712 articles tagged "Iran"
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 17, 2007, 9:19 PM (GMT+02:00)
On Tuesday, April 17, the Shin Bet intelligence service reported Iranian intelligence had intensified its efforts to recruit Israelis as spies, targeting former Iranians applying for visas to visit their families. One young man had been snared and paid "expenses" for enlisting a friend in security and collecting information.
Two hours ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: US Marine Corps commandant visits USS Bataan in Persian Gulf and Iran again steps up military preparedness<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 15, 2007, 1:59 PM (GMT+02:00)
On April 4, Gen. James Conway visited the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Baatan (LHD 5) in the Persian Gulf and other vessels of the strike group. He was accompanied by Lt.Gen. Keith Stadler, Commanding General of II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF), Sgt. ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 11, 2007, 4:09 PM (GMT+02:00)
The foreign ministry spokesman in Moscow was commenting on announcements from Tehran Monday. Regarding chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani's claim that Iran had built 3,000 centrifuges for enriching uranium, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday he did not believe they were yet in full operation.
debkafile's intelligence sources ...
UK Navy chief Adm. St. Jonathan Band says British boarding operations in Persian Gulf had stopped for the time being<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 10, 2007, 10:18 AM (GMT+02:00)
He was referring to the operations carried out by the 15 British sailors and marines when they were seized by an Iranian Revolutionary Guards unit on March 23.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: UK sailors freed after 12 days; Gilead Shalit, Udi Goldwasser and Eldad Regev still caged<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 9, 2007, 4:31 PM (GMT+02:00)
The British sailors were detained by a Revolutionary Guards special task force Friday, March 23, in disputed Gulf waters. No one has seen or heard of the three Israeli soldiers kidnapped on the Israeli side of the borders of Gaza and Lebanon almost a year ago.
Why were the Britons freed ...
Furious storm greets UK government permission for 15 British sailors and marines to sell their stories to the media<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 9, 2007, 11:24 AM (GMT+02:00)
The UK ministry of defense said the usual ban on such payments was lifted because of their "exceptional circumstances." This decision has been widely criticized by public and military figures who say a bidding war for the former captives' stories would be inappropriate and undignified and could backfire. Faye Tuner, ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 8, 2007, 9:24 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Iran Atomic Energy Agency announced a high-ranking Iranian official would attend the ceremony.
Coupled with this announcement, interim Friday Prayers leader of Tehran Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati said the era of America and the Zionist regime is gone and they incline towards collapse. "However this takes time and history is moving ...
British marines and sailors explain their Iran media confessions by intense psychological pressure <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 8, 2007, 9:11 AM (GMT+02:00)
Six of the freed captives, appearing at a news conference at a Royal Marine base in Devon, UK, Friday, April 6, said they were warned they faced 7 years in prison if they did not confess to entering Iranian waters. Royal Navy Lt. Felix Carman insisted their boarding craft were ...
Blair thanks allies in Europe, the UN and the region "who played their part" in securing release of 15 service personnel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 5, 2007, 9:03 PM (GMT+02:00)
To the Iranian people, the UK PM said: "We bear you no ill will, respect you as an ancient civilization. Any differences with your government we hope to solve through dialogue." British spokesmen have stressed the UK government made no deals and engaged Iran - chiefly Ali Larijani, head of ...
Why Does Tehran Free the Britons But Refuse to Signal the Release of the Three Israeli Servicemen? <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2007, 10:55 PM (GMT+02:00)
Iran, which captured and freed the British sailors and marines, also has the authority to weigh in for the Israeli captives' release with its Lebanese proxy and the Hamas-led group of Popular Resistance Committees and al Qaeda Falastin in Gaza. It is in Iran's power to end the long agony ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Iran and Saudi Arabia discuss mutual defense pact, Cairo weighs restoring diplomatic relations with Tehran<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2007, 8:42 PM (GMT+02:00)
The two steps were set in motion at the Arab League summit last week in Riyadh. Saturday, March 31, Iran's chief of staff Gen. Hass Fayrouz Abadi prodded Arab governments to hurry up and conclude the defense pact because, he said, Israel is preparing a "suicidal" assault on several Arab ...
Bush: I support Blair position on solving captive sailors' crisis and especially declaration of no quid pro quo on hostages
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2007, 8:42 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Iranian news agency has released new pictures of 6 captive sailors in Iran Tuesday, April 3, Day 12 of the crisis.
Earlier Tuesday, there were signs of positive diplomatic movement in Iran, which appear to have taken a step back. debkafile: The US president's statement indicates that the ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: A UK guarantee to stay permanently out of Iranian waters would exclude Britain from a Western military strike on Iran<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2007, 7:33 PM (GMT+02:00)
This pledge in return for securing the release of 15 British sailors would also remove Britain from its tasks in securing the sea lanes to S. Iraq. debkafile's military sources: The statement by a senior British defense official Sunday, April 1 is fraught with broad implications: He said: ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive from Tehran: Iranian leadership debate next step in British hostage crisis in light of speculation on US military intentions
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2007, 7:32 PM (GMT+02:00)
Tuesday, April 3, as top Iranian leaders met in emergency session for the third day running, to decide whether to hold on to, or free, the 15 British sailors seized on March 23, the US released an Iranian diplomat captured in Iraq two months ago to influence their decision.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2007, 7:58 AM (GMT+02:00)
Colonel Aqili, commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards in the southwestern oil city of Abadan, said Sunday the American airplanes entered Iranian airspace from the northwest of the city and exited from its southwest on Saturday.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 1, 2007, 7:44 PM (GMT+02:00)
The live wire at last week's Arab League summit in Riyadh was undoubtedly the non-Arab guest of honor, Iranian foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki.
He breezed around the Arab delegations hard-selling the notion of a mutual defense treaty between Iran and the Arabs on the lines of the Tehran-Damascus pact. Mottaki ...
<span class="dnw">DEBKA-Net-Weekly</span> Exclusive: Western defense experts ask questions about Iran's invisible Shehab-3 ballistic missile <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 30, 2007, 9:05 AM (GMT+02:00)
A group of Western military experts, who carried out a recent in-depth study of Iran's high-sounding war games and scary weaponry, has concluded that they are largely a show put on to conceal a poorly-equipped, under-trained military and elite Revolutionary Guards corps.
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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 30, 2007, 8:46 AM (GMT+02:00)
President Bush gave his full backing to PM Blair in the crisis after they spoke by telephone Wednesday night. The US statement adds that the US military maneuver in the Gulf is completely unrelated to the capture of the British personnel, having been planned as far back as January. Earlier, ...
Tehran says it will suspend disclosure of nuclear research to UN watchdog in response to 'illegal and bullying' sanctions<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 27, 2007, 7:51 AM (GMT+02:00)
Iran will also press ahead with its nuclear program. Fifteen UN Security Council members voted unanimously to impose further financial and arms exports sanctions on Iran Sat., March 24.
debkafile adds: The ban on arms exports may be of limited but painful effect. It will not affect Iranian ...
Six major powers agreed Thursday on a mild new UN sanctions resolution against Iran for its nuclear program
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 19, 2007, 10:43 PM (GMT+02:00)
The draft proposes a ban on Iranian arms exports (not imports) an assets freeze on individuals and firms involved in Tehran's nuclear and ballistic missile programs and a call (not mandatory) to nations and institutions to bar new grants or loans. President Ahmadinejad said the measures would not sway his ...