816 articles tagged "Iran"
Barack Obama and King Abdullah
Princes Rattled by Ageing Monarch’s Constant Reshuffles
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 29, 2014

King Abdullah has been reshuffling power in Saudi Arabia, raising the ire of some royal family members and leaving the army and defense ministry unstable.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Shinzo Abe
Japan Teams up with Israel against Cyber Links between China, North Korea, Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 15, 2014

Japan and Israel ink a deal to cooperate on cyber security, as Tokyo fears the expertise passing through China, North Korea, and Iran leaves it vulnerable.

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John Kerry and Mahmoud Abbas
Hamas Forges Unity with Fatah – But Also Reopens Gaza Door to Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 15, 2014

Hamas and Fatah reconciliation will soon bring about a unity government of technocrats, as Hamas seeks to revive its ties with Iran.

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Hassan Rouhani and Ilham Aliyev
Alyev’s Turn Away from the US over Ukraine May Deprive Israel of Vital Listening-Posts
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 8, 2014

Strategically located Azerbaijan cools longstanding economic and security ties with Jerusalem and Washington, looking to Iran for new alliance.

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Nouri al-Maliki
Polling in Iraq, Syria and Egypt May Cleave Mid East into Two New Blocs
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 1, 2014

Iran buttresses two Arab governments plus Hizballah versus Saudi-backed Egypt and the UAE.

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Bashar Assad and Hassan Nasrallah
Washington’s Dialogue with Tehran Extends to an Elevated Hizballah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 25, 2014

Hizballlah leader Hassan Nasrallah seeks the role of key to resolving the Syrian civil conflict and the Obama administration in deference to that role has launched a secret dialogue with the Lebanese group.

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Chlorine canister for gas bomb
New Syrian-Iranian chlorine bombs make mockery of US-Russian chemical accord and UN monitors
DEBKAfile Special Report April 21, 2014

On April 11, Syrian planes dropped Chinese-manufactured chlorine gas canisters rigged with explosive detonators on Kafr Zita near Hama. Since then, British and French intelligence sources report at least four such attacks against the northern towns of Idlib and Homs and the Harasta and Jobar districts outside Damascus. Assad is dropping these crippling gas bombs at the rate of one every three days, mocking the 2013 Kerry-Lavrov chemical disarmament pact. debkafile: Iran is buying Chinese chlorine in industrial quantities off the Internet from a Hangzhou-based firm.

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Climbing up Tel Al-Ahmer, Syrian Golan
Assad musters large Syrian-Hizballah-Iraqi force to recover forward Golan position opposite Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 9, 2014

The Syrian army’s 90th Brigade’s loss of the forward Tel Al-Ahmar Golan position to rebel forces including al Qaeda’s Nusra Front was Bashar Assad’s most humiliating military setback in the past year. Situated on the Israeli border, that position commands the Golan town of Quneitra opposite the Israeli army. Determined to recover it, Assad has mustered a Syrian-Hizballah-Iraqi Shiite expeditionary force. Israel will have to decide how to deal with violations of the Golan demilitarized zone if the Syrian army uses heavy armor and mounts air strikes against the rebels.

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Intense fighting for Kasab in northwest Syria
Syrian rebels allowed to attack Latakia from Turkish soil under Turkish air cover. Iran raises Cain in Ankara
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 29, 2014

Turkey has ratcheted up its intervention in the Syrian war to an unprecedented level, debkafile reports exclusively. For the first time in the three-year conflict, Turkey is giving Syrian rebel forces, including  the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front, passage through its territory to attack the northwestern Syrian coastal area around Latakia, the Assad clan’s birthplace. But if the rebels are thrown back, will the Turkish army come to their aid?  If so, it would be Ankara’s first outright military incursion into Syria and NATO’s first intrusion in its civil war.

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Saudi King Abdullah and Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani
Secret Saudi-Iranian Dialogue in Oman Augurs Rouhani Visit to Riyadh
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 13, 2014

The Saudis and Iranians have been in secret dialogue since Hassan Rouhani was elected president last year in order to allay the hostility between them.

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Binyamin Netanyahu
Saudi-Iranian Peace Moves Dash Israel’s Plans – Especially If Egypt Is Drawn in
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 13, 2014

Israel’s forebodings focus on the Egyptian strongman lest he be drawn into the secret Saudi-Iranian love fest in progress now.

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Assessing Iran's Cyber Warfare Capacity
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 28, 2014

Washington holds back from engaging Syria in cyber warfare fearing unpredictable reprisals from Iran, whose cyber war capacity is largely unknown.

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Baluchi, Khuzestani Unrest at Iran’s Back Door and the Kurdish reach for the Mediterranean
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 20, 2014

Tehran is more worried about the Kurdish reach to the Mediterranean which is sweeping up the movement in Syria, Iraq and Iran that its nuclear dispute with the world powers.

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Visiting Israeli military hospital for Syrian war wounded
New high-tech IDF Bashan Division on Golan. Syrian mortar shells miss visiting Israel leaders
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 19, 2014

Israel’s top leaders marked the second round of nuclear talks between the Six Powers and Iran with a visit Tuesday, Feb. 18, to injured Syrians at the IDF field hospital in central Golan. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said: “I would like to tell the world today that Iran has changed neither its aggressive policy nor its brutal character…” debkafile: The IDF has thrown up a new dual bulwark on both sides of the Syrian border, including the new Bashan territorial division complete with a high-tech combat intelligence collection battalion.

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The late Hizballah master-terrorist Imad Mughniyeh
Hizballah calls off annual Mughniyeh memorial for fear of terrorist attacks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 14, 2014

The Lebanese Shiite Hizballah, itself a listed terrorist group, was forced Thursday, Feb. 13 to cancel its most solemn annual event in memory of fabled “special security chief” Imad Mughniyeh for fear of terrorist attack. Hassan Nasrallah traditionally addresses these events. debkafile’s counter-terror sources report that al Qaeda and Sunni extremists have since last July carried out 10 suicide bombings, claiming scores of lives in Beirut and across Lebanon. Security is doubled up for Nasrallah and other top operatives on a tip that they are gunning for them in person.

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Revolutionary Guards Plot Rouhani’s Overthrow and Shutdown of Nuclear Diplomacy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 13, 2014

Iran’s leaders mark revolutionary anniversary with menacing speeches denouncing America and Israel and downgrading their military prowess against their own military capabilities.

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James Clapper, US Intelligence Director
US grants Iran a seat at the next round of Geneva II conference on Syria - alongside big powers
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2014

The second round of the Geneva II conference on the Syrian conflict opens Monday, Feb. 10 – this time with a seat at the table for the Iranian delegation provided by Washington, debkafile reports exclusively. Last week the US banned Iranian participation. Washington’s turnabout now was relayed to the Iranian officials at the secret alternative conference taking place unannounced in Bern, where the real business is contracted – not at Montreux. The US has thus awarded Iran major power status for the first time at an international event determining an important Mid East issue.

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How Geneva-2 Mutated Secretly into Bern-1 – Open to Iran, Off-Limits to EU and Mid East Delegates
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 31, 2014

“The biggest diplomatic fraud in a decade" was how one Syria watcher called Geneva-2 which was staged as an exercise in misdirection to conceal the real conference in Bern with Iran at center stage.

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Tayyip Recep Erdogan and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Ankara Schemes with Tehran to Scoop US Diplomacy on Syria and Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 31, 2014

Erdogan visits Tehran to mark the end of Turkish cooperation with Washington and the start of a new era for the two non-Arab powers to start dominating the Middle East.

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Erdogan visits Tehran
Erdogan in Iran to hatch joint plans for striking US interests
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 29, 2014

Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan has snapped his links with Washington and rushed into Iran's arms for direct action against US interests. He is spiting the Obama administration in the belief of a US plot to replace him with President Abdullah Gul and discredit him by corruption scandals implicating members of his family in sanctions-busting business with Iran through the state-owned Turkish Halkbank. The new DEBKA Weekly out next Friday charts Ankara-Tehran conspiracies against America and their alignment’s bearing on Mid-East affairs.
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