809 articles tagged "Iran"
Iranian militia attacks French, Italian, possibly Dutch embassies
DEBKAfile Special Report February 9, 2010

In a well-coordinated offensive, pro-government Basijj militiamen in civilian dress hurled rocks and eggs at the Italian and French embassies in Tehran Tuesday, Feb. 9, shouting death to their respective leaders. Some say the Dutch embassy was also targeted.
debkafile's Iranian sources say more violence is ahead, designed to raise international tensions around Iran to fever pitch to deter opposition leaders from staging their planned mass protest demonstrations lest they be accused of treason.

 

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Visiting enrichment laboratory
Limp Western- Israeli response to Iran's uranium enrichment hike
DEBKAfile Special Report February 8, 2010

Tehran's decision to raise its uranium enrichment level to 20 percent - taking it weeks away from weapons-grade production - in the teeth of international objections, has raised no cries of outrage in Washington or Jerusalem. Asked Monday, Feb. 7, whether president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's announcement brought military action any closer, US defense secretary Robert Gates pinned his trust in non-existent international unity for pressure.

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Syrian missile
Iranian missile airlift stiffens Syrian war talk, tops up Hizballah, Hamas
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2010

debkafile Iranian and military sources report the new war threats from Damascus are backed by massive Iranian airlifts for boosting Syria's missile arsenal. Fresh supplies have also reached Hizballah and Hamas. Syrian war rhetoric was fanned by the delivery of 100 new medium-range surface-to-surface missiles from Iran. The Syrian foreign minister publicly confirmed debkafile's disclosure in December of a secret mutual defense pact binding Iran, Syria, Hizballah and Hamas.

 

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Italian prime minister in Jerusalem
Italian and Israeli leaders airbrush Rome's thriving trade with Tehran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 3, 2010

 

Italian PM Berlusconi said Tuesday the state-controlled oil giant Eni SpA had withdrawn from developing  a southern Iranian oilfield (a small project) and promised to "block new investments in oil and gas."

His silence on current rather than future investments shows which way the wind is blowing. His Israeli hosts withheld comment on Rome's trade ties with Tehran.

 

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Israeli robot defuses explosives container
Explosives-packed containers drift onto S. Israeli beaches
DEBKAfile Special Report February 1, 2010

The beaches of Ashkelon and Ashdown, twin Israeli ports up to 25 km north of Gaza, were evacuated Monday, Feb. 1 for fear that two large containers packed with explosives which drifted ashore were floating bombs with more on the way.  Israeli intelligence is investigating the incident to find out if the explosives were supposed to blow up against Israeli targets or Iranian deliveries to Hamas terrorists in Gaza which went astray.

 

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Iran's Shehab 3 ballistic missile
Italian-Iranian trade thrives, supports Tehran's nuclear program
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 31, 2010

 "Israel has no bigger friend," said prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu of Silvio Berlusconi, who begins an official visit to Israel with half a dozen ministers Monday, Feb. 1. According to the fat trade contracts current with Tehran, Italy would be better described as "Iran's biggest friend" - at least, in Europe, and supplier of key components for its nuclear and space programs, as well tunneling equipment and army trucks.

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The British embassy in Tehran
Iranian Basijj plots UK embassy seizure
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 30, 2010

debkafile's Iranian sources report that the Basijj militia chiefs have a plan to seize the British embassy in Tehran. Western intelligence agencies monitoring Iran have warned London that radical groups are secretly preparing to overrun the British embassy buildings and living quarters and take the diplomats hostage, replicating the siege of the US embassy in 1979.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad favors the plan but has yet to set a date.

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Ali Larijani
Ahmedinejad's 20pc Enrichment Boast Questioned at Home
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 29, 2010

Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani questioned the wisdom of Ahmadinejad's 20 pc uranium enrichment boast. Other critics doubt whether it is true. The president will forge ahead to prove they are wrong, buoyed up by the European Union's soft posture.

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Hamas kidnapper Mahmoud al-Mabhouh
Hamas blames Israel for death of kidnapper
DEBKAfile Special Report January 29, 2010

Senior Hamas commander, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, 50, died in Abu Dhabi on Jan. 20 and his body reached Damascus on Jan. 28, according to Izzat Rishq speaking at Hamas headquarters in the Syrian capital early Friday, Jan. 29.  He accused Israel of his assassination without specifying its circumstances.  Israeli spokesmen have not commented in the charge, which debkafile estimates may have been raised to distract from Hamas' many troubles.

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Leon Panetta
CIA chief Panetta holds talks on Yemen in Cairo and Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 29, 2010

The director of the CIA, Leon Panetta, paid secret visits to Cairo and Jerusalem Thursday, Jan. 28, to prepare the ground for expanding US military intervention in Yemen against al Qaeda strongholds, thereby opening a fresh front in the war on Islamist terror organization.
He asked for an Egyptian expeditionary force to back up US special forces and the use of Egyptian airfields as jumping off bases for US air strikes.

 

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Iran exacts a price for this friendship
Tehran lashes back at Berlin for Merkel, Peres derogatory speeches
DEBKAfile Special Report January 27, 2010

"Two German diplomats using fictitious names were arrested" last month during clashes at the Ashura festival, an unnamed Iranian deputy intelligence minister said Wednesday, Jan. 27.

During the day, Israeli president Shimon Peres told the Reichstag he was sure Germany would come to Israel's aid if it came under attack from a nuclear-armed Iran. A day earlier, Chancellor Angela Merkel said time was up for Iran and February would see new and tougher sanctions.

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Russian S-300 PMU-2 Favorit
Russia sells Libya top-line S-300 denied to Tehran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 27, 2010

Libyan defense minister Younis Jaber arrived in Moscow Tuesday, Jan. 26 to sign a $2 billion military acquisitions deal that makes his country the first in the Middle East to obtain the top-of-the-line S-300 PMU-2 interceptors. Russia is still withholding this key shield for its nuclear sites from Iran, which is why Tehran cancelled the Moscow visit of Saeed Jalili at the last minute.

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Joint German-Israeli government session
Israeli leaders ignore EU rejection of Iran sanctions
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 26, 2010

Israel's president, prime minister and foreign minister are visiting Berlin, Warsaw and Budapest this week, apparently impervious to the European Union foreign ministers' decision in Brussels Monday, Jan. 25, to back away from sanctions for Iran's nuclear program outside the UN Security Council.  None have commented on the EU's abandonment of sanctions for Iran to the mercies of Russian and Chinese vetoes.

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Prince Khaled leads Saudi Yemen war
New Bin Laden threat follows loss of three kingpins in Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 24, 2010

In his latest audio-taped message of Jan. 24, Osama bin Laden said he was responsible for the failed Detroit-bound airliner attack on Dec. 25. He vowed America would have no peace as long as there was "no security for the Palestinians."  But in al Qaeda's hottest arena, Yemen, Saudi Arabia turns out to have killed three of bin Laden's kingpins in a "mystery explosion" - and also produced evidence of Iranian backing for the Houthi rebels.

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Hizballah elite units
A Conflagration Could Erupt without an Israeli Strike, Could Involve Syria Too
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 22, 2010

Iranian Guards train 5,000 Hizballah fighters to capture and hold five Israeli towns and regions ifs nuclear sites are attacked - or some other pretext. Syria would be involved.

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Iran-Hizballah Mark out Patches of Northern Israel for Capture
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 22, 2010

If attacked, Iran will send thousands of Hizballah raiders across the border to capture and hold five sectors of northern Israel. They will be supported by missile barrages on Israeli military facilities and backed up by Syria.

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Iran and China are engaged in secret negotiations
Why Is Beijing Thinking of Selling Tehran 19.75%-Enriched Uranium?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 15, 2010

Iran is more ready than before to go back to the negotiating table and buy enriched uranium abroad because of technological glitches in its enrichment processing. China is not averse to cooling the crisis climate surrounding Iran's nuclear program.

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Prof. Masoud Ali-Mohammadi killed by an exploding motor-cycle
A Radical Internal MOIS Intelligence Faction Sought to Incriminate the Opposition
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 15, 2010

According to the second theory, a radical faction of the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence murdered the Iranian nuclear scientists so as to incriminate the opposition and show its leaders are ready to stop at nothing to undermine the regime and its heads.

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Professor Masoud Ali-Mohammadi
Theory No. 1: Tehran Lays the Assassination at US, Israeli Doors
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 15, 2010

The first of two theories for the murder of the Iranian nuclear scientists points the finger at a professional Western covert agency. Tehran accused the US and Israel for another reason too: to divert attention from a domestic agency.

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Saud al Faisal and Khaled Meshaal
Riyadh Blames US for Its Missing the Speeding Train
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 8, 2010

 

Saudi foreign minister Saudi al Faisal discovers that Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal set up a radical Palestinian base in Yemen to help Iran build up the Houthi insurgency for toppling the Yemeni government. Its trainees helped the rebels defeat Saudi troops on the battlefield. The Saudis are anxious to save face after being cheated by Hamas.

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