1001 articles tagged "Iran"
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Iran Plots Syrian President's Ouster<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 12, 2007
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Buoyed up by the triumphs of Hizballah's war offensive against Israel in 2006 and Hamas' takeover of Gaza, the clerical rulers of Tehran have invested so heavily in their expanding power structure across the region that a fiasco could push their regime and military prop, the fierce Revolutionary Guards, into a perilous slide at home. To play it safe, DEBKA-Net-Weekly's Iran sources reveal they have hatched a plan to replace the vacillating figure in Damascus with a puppet at their beck and call, modeled on Hizballah's Hassan Nasrallah in Beirut.
Thus far, Assad has not strayed too far from the guidelines he and his Iranian allies laid down together, but Tehran can never be sure when he might swerve from the straight and narrow to make his peace with the Americans. The can only guarantee Syria stays in their pockets by installing a pro-Iran loyalist in the presidential palace in Damascus.
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Moscow to withhold fuel rods from near-completed Bushehr atomic reactor unless Iran comes clean on suspicious activities<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 7, 2007
This is reported by a European diplomatic in Vienna. A US official told AP that Moscow is dragging its feet on commitments for activating the reactor to pressure Tehran into more compliance with UN Security Council demands on activities suspected of links to a weapons program.
debkafile: Whenever UN sanctions loom, Tehran goes through limited motions for meeting international demands, without however giving ground on the key requirement to forego uranium enrichment.
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DEBKA Reports: Iran buys 250 long-distance Sukhoi fighter-bombers, 20 fuel tankers, from Russia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 1, 2007
Tehran and the Russian Rosoboronexport arms group are about to sign a mammoth arms deal for the sale to Tehran of 250 Su-30MKM warplanes and 20 IL-78 MKI fuel tankers. debkafile's military sources report Iran has stipulated delivery of the first aircraft before the end of 2007.
There is no decision in Jerusalem about asking Paris to withhold its consent to a deal which would substantially upgrade the long-range air assault capabilities of the Islamic Republic. However, President Nicolas Sarkozy is in mid-momentum of a diplomatic drive in the Arab and Muslim world and unlikely to be receptive to an Israeli approach. The only chance of aborting the Russian sale would be to route the approach through Washington.
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"This summer will see Muslim victories in the region and the defeat of our enemies!" - Ahmadinejad in Damascus<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 25, 2007
The Iranian president trumpeted Iran's intentions for the Middle East when he arrived in Damascus Thursday, July 19. debkafile's Middle East sources reveal that behind the braggadocio, his conversation with Iran's closest ally, Syrian president Bashar Assad, was acrimonious. In fact, he warned Assad he had better stop signaling his willingness for peace talks with Israel because this behavior was hampering Iran's plans for a war this summer.
Ahmadinejad had an easier time with the heads of eight of the nine Palestinian terrorist leaders hosted in the Syrian capital. With them he was upbeat.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Ahmadinejad follows up Damascus talks with a council of war in Tehran Friday with Hizballah, Hamas and Jihadi Islami leaders<b
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 22, 2007
Our Iranian and intelligence sources reveal that the Iranian president flew out of Damascus Thursday with this group saying: "I prefer cooler places but this region faces a torrid summer of victories."
The most urgent decision facing the Iran-Syrian alliance concerns Lebanon and how far they can go to get rid of the pro-Western Siniora government in Beirut.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: UN watchdog helps Iran win another 6 months' grace period for its nuclear weapons program
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 18, 2007
IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei is still willing to give Tehran the benefit of the doubt, although he still cannot say for sure Tehran's nuclear program is peaceful or even half transparent. The director of the International Atomic Energy Agency hailed "as a way out of the crisis", Iran's belated permission for "one visit" to the Arak water reactor and "improved inspections" at Natanz.
Tehran's latest maneuvers are in character, the usual ploys for buying time for a free run to its weapons target, as debkafile's Iranian sources reveal in an Exclusive Report below.
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A Formula for Evading Penalties Built into Nuclear Watchdog's Deal with Tehran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 14, 2007
This week, Iran's soft-soap campaign on its nuclear program won valuable support from the heads of the international Atomic Energy Agency, even though the UN watchdog still cannot determine that Iran's nuclear activities are transparent or peaceful.
Even after listening for four years to Tehran's evasions, untruths and prevarications on its nuclear intentions, IAEA director Mohamed ElBaradei Friday, July 13, was still willing to hail Iran's grudging permission for "one visit" to its Arak water reactor and "improved inspections" at Natanz as a "way out of the crisis."
But although it is full of holes for the monitors, the deal struck with nuclear watchdog is a diplomatic breakthrough for Tehran. It is enough to arm the sanctions opponents in the UN Security Council with arguments to hold off a third round of punitive measures against Iran for persisting in its refusal to abandon uranium enrichment. Tehran has won an uninterrupted space up until December 2007 for its last stretch on the road to its objective.
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Abbas Double Deals on Two Tracks - Overtly with West, Covertly with Hamas<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 9, 2007
debkafile's Iran sources reveal that Fatah and Hamas representatives have launched secret talks to patch up their quarrel. Their first session took place in Stockholm Sunday, July 8, under the guiding hands of the Iranian and Saudi ambassadors.
Hamas sent operations chief Imad al Alami from Damascus to face Eugine Makhloof ,the PLO ambassador in Sweden, who is acting on behalf of Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah.
But before sitting down to the talks, the Hamas official first checked in with Iranian leaders in Tehran to make sure their agendas dovetailed.
With war clouds hanging over the region this summer, said the Iranian foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki, Palestinian unity is the order of the day, essential to the Iranian-Syrian-Hizballah bloc as a strategic asset in its coming conflict with the US and Israel.
The same advice came from UAE president Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan to visiting Mahmoud Abbas when they met Sunday. The Fatah leader was persuaded to lose no time in mending Palestinian factional fences.

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The US military allows Iranian diplomats first visit to five Iranians detained by US forces in January <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 9, 2007
Six months ago, the five were taken into custody in Irbil, in northern Iraqi Kurdistan and charged with being Revolutionary Guards agents working with Iraqi insurgents. Iran insists they are diplomats. Iran's ambassador Hassan Kazemi-Qomi said the visit which lasted several hours was "a step forward and positive."
debkafile: Washington is trying to draw Tehran into another round of talks on Iraq as the sequel to the first two that were held earlier this year in Baghdad and Sharm al-Sheikh. Iran is playing hard to get, suspecting the US overture is a ruse to lead attention away from American plans to attack the Islamic Republic.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Right of appeal to Libyan agent was partly influenced by suspicions that Iran and Syria, not Libya, planned 1988 Lockerbie bombing<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 7, 2007
June 28, the Scottish Criminal Cases Commission granted former Libyan agent Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, serving a 27-year sentence, the right to appeal his conviction six years ago for planning the attack, saying the "applicant may have suffered a miscarriage of justice."
debkafile's counter-terror sources disclose the Scottish commission's decision was influenced by the increasing conviction of Western intelligence experts that Iran and Syria, not Libya, may have planned the bombing disaster, which cost 270 lives.
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Israeli Defense Official Highlights Israel's Inadequacies in Face of Iranian Threat
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 3, 2007
Ephraim Sneh handed the post of deputy defense minister to his successor, Ret. Gen. Matan Vilnai, this week with some disturbing charges against the government he was quitting.
Israel is not prepared to handle threats from Iran [missiles and potentially nuclear weapons] because the government headed by Ehud Olmert is holding back form its armed forces the requisite funding. He maintained that international economic sanctions have failed to deflect Iran from its quest for the ultimate threat - a failure which has put the military option on the table.
"We need more funds than we receive currently to deal with this threat," he said in a radio interview Monday, July 2, as he handed the post over to an appointee of new defense minister Ehud Barak.
Sneh dismissed the popular notion that Israel and the United States were closely coordinated militarily regarding Iran. "There is no coordination on an operational level between the Israel and US militaries on Iran," he said.
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<span class="dnw">DEBKA-Net-Weekly</span> confirms Iranian Revolutionary Guards incursion of southern Iraq<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 2, 2007
Exclusive details of the size of the incursion and what Tehran is up to will be disclosed in the coming issue of DEBKA-Net-Weekly.
The heightened prospects of a Syrian-Hizballah clash with Israel is part of the same approaching showdown.
Exclusive disclosures on these issues appear in the latest DEBKA-Net-Weekly out on Friday.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> reports: At least three Iranians killed in petrol rationing riots underlining the oil-rich country's fuel vulnerability<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 30, 2007
At only two hours notice, Tehran Tuesday, June 26, announced the rationing of gas for Iran's private motorists to 100 liters per month as a war measure. This led to riots and the torching of gas stations across the country, including the capital.
The Islamic Republic has resorted to three emergency measures to alleviate its fuel shortage and boost allocations to the military in case of war:

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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> reports: If attacked, Tehran will strike US and Israeli interests worldwide, says an Iranian official. Oil may hit $250<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 15, 2007
Iran's deputy interior minister on security, Mohammad Bager Zolghadr, issued this warning Sunday, June 10, with an eye on the joint US-Israel air maneuver which began the same day in the Negev. The unusually explicit threat by a senior Iranian official was prompted, say debkafile's Tehran sources, by his government's interpretation of the seven-day Negev exercise as a preparatory step for a US-Israeli air attack on their nuclear sites.
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Hamas Poised to Convert Captured Gaza Strip into Islamist Enclave
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 14, 2007
14 June: Hamas seizes control of strategic Philadelphi enclave on Egyptian border and all Gaza's border crossings with Egypt and Israel. At least 35 people died in the fighting Wednesday. Any international force in Gaza will be resisted in the same way as an Israeli occupation army, said a Hamas spokesman Thursday, June 14.
Senior Israeli officers described the Hamas victory to debkafile as a greater misfortune for Israel than its Lebanon War setbacks. There, Hizballah was forced by Israeli military action to accept a UN ceasefire and international peacekeepers.
Hamas has no such incentive. In the case of Gaza, the winner takes all and can dictate terms. A radical Islamic enclave with a dominant Iranian-Syrian military presence has sprung up unopposed as a hostile reality on Israel's southwestern border. It has made the Israeli-Middle East Quartet's boycott an irrelevance.
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ElBaradei cancels meeting with Iranian negotiator after Tehran reneges on pledge to provide sensitive information on its program<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 14, 2007
The meeting was to have taken place at the nuclear watchdog IAEA board meeting which began in Vienna Monday. The IAEA director Mohamed ElBaradei said: "The facts on the ground indicate that Iran continues steadily to perfect its knowledge relevant to enrichment and to expand the capacity of its enrichment facility" in Natanz.
Iran is also continuing "with the construction of its heavy water reactor at Arak."
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Moscow Releases Nuclear Fuel for Iran's Bushehr Reactor
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 12, 2007
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Russian president Vladimir Putin put teeth in his threats and his cynically helpful alternative suggestions regarding the deployment of US missile defenses in Poland and the Czech Republic.
DEBKA-Net-Weekly 304 disclosed on June 8 that the week before the G8 opened in Germany, Moscow released the long-withheld nuclear fuel for Iran's atomic reactor in Bushehr. It was delivered 24 hours before Israel launched its new military imaging satellite Ofeq-7, bringing forward the Iranian threat to Israel, according to debkafile's military sources. One immediate result has been the stiffening of Tehran's negative posture, sparking what nuclear watchdog director Mohammed ElBaradei called Monday, June 11, a confrontation that needs to be urgently defused.
A few days before the nuclear fuel left the Siberian factory, Tehran delivered the sum of $327m for a fresh delivery of Russian missiles to Syria.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Ahmadinijad's bluster boosted by secret deal for North Korean Taep'o-dong-2 ballistic missiles
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 10, 2007
Iran and North Korea are in advanced negotiations for Tehran's purchase of Taep'o-dong-2 ballistic missiles, whose estimated range is 3,500-4,000 km., debkafile's exclusive intelligence sources report. Delivery was promised for late July or early August. US Vice President Richard Cheney informed Saudi King Abdullah of this development during his May visit to Riyadh, as DEBKA-Net-Weekly 300 first revealed on May 11.
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Syrian and Iranian Generals in Intensive War Consultations
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 9, 2007
debkafile's intelligence and Middle East sources take a look at the actions behind the words issuing from Damascus officials affirming Syria's willingness to go into peace talks with Israel.
During most of last week, two high-ranking Iranian delegations spent time in Damascus. One was composed of generals who held talks with Syrian leaders on coordinated preparations for a Middle East war in the coming months.
The regime heads in Tehran are basing their common front with Damascus on intelligence reports whereby the US and Israel have drawn up plans for coordinated military action against Iran, Syria and Hizballah in the summer.
According to this hypothesis, Iranian leaders foresee the next UN Security Council in New York at the end of June or early July ending with an American announcement that the sanctions against Tehran are inadequate because Russia and China has toned them down. Therefore, the military option is the only one left on the table.
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In defiance of UN Security Council demands, Iran expands its uranium enrichment program<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 27, 2007
This finding by the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna Wednesday sets the stage for new sanctions.
US and European powers are to file a complaint against IAEA director Mohamed ElBaradei for his softened approach on Iran's nuclear progress.
Last week, the nuclear watchdog's director said ahead his latest report to the UN Security Council Wednesday Iran had solved most technological problems on the road to nuclear enrichment and there was no longer any point in demanding total suspension. Another 60-day grace period expires on May 24, after which Iran faces escalated Security Council sanctions for refusing to suspend all work on nuclear fuel.
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