1021 articles tagged "Iran"
Iraqi power-sharing is dead.
Iran's Baghdad feat will force US to engage Hizballah, Hamas
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis November 15, 2010

Iyad Allawi, whose Al Iraqiya party won Iraq's general election last April, was forced to admit Friday, Nov. 12 upon losing the premiership to the pro-Iranian incumbent Nouri Al-Malaki that "the concept of power-sharing in Iraq was dead. For Iraq" he said, "there will be tensions and violence, probably." That day, too, debkafile's sources report, Hizballah's Hassan Nasrallah asserted that what happened in Baghdad is destined for Beirut, marking Tehran's next Middle East target for wresting from Washington.

Ahmad Yousef campaigns for Hamas-Iran bond
Palestinian Hamas "moderate" invites Ahmadinejad to visit Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 11, 2010

The Hamas government's deputy foreign minister Dr. Ahmed Yousef is actively campaigning for the Gaza regime to form a strategic partnership with Iran on the same lines as the Iranian-Syrian-Hizballah alliance. debkafile's sources report Yousef heads the radical Hamas's "moderate" wing. His campaign and invitation to the Iranian president, endorsed by the Gaza regime and Tehran, emerges as the key impediment in the path of US efforts to revive Israel-Palestinian talks.

Qassam al-Rimi
Tehran Watched the Bomb Plot Evolving without Getting Involved
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 5, 2010

Al Qaeda's Chief of Staff, Saif Al-Adel, just released by Tehran, no doubt gave the nod to the parcel plot. Iran, who kept him on a tight leash, would have known about it. The mystery of why the bombs failed to detonate remains.

Adm. James G. Stavridis
The Pentagon Asks NATO to Draw up Plans for Attacking Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 5, 2010

Obama is keen to keep Iran on tenterhooks about an impending US and allied attack. Some say it would be his passport to re-election in 2012.

Hizballah's Hassan Nasrallah threatens his own country
Hizballah, Syria, Iran sow alarm in Lebanon without a shot
DEBKAfile Special Report October 30, 2010

The speech Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Lebanon's Hizballah, delivered Thursday night Oct. 29 was taken in all sections of Lebanese society as a virtual declaration of war - a conflict which they fear will be even fiercer and crueler than the 1975 civil war.  It is widely believed, according to debkafile's Middle East sources, that the power-sharing order the diverse communities achieved after that conflict will be swept away and replaced with a pro-Iranian, pro-Syrian puppet regime.

Revolutionary Guards
Musters Offensive-Defensive Units, Organizes Proxy Campaigns
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 29, 2010

Iran will make up for its armed forces' numerical and equipment deficiencies by using its allies for proxy offensives against US Middle East bases, Mediterranean shores, Saudi Arabia and Israel.

Tehran ready to betray Ayman Zuwahiri's henchmen to Cairo
Iran would surrender Egyptian Islamists for Cairo's aid in Iraq and Lebanon
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 27, 2010

To curry favor with Egypt, Iran has offered to hand over 13 long wanted Egyptian Islamic Jihad terrorists in return for Cairo's support for installing Shiite Nuri al-Maliki as Iraqi prime minister and helping to find a way out of the impasse over the Hizballah's indictment for the Hariri assassination. This is revealed exclusively by debkafile's counter-terror sources. Islamic Jihad's leader is Ayman al Zuwahiri, Osama bin Laden's lieutenant and of late his rival. The deal would be a severe blow to al Qaeda.

Iran's Al Qods Brigades (external terror arm)
WikiLeaks shows US did not stop Iran using Iraq to spread its power
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis October 23, 2010

WikiLeaks' 400,000 classified US documents on the 2004-2009 years of the Iraq War laid bare a catalogue of extreme abuse by Iraqi forces against fellow Iraqis and Iran's deep involvement in terrorist operations against Americans and Iraqis alike. The US is shown to have turned a blind eye to both. debkafile's analysts question the point of a war which replaces brutal Saddam Hussein with a Tehran-sponsored terrorist and gave Iran a springboard for spreading its domination.

Egyptian tanks in joint drill with Saudis
Joint Saudi-Egyptian maneuver geared to Iranian threat
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 22, 2010

Egypt and Saudi Arabia secretly carried out their first ever joint exercise this week with the participation of their special operations, marine, armored, missile, air and naval forces, debkafile's military sources reveal.  Exercise Tabuk-2 was programmed to repulse a potential Iranian attack on Saudi Arabia by taking the battle over to Islamic Republican territory. It took place in Egypt's northern desert abutting the Mediterranean Sea where conditions resemble the eastern Saudi Arabian Persian Gulf coast.

Imam Ali Base
Whose Rockets Knocked out Iran's Ballistic Missile Launchers?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 21, 2010

Battered from four directions - two by unidentified covert hands -Tehran is  feeling all the more  the pain  of sanctions that reach down to street level and the military pressure on its shores. The regime is beginning to show cracks.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Ali Khamenei Wants Qom to Support His Son as Heir
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 21, 2010

Amid reports of a mysterious illness, Iran's spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei goes to Qom to campaign for his son Mojtaba as heir and his own elevation to "Imam." However, the grand ayatollahs of Qom have little respect for Khamenei and refuse to call him Ayatollah.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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