Trump ISIS Leak to Russia Could End Israel-U.S. Intelligence Sharing

President Donald Trump’s decision to disclose highly classified information to Russia, which Israel reportedly provided to Washington, has put the intelligence services “in crisis,” according to a former senior Israeli intelligence official and recruiter of assets for Israel’s Shin Bet security service. As Washington’s key Middle East ally and partner on counter-terrorism, Israel has a […]

Putin offers transcript to prove Trump did not pass Russia secrets

Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump had not divulged any secrets during a meeting in Washington with Russian officials and offered to prove it by supplying Congress with a transcript. But a leading U.S. Republican politician said he would have little faith in any notes Putin might supply. Two U.S. officials […]

US Tomahawk cruise missiles for ISIS-Sinai HQ

The US Mediterranean fleet is moving into position ready for a decision to launch Tomahawk cruise missiles for a crushing assault on the Islamic State’s mountain strongholds in central Sinai, DEBKAfile’s military and counterterrorism sources report. This would be the second American strike in a month against a Middle East target, after 59 cruise missiles […]

End of ISIS Nears As Forces Supported by U.S. and Russia Close in On Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

The final days of the Islamic State group may be nearer than ever. Nearly three years after the founding of its caliphate, ISIS faces almost total expulsion from Iraq and a formidable showdown with forces backed by the U.S. and Russia in its two remaining hubs of control in Syria. In Iraq, ISIS is poised for defeat in […]

Egypt’s Coptic Christians Celebrate Easter in the Shadow of ISIS

As Christians around the world celebrate Easter Sunday, eight million of them will be praying alongside security checkpoints, police guards and the threat of religious violence. This is the fate of the Coptic Christians of Egypt — an ancient religious minority whose persecution today is “the worst it has ever been,” according to analysts. Bombers […]

US-led coalition strikes IS store with chemical weapon in Deir-ez-Zor, hundreds dead

The US-led coalition has struck an ISIS store with chemical weapons, as the Syrian General Staff has reported. The Air Forces have struck headquarters and stores of the Islamic State in the area of Jalta near the city of Deir-ez-Zor (420km away from Damascus). As a result, hundreds of people were poisoned. According to the […]

U.S. drops ‘mother of all bombs’ on ISIS in Afghanistan

The United States has dropped its largest non-nuclear weapon after it targeted ISIS a network of caves and tunnels in eastern Afghanistan. U.S. forces used a GPS-guided GBU-43 bomb, which is 30 feet long and weighs a staggering 21,600 pounds. A crater left by the blast is believed to be more than 300 meters wide […]

Mattis: U.S. Syria policy is still to defeat ISIS

The campaign in Syria to defeat the Islamic State is unchanged by the U.S. missile strikes against the Assad regime, which should not be seen as a prelude to U.S. participation in the Syrian civil war, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Tuesday. “Our priority remains the defeat of ISIS,” Mattis said during his first news […]

Rephidim, Amalek then: Bir Gafgafa, ISIS now

They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?” The Lord said to Moses, take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and […]

Analysis: Palm Sunday church bombing in Egypt shows security is failing

Fashil — “failed” — thats how many Egyptians, particularly Coptic Christians, are describing their governments handling of security in Egypt in the aftermath of the Palm Sunday bombings in Alexandria and Tanta.The bombings, claimed by ISIS, left at least 43 dead and almost 120 wounded.Video posted on Facebook shows an angry crowd surrounding, then beating, […]