DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 5, 2007
Taking part in the American Persian Gulf exercise in progress since Nov. 2 are the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, its strike force and two smaller helicopter carriers, the USS Wasp and USS Kearsage, which are marine amphibian assault craft. Commander Jay Chambers, who also heads the combined 59th Task Force, described the exercise as tough and demanding but good preparation for realistic scenarios.
The maneuver began shortly after Iranian Gen. Ali Fahdavi stated that the Revolutionary Guards Naval forces under his command are ready and able to strike at oil export traffic heading out of the Gulf region. The statement on Oct. 29 was taken as an implicit Iranian threat to block oil tanker traffic through the Straits of Hormuz chokepoint. Fahdavi added that Iranian suicide teams were also braced to attack any Gulf target.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Warning letters delivered to thousands of Jewish families in Iran advise them to leave the country without delay<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 25, 2007
The letters, according to debkafile's Iranian sources, have been posted to Jewish families in Tehran (where the community numbers some 13,000), Isfahan (under 2,000) and Shiraz (some 4,000). They are captioned: Danger! Danger! Danger! and tell recipients to try and reach the West with all possible speed. Iranian Jews like the rest of the population face grave danger from impending events, the anonymous writers warn.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 24, 2007
debkafile's Iran sources report that Monday, Oct. 22, saw riotous student demonstrations lambasting president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in person at several universities across Iran including Amir Kabir in Tehran and Shahroud university. They are expected to continue.
He flew out early Tuesday, canceling a visit to the Armenian monument in Yerevan to the victims of the 1915 Armenian massacre in Ottoman Turkey, an address to the Armenian house of deputies and a meeting with students at Yerevan University.
Iran's new nuclear negotiator Said Jalili left for Rome Tuesday for his first meeting with EU's Javier Solana. He was accompanied by Ali Larijani whom Ahmadinejad replaced Saturday.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 21, 2007
Gen. Yuri Baluyevsky said Wednesday "without equivocation and it is our deep conviction founded on real knowledge" that Iran will not have the capacity to create intercontinental missiles in the near or medium future. He admitted that the US has the opposite opinion. debkafile adds: Israel shares the American belief and notes: Just as the Russian president is playing down the threat of an Iranian nuclear weapon, his chief of staff is dismissing Tehran's ability to create vehicles of delivery.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 20, 2007
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has laid down the gauntlet.
Having prevailed over the more pragmatic elements of the Islamic Republican regime headed by supreme ruler Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, he and his Revolutionary Guards are challenging the United States to do its worst.
Saturday, Oct. 20, the fire-eating president succeeded in removing the formidable Iranian nuclear negotiator, head of the National Security Council, Ali Larijani, from his path. He then sent the Revolutionary Guards missile and artillery commander, Gen. Mahmoud Chaharbaghshe, to warn that, in the first minute of an attack on Iran, the Islamic Republic would fire 11,000 missiles and mortars against enemy (US and Israeli) bases.
The Russian president Vladimir Putin's visit last week to Tehran was a disappointment to the clerical rulers. Contracts for the Russians to complete the Bushehr atomic reactor and supply the fuel for its activation were not signed during that visit, although they had been drawn up previously between Larijani and the head of the Russian Nuclear Energy Commission Sergei Kiriyenko in Moscow.
At the last minute, Ahmadinejad, backed up by the IRGC chiefs, put his foot down against Putin's pre-condition which was incorporated in the contract for a joint Russian-Iranian mechanism to oversee the reactor and guarantee its non-use for weapons production.
The Iranian president had manipulated the episode in such a way as to leave the nuclear negotiator no option but to quit.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 15, 2007
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in a sermon marking Eid al Fitr in Tehran Saturday, ignored Mahmoud Abbas, when he said the Palestinians themselves are not participating. Instead, as the crowd chanted "Death to American!" and "Death to Israel," he praised Hamas for making resistance its slogan.
Lead Palestinian negotiator former PM Ahmed Qurei has warned that if the conference fails to produce a detailed agreement and timeframe for solving the core issues of borders, Jerusalem and refugees, the consequences for Israel will be grimmer than the last round of violence.
Tehran University students chant "Death to the dictator" ahead of Ahmadinejad speech Monday, scuffle with his supporters <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 13, 2007
In December, at another Iranian university students disrupted is speech and burned his picture. Ahmadinejad is accused of clamping down on dissent in Iranian campuses.
In his latest shocker, Ahmadinejad said Friday: Zionists should be relocated in Europe or "big lands like Canada and Alaska." On al Qods day, which the Islamic Republic devotes annually to huge anti-Israel rallies, the Iranian president repeated his call for a global referendum on Israel's fate.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> reports: Accusations from Paris that Iran is building new clandestine military nuclear plant south of Natanz
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 3, 2007
The latest round of the international campaign against Iran's covert nuclear activities is coming out of Paris, debkafile's intelligence sources report. A statement by President Nicolas Sarkozy Thursday, Sept. 27 that he does not believe Iran's program is peaceful was followed by a press conference at which the National Council of Resistance of Iran's chairman, Mehdi Abrishamchi, reported Iran was constructing a new site for a secret military project 5 km south of the Natanz nuclear complex.
debkafile notes that, five years ago, the Americans used the same roundabout technique for making their first disclosures of Iran's nuclear violations.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> reports: Iran shows off new long-range 1,800-km missile together with fierce slogans and defiant rhetoric at a big military parade outsid
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 30, 2007
The official announcer said the weapon put US bases in the Middle East and Israel within reach, as a large slogan was displayed from supreme ruler Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: "The Iranian nation is ready to bring any oppressive power to its knees."
debkafile's military sources report that Tehran used the parade Saturday, Sept. 22, marking 27th anniversary of Iraqi invasion of Iran in 1980, to unveil its new Ghadr-1.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at Columbia University, New York, demonstrates the futility of attempts at US-Iranian dialogue <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 28, 2007
The Iranian president, clearly enjoying every moment of the uproar he provoked in American discourse, parried the tough questions posed him at the end of his speech to 600 students and faculty Monday, Sept. 24, by throwing questions back, longwinded evasions and barefaced lies.
Even though Columbia University President Lee Bollinger greeted the Iranian visitor as "a cruel and petty tyrant and terrorist," there his no gainsaying that he granted a coveted platform to a world figure who abused it to disseminate a creed which preaches the superiority of the Iranian race, culture and religion and whose highest objective is the downfall of Big Satan America and Little Satan Israel.
Uproar in America over Columbia University's platform for Ahmadinejad Monday, followed by his UN General Assembly address Tuesday<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 25, 2007
Angry protests and demonstrations challenge Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's admittance to America while he and his government deny the holocaust, threaten the United States and Israel, develop a nuclear weapon, send weapons to Iraq insurgents to kill US troops, foster terror and are guilty of harsh repressive practices at home.
debkafile reports: The outcry is exactly what the Iranian president aims to provoke by his public relations stunt in issuing peaceable-sounding statements in America in sharp contrast to the rhetoric sounded in Tehran and its violent actions in the region. He told the CBS Iran Sunday night that Iran does not need a nuclear bomb.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 23, 2007
Iran's suspect nuclear program is further polarizing the big powers.
As American and European officials discussed a third round of UN Security Council sanctions, Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, more pugnacious than ever, addressed a military parade Sat. Sept. 22 marking the 27th anniversary of the onset of the Iraq-Iran war of the eighties.
The French president Nicolas Sarkozy meanwhile stands shoulder to shoulder with President George W. Bush. Friday, Sept. 21, he said: "Iran is trying to obtain an atomic bomb. That is unacceptable and I tell the French people it is unacceptable."
A week ago, French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner warned that the world faced war if diplomacy and sanctions failed to curb Iran's nuclear activities.
But Vladimir Putin pulled in the opposite direction from his two fellows in the UN Security Council when he decided to be the first Russian president to visit Tehran on Oct. 16. The visit, in the framework of the Caspian Asian Summit, is planned to encompass much more than state ceremonial and ritual photo-ops, although there will be plenty of that too.
He will be on hand to underscore Moscow's concern and conviction that the last two or three months of 2007 will take the controversy over the Iranian nuclear program to crisis point and could determine whether or not America resorts to the military option.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 22, 2007
Deputy air force commander Mohammad Alawi said Wednesday that Iran has a plan to bomb Israel in the event of "possible foolishness" by "the Jewish state" in staging a military attack against the Islamic Republic. Iranian bombers can retaliate against Israeli soil, he said. "In addition to our missiles, whose range covers the whole soil of this regime, we can attack them with our fighter jets on their soil.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Iran's claim to have 600 Shehab-3 missiles pointed at Israel and US targets in Iraq is bluff
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 22, 2007
debkafile's military sources assert that Iran does not have as many as 600 Shehab-3 missiles capable of a simultaneous barrage - as threatened on an Iranian Web site Monday - nor sufficient launchers to fire that number. The threatening statement followed the French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner's warning Sunday, Sept. 17 that in view of Iran's nuclear crisis, the world must "prepare for the worst, and the worst is war."
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 17, 2007
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Tehran seizes initiative for patching up Palestinian feud to steal show from Washington's Middle East diplomacy<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 8, 2007
Thursday, Sept 6, Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will receive the heads of 10 Palestinian factions in Tehran, among them Hamas' Khaled Meshaal, Jihad Islami's Abdullah Shelah and, most important of all, Fatah's radical politburo chief Farouk Kadoumi.
debkafile's counter-terror sources report this will be the first time Hamas and Fatah representatives sit down at the same table since the former grabbed the Gaza Strip from the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority three months ago. It will also be a feather in Iran's cap.
Ahmadinejad claims Iran has achieved 3,000 working centrifuges for enriching uranium - gainsaying a much lower UN assessment<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 5, 2007
debkafiles sources: The Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's latest claim Sunday, Sept 2, that Iran's nuclear industry had 3,000 centrifuges up and running - and was "installing a new cascade every week" - means that Tehran has overcome the technical hitches which long held up self-production of the P2 centrifuges.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 4, 2007
The minister was answering questions from listeners to the Israeli Broadcasting Service's Farsi program Monday night, Aug. 27. Avigdor Lieberman said Israel is extending aid to those opposition organizations which are proving effective. He is therefore the first member of the Israeli government to expose the clandestine war gaining ground between Israel and Iran in recent weeks, say debkafile's sources.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 28, 2007
Mayor of Choman Abdul Wahid Gwany said they crossed in 10 places, traveling some 5 km into the mountain region and bombing villages as they drove. Some villagers were killed. debkafile adds: The apparent targets were Iranian Kurdish rebels, members of PJAK, who are reported holed up in mountain havens in this part of Iraqi Kurdistan.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 21, 2007
The RG commander Yahya Rahim Safavi said Wednesday that Iran's 2,000km range missiles (capable of reaching Israel) could now be remote controlled. debkafile's military sources interpret this as a reference to Shahab-3 missiles kept in hiding places, even possibly outside Iran, which can be operated at a distance from Tehran.
Safavi also said his RG ground forces had missiles that could penetrate the armor plating fitted to Israel's Merkava and US Abrams tanks.