1021 articles tagged "Iran"
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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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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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