ve been doing this to our country for a long time, for many years, and it’s about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country. So, if anything, maybe that statement wasn’t tough enough.”


August 10, 2017, 7:42 PM (IDT)

While bashing Pyongyang, Trump misses out on its nuclear & missile traffic with Iran and other rogue states.

August 10, 2017, 7:42 PM (IDT)

US special forces are helping open Iran’s door to Lebanon, while keeping shut its entry to Iraq.

August 10, 2017, 7:42 PM (IDT)

They advised the Syrian opposition movement to disarm and go into post-war opposition politics.

August 10, 2017, 7:42 PM (IDT)

Barzani propositions Putin for help when Tehran cautions Kurds against independence referendum.


  1. Many thanks for taking free time to post “Debka News – Updates”.
    Thank you so much once more, Kristy

  2. Re a viable alternative(option) to the Iran Nuclear deal: Why didn’t we pursue the Big Stick Diplomacy that has been so successful in the past? In this case, it could be continued economic sanctions plus the availability of rocket-propelled bombs (non-nuclear) that have been developed by our U.S. air force during the last 4-5 years? It’s not too late to do so.
    George Epstein
    Los Angeles