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The Concept of Greater Jordan and the Creation of a Safe-Zone in South Syria

Click Here for PDF of this Report June 27, 2017 Intelligence Report The Concept of Greater Jordan and the Creation of a Safe-Zone in South Syria  Information: Reportedly in June 2017 the United States, Russia and Jordan signed a memorandum establishing a “Safe-Zone” in southern Syria – a 30-kilometer-wide strip in Syria running parallel to the Jordanian border. The exact…

Immediate Intelligence Bulletin: Senior Syrian or Hezbollah Military Commander Reportedly killed in Israeli air strike in the Golan Heights

******* Immediate Intelligence Bulletin   Date Report Published: March 19,2017 Information: Senior Syrian or Hezbollah Military Commander Reportedly killed in Israeli air strike in the Golan Heights Date of event: March 19, 2017 Date information received: March 19, 2017 Information Platform: Varied Information Platform Evaluation:  Unknown Source: Varied Source Evaluation: Unknown Spring:   Unknown Spring Evaluation: Unknown Information disclosed: Arab platforms…

A Prediction Materialized: Iranian Proxy Vows to “Fight to Liberate the Golan Heights”

Inside the Middle East – Intelligence Perspectives Intelligence Bulletin     March 14, 2017   A Prediction Materialized: Iranian Proxy Vows to “Fight to liberate the Golan Heights”   Information: In my January 2017 article “A Growing Whirlpool of Violence: The Middle East Legacy of Barack Obama “ I made the following prediction regarding the growing direct and indirect Iranian…

Desperate Situation in Syria Reports of People Eating Cats and Dogs

 ******* Intelligence Bulletin   Information Date:    October 15, 2013 Event Date:    Ongoing Information Item:    The siege forces Syrians in Damascus to eat cats, dogs and donkeys Information Platform:    Varied Source:    Arab news and social media platforms Source Reliability:    Known mostly as reliable Spring:    Islamic Spiritual leaders in Damascus Spring Reliability:     Evaluated as reliable Information Validity:    Unclear Relevant Information:    Accumulating reports indicate that an ongoing siege imposed by Assad’s military on different parts of Damascus, the capitol of Syria, is creating a severe humanitarian crisis. According to different sources, due to the lack of basic commodities and food, Islamic clergy have issued a religious ordinance (Fatwah in Arabic) permitting the eating of cats, dogs and monkeys. According to one source, such…

Iranian Soldiers Carry Passports to Heaven – Intelligence Bulletin

******* Intelligence Bulletin Information Date:              April 14, 2013 Event Date:                             Recent – Specific Date Unknown                      Information Item:              Iranian Soldiers in Syria carry “Passports to Heaven”       Information Platform:      Arab Media, Visual Source:                                   Ahrar Al Sham Group (Syria) Source Reliability:              Unknown Relevant Information:      Reportedly, a “Passport to Heaven” was found in the possession of an Iranian soldier in a recent raid conducted by the rebel group, Ahrar Al Sham Al Islamiya, on the base of the 17th Brigade of Assad‘s army in the city of Rakka. Accumulating reports indicate that members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards have been sent to Syria to support the Assad regime in the war in Syria. It should be mentioned that during the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988) the Iranian…

Did Israelis Kill Leader of Iranian Revolutionary Guards?

******* Intelligence Bulletin March 16 2013 Information Date:                                    March 16 2013 Information Item:                                    Iranian General was killed by an Israeli Elite force in Beirut? Information Details:                               The Iranian Revolutionary Guards General Hassan Shatri who reportedly was killed during Israeli air strike on the area of Damascus was in fact killed in Beirut by Israeli elite force. Information Platforme:                        Arab Media Source:                                                          Unknown nformation Platform Reliability:     The media platform is generally known as reliable Information Validity:                             Unconfirmed Relevant information:                           Read more about the killing of General Hassan Shatri in my article “How where and when was the Iranian General killed?”published February 15 2013. Assessment:                                                Though the information platform is known to be generally reliable, the information has no confirmation from other sources. Different…

How, Where and When was the Iranian General Killed?

February 15. 2013 by Avi Melamed According to reports, sometime between Wednesday and Thursday night (February 13-14) a senior Iranian official named Husam Chod Nuis described as “the Iranian President’s Representative in Lebanon” was killed in an ambush. According to sources, this man was actually an Iranian General named Hassan Shatri, and he was the key Iranian in Lebanon and Syria: • For the past seven years Shatri served as the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Forces in Lebanon. • He was in charge of the Iranian financial support of Hezbollah – totaling some $200,000,000 a year. • He was in charge of the military training of Hezbollah forces. • He was in charge of the transport of weapons…

Israel – Hamas Prisoner Swap Deal: Arab Perspectives

  October 30, 2011 by Avi Melamed About 3 years ago, Khaled Mashal (also known as Abu Walid) the leader of Hamas in Damascus, received a phone call from Omar Suleiman, the head of the Egyptian General Intelligence Service. “I have some good news, Abu Walid,” said Suleiman, “Israel has agreed to release one thousand Palestinian prisoners in return for (the Israeli soldier that was abducted by Hamas in June 2006) Gilad Shalit.” Mashal was ecstatic! “Great news!” he said “You have the green light from me to close the deal.” Omar Suleiman informed Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s president at the time, and Mubarak in turn, informed Bashar al-Assad, the president of Syria. Assad was furious. “Mashal is not in a…

Cautious Optimism

As we all eagerly await the anticipated release this Tuesday of Gilad Shalit I would like to share an article from May 2011 in which I expressed cautious optimism regarding the release of Gilad Shalit.  More important however, I would like to share with you what led me to that conclusion.  I hope the below piece helps you understand why, after more than five years, Hamas has decided “to make the deal.” May 2011 by Avi Melamed In May 2011 I was interviewed by the European online news portal www.Euobserver.com about the odds for a successful prisoner swap deal between Israel and Hamas. In this interview, I expressed cautious optimism regarding the odds of such a deal that would lead to the…

The Gaza Jungle: Hamas is Under Stress and Other Predators Smell It

April 16, 2011 by Avi Melamed According to reports, a senior Hamas terror militant was killed in a military attack that took place a couple of days ago in Sudan.  The Sudanese Government blames the attack on Israel. Sources say that the person who was killed was Abd al Latif Alashkar “The Blonde” a senior leader within Hamas’ weapon smuggling system.  “The Blonde” is the translation of “Alashkar,” yet this specific person, in his early 30’s, was totally not blonde (Alashkar, according to some information, replaced Mahmud Almabhuh, a senior Hamas leader that was killed in Dubai in January 2011.  According to reports, Almanbhuh was killed by Israeli Mossad agents).  Hamas denies reports of Alashkar’s death and claims that he is…

Chaos Spreads in Syria – An Opportunity for a Strategic Positive Turn in the Middle East

April 13 2011 by Avi Melamed The following message is a brief summary of an expanded article. Here are the main points: As of April 13th 2011, the situation in Syria is becoming more chaotic by the moment. Hundreds of Syrian civilians have been killed by Syrian security forces. The Syrian regime is operating a death squad called “The Ghosts” to take down Syrian civilian protestors. The University of Damascus is under siege and is occupied by the Syrian security forces. A humanitarian crisis is quickly developing in some Syrian cities. There is no bread or electricity in the city of Banias – one of the major centers of the uprising – and civilians that were shot and injured are…

Syria: The Wall of Fear is Cracking

March 21, 2011 by Avi Melamed The Tsunami wave is reaching the Syrian shore.  Riots are erupting in some Syrian cities.  Demonstrations are erupting in Damascus, Hums or Haleb, and Hama – all traditionally known as strongholds of Syrian opposition, mostly politically Islamist groups.  However, these demonstrations could be described as relatively low intensity demonstrations. One place is exceptional – the city of Dara’a next to the Syrian – Jordanian border.  Violent clashes are taking place in Dara’a over the past few days.  Five people were killed, hundreds injured, and dozens were arrested by the Syrian security forces…Yet- the riots and protests are not dying, in fact they are gaining momentum.  Government symbols in Dara’a were destroyed, the local Governor’s…

Syria: A Glimpse Behind the Curtain of Fear

March 5, 2011 by Avi Melamed The Syrian regime is taking some preemptive measures just to make sure that the Egyptian uprising will not create some “unhealthy thoughts” in the heads of the oppressed Syrian citizens. Allow me to introduce to you Unit 255 within the Syrian Internal Security apparatus.  Unit 255 is responsible for disinformation. Using a variety of State owned and controlled communication platforms Unit 255 is very busy these days. Under its direct command and authorization, false and misleading reports are being spread in Syria these days, telling people that Syrian drivers are “honking to express the solidarity of the Syrian citizens with their beloved President, Bashar Alasad.”  The Unit planted recently misleading information in the Internet and…

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