993 articles tagged "Iran"
 
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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UN nuclear watchdog says Iran has begun enriching uranium on a far larger scale after solving most technological problems - NY Times
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 19, 2007
debkafile reports: Iran's nuclear leap catches the Bush administration preparing to start pulling US troops out of Iraq and embarking on an ultra-sensitive dialogue with Iran. Washington says the talks with Tehran will be confined to the Iraq crisis. However, they are bound to range over other issues, such as Persian Gulf security, Lebanon and the Palestinians.
In advance of the IAEA report to the UN Security Council next Monday, May 21, a short-notice inspection found Iranian engineers to be using roughly 1,300 centrifuges and producing enough fuel suitable for nuclear reactors.
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Iran announces talks with US to begin May 28
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 19, 2007
FM Manouchehr Mottaki said Thursday negotiations would take place in Iraq in the presence of Iraqi officials. Confirmation awaited from Washington.
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Ahmadinejad threatens severe retaliation if the US attacks his country over its nuclear program <br/><br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 16, 2007
He spoke at a news conference in the United Arab Emirates Monday after leading an anti-American rally at which he blamed America for the region's instability.
The Iranian president was warmly welcomed by Gulf emirate's rulers two days after a visit by US vice president Dick Cheney. debkafile reports US consent to open talks with Iran on Iraq is seen by the Gulf sheikdoms as a softening of the Bush administration's most steadfast positions in the region.
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US-Iran direct talks to take place at ambassadorial level in a few weeks<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 15, 2007
The American side will be led by ambassdor to Iraq Ryan Crocker. A spokesman in Tehran said the talks would aim at establishing peace and security in Iraq.
Its latest issue, DEBKA-Net-Weekly disclosed Friday, May 11, that the US and Iran had decided to open talks. Tehran has submitted a detailed blueprint for an accord which DNW revealed in detail.
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Tehran confirms detention of leading Iranian-American academic Haleh Esfandiari four months ago
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 14, 2007
The Kayhan newspaper accuses Esfandiari of spying for US and Israel and trying to incite a "velvet revolution" in Iran. All charges are denied by her husband Shaul Bakhash. Iran's foreign ministry said she would be treated like other Iranian national.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Frontrunner as next Revolutionary Guards chief threatens US world interests and Israel if Iran is attacked
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 30, 2007
Mohammad Baqer Solghadr, deputy interior minister, has been tagged for this top post by Iranian leaders engrossed in war preparations, according to debkafile's Iranian sources. He told the official Iranian news agency IRNA Thursday: "Nowhere would be safe for America ...we can fire tens of thousands of missiles every day." He added: "With long-range missiles Iran can also threaten Israel as America's ally."
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US intelligence estimates Iran has overcome technical difficulties in uranium enrichment, shortening to 2010 the date for enough bomb-grade material - CBS<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 29, 2007
debkafile adds: This new assessment is down from the original 2015 date and closer to the Israeli intelligence 2009 estimate. Pentagon officials said the window has narrowed for Israel to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iran, which could involve the US in a war against a much tougher opponent than Iraq.
debkafile's military sources report that the revised US estimate rests on word that the Iranians have overcome the difficulties stalling the operation of the P2 centrifuges at the Natanz plant at the requisite speeds for producing weapons-grade uranium.
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Shin Bet seeks legislation banning Israeli travel to Iran which has stepped up drive to recruit Israeli visitors as spies<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 21, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, the Shin Bet reported arrest of a young Israeli man of Iranian origin who confessed he was recruited and received money from Iranian intelligence to "cover expenses." He was detained as soon as he landed in Israel. The security service reports at least 10 attempts by Tehran in the last two years to enlist Israeli travelers as spies.
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