825 articles tagged "Iran"
 
<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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Exclusive: Iran gains valuable geo-strategic footholds from new defense umbrella for Sudan<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 3, 2008
After Russia, China and Libya froze arms sales to Sudan over the horrors of Darfur, Tehran stepped in last month with a string of military pacts signed on March 8 by Iran's defense minister Gen. Mostafa Mohammad Majjar and his Sudanese counterpart, Gen. Abdul Rahim Mohammad Hussein.
For Sudan, they open up a new source of weapons and the promise of defense systems for its strategic sites, including the controversial White Nile dams, which are creating a new refugee crisis.
Read excerpts from DEBKA-Net-Weekly's Exclusive Report last month below.
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US Generals at Odds over Troop Drawdown Tempo<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 1, 2008
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US defense secretary Robert Gates' unannounced visit to Baghdad Monday, Feb. 11, was accompanied by two suicide bombings and a strike by the Sunni Awakening Councils, in which the US army has set great store for sustained security across Iraq.
DEBKA-Net-Weekly's Washington sources described the strains between the Joint Chiefs, particularly between the chairman, Adm. Michael Mullen and Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey, on one side, and the Iraqi command headed by Gen. David Petraeus and Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno, on the other.
Gen. Petraeus predicts the Iraq conflict, far from slowing down in the second half of the US presidential year, will gain in fury just about the time when a new US president takes office. He therefore advises planning cutbacks after the July 2008 beyond the "red line" minimum of 130,000. Mullen and Casey want to hand the security package over to the Iraqi army and other pro-US forces in Iraq, such as Sunni Arab and Kurdish allies much sooner.
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Iran and Israel Poised for Possible Military Clash over Mughniyeh's Death<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 19, 2008
Tehran is bent on avenging the death of its top terror tactician Imad Mughniyeh who was struck down by a bomb planted in his car in Damascus Tuesday, Feb. 13. Even before the high-ranking Iranian military investigation team, headed by Gen. Ghassem Soleimani, chief of the IRGC's al Qods Brigades, began a rush job the next day, Israel was singled out as the target for punishment by Iran, Hizballah and Syria.
An intriguing conspiracy theory emanating unexpectedly from Western sources was suggested by the veteran CNN correspondent Jim Clancy. In his view, Mughniyeh, the consummate master of deception, may still be alive. Others took the theory further and suggested his death may have been fabricated to provide Iran, Syria and Hizballah with a strong casus belli to attack Israel without further delay, and so repeat the Arabs' Yom Kippur success 35 years ago in catching Israel unawares.
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Iran's parliamentary elections Friday strengthen hardliners after hundreds of opposition candidates barred<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 17, 2008
debkafile reports: The opposition "reformist" factions can hope for 30 seats at best in the 290-member legislature, after the unelected Council for the Preservation of the Constitution barred some 1,700 of their candidates. This left some of Iran's 30 provinces with no contenders.
Dominated by Revolutionary Guards ex-officers, Iran's next parliament will therefore act as rubber stamp for the extremist "conservative" camp headed by president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
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Ahmadinejad's Baghdad visit opened way for US-Iran status quo deal on Iraq
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 8, 2008
debkafile's Washington and Tehran sources report that a quid pro quo is taking shape between the US and Iran: A nuclear deal on the lines of the North Korea's status in return for Tehran's help for consolidating American gains in Iraq.
The Iranians are counting on the latest round of UN Security Council sanctions against their uranium enrichment approved March 3 being President George W. Bush's parting shot.
Read debkafile's Special Report on where the secret Washington-Tehran dialogue is heading.

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Iran calls new UN sanctions "worthless", vows to continue uranium enrichment <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 8, 2008
The foreign ministry in Tehran said the third round of sanctions approved by the UN Security Council March 3 was "worthless and politically motivated." Iran will move ahead with its enrichment program, said the spokesman, in reply to Russian advice to suspend enrichment and study the renewed offer of incentives offered by the six world powers.
debkafile's Iranian sources reports the new sanctions are indeed worthless because Tehran anticipated them well in advance.

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Iran's supreme ruler solidly backs Ahmadinejad's drive for a nuclear weapon
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 1, 2008
debkafile's Iranian sources report that, 18 days before parliamentary elections to the majlis, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for the first time threw all his weight and authority behind his country's nuclear program and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. His words clearly celebrated the failure of the United States, the West at large and Israel to thwart Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
Tuesday, Feb 26, the supreme ruler told Iranian officials:
"One example of an advance by the Islamic system has been the nuclear issue, in which the Iranian nation has honestly and seriously won a great victory."
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Iran's "covert efforts to weaponize nuclear work" cited in new IAEA report
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 26, 2008
This work links uranium processing, high explosives tests and designs for a missile warhead, the Vienna-based UN nuclear watchdog said Friday, Feb. 22, in a report on which a decision on a third round of UN Security Council sanctions depends.
"Iran had shown new openness" about earlier nuclear advances, said the report, "but not enough to prove its program is not geared to making bombs."
The report also confirmed Iran was testing technology that "could give it the means to enrich uranium much faster - in further defiance of demands to halt all sensitive nuclear activity or be hit with wider U.N. sanctions.

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Ahmadinejad's unbridled attack on Israel causes foreboding. Ashkenazi sees "tough ordeal" possible soon
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 26, 2008
debkafile's military sources report that the increasingly belligerent statements issuing from top Iranian leaders since the death of Imad Mughniyeh in Damascus earlier this month are seen as betokening serious intent.
Israel's chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi told graduating officers Wednesday, Feb. 20, that he could not rule out a possible "tough ordeal" in the near future.
President Ahmadinejad said Wed. Feb. 20: "World powers have created a black and dirty microbe named the Zionist regime and unleashed it like a savage animal on the nations of the region."
Also Wednesday, exiled Iranian opposition leader Mohammad Mohaddessin claimed Tehran had accelerated its nuclear weapons program, including the production of nuclear warheads.
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Israel expects another Iran whitewash job from UN nuclear watchdog
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 22, 2008
Israel's UN ambassador Danny Gillerman says Israel is losing patience with the wishy-washy reports delivered by Mohammed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, on Iran's nuclear work.
Wednesday, Feb. 20, Mohammad Mohaddessin,of the exiled Iranian National Council of Resistance, warned that the Iranian regime had accelerated its nuclear weapons program, including the production of nuclear warheads. He told a news conference that Tehran had established its first command and control center to work on a nuclear bomb and was setting up a center to produce warheads southeast of the capital.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Rival Iranian and Israeli security teams vie for control of Mughniyeh killing's military backlash<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 22, 2008
Hizballah forces went on a state of preparedness in S. Lebanon Saturday, Feb. 16, while the US embassy and its Beirut centers were ordered to be on their guard for attacks, keep a low profile and refrain from using their cell phones.
Our intelligence sources report that Gen. Ghassem Soleimani, chief of the IRGC's al Qods Brigades, heads Iranian team, as well an urgent probe of the killing, while Mossad chief Meir Dagan directs the Israeli command center.
With Tehran gunning for Israel in pursuit of revenge for one of its own, the two duelists are locked in a high-tension battle of wits to control the next steps.
Some circles in the US postulate that the master of deception may have faked his death to provide Iran, Syria and Hizballah with a pretext for attacking Israel.
Read more about the latest developments in the Mughniyeh case in debkafile's Exclusive Report below.
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Syria vows to strike back at Israel for Imad Mughniyeh's killing in Damascus and "repeated encroachments"<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 21, 2008
debkafile's military sources report: Thursday night, Feb. 14, Syrian officials fanned out among Arab broadcasting stations with a warning: Damascus will attack Israel shortly following a decision by Syrian leaders to end its policy of restraint against its territorial violations.
Israeli land, sea, air and homeland defense units were earlier ordered to prepare to defend the country's northern borders against attacks by Hizballah, including rocket strikes, and Syria. Reinforcements were rushed to the north.
Since Wednesday night, according to our sources, a visiting Iranian team of investigators has been hard at work in the Syrian capital to identify the Mughniyeh's killers. It is headed by Gen. Ghassem Soleimani, commander of the al Qods Brigades, the Revolutionary Guards foreign terror arm.

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