Thursday, 22 August 2013

Four Katyusha rockets fired from S. Lebanon on northern Israel

DEBKAfile Special Report Aug 22, 2013, 5:22 PM (IDT)
Residents of northern Israel – from the coastal towns in the West to Upper Galilee – have been ordered to go into shelters after sirens alerted the region to four rockets fired from South Lebanon. After returning fire, the IDF closed Galilee air space. Three rockets landed around Nahariya, Acre and Shlomi and further east near Kiryat Shemona. A fourth was intercepted by an Iron Dome battery. The rockets were launched in two volleys from the Tyre and Kleia regions of South Lebanon. No injuries are reported. Police are scouring the area for the fallen ordnance. Developing…
Western, Arab Intel Unimpressed by US Terror Alert
No extra security measures laid on in Mid East and Europe although September is a month to watch.
Syria between a US operation and a Saudi-Russian deal
Israel is pushing hard for a US-Arab operation against Assad to avert the fall of Aleppo.
Egypt’s Military Walks Away from Washington
The generals to outlaw the Muslim Brotherhood after rejecting “foreign mediation.”
Egyptian army
Egyptian army
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly
Aug 21, 2013, 10:30 AM (IDT)

Since unseating Mohamed Morsi on July 3, Egypt’s top soldier Gen. Abdel-Fateh El-Sisi has kept a large step ahead of his targets.DEBKA Weekly’s coming issue #600 out next Friday reveals the secrets of the Egyptian military ruler’s tactics. How he disarmed the Muslim Brotherhood and placed 10 out of 15 Brotherhood leaders behind bars. Most of all, he decides alone without aides or advisers – or even confiding in fellow generals. So no one can tell when and where the axe will fall next. To subscribe to DEBKA Weeklyclick here

Damascus under alleged chemical attack
DEBKAfile Special Report Aug 22, 2013, 9:53 AM (IDT)
By two comments, Israel confirmed Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 21 and 22, that the Assad regime had used chemical weapons on civilians in the region of Damascus – the first came from Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, and the second from Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz. 
Nerve gas reported used in Syria Aug. 21
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Aug 21, 2013, 12:41 PM (IDT)
Syrian opposition activists reported between 200 and 650 dead in a poison gas air strike by government forces on rebel-held areas of eastern Damascus Tuesday, Aug. 21.  DEBKAfile reports the first major incursion Saturday, Aug. 17 of Syrian rebels from Jordan into southern Syria, after US training in special operations.