817 articles tagged "Iran"
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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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Alarmed nuclear watchdog board meets on Iranian nuclear bomb work<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 7, 2008
The 35-member Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) board is discussing the latest report from its director Mohammed ElBaradei which asserts that Iran is hiding work with possible military nuclear dimensions.
Yet, according to debkafile's political sources, the Israeli government - in disarray over corruption disclosures against prime minister Ehud Olmert - is in no condition for clear action in the face of Iran's progress towards a nuclear bomb capability.
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Exclusive: Iran's nuclear missile warhead breakthrough behind new joint missile command with Syria<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 5, 2008
debkafile's military sources reveal that the joint Iranian-Syrian missile command - incorporated in a new mutual defense treaty signed during Syrian defense minister Hassan Turkmani's Tehran visit last week - has two attachments: Hizballah's missile arsenal in Lebanon and the Palestinian Hamas-Jihad Islami missile build-up in the Gaza Strip.
Tehran has achieved its goal of a four-front deployment of missiles of various strengths - a development seen by Israeli military leaders as a major strategic threat to the Jewish state.
Read more in debkafile's Exclusive Report below.
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First documentary evidence Iran is into nuclear explosives, missile warhead design
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 2, 2008
The International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna based its new and damning findings partly on 18 intelligence documents submitted by the United States, and now accuse Tehran of willful lack of cooperation. Iran dismissed the documents as forged or fabricated.
debkafile reports that the documents came from materials contained in a laptop stolen from one of the heads of Iran's nuclear program in Tehran in late 2006 by Iranian dissidents. It was passed to the CIA.
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US Military Option on Iran Is Back on the Table
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 26, 2008
"Iran has got to be very high on that list," said a senior aide ahead of the talks US Vice President Dick Cheney will hold during his 10-day tour of the Middle East and Turkey, which began Monday, March 17 in Iraq.
Singling out Oman, the aide noted that the US and Oman are co-guardians of the strategic Strait of Hormuz. "The Omanis, like a lot of other people," he said "are concerned by the escalating tensions between the rest of the world community and Iran and by some of Iran's activities, particularly in the nuclear field, but outside its borders as well."
According to debkafile, the official was referring to Tehran's meddling in Iraq, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.
Our military, Washington and Gulf sources report that US Vice President Dick Cheney is again talking about possible US military action to shut down Iran's covert nuclear program.
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<span class="dnw">DEBKA-Net-Weekly</span>: Iran stands ready for US attack
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 14, 2008
Our next issue offers an exclusive account of Tehran's military preparations for an American military strike - coupled with Hizballah's preparedness to hit Israel
Don't miss this and more information-packed revelations in the next DEBKA-Net-Weekly issue out Friday.
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Middle East Efforts by Rice, Carter Spark More Violence
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 3, 2008
While Syrian president Bashar Assad talked about an exchange of messages with Israel through a third party - Turkey and Norway - Sunday, April 21, elsewhere in Damascus, Syrian and Iranian intelligence officers were meeting secretly with Hamas leaders and promising them every support for stepped up rejectionist violence.
In particular, they backed Hamas up in its ultimatum to Egypt (and indirectly Israel) to open the border crossings and end the blockade on Hamas-ruled Gaza as the sine qua non for a lull in attacks on Israel and terms for Gilead Shalit's release.
The impasse reached in Hamas-Egyptian truce talks, the failure of former US president Jimmy Carter's mediation bids with Hamas and Syrian leaders, together with the presence in the region of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, all contribute to the scaling up of violence.
Tehran and Damascus believe that warfare - not only on the Gaza-Israel border, but also in Iraq and Lebanon - will work best for their interests at two important Middle East encounters this week at which Secretary Rice will be present.
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Washington Opens Diplomatic Door to Tehran <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 3, 2008
Certain prominent Americans have undertaken secret colloquy with Tehran and may be preparing to go public and make it official, with the administration's blessing.
debkafile's Washington sources name them as Thomas R. Pickering, former ambassador to Moscow, the UN and Israel, William Luers, former envoy to Venezuela and the Czech Republic, and Jim Walsh, a New York Republican Congressman.
They have been quietly encouraged by Rice, defense secretary Robert Gates and influential quarters in the US military and intelligence elite, who are anxious to avert a US-Iranian military clash in the eight months remaining to the Bush presidency and cut the ground from under a possible US or Israel attack on Iran.
But none of this activity has set to rest the Washington cliffhanger over whether the president will opt for military action against Iran after all, before he leaves the White House, or stick to quiet diplomacy and relegate the Iran nuclear headache to his successor.

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Ahmadinejad in Baghdad's Green Zone<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 28, 2008
During his 2-day visit to Baghdad, March 2-3, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Iraqi hosts did a good job of ignoring the ubiquitous US military presence in Iraq - except for the Iranian president's ritual anti-American blast. His welcome by Iraqi president, the Kurdish Jalal Talabani, and Shiite prime minister Nouri al-Maliki was played up as a bilateral event. Contact between the visitors' retinue and the US military was nil.
Yet in Tehran, debkafile's Iranian sources report, the president's excursion into US-occupied territory was counted as a step forward in its seven-month old secret Saudi-mediated dialogue with Washington.
This dialogue has advanced in give-and-take steps on a broad set of issues.
The quid pro quo runs like this: Tehran is bidding for an understanding with Washington on its nuclear program, while the US is after Iran's help to preserve the status quo in Iraq.
The quid pro quo runs like this: Tehran is bidding for an understanding with Washington on its nuclear program, while the US is after Iran's help to preserve the status quo in Iraq.

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Exclusive: Ahmadinejad denies al Qaeda's 9/11 attack on America<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 14, 2008
In his most provocative anti-US speech to date, Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad raised doubts about whether al Qaeda's Sept. 11, 2001 attack on New York actually took place. He was addressing Iran's Nuclear Technology day, April 8, debkafile's Iranian sources report.
Announcing earlier that Iran had begun installing 6,000 new advanced (P2) centrifuges for uranium enrichment at Natanz, the Iranian president claimed his country's nuclear program had passed the point of no-return.
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Exclusive: Iran, Syria, Lebanon on military alert over US Gulf movements and Israel's home defense drill<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 11, 2008
According to British media, the US is set to attack Iranian military facilities. debkafile's military sources add that the USS Abraham Lincoln Strike Force is heading for the Persian Gulf.
War tensions in the Middle East have shot up - not only over the signals flashing between Syria, Lebanon, and Israel, but also on the US-Iranian front in Iraq in the wake of rising in violence around the Basra conflagration.
Tuesday, April 8, US Iraq commander, Gen. David Petraeus accuses Iran of waging war on America in Iraq.
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Iran begins installing 6,000 new advanced centrifuges for uranium enrichment
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 8, 2008
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced Tuesday, April 8, that the work is taking place at Iran's uranium enrichment plant in Natanz. The announcement marked Iran's Atom Day celebrations.
It defies UN demands to halt enrichment and three sets of international sanctions to deter Tehran from producing weapons-grade uranium. Iran already has about 3,000 of an older version of the centrifuges. The Iranian president spoke on state television on "national nuclear technology day."

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Exclusive: Ahmadinejad to respond to Israeli minister's threat on Iranian Atom Day
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 8, 2008
debkafile's Iranian sources report that Tehran's response to Israeli Infrastructure minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer's warning that a Tehran attack on Israel would call forth a response that "will devastate Iran" is expected to be incorporated in president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech Tuesday on the occasion of Iranian Atom Day.
Israeli intelligence sources criticize him for providing Tehran with easy propaganda fodder.
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