818 articles tagged "Iran"
Iran Builds Hamas Fortifications for War on Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 14, 2011

Experts of Khatam al-Anbiya, the engineering arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards-IRGC, are supervising the rapid construction of a system of fortifications that crisscrosses the entire 360- square kilometer-area of the Gaza Strip - wholly underground. The Gaza system is more advanced than the one Iran built for Hizballah. Tehran has also smuggled into Gaza Yemeni fighters of AQAP.

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USS Enterprise heads for Lebanese shores
Lebanon in crisis: Hizballah quits government, US-French buildup
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 12, 2011

Backed from Tehran, Hizballah and its Christian ally Michel Aoun abruptly quit the Lebanese unity government Wednesday, Jan. 12, to pave the way for their seizure of power in Beirut. They struck as the Special Tribunal for Lebanon's prosecutor prepared to hand over "within hours or days" indictments naming Hizballah officials in the Hariri assassination. The US and France are bolstering their naval units ready for a showdown over Beirut. Israel is on standby.

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Iran exhibits handguns, one fitted with silencer, allegedly used by Mossad agents
Iran now threatens neighbors hosting "Zionist facilities"
DEBKAfile Special Report January 11, 2011

Tuesday, Jan. 11, Iran's intelligence minister Heidar Moslehi called his second news conference in two days to pour more abuse on Israel and its spy agency and accuse them of trying to retard "scientific progress in Muslim nations." He displayed weapons allegedly used by "more than 10" suspected Mossad agents against Iran's nuclear scientists and threatened neighbors harboring "Zionist facilities" with "heavy blows."
debkafile: Iran is only just starting its intelligence war on Israel. No comment from Jerusalem. 

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The late John Wheeler - a mysterious death
Is John Wheeler America's Dr. David Kelly?
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly January 11, 2011

In its coming issue out next Friday, DEBKA-Net-Weekly looks behind the unsolved murder of former high-ranking US White House official John Wheeler, especially at the suspicion that its motive may have been tied to the active interest he was showing in cyber warfare - or even Iran's reprisal for Stuxnet and its murdered nuclear scientists.
Like the Wheeler case, the death of the British biological warfare expert Dr. David Kelly in the UK in 2003 five months after the US-British invasion of Iraq, remains unsolved.
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Majid Majali poses as Mossad agent for Iranian TV
Iran opens three intelligence fronts against Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 10, 2011

Monday night, Jan. 10, Tehran launched against Israel a full-scale intelligence onslaught on three fronts: It claimed to have rolled up a Mossad network implicated in the assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist last January; accused Israel of kidnapping a former deputy defence minster; put a young man posing as a Mossad agent on television and invented a new blood libel.
debkafile: The "agent's" performance was unconvincing, but the blood libel could imperil Iran's 20,000 Jews.

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Jihad Islami shows weapons in Gaza for attacking Israel
Iran-built Hamas command centers in Gaza targeted
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 10, 2011

The Israeli air strikes in Gaza early Monday, Jan. 10, officially described as aimed at "terrorist targets" and "smuggling tunnels", were in fact missions for destroying the new Hamas underground command centers which Iranian Revolutionary Guards engineers are building across the enclave, debkafile's exclusive sources report. Israel is about to change its Gaza strategy and move away from predictable operations that serve Iran's goals, one of which is punishment for the attacks on its nuclear facilities and personnel.

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The heavy water plant at Arak - for the plutonium track to a bomb
Iran's short cuts to an N-bomb before 2015
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 9, 2011

The Mossad ex-chief Meir Dagan's estimated timeline of 2015 for Iran to attain a nuclear bomb may well be superseded if Tehran takes advantage of available shorts cuts, debkafile's intelligence sources report. Iran is likely to have hidden still undiscovered uranium enrichment facilities and research labs. It could use allied facilities like those of North Korea to reach its target, or again outsource nuclear production like the North Korean plutonium plant in Syria which Israel destroyed in 2007.

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Iraq's radical Moqtada Sadr ready to move in
Iran builds new Eastern Front in Iraq
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 6, 2011

Jordan's King Abdullah's phone call to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Wednesday Jan. 5 dealt marginally with stalled diplomacy with the Palestinians. He was more concerned about the devastating effect of Iran's advancing domination of Iraq in the face of America's inaction. That day, the anti-US radical Iraqi cleric Muqtada Sadr, a close ally of Hizballah's Hassan Nasrallah, marched home from Iran; the new Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi paid his first visit to Baghdad.

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Ahmadinejad - stripped of allies
Widening cracks in Ahmadinejad's grip on power
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 4, 2011

There are growing indications that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is facing his second epic struggle to stay in power since the popular riots of 2009 - with his back to the wall. debkafile's exclusive Iranian sources report that the president's situation must be dire indeed because Monday night, Jan. 3, he called off at the last minute a secret trip to Beirut by his chef de bureau and kinsman Rahim Esfandiar Mashaee for winding up a key power move in Lebanon.

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Meir Dagan ends a remarkable career as Mossad chief
C-in-C of Israel's covert war on Iran retires at its high point
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 3, 2011

The cabinet in Jerusalem quietly took leave Sunday, Jan. 2, of Meir Dagan, marking the end of his eight remarkable years as head of the Mossad, Israel's external intelligence, espionage and covert warfare service. His retirement - after several extensions - won a backhanded dig from Tehran amid glowing commendations elsewhere. One minister noted last week: "Iran does not currently have the ability to make a nuclear bomb on its own. We are talking in terms of three years."

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North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear testing site
North Korea may be setting up a nuclear test for Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 1, 2011

US and South Korean intelligence experts strongly suspect that Iranian nuclear specialists visiting North Korea last month were putting their heads together with their hosts on a joint North Korean-Iranian nuclear test, especially since a small Iranian group was taken on a secret side-trip to North Korea's Punggye-ri testing site near the Chinese border for an extensive briefing. One source in Seoul reported the visitors had brought with them to Pyongyang a large sum of money, up to $150 million. 

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Tehran's Tit for Tat: The First Agent Is Hanged
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 30, 2010

Tehran is holding more accused spies ready for execution as a bargaining chip to hang over the heads of the Six Powers when nuclear negotiations resume in the first week of January in Istanbul. This threat is also present for halting the secret war now in full spate.

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US, Israel, Iran in a Wilderness of Mirrors
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 30, 2010

The CIA and Mossad are presumed to maintain an undercover command center inside Iran for conducting major subversive operations against Tehran's nuclear program and military infrastructure. Iranian intelligence is fighting fire with fire. All three are caught up in the endless maze of double agents.

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Moshe Yaalon
Israel Marks Signal Victory in Holding Back Iran's Nuclear Bomb Drive
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 30, 2010

Israel chalks up a victory in its secret war for delaying Iran's attainment of a nuclear bomb. Minister for Strategic affairs Moshe Yaalon noted: Iran is not currently able to make a nuclear bomb on its own - an oblique reference to the Stuxnet virus reportedly developed jointly with the US. He implied the ball was now in Washington's court to keep North Korea from coming to Iran's aid.

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Alireza Asgari missing for 4 years
Vahidi says Israel murdered his ex-deputy. Israeli braces for terror reprisal
DEBKAfile Special Report December 29, 2010

As the Iranian-Israeli clandestine war heated up, Iran's Defense Minister Gen. Ahmad Vahidi bluntly accused Israel  Wednesday, Dec. 28, of  "the suspected death" of "Iranian prisoner Ali-Reza Asgari." He said: "If the credibility of this report is proved, the dossier on Israel's kidnappings, assassinations and murders will become thicker." debkafile's military sources: The Iranian charge was serious enough to raise fears that a large-scale act of terror may be on the way. Israel has blacked out news relating to Asgari.

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Alleged Mossad spy executed at Evin Prison, Tehran
The dark side of the US-Israeli covert war with Iran
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly December 28, 2010

The hanging of Ali Akbar Siadati as a Mossad spy in Tehran Tuesday, Dec, 28 offered a glimpse of the brutal war waged between the CIA and Mossad, on the one hand, and Iran's clandestine agencies, on the other. It comes to the public attention only rarely, when exploits like the Stuxnet malworm invasion and violent deaths of top Iranian nuclear scientists indicate Western agencies have the upper hand.

But this murky contest has its ups and downs, as DEBKA-Net-Weekly's exclusive intelligence sources reveal in its latest issue out last Friday.

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Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
US Brainchild: Trial in Absentia for Hizballah Leaders
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 23, 2010

The Obama administration has a plan for closing Hassan Nasrallah's options on the Hariri tribunal which could also be applied to Osama bin Laden and other elusive terrorists: Trial in absentia. The tribunal itself is dragging its feet and may not be ready to go before the spring.

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Stuart Levey
Tehran Builds a Financial Buffer Ready for Nuclear Talks to Fail
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 23, 2010

Tehran has developed four systems for beating sanctions, including hawala, smuggling, recruiting ex-pats and big power help – except for the hard-hitting fuel penalties which bite deep. Certain that the next round of nuclear talks with the world powers will fail, Iran imposed austerity measures to build itself a financial cushion.

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Khaled Meshaal
Hamas Sets up a Secret Palestinian Government-in-Exile in Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 23, 2010

Tehran is promoting the creation of a Hamas government-in-exile. It will remain secret until the moment is at hand to topple the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah and take its place. Hamas-Gaza is left out in the cold.

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Hizballah's commander Al Qods Gen. Hossein Mahadavi
Iranian Guards to upgrade Hizballah fortifications
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 23, 2010

After studying Israel's military exercise near the Syrian-Lebanese border last week, Tehran transferred a team of Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Special Engineers from Syria to Lebanon for recommendations on how its lessons should be applied to Hizballah's war array, debkafile reports. Some 20-30 Iranian officer-engineers are examining Hizballah fortifications sector by sector. The Israeli exercise simulated a drive into Lebanon by IDF infantry and armored forces in the event of a large-scale Hizballah incursion into N. Israel.

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