810 articles tagged "Iran"
Russian-Venezuelan deal recoups $800 m lost on cancelled missile sale to Iran
Iran may get Russian S-300 interceptors after all - via Venezuela
DEBKAfile Special Report October 16, 2010

Russia appears ready to sell Venezuela the same five S-300PMU-1 air defense missile battalions it withheld from Iran because of international sanctions. debkafile's sources report Venezuela's ruler Hugo Chavez offered to buy them when he met Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow Thursday, Oct. 14.  Israel turned to Washington to try and block the transaction for its original client, Iran, to get hold of the sophisticated interceptors through its good friend Chavez.

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Sabotage deep underground
Blasts hit secret Iranian missile launching-pad for US, Israeli targets
DEBKAfile Special Report October 15, 2010

A top-secret Iranian military installation was struck by a triple blast Tues. Oct. 12 the day before Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad landed in Lebanon. debkafile's sources report the site held most of the Shehab-3 medium-range missile launchers stocked for striking US forces in Iraq and Israel - some set to deliver triple warheads (tri-conic nosecones). The underground bunkers housing the launchers at the Revolutionary Guards Imam Ali mountain base in Lorestan were built to defy sabotage.

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Wen Jiabao
Chinese Fighter-Bombers in the Skies of Iran and Turkey
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 15, 2010

China has decided to throw its military support behind Iran and the radical Middle East camp it leads including Syria and Turkey. Beiijng likes the Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan's plan for reviving the Non-Aligned Movement established in the 1950s.

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S-300
Tehran Offers a Billion Dollars for S-300 Blueprints
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 15, 2010

Iran is shopping around Russia's arms customers for S-300 missile technology hoping China will be forthcoming. Military chiefs have warned the regime that a US or Israeli attack is more probable than not and Iran's nuclear plants and Tehran are wide open without this advanced missile system.

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Chinese Air Force Su-27 warplane
Chinese warplanes make Mid East debut in Turkey and Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 12, 2010

The arrival of a new Middle East player has startled Washington and Jerusalem: debkafile's military sources disclose that when Turkish Prime Minister Tayyep Erdogan met Syrian president Bashar Assad in Damascus Monday, Oct. 11, they talked less about the Kurdish question and more about the role China is willing to play in the military-intelligence alliance binding Syria, Iran and Turkey. Chinese warplanes took part in Turkey's recent air maneuver after breaking their journey to refuel in Iran.

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First executions in Iran over Stuxnet infiltration
Iran may have executed nuclear staffers over Stuxnet
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 10, 2010

Information reaching the West indicates Iran has put to death atomic scientists and technicians suspected of helping plant the Stuxnet virus in its nuclear program. The admission by Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organization, on Friday, Oct. 8 - the frankest yet by any Iranian official - that Western espionage had successfully penetrated its nuclear program is seen as bearing out those reports. The Iranian program is further slowed by extreme security.

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Ali Akbar Salehi
Targeted Next: Iranian & Syrian Ballistic Missiles, Hizballah's Rockets
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 7, 2010

Tehran can't be sure that sons of Stuxnet are not quietly sitting in the guidance- and flight-control systems of its missile delivery capability.

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Damascus issues 33 warrants for war in Lebanon
Tehran, Damascus tell Hizballah to grab Beirut right after Ahmadinejad's visit
DEBKAfile Special Report October 4, 2010

The Iranian and Syrian presidents agreed in Tehran Saturday, Oct. 2, to support  Hizballah's grab of Lebanon's power centers, including the capital Beirut, right after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ends his controversial two-day visit to the country on October 13-14. They also decided to harass the Saad Hariri government until it dissolves the UN tribunal probing the Hariri murder - or is overthrown.

The arrest warrants for 33 individuals issued by Damascus amounts to a declaration of war.

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Assad travels to Tehran for urgent discussions
Iran is bent on military revenge for cyber attack
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 1, 2010

Tehran is bent on military action to settle scores with Israel and the US whom it suspects of planting the malignant Stuxnet cyber worm in the controls of its nuclear, military and strategic systems, debkafile reports. The timeline for action revolves around President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to Lebanon Oct. 13-14, during which he plans to tour the Israeli border. Preying on Tehran too are the personal sanctions Barack Obama has imposed on its top brass.

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Bashar Assad and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Unable to Fight the Cyber Worm, Iran Is Bent on Revenge
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 30, 2010

The Iranian president tells Syria's Bashar Assad that the cyber attack on his country is the second in three years after Israel struck the Syrian plutonium reactor. That is more than Tehran is willing to suffer.

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An Assessment of Initial Cyber-Damage to Iran's Nuclear Program
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 30, 2010

Whereas Stuxnet has certainly damaged and created havoc in Iran's nuclear facilities and military industries, their undoubted slowdown may be partially explained by additional factors, such as grave technical glitches and a divided leadership in Tehran.

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Ayatollah Khamenei Turns His Back on Ahmadinejad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 30, 2010

The peak of the cyber attack find Iran's top leaders at odds and incapable of getting to grips with the malworm's invasion.

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Iran on cyber red alert after failing to vanquish Stuxnet
An alarmed Iran asks for outside help to stop rampaging Stuxnet malworm
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 29, 2010

Tehran this week secretly appealed to a number of computer security experts in West and East Europe with offers of handsome fees for consultations on ways to exorcize the Stuxnet worm spreading havoc through the computer networks and administrative software of its most important industrial complexes and military command centers. debkafile's intelligence and Iranian sources report that local efforts backfired; the malworm became even more aggressive.

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A new era in military history
The first full-scale cyber attack on a state
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly September 28, 2010

The debate over a missile, warplane or special forces strike against Iran's nuclear facilities is made redundant by an outside power proving able to partly cripple Iran's nuclear facilities by activating at will a malworm latent inside their control systems.  In it next issue out Friday, DEBKA-Net-Weekly offers first details on the scale of the physical damage suffered by Iran so far from the Stuxnet worm's expanding invasion and evaluates its potential steep decline in regional power stakes, along with its allies.

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Stuxnet spreads to Bushehr an personal computers
Cyber attack on Iran expands: Tehran threatens long-term war in reprisal
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 27, 2010

Iranian official Hamid Alipour said Monday, Sept. 27, that the Stuxnet computer worm "is mutating and wreaking further havoc on computerized industrial equipment." Stuxnet was no normal worm, he said: "… new versions of this virus are spreading."

Revolutionary Guards deputy commander Hossein Salami declared his force had all the defensive structures for fighting a long-term war against "the biggest and most powerful enemies" with most advanced weapons. 

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Stuxnet, computer terminator
Tehran admits Stuxnet hit industrial computers
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 25, 2010

Mahmoud Alyaee, secretary-general of Iran's industrial computer servers, including its nuclear facilities control systems, confirmed Saturday, Sept. 25, that 30,000 computers belonging to classified industrial units had been infected and disabled by the malicious Stuxnet virus.
This followed debkafile's exclusive report of Thursday, Sept. 23, from its Washington and defense sources that a clandestine cyber war is being fought against Iran by the United States with elite cyber war units established by Israel.

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
How the "Man of a Thousand Bullets" Anointed Himself the Messiah's Deputy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 23, 2010

A man of his word, the Iranian president sincerely believes he has a great mission to bring about the coming of the Mahdi and establish a new world Shiite empire. According to Ahmadinejad, America has never fought a real war - a hint at what he has in store.

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Maj. Gen. Jamil Sayyed
Hizballah set for Iran-backed coup in Beirut
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 19, 2010

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Bashar Assad finalized plans to back a Hizballah coup against the Lebanese government when they met in Damascus Saturday, Sept. 18, debkafile's military and Mid East sources report.  Hizballah called a general mobilization that same day and by Sunday had 5,000 armed men deployed in Beirut, ready to make good on its threat to seize power rather than let its leaders be indicted by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) for the Hariri murder.

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Iran detains US soldiers as Ahmadinejad heads for New York
Despite denials, Iran did kidnap 5 Americans on Afghan soil
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 19, 2010

Notwithstanding Pentagon and Tehran's denials that seven US troops were detained by Iranian border guards, debkafile's sources report that Iran did in fact kidnap 5 US security personnel in Afghanistan nearly a week ago. The Pentagon denies that any US troops are missing. Tehran too denied its own report  claiming it was leaked deliberately as the president was on the way to the UN General Assembly.

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Top US team-player
Tony Blair's Amazing "Journey" to the White House
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly September 16, 2010

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has carved out for himself a role at Barack Obama's right hand - uniquely for a non-American politician. In its latest issue out Friday, DEBKA-Net-Weekly looks behind Tony Blair's astonishing rise to the top of the White House team of policy-makers, especially on the Middle East and Iran. His popularity in Washington is matched inversely by his falling stakes at home and in Europe.

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