809 articles tagged "Iran"
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Iran doubles uranium-enriching centrifuges to 6,000 - Ahmadinejad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 28, 2008
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Saturday, July 26: "Islamic Iran today possesses 6,000 centrifuges at the uranium enrichment plant in Natanz." He claimed the six big powers had tempered their demands and agreed to this number.
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US, UK, France launch sea exercise for naval blockade on Iran<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 28, 2008
The White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said it expected Iran to "miss an opportunity to accept" the incentives package.
debkafile's military sources report that Operational Brimstone, starting Monday, July 21, aimed at giving military teeth to the two-week ultimatum the six world powers gave Iran in Geneva Saturday to accept the suspension of uranium enrichment or face harsh sanctions and isolation.
The penalty of withholding refined oil products from Iran would be exercised by means of a partial international naval blockade of its Gulf ports.
Taking part in the 10-day exercise in the Atlantic Ocean are more than a dozen ships and 15,000 sailors.
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Iran will not "retreat one iota" over its nuclear program, Ahmadinejad<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 25, 2008
The Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a speech broadcast live on state TV Wednesday, July 23: "The Iranian nation... will not retreat one iota in the face of oppressing powers."
In a different tone, he praised US participation in the six-power meeting with Iranian nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili in Geneva Saturday as a "positive step forward" toward recognizing Iran's right to acquire "nuclear technology."
The Iranian president said it would help repair "America's image in the world."
The powers gave Tehran until August 2 to respond to their offer of incentives for halting uranium enrichment or face stiff penalties.

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Rice threatens more sanctions if no serious answer from Iran<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 22, 2008
Speaking to reporters on her way to Abu Dhabi Monday, July 21, US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice warned Tehran of more bilateral American, as well as UN, sanctions for failing to come up with a "serious answer" to the incentives offered by the six powers Saturday by the two-week deadline they laid down.
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Are Tehran's war threats backed by solid military might?<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 15, 2008
DEBKA-Net-Weekly's experts offer the first published expose of the real extent of Iran's military capabilities with some surprising answers.
This up-to-the minute exclusive and more appeared in the latest DEBKA-Net-Weekly issue out Friday.
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Iran's TV interrupts broadcast to announce second batch of ballistic missile tests
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 13, 2008
Iran test-fired more long-range ballistic missiles in the Gulf Thursday, July 10, the day after its launch of 10 missiles including the Shehab-3, which is capable of delivering a one-ton payload over Tel Aviv. debkafile's military sources report that the 20 missiles of assorted ranges tested so far were put on show to convince the United States and Israel that Iran has enough missiles and launchers to keep on firing on consecutive days.
This was more posture than reality.
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Iraq official demands specific dates for US military withdrawal<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 11, 2008
Iraq's national security adviser, Mouwaffak al-Rubaie, said Tuesday, July 8, his government will not accept the security accord under negotiation with the United States unless it contains specific dates for the withdrawal of U.S.-led forces.
debkafile reports: President George W. Bush has consistently opposed any such timetable, as has the Republican presidential nominee John McCain. His Democratic rival, Barack Obama, once pledged withdrawal within 14 months if he were elected to the White House, but has since changed his position on the Iraq War and the US military role there.
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Iran's chief of staff expands threat of Strait of Hormuz closure<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 10, 2008
Chief of staff Maj. Gen. Hasan Firuzabadi said Saturday, July, 5, Iran's strategy is to keep the Strait of Hormuz in "southern Iran" open, but "if the country's interests are jeopardized in the region, we will not let any ship pass through."
debkafile's military sources report that this statement enlarges on earlier threats by adding Iran's "strategic interests in the region," namely Syria, Hizballah or Hamas. It is in keeping with Iran's refusal to give up uranium enrichment in its reply to the six-power proposals for ending the nuclear standoff.
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Iran tests 2,000-km, one-ton capable Shehab-3 missile
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 10, 2008
White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe said. "The Iranians should stop the development of ballistic missiles, which could be used as a delivery vehicle for a potential nuclear weapon, immediately."
The Tehran TV bulletin Wednesday, July 9, announcing the test-launch of the Shehab-3 missile, one of nine launched from an undisclosed desert location, stressed that with a 2,000 km range it could reach Israel.
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Iran sets up 31 martial districts, prepares 320,000 graves for war dead
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 6, 2008
Iran has divided the country up into 31 military sectors as part of its stepped up preparations for war, debkafile's Iranian sources report. Sunday, June 29, Brig. Gen. Mir-Faisal Baqerzadeh, head of the Iranian Army's Foundation for the Remembrance of the Holy Defense and MIAs, said the 320,000 graves were to be dug for enemy forces in case of an attack on Iranian territory.
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Iran unbending on uranium enrichment in answer to six-power incentives offer<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 5, 2008
debkafile's political sources report that Tehran has given no ground on international concerns in its reply to the six-power proposals for ending the nuclear standoff. Iran offers nothing but more negotiations, its standard gambit for spinning out time to achieve progress on its nuclear bomb program.
By failing to address the "freeze-for-freeze" approach, in which high hopes of a more accommodating Iranian approach had been pinned, Tehran has put an end to the optimistic intimations disseminated by Washington, Europe and Israeli officials in the last two weeks.
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Alleged Mossad spy sentenced to death in Iran<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 2, 2008
Ali Ashtari, 43, of Tehran, who was found guilty of spying for the "Zionist regime" for money, may appeal the death sentence.
The Fars agency reports Ashtari "confessed" to being a salesman of telecoms equipment which he used to help the Israeli Mossad access information from Iranian officials.
debkafile's Iranian sources report Iranian official circles have beome obsessed with suspicions of Israeli and American undercover agents infiltrating to prepare impending attacks on Iran's nuclear facilities.
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Top US commander briefed on IDF's four-front strategy in potential Iran war context
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 2, 2008
The visiting Chairman of the US Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Michael Mullen, carried out a guided tour of Israel's borders with Syria, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip over the weekend. He was briefed on IDF tactics in a war on all these potential flashpoints, in the context of a comprehensive conflict with Iran. debkafile's military sources report that it is very unusual for the top American commander to carry out a close, on-the-spot study of Israel's potential war fronts. His tour, flashed to Tehran by Irnaian-Syrian observation posts, may have prompted the Revolutionary Guards chief's tough threats Saturday.
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Mysterious explosion at Iranian military facility<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 2, 2008
debkafile's Iranian sources report that an explosion Monday, June 30, at Bidganeh near the town of Shahriar 40 kilometers east of Tehran occurred at a military installation, not a civilian building as Tehran claimed.
At first, the Iranian authorities reported 15 people were killed, correcting this later to no casualties. The precise function of the targeted facility is not known. While Iran claimed the blast was caused by a gas leak, Western military sources are skeptical and believe the authorities are trying to cover up some sort of sabotage.

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Iran's Revolutionary Guards chief threatens to hit US, Israel, block Persian Gulf if attacked<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 29, 2008
debkafile reports: The Guards commander, Mohammad Ali Jafari issued Tehran's toughest and most explicit threats yet in response to recent reports of Israeli preparations to strike Iran's nuclear installations.
Hinting at an American attack, he said: "If there is a confrontation between us and the enemy from outside the region, definitely the scope will reach the oil issue," said the IRGC commander. After this action (of imposing controls on the Gulf waterway), the oil price will rise very considerably," he said.
"Israelis know if they take military action against Iran... the abilities of the Islamic and Shiite world, especially in the region, will deliver fatal blows.
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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 28, 2008
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Exclusive: Uproar, military alerts, oil price surge over apparent Israeli air drill for Iran attack<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 28, 2008
debkafile's military sources report that an oil price surge of 5 percent to $135.92 was triggered by the report leaked by US government officials of an Israeli air force drill over Greece for an apparent strike against Iran, Friday, June 20. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered a war alert in the Revolutionary Guards and armed forces, with the Israeli and US Gulf forces following suit.
The most extreme reaction came from the UN nuclear watchdog's director Mohamad ElBaradei, who threatened to resign.
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Exclusive: Iran hails Gaza ceasefire for tightening noose around Israel<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 24, 2008
debkafile's Iranian sources report that Iran's top leaders held a special meeting in Tehran Thursday, June 19, hours after the Gaza ceasefire went into force. They congratulated themselves for achieving their second base on a Mediterranean shore after winning control of Lebanon through Hizballah's takeover of Beirut and its government.
Iran has tightened its noose around Israel as well as Egypt.
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Exclusive: Iran had plans for building compact nuclear warhead more than a decade ago<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 21, 2008
This was revealed by DEBKA-Net-Weekly 351 on May 30 - and confirmed Sunday, June 15, by the former UN weapons inspector, David Albright. He reported that designs for a nuclear device small enough to fit into a ballistic missile had been found on computers belonging to the rogue Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan. DEBKA-Net-Weekly disclosed that in the second half of the 1990s, the Khan smuggling ring had not only supplied Iran, Libya and North Korea, but possibly al Qaeda too.
Read more about these revelations in debkafile's Update of the DNW report below.
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Iran Gains African Foothold up to Chad through Pacts with Sudan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 16, 2008
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Iran jumped in with gusto to meet Sudan president Omar al-Bashir's application for a military package including arms and training of his army. The application was received after the horrendous Darfur tragedy and Khartoum's backing for Chad rebels finally convinced Sudan's traditional arms suppliers, Russia, China and Libya, to back away from arming Sudan's 120,000-strong army.

The pacts were signed on March 8 by Iran's defense minister Gen. Mostafa Mohammad Majjar and his Sudanese counterpart, Gen. Abdul Rahim Mohammad Hussein, a fighter pilot appointed defense minister last month.

For years Tehran has been building up its military ties with Khartoum with an eye on its geopolitical assets: a long coast on the Red Sea, a main sea lanes to the Persian Gulf, a Muslim nation located opposite Saudi Arabia and next door to Egypt; Sudan's command of oil resources and the White Nile, a major water source for an entire African region. This strategic jewel finally dropped into Iran's fundamentalist lap.
Iran's intelligence agents along Sudan's border with Chad have been entrusted with subjugating the Chad tribes working the uranium deposits of eastern Chad preparatory to their seizure.

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