1034 articles tagged "Iran"
 
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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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Iran and the nuclear issue are common denominators of the two espionage cases publicized in Israel and Egypt Tuesday, April 17<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 19, 2007
Only hours apart, the Israeli Shin Bet announced the arrest of a young Israeli for taking money to spy for Iranian intelligence, followed by a news conference in Cairo announcing that an Egyptian engineer at the national atomic center Mohammed Gaber, 35, would be tried for allegedly passing secrets to the Israeli Mossad. Israel dismissed the charge as unfounded.
These spy scandals erupted as the US defense secretary Robert Gates circled around Middle East capitals. Was this a coincidence?
Read debkafile's Special Analysis below for some answers.
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Espionage Galore under a Middle East Nuclear Cloud<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 17, 2007
On Tuesday, April 17, the Shin Bet intelligence service reported Iranian intelligence had intensified its efforts to recruit Israelis as spies, targeting former Iranians applying for visas to visit their families. One young man had been snared and paid "expenses" for enlisting a friend in security and collecting information.
Two hours later, in Cairo, a nuclear engineer Mohammed Gaber, was accused by Prosecutor-General Abdul-Maquid Mahmoud of spying on Egypt's nuclear program on behalf of the Mossad, which was said to have paid him $17,000.
Add on the US defense secretary Robert Gates' visits to Jordan, Israel and Egypt this week reportedly to coordinate and oversee preparations connected to a potential military operation against Iran and, in the view of debkafile's intelligence sources, these espionage rumbles denote a far greater upheaval boiling up below ground.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: US Marine Corps commandant visits USS Bataan in Persian Gulf and Iran again steps up military preparedness<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 15, 2007
On April 4, Gen. James Conway visited the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Baatan (LHD 5) in the Persian Gulf and other vessels of the strike group. He was accompanied by Lt.Gen. Keith Stadler, Commanding General of II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF), Sgt. Maj. Of the Marine Corps John Estrada and Rear Adm. Richard Jeffries, medical officer of the Marine Corps.
What made this high-powered visit different? And what are the Iranians playing at? Read debkafile Special Report below.
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Russia has no evidence of Iran's technological breakthrough to industrial-scale uranium enrichment
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 11, 2007
The foreign ministry spokesman in Moscow was commenting on announcements from Tehran Monday. Regarding chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani's claim that Iran had built 3,000 centrifuges for enriching uranium, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday he did not believe they were yet in full operation.
debkafile's intelligence sources disclosed Monday that Iran has not managed to install more than 1000 centrifuges, and possibly less, for lack of progress in overcoming technical snags.
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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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