DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 2, 2016
The chief of staff of the Iranian military, Maj. Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi, arrived in Damascus on April 30 to assume direct command of the Iranian and Hizballah forces fighting in Syria, debkafile’s military and intelligence sources report. His arrival shifts Iran intervention in Syria into high gear.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 21, 2016
Iran is plagued by international banking woes.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 2, 2016
At a news conference Friday, April 1, at the end of the nuclear summit, Barack Obama demanded more Western trade benefits for Iran – despite its “provocative” actions. debkafile: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has forced President Hassan Rouhani to earmark 50 percent of funds released by sanctions relief for those same “provocative” actions – namely, Iran’s nuclear and missile programs. If he fails to keep the money flowing, he risks fate of a “traitor” and doomed to extreme penalties.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 31, 2016
A North Korean sales delegation spent two weeks in Tehran this month for negotiating nuclear and missiles transactions. This time Pyongyang wants cash not just an oil commitment, but Tehran is making an effort to come up with the funds.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 24, 2016
Khamenei keeps up his persecution of President Rouhani and abuse of America without pause.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 17, 2016
Russia pulls the bulk of its forces out of Syria after achieving its purpose, with hardly a shot fired against ISIS, whose strongholds in the eastern sector are left for the US-led coalition to fight.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis February 26, 2016
US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Kerry fondly hoped that the nuclear agreement signed with Iran would bring to the surface a new type of leader - more liberal and less liable to restart the nuclear arms program - in the twin elections taking place in the Islamic Republic Friday, Feb. 26. They are in for a disappointment, say debkafile’s Iran analysts. The hardliners and fundamentalists purged moderates from the lists of candidates for the Majlis and the Assembly of Experts, which is responsible for choosing the supreme leader.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2016
The Russians are preparing a section of Moscow, or alternatively Minsk, to accommodate Bashar Assad in exile along with an entourage of 1,000-1,500 relatives, generals and hangers-on.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 28, 2016
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani likes the Obama-Putin pact for Syria for rescuing Iran out of an expensive blind alley, but, in Tehran’s parallel government, Khamenei calls the shots and he has not uttered.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 21, 2016
To save the nuclear accord, the US must fight Iran’s avowed mistrust and resist its attempts to collaborate with Russia to push the United States out of the Middle East.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 14, 2016
With Khamenei in failing health, the capture of 10 US sailors and its worldwide coverage was intended by Iran’s Guards as a stunt to boost the radical’s election prospects for parliament and the high-powered Assembly of Experts.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 24, 2015
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was so impressed by IRGC Gen. Gholam-Hossein Gheyb-Parvar’s success in crushing an anti-government uprising in the southern province of Fars, that he sent him to Damascus for a similar mission in Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 17, 2015
The notorious Al Qods chief, promoted to commander of Iranian ME forces in the Syrian and Iraqi wars, has dropped out of sight. It is not clear whether he was badly injured at Aleppo or Ayatollah Khamenei has banished him for getting too big for his boots.
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.
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.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 5, 2015
The contest between America and Russia has begun, joined by three other combatants.
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.
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?
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.