989 articles tagged "Iran"
 
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
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.
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<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
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 and the Israelis kept confined, when a signal from Tehran could have released them?
For the answer, read debkafile's Special Analysis below.

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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
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, the only woman in the captured party has been offered $150,000 for her story.
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Iran will mark its "National Day of Nuclear Technology" at Natanz nuclear site Monday April 9 <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 8, 2007
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 in this direction, although they may not realize it."
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British marines and sailors explain their Iran media confessions by intense psychological pressure <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 8, 2007
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 1.7 nautical miles from the Iranian border when they were surrounded by two Iranian boats full of heavily armed Revolutionary Guards and prevented from leaving. "Fighting back was not an option," said Royal Marines Capt. Chris Air.
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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
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 the national security council, in dialogue - not negotiation. However, debkafile reported a UK military delegation arrived secretly in Iran Tuesday. Details of any deal are unlikely to leak out from official sources in London before all the captured sailors are safely home.
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Why Does Tehran Free the Britons But Refuse to Signal the Release of the Three Israeli Servicemen? <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2007
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 of uncertainty suffered by their families.
But Tehran refuses to give the signal. Iran's leaders appreciate that Israel's military strength is at least three times that of the British army, air force and navy. The trouble is they do not respect Israel's prime minister Ehud Olmert. They believe the Lebanon War fiasco has deprived him of international leverage for generating the political and military pressure to force Tehran's hand.
The end of the crisis removes the last obstacle to the Istanbul conference in April at which US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice will meet Iranian foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki for the first direct US-Iranian contact in three decades
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<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
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 nations to save the Americans from pulling its troops out of Iraq.
Read how this developed in debkafile's Exclusive Report below.

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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
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 release of the Iranian diplomat captured in Iraq two months ago, Jalal Sharafi, second secretary at the Iranian embassy in Baghdad, was a one-time gesture only.
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<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
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: "We are quite prepared to give the Iranians a guarantee that we would never knowingly enter their waters without their permission, now or in the future."
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<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
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's Tehran sources stress that the Iranian government's decision depends very much on the way it interprets last Saturday's reported intrusion by two US warplanes over Abadan city.
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Iran claims two US airplanes violated its airspace northwest of the Abadan oil city, Khuzestan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2007
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.
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Iran Mends Fences with Arabs - Starting with Saudis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 1, 2007
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 argued that a treaty of this kind would allay Arab fears of an Iranian nuclear threat, put a stop to a Middle East nuclear arms race, provide the Arabs with a protective umbrella against Israeli aggression and set up an Arab-Islamic front against US and other foreign intervention in the region.
The Iranian diplomat's proposition fell on willing ears.
Our source also reported exchanges between the Iranian and Egyptian delegations to the Arab summit last week on the resumption of diplomatic ties.

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<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
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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Washington demands Iran's urgent and unconditional release of British sailors
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 30, 2007
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, the White House spokesperson said there is no escalation of tensions "on our part" with Iran.
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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
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 weapons smuggled illicitly to the Lebanese Hizballah and Shiite militias in Iraq. However, the Palestinian Hamas and Jihad Islami terror groups must think twice before taking Iranian weapons deliveries in Gaza - no longer just in violation of accords with Israel but a UN embargo.
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Six major powers agreed Thursday on a mild new UN sanctions resolution against Iran for its nuclear program
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 19, 2007
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 country.
debkafile adds: The text was shorn of the tough provisions sought by the United States.
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What Has Tehran to Gain from Hizballah's New Face?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 13, 2007
For the first time in its 20-year history as a reviled international kidnapper, Hizballah is demanding that its representatives be allowed to hold direct talks with Israel.
One conjecture by Israeli intelligence officials is that Hizballah has been told to offer to trade information about Goldwasser and Regev for word about Iranian ex-general Ali Reza Asgari, said to have disappeared in Istanbul on Feb. 7.
The first positive action by Tehran has been to call its proxies off from hounding the pro-Western Fouad Siniora government of Lebanon; Hizballah has been told to end its boycott of the government in return for additional cabinet seats. Therefore, Iran emerges with its Lebanese cat's paw's position in Beirut enhanced, well before diplomacy for an accommodation on Tehran's nuclear ambitions and the stabilization of Iraq has gone anywhere.
To solidify its position, Hizballah must behave like a respectable political party rather than terrorists who conduct terrorist and kidnapping raids against the neighbors.
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The onset of US-Saudi-Iranian diplomacy was first revealed by <span class="dnw">DEBKA-Net-Weekly</span> of Feb. 16
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2007
The last issue (for subscribers) out Friday March 2 revealed progress on this track as evinced by US participation in the Baghdad neighbors' conference on March 10 and the sudden Iranian presidential visit to Riyadh. Further developments will be traced in the next issue. Don't miss it.
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The Vanishing Iranian General: Did He Leave or Was He Taken?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 2, 2007
Iran's dep. defense minister for eight years up until 2005 - and before that a prominent Revolutionary Guards General, Ali Reza Asgari, 63, has not been seen since his disappearance in mysterious circumstances in Istanbul on Feb. 7.
The missing general has been identified as the officer in charge of Iranian undercover operations in central Iraq, according to debkafile's intelligence and Iranian sources. He is believed to have been linked to - or participated in - the armed group which stormed the US-Iraqi command center in Karbala south of Baghdad Jan. 20 and snatched five American officers. They were shot outside the Shiite city.
An Middle East intelligence source told debkafile that the Americans could not let this premeditated outrage go unanswered and had been hunting the Iranian general ever since.
debkafile adds: Tehran sees the hand of US undercover agencies or contract gunmen and believes Washington has stepped up its war against Iranian officers running Tehran's clandestine operations in Iraq. The kidnapping of an Iranian general outside Iraq would expand President Bush's permission for the capture or killing of Iranian agents helping Iraqi insurgents and al Qaeda murder Americans in Iraq.

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