161 articles tagged "Ayatollah Ali Khamenei"
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Russia Races Fast Forward with Iran to Dominate Syria and Iraq
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 26, 2015

Believing he was cheated by Obama, Putin has joined up with Tehran to seize control of Syria and Iraq at the expense of American interests.

Iran Is Already Playing Fast and Loose with Nuclear Deal Restrictions
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 12, 2015

President Rouhani is losing his fight to stop Khamenei and his hard-line camp from reneging on the Vienna nuclear accord, especially since he can’t prove that sanctions relief, even if forthcoming in full, would not save the Iranian economy from catastrophe.

The Dangerous Slide into a Five-Sided Proxy War in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 5, 2015

The contest between America and Russia has begun, joined by three other combatants.

High-Tech Israeli Drones See into Cores of Clandestine Iranian Nuclear Facilities
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 10, 2015

Israel drones have been upgraded with Japanese technology to see into the cores of nuclear plants and collect samples. The data and radioactive dust found in undeclared Iranian nuclear plants have been handed to the US and the nuclear watchdog.

Zawahri Races for an Opening to ISIS to Beat Iran for a Deal with Al-Baghdadi
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 10, 2015

Al Qaeda’s Ayman Al-Zawahri, after three years’ silence, has offered to cooperate with ISIS, stepping in as fundamentalist voices in Tehran call for talks with the Islamic State. Who will get there first?

A long way to go for Iranian approval of nuclear accord
The nuclear chess game begins: Iran plays for sanctions relief before compliance with deal
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 4, 2015

The crowing over Barack Obama’s success in gaining congressional support for his Iranian nuclear deal against Binyamin Netanyahu’s defeat is premature. The Vienna nuclear deal of June 14 was the first round of the game. More are still to come, before either can be said to have won or lost. The biggest hurdle is Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s silence on where he stands, except for insisting on immediate sanctions relief. Netanyahu and AIPAC are fully fired up to take their campaign against a nuclear-armed Iran to the next stage: the fight over sanctions.

Khamenei Stays Enigmatic as Nuclear Deal Passes (unendorsed) from Hand to Hand in Tehran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 20, 2015

As Obama fights for congressional approval of the Iran nuclear deal, Khamenei keeps the document moving around regime institutions without showing any sign of intending to endorse it.

Al Qods chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani
Iran to arm West Bank Palestinians for new Eastern Front to “efface”Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 17, 2015

Al Qods commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani, acting on the orders of Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, this week set up a new Iranian Eastern Command of the Revolutionary Guards to fight Israel, debkafile reports exclusively. Its first task is to hand out weapons, including missiles, to West Bank Palestinians, in order to replicate the armed fronts facing Israel from South Lebanon (Hizballah) and the Gaza Strip (Hamas and Islamic Jihad). Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is preparing to pay his first visit to Tehran in many years.


Iran's long-range ballistic Shahab-3
Iran plans missile tests to flaunt defiance of Vienna deal and UNSC resolution
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 3, 2015

With US Secretary of State John Kerry due in Qatar Monday, Aug. 3, to ease Gulf security concerns about the Vienna nuclear accord with Iran, the highest authorities in Tehran Sunday, Aug. 2, launched a public campaign in support of impending ballistic missile tests. This would flaunt Tehran’s non-acceptance of their prohibition under the Vienna nuclear accord and UN Security Council Resolution 2231 of July 20. The students of nine Tehran universities and Qom seminaries called on army chief Maj Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi, to immediately stage long-range ballistic missile tests to invalidate the ban.. 

Khamenei Shuts US Firms out of Iran’s Post-Sanctions Economy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 30, 2015

Khamenei, before ratifying the nuclear deal, shuts Iran’s doors to business with US firms, hands out gas concessions to Italy and France, oil and nuclear industry to Russia, refineries to China.

Iran Didn’t Need to Build a Nuke. It Outplayed Six World Powers with Nothing but the Threat
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 16, 2015

Khamenei didn’t need a nuke to get what he wanted from the world powers. The threat posed by an elaborate nuclear program was enough for him to parlay into world-class status as a nuclear threshold state.

President Rouhani vs Ali Jaafari
Back in Tehran… Khamenei adds red lines, Rouhani tries to resign, Jaafari hints at “fait accompli” soon
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 12, 2015

Tehran is divided over whether or not to sign a comprehensive nuclear accord with the six world powers in Vienna as 22 agonizing months of negotiations falter on the brink. Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was hardly helpful when he said publicly on Saturday, July 11: “The US is the true embodiment of global arrogance,” the fight against which “could not be interrupted” even after the completion of the nuclear talks. But President Rouhani, on the point of resigning on June 26, failed in an heated interview to talk him round.

Khamenei’s Last-Minute Red Lines: A Blocking Tactic or a Hard Bargain?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 25, 2015

Supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei is keeping all parties, including his own capital, on tenterhooks until the last minute before June 30. Will the nuclear deal get signed? And if it is, how much will it cost?

Gen . Qassem Soleimani on the Iraqi warfront
Khamenei sacks Qassem Soleimani from command of the Syrian war
DEBKAfile Special Report June 24, 2015

Uproar in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has relieved Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Al Qods Brigades chief and supreme commander of Iran's Middle East forces, of his Syria command after a string of fiascos. He remains in charge of Iran’s military and intelligence operations in Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon. This is revealed exclusively by debkafile. Tehran was shocked to find it was too stretched for troops and funds to uphold its commitments on four warfronts – Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon - without straining the reserves for combating a potential ISIS attack.

Khamenei Sacks Qassem Soleimani from Command of the Syrian War Arena
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 18, 2015

The Revolutionary Guards chief Gen. Jafari convinced Khamenei that Qassem Soleimani as expert on subversion and terror was not the right general for multiple warfronts. He was vindicated by the setbacks in Syria and Iraq.

US Patriots stationed in Saudi Arabia
Two major Mid East escalations: Yemeni rebels fire Scuds at Saudi air base. ISIS warns Syrian rebels
DEBKAfile Special Report June 6, 2015

Riyadh reported Saturday, June 6, that Patriot batteries had intercepted Scud missiles fired by Yemen Houthi rebels at Khamis al-Mushait, the kingdom’s largest air base, from which Saudi jets take off to strike Yemeni rebels. debkafile’s military sources disclose that the Patriots, activated for the first time, were manned by American teams – the first direct US intervention on the Saudi side of the Yemen conflict. Khamenei’s statement on Iranian troops for Syria is awaited. ISIS meanwhile warns Syrian rebels in the south to break off contact with US-Jordanian and Israeli command centers.

ISIS victory parade in Ramadi, Iraq
The US and Iraqi and Syrian armies go to pieces against ISIS drive. Israel, Jordan, Saudis alarmed
DEBKAfile Special Report May 21, 2015

The fall of Damascus and Baghdad, or large slices thereof, to the rapacious Islamic State, is no longer the subject of strategic forecasts, but here and now. It is the price the region is paying for President Barack Obama’s single-minded obsession with détente with Tehran and a nuclear accord. Ramadi’s fall in Iraq and Palmyra’s in Syria proved ISIS’s ability to rock the Middle East to its foundations. Watching the threats closing in, Jerusalem, Amman and Riyadh grasp they may have to contend alone – not just with Iran but also with ISIS.

Khamenei Puts Obama on the Spot with an Iranian Ship for Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 14, 2015

The Iranian ship heading for Yemen was set on course to mess Obama’s summit conference wit5h Gulf rulers.

Iran’s Guards Drum up Armed Incidents to Scuttle Nuclear Accord
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 7, 2015

Khamenei is all in favor of such incidents as the seizure of a commercial vessel by IRGC’s navy as it gives him levers of control and bargaining chips.

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter:The nuclear option is on the table
Obama still believes in a nuclear deal, although Iran is skittish - even against a military option
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 12, 2015

The Obama administration is swinging between conflicting signals on the Iranian nuclear deal. In the face of tough conditions laid down by Tehran, the US president said in Panama Sunday, April 12: “Iran has it own politics and “hardliners” who need to be satisfied, but “there may be ways to structure the final nuclear deal that achieve core objectives while satisfying Iran’s pride.” Just Saturday, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said: “We have the capability to shut down, set back and destroy the Iranian nuclear program.” This confusion is useful fodder for Tehran.

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