817 articles tagged "Iran"
Mid-East including Israel on high alert after Obama’s failed last-ditch bid for Syria deal with Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 26, 2013

Monday night, Aug. 25, saw Middle East countries, including Israel, on high military alert after learning of US President Barack Obama’s failure to reach an understanding with Tehran to avert a US-led operation against Syria over its chemical attacks. debkafile: Obama’s two emissaries were Deputy UN Secretary Jeffrey Feltman and Sultan Qaboos of Oman. Tehran’s rebuff signaled orders to US military assets in the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf to go on high preparedness. Iran, Russia and Syria redeployed in readiness for Syria to face attack.

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US seaborne Tomahawk cruise missile
US rebuffs Syrian access to chemical site as “too late to be credible”
DEBKAfile Special Report August 25, 2013

The US has little doubt the Syrian government used chemical weapons against civilians, a senior US official said Sunday, Aug. 25. "At this juncture, any belated regime decision to grant access to the UN team would be considered too late to be credible, including because the evidence available has been significantly corrupted.,” he said. This reaction indicated the White House had not backed away from military intervention, even after Tehran warned the US not to “cross red lines” in Syria and Moscow advised Washington to “avoid tragic mistakes.”

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Assad's chemical weapons arsenal
The sarin shells fired on Damascus - by Syrian 4th Division’s 155th Brigade - were followed by rockets on Israel and car bombings in Lebanon
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 24, 2013

Within 48 hours, Assad and Iran launched a three-point punitive offensive for foreign intervention in the Syrian war, debkafile reports. The facts: The sarin nerve gas shells which claimed more than 1,000 Syrian lives Wednesday, Aug. 21, were fired by the 155th Brigade of the Syrian army’s 4th Division commanded by Gen. Maher Assad from Mount Kalmun. This atrocity was followed by a rocket attack on Israel from Lebanon and deadly blasts in Tripoli. The price for not stopping Assad and Tehran now is likely to become even grimmer.

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Tehran Doubles its Military Strength in Syria, Adds Revolutionary Guards
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 23, 2013

Because of the coup in Egypt, Iran doubled its military strength in Syria in fear of losing its last Arab foothold. Protecting Shiite shrines is a useful rallying cry for volunteers.

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Grad rocket hits northern Israel
Pro-Iranian Jihad Islami aimed four rockets at Israel from S. Lebanon. Two caused damage
DEBKAfile Special Report August 22, 2013

The four rockets striking Israel from South Lebanon Thursday, Aug. 22, were Grad 120mm rockets launched by the Jihad Islami from the Palestinian Burj Al-Shamali refugee camp near Tyre. This emerged after a stream of muddled and conflicting communiqués came from the IDF spokesman. The Jihad Islami takes its orders from Tehran and the Lebanese Hizballah. One of the rockets was intercepted by Iron Dome. None inflicted casualties, except for three shock victims, but they did cause damage to buildings and vehicles in two locations.

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Vladimir Putin and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Moscow Dangles for Tehran an Offer of Advanced Russian Air Defense Missiles
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 2, 2013

Moscow and Washington are vying for Tehran’s favors. While Washington is painting the new president as a moderate, Moscow is preparing the way for a high-powered visit to Tehran by Vladimir Putin by dangling an offer of highly advanced air-defense missiles.

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Hassan Rouhani
Rouhani Will Keep Faith with Hardline Khameini and Stick to Iran‘s Nuclear Drive
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 2, 2013

Important US figures have taken great pains to portray the incoming Iranian president Hasan Rouhani as a moderate, who is anxious to repair relations with the US. His new cabinet will upset their hopes.

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Hamas, Gaza Strip
Tehran: For restored Iranian aid, Hamas must go back to supporting Bashar Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 31, 2013

Israel has twice switched its orientation toward the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip: In November 2012, Muslim Brotherhood-ruled Egypt, Qatar and Turkey, negotiated the ceasefire ending Israel’s Pillar of Defense operation against Hamas missiles. From July 2013, Israel has been cooperating with the Egyptian military and its champion, Saudi Arabia – witness permission for Egyptian Apache gun ships to fly over Gaza. So what happens when the Egyptian military launches a major operation against Hamas – in defiance of the US and Palestinian Authority, with whom Israel launched peace talks this week?

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Moshe Yaalon and Benny Gantz
Why So Much Expert Resistance to Israeli Army Reform? Is It Too Risky?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 25, 2013

The slimmed down IDF budget and reform program are powerfully opposed by distinguished military figures at home who say that junking tanks and ground forces is too risky in the current Middle East climate.

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Bashar Assad
Iran’s Challenge to Sunnis in Syria Raises Specter of Global Muslim War
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 27, 2013

Iran is stirring up Shiite-Sunni warfare in Syria to promote its drive for Middle East hegemony. Tehran is lighting a match that could raise up Sunni radicals like al Qaeda and send flames shooting across the Muslim world.

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Vladimir Putin at G8 summit
Putin will address G8 summit as head of winning Syrian war camp
DEBKAfile Special Report June 17, 2013

The conditions Vladimir Putin will lay down for a G8 consensus on Syria are that Bashar Assad remains in power in any political solution and Iran be part of that solution. He will address the summit opening Monday in Northern Ireland in the interests of his allies, Bashar Assad, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Hassan Nasrallah and demand that the summit acknowledge them as winners of the war. Putin will block any attempt by Barak Obama to use the election of Hassan Rouhani as Iran’s president to counter those successes.

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Chemical canister landing in Saraqeb, Idlib
Hizballah units near Golan. Some receive “limited-use” chemical arms
DEBKAfile Special Report June 15, 2013

The Obama administration and Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon on a visit to Washington backed away Friday, June 14, from any effective response to the Syrian ruler’s proven use of chemical weapons against rebel forces. On the ground, debkafile’s military sources reported Hizballah and Syrian army movements were detected heading toward the Golan and the Jordanian border from the military concentrations building up in the last two weeks around the nearby town of Deraa. Those sources also concluded that Hizballah has been awarded “limited-use” chemical weapons

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Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad
How Will New Qatar Ruler Juggle Ties with Washington, Tehran and Muslim Brotherhood?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 13, 2013

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad, aged 33, will be the youngest ruler in the Persian Gulf. He will have to juggle between the tiny emirate’s relations with Washington, Tehran and the Muslim Brotherhood, with several powerful weapons to hand, including al Jazeera TV.

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Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf
Neither Presidential Frontrunner Suits Ayatollah Khamenei
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 13, 2013

Ayatollah Khamenei has failed to manipulate Iran’s forthcoming presidential election and determine the winner. Will he try and rig the election?

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Kuwait acts on the GCC resolution against Hizballah
Gulf begins mass expulsion of Lebanese Shiites over Hizballah’s role in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 12, 2013

Kuwait is the first Gulf emirate ready to act on the resolution of the recent Gulf Cooperation Council meeting in Jeddah to punish Hizballah for its “flagrant intervention in Syria” against “freedom fighters.” The Interior Ministry in Kuwait is about to “end the residency of some 2,000 Lebanese Shiite citizens” and shut down their financial and commercial businesses. debkafile: The mass deportation of Lebanese Shiites from the Gulf region will raise tensions with Iran and Hibzallah and may even spark retribution by Iranian and Hizballah sleeper cells.

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Tayyip Erdogan
Which Foreign Hand Stirred up Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan’s Troubles?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 7, 2013

Russia and the West are suspected of stirring up Turkish dissent – the first to frustrate Turkish intervention in Syria, the second to ignite the Iranian street. The protesters will fight tooth and nail to upset his bid for the presidency with extended almost dictatorial powers.

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The Iranian-Russian-Iraqi-Hizballah Bloc is the Winning Formula behind Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 7, 2013

Bashar Assad could hardly lose the war with the hefty backing of Russia, Iran, Iraq and Hizballah. Hizballah tilted the fighting against the rebels, while Iraq is feeding his war chest with billions of petrodollars.

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Hassan Nasrallah
Hamas Twists in the Syrian Wind - Back to Tehran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 7, 2013

Hamas has lost its financial sponsors. That is one reason to turn back to Tehran. Another is Assad’s offer to its war allies the chance of attacking Israel from Syrian soil. So why not switch back from the rebel side to Assad?

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Syrian troops capture al Qusayr
Qusayr was a debacle for the West and Israel: Aftershocks in Lebanon, Golan and Gaza Strip
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 6, 2013

Assad’s al Qusayr victory Wednesday, June 6, presented the US, Israel and the Western alliance with a major strategic debacle. They paid the price of leaving the Syrian-Hizballah military machine orchestrated by Iranian officers a clear field. This machine is ready to trample Aleppo and southern Syria. Israel is next in its sights.

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A Taksim Square protester
Cracks in Erdogan’s rule shake Washington. Will Turkish ferment spread to Iran?
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly June 4, 2013

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, the target of the turbulent unrest sweeping Turkey, is also President Barack Obama’s foremost ally in the Muslim world. The latest DEBKA-Weekly out last Friday examined this and other repercussions of the Turkish ferment, like the posting of Revolutionary Guards on the streets of Iran, and impact on the Syrian war. Has an outside hand been feeding the flames of domestic disaffection? And why is Israel concerned? Discovered also was a possible shifting of ground between Iran and Israel, Bashar Assad’s new bankroller, and Hizballah’s creeping takeover of Syria.

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