989 articles tagged "Iran"
 
Iranian military helicopter crash kills 13 soldiers, including two Revolutionary Guards commanders, Monday, Feb. 26<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 28, 2007
An Iranian military spokesman said the troops were "on a mission to control the region in northwest Iran" near the Turkish border. The Party of Free Life of Kurdistan, an Iranian offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), claimed it shot down the helicopter.
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US or Israeli Military Strike against Iran Hinges on Secret Saudi Diplomacy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 26, 2007
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The military, naval, air and amphibious strength the US has built up around Iranian shores speaks louder than words. Iran has countered that signal by placing its army and the elite Revolutionary Guards Corps on full war footing since September 2006.
Israel, the third element in the war equation (or first, according to the London Daily Telegraph), is in the middle of a concentrated series of combat training and war games. Field officers and troops have been told, contrary to the evaluations submitted by Israel's intelligence agencies to the government Sunday, Feb. 25, to be ready for a major flare-up on more than one front in the summer.
There is no knowing at this moment where these hectic war preparations by the US, Israel and Iran - joined by Syria, Hizballah and the Palestinian Hamas - are leading. Neither can the prospects be weighed of the floating Saudi effort to halt or curtail Iran's advance towards nuclear armament. However, a rogue factor must be taken into account: an unforeseen military or terrorist act against US targets in Iraq, against Lebanon and Israel - or a clandestine operation inside Iran - may well overload the delicate balance of terror and tip the crisis into dangerous waters.

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Iran accuses American, British and Israeli secret services of plotting explosions in Zahedan, Baluchistan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 23, 2007
Iran's interior minister Mostafa Pur-Mohammadi, speaking over a domestic TV channel, also charged the three services with subversive activities in Iranian Khuzestan, Kurdistan and Azerbaijan.
debkafile reports this was the first time an Iranian official accused Israeli intelligence of "terrorist activity" inside the country. Israeli security sources take this as a ploy to lay the groundwork for justifying an Iranian payback.


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Iran claims explosive devices and arsenals for terrorist attack in Balochi caital Zahedan came from the US<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 18, 2007
This was reported by the Iranian news agency Fars after Iranian police clashed with armed Sunni rebels in Zahedan in southeastern Iran. Wednesday, a car bomb killed 11 Revolutionary Guards in the town, claimed by the Balochi Sunni group Jundallah. An informed source in Tehran said the relevant documents, photographs and film footage showing the explosives were American would soon be made public.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Switzerland submits to Tehran a proposal for solving crisis over Iran's nuclear program - over Washington's objections<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 18, 2007
Our intelligence sources reveal that Monday, Feb. 12, the six-point proposal secret Swiss emissaries delivered to the Iranian government ten days ago was accepted.
Its six points are revealed here for the first time:
1. Iran will be allowed to produce a predetermined quota of enriched uranium against its pledge not to exceed this limit or produce it up to weapons grade.
2. International nuclear IAEA inspections will be expanded to encompass nuclear weaponization activity.
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US Sponsors Israel-Palestinian Peace Talks from Position of Weakness<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 17, 2007
The US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice stopped off in Baghdad Sat. Feb. 17, for an unscheduled visit, interrupting the journey she was making to Jerusalem for a fresh push to Israel-Palestinian diplomacy. She felt the need to beat up a semblance of momentum on one other US Middle East front in order to enhance her position in the coming tripartite conference Monday, Feb. 19, with prime minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. It is clear to all three parties meeting Monday that they will be negotiating from a position of weakness.
Where dynamic activity is to be seen - as so often these days - is in Tehran. Syrian ruler Bashar Assad made a point of starting two days of talks in the Iranian capital "to strengthen bilateral relations" on the day of Rice's arrival in the region.


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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Iran sends shoulder-borne QW-1 anti-air missiles to Iraqi Sunni insurgents and Hizballah to shoot down US and Israeli helicopt
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 17, 2007
debkafile Exclusive: Iran sends shoulder-borne QW-1 anti-air missiles to Iraqi Sunni insurgents and Hizballah to shoot down US and Israeli helicopters.
Tehran has begun supplying Iraqi insurgents and Lebanese Hizballah forces with home-made QW-1 shoulder-carried missiles copied from Chinese anti-air missiles to maximize their threat to US and Israeli helicopters in two battle arenas - Iraq and Lebanon, respectively. Russian-made SA-7 anti-air missiles are also being delivered to these terrorist forces by Iran.
The Iranians aim to disable the US and Israeli helicopter fleets or make them too costly to use in combat.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> reports: An Iranian Revolutionary Guards bus was ambushed and blown up in southeastern Zahedan Wednesday, killing at least 18 <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 17, 2007
The assailants, believed to be Balochi nationalists, arrived on the scene in a car and escaped on motorcycles hidden by the wayside. Zahedan is the capital of the restive, mostly Sunni Muslim Balochistan, which lies close to the Pakistani and Afghan borders.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> confirms: Radical Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr moved to Iran ahead of US-Iraqi security sweep of Baghdad<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 17, 2007
Fearing his Mehdi Amy militia would be targeted, debkafile also reports Sadr took with him its top commander Abbas Kufi and his two deputies, Omar Mohayfun and Hazar Maliki. They went over from Iraq to Iran early this week.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Reports: Moscow pushes ahead in Bushehr after US sanctions threat to Russian Tor-M1 system suppliers
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2007
In Tehran this week, Russian security chief Igor Ivanov promised the work would go forward and be completed on schedule in September, 2007. He also pledged that fuel that could double for the manufacture of nuclear weapons, held back till now, would be released no later than March.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Israel and Europe have more to fear from an Iranian missile converted to launch a spy satellite than the satellite itself<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 1, 2007
A ballistic missile converted to a space launcher would pose a greater military threat to Israel than the spy satellite it launched. If that missile can deliver 300 kg into earth orbit, it can drop more than 300 kg anywhere in the world. Israel's anti-missile defenses are not at present up to fending off attack by such an ICBM, particularly if they are distracted by an initial volley of Shehab multiple warheads.
More about this in debkafile's Special Report below.
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Iran's Space Venture Will Enhance its Nuclear Military Resources
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 28, 2007
Iran is closer than ever before to the launch of a spy satellite by a BM25 ballistic missile, 18 of which were purchased from North Korea, notwithstanding Pyongyang's denials of aid to Iran's nuclear program. Allaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman of the Iranian parliament's national security and foreign policy commission, said last week that Iran had finished building a reconnaissance satellite and had converted a ballistic missile into a space launcher. If this claim is correct, then Iran has a launcher able to put 300kg into earth orbit - and by the same definition, an ICBM that could drop more than 300 kg anywhere in the world, including Washington DC.
A three stage-missile in Iranian hands, powered by solid fuel with a long-range capability presents a major military challenge to Israel and the IDF. The Arrow system could knock out of the sky one or more of the new Shehab 3ER missiles; it cannot handle the complexities of a multiple Shehab warhead fired to deflect Arrow interceptors from meeting a heavyweight incoming BM25 ICBM.
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Head of nuclear watchdog: Iran will announce build-up of its 3,000-centrifuge facility next month
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 27, 2007
Dr. Mohammed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, said Iran expects to start installing thousands of centrifuges in an underground facility next month. This would pave the way to large-scale uranium enrichment, a step towards making nuclear weapons.
Tehran Friday demanded the removal of the UN senior inspection team for Iran, Chris Charlier of Belgium, after barring 38 inspectors from entering Iran last Monday.
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Iran is preparing for an underground nuclear test with North Korean help before year's end - London Daily Telegraph
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 25, 2007
The British paper, quoting a senior European source, reports that North Korea is helping Iran prepare an underground nuclear test similar to the one Pyongyang carried out last October 9. In his State of the Union speech Wednesday, Jan. 23, US president George Bush said: "The United Nations has imposed sanctions on Iran and made it clear that the world will not allow ... Tehran to acquire nuclear weapons."
On Sept 13, debkafile revealed exclusively that 12 days before the North Korean test, an Iranian military delegation was admitted to the Yongbyon reactor (picture) and Punggye-ri testing site in northeast North Korea.
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Syrian Armed Forces Revamped <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 15, 2007
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The Lebanon war and a fistful of Iranian petrodollars have impelled Syrian president Bashar Asad to haul his armed forces into the present. DEBKA-Net-Weekly 284 of Jan. 5, 207, revealed his latest acquisition: the sophisticated Russian S-300PMU2 FAVORIT air defense system, which is capable of downing Israel planes in Israeli air space and aircraft taking off from US Mediterranean carriers. Two new mechanized divisions are under construction raising the total to 12. Five will face Israel on the Golan, joined by new elite units trained for cross-border incursions.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> from Tehran: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's adherents apply strong-arm tactics to falsify election results after early gains by his opponents
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 21, 2006
Publication of results was halted after only one-tenth of the votes had been counted in Tehran 60 hours after balloting. The president's followers, backed by Revolutionary Guards, had stormed the election committees. They used threats and harassment to force the counters to falsify the results and reverse the president's opponents' gains. Four prominent Iranians, including two ex-presidents, leveled charges of vote-rigging. One of them is Ahmadinejad's main rival, Hashem Rafsanjani, whom early results promise a seat in the powerful Assembly of Experts.
Read debkafile's Exclusive Report from Tehran below.
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Ahmadinejad's Followers Ordered to Falsify Election Results<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 18, 2006
The results of Iran's elections for local councils and the powerful Assembly of Experts have been tensely awaited as the first test of the president's popularity since he took office last year.
debkafile's Tehran sources report that his followers, seeing which way the wind was blowing, took matters in their own hands. Backed by armed Revolutionary Guards, they stormed the counting sessions Monday, Dec. 18, using threats and physical harassment to force the counters to falsify the results and reverse the gains.
Sixty hours after balloting ended, when only 10 percent of the returns to the key Tehran city election had been counted, the publication of further results was suspended.
Four prominent Iranians, including ex-presidents Hashem Rafsanani and Mohammed Khatami, protested that vote-rigging was taking place.

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Tehran Seeks Ways to Capitalize on Olmert's Nuclear Admission<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 13, 2006
debkafile's Iranian sources report the Islamic Republic plans an extensive campaign to justify its nuclear program, based on Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert's statement in Berlin Monday, Dec. 11, listing Israel with the world's nuclear powers. Tehran also hopes to rebut the universal revulsion stirred by the Holocaust denial conference president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad staged this week.
Tehran's first step was a call Wednesday, Dec. 13, on the UN Security Council and the Organization of the Islamic Conference to combat "Israeli threats." It was issued by the foreign ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini in Tehran.
The prime minister had meanwhile amended his statement by saying: "Israel has said many times it will not be the first country to introduce nuclear weapons to the Middle East. That was our position - nothing has changed."
Tehran will attempt to twist Olmert's statement round in its UN Security Council showdown over sanctions for defying the resolution banning uranium enrichment, and claim its entitlement to "self defense."


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Khamenei Brandishes a Kalashnikov at US and Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 15, 2006
The powerful spectacle of Iran's be-turbaned supreme ruler Ayatollah Ali Khamenei clutching an automatic rifle, displayed exclusively by debkafile, drew on the belligerent imagery of Yasser Arafat and Saddam Hussein.
debkafile's Tehran sources reveal that the Iran's leaders took three fateful steps ahead of Khamenei's performance:
1. They pointed up the tradition initiated by the father of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini of marking the last Friday of Ramadan as International al Qods Day - "Jerusalem Liberation Day."
2. Khamenei's aides leaked word that his decision to hold the sermon of Oct. 13 was prompted by his discovery that the USS Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group was heading for the Persian Gulf and would be deployed in operational mode opposite Iran's shores by Oct. 21.
3. In Beirut, Iran's surrogate Hizballah announced the cancellation of its annual military parade on al Qods day, i.e. Oct. 20.
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Tehran Arms Hamas for a Double-Barreled War Option and Gaza as Second Lebanon
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 13, 2006
The military pacts Palestinian Hamas interior minister Said Siyam signed with his Iranian counterpart Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi in Tehran on Oct. 12 are designed to transform Hamas' military wing, the Ezz e-Din al Qassam, into a crack operational arm of the Iran's Revolutionary Guards, and Gaza into a second Lebanon.
debkafile's Iranian sources report Tehran has committed to training Hamas' rapid deployment force of 6,500 men in Hizballah combat tactics, with the accent on missiles, especially the anti-tank variety which were used with devastating effect against Israeli tanks in the Lebanon War.
The Hamas military delegation flew from Cairo to Dubai and on to Tehran. Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and intelligence chief, Gen. Omar Suleiman, were apprised of the Hamas leaders' trip and the military accords they were to sign, but did nothing to detain the travelers.

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