885 articles tagged "Iran"
New Virus Attack Caused Iran to Miss the Bushehr Reactor Start-up
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 27, 2011

The Islamic regime in Tehran suffers the ignominy of keeping its first nuclear reactor shut down at Bushehr for fear of the lurking Stuxnet. Russia asks NATO to investigate the dangerous malworm for fear of a Chernobyl-scale atomic catastrophe.

Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi
Iran rounds off grab for Lebanon with figurehead prime minister
DEBKAfile Special Report January 25, 2011

The two days Iran's new foreign minister Ali Salehi spent in Damascus from Saturday night, Jan. 22, were enough to keep Syrian president Bashar Assad in place for Tehran's final steps in its grab for Lebanon: installing Najib Mikati at the head of a puppet government, debkafile reports.
He is committed to disqualify the Hariri tribunal as his first order of business. Pro-West Saad Hariri's supporters rally Tuesday as the US, Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia stand aside.

Iranian naval exercise
Iranian warships coming to Mediterranean and Red Seas
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 23, 2011

Less than 24 hours after the breakdown of its nuclear dialogue with the six world powers in Istanbul, Iran announced plans Sunday, Jan. 23, to send a fleet of warships, including a home-made destroyer, on operational and intelligence-gathering missions to the Red Sea and on to the Mediterranean through the Suez Canal.  debkafile's military sources: Parts of the fleet will in fact be deployed in the three waters around Israel's southern and western shores.

Blockade, Burning Tankers Starve Afghanistan and NATO forces of Fuel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 21, 2011

Iran has furnished Taliban with intelligence and cash to keep on torching NATO fuel trucks heading for Afghanistan as retribution against America for Stuxnet. The fuel scarcity could slow down the US-led war effort.

Another US fuel truck attacked
Iran blocks fuel for Afghanistan as tit for tat for Stuxnet
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 18, 2011

Iran has blocked thousands of fuel trucks from crossing into Afghanistan as its initial reprisal for US fuel sanctions and the reported US-Israeli partnership in activating the Stuxnet virus against its nuclear program, debkafile's sources report. More Iranian retribution is ahead. The fuel shortage and insurgent attacks on fuel convoys coming in from Pakistan are showing their mark on the war effort.

(The coming DEBKA-Net-Weekly out next Friday deals with Iranian-Taliban collusion in Afghanistan.  To subscribe, click here

Barack Obama and Saad Hariri
Obama Picks Lebanon as His Main Confrontation Arena with Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 14, 2011

Despite the ill-fated American involvement in Lebanon of former years, the Obama administration believes he can beat Tehran at its own game by backing the pro-Western coalition headed by Saad Hariri and bringing his father's assassins, Hizballah, to justice. Tehran is banking on Hizballah's prowess as the strongest military force in Lebanon.

Tamir Pardo
Trying to Catch New Mossad Chief Off-Balance
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 14, 2011

Iranian intelligence banks on "Israel spy" episodes to upset the new Mossad chief, restore public confidence, deter neighbors from aiding Israel and enemies for waging covert war. It has acquired an eager new collaborator: Turkish MIT secret service.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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. 

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.

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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