806 articles tagged "Iran"
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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Russian MiG-29M2 fighter-bomber
Moscow‘s smoke screen obscures Assad’s next Syrian war moves
DEBKAfile Special Report May 31, 2013

Word from Moscow Friday, May 31, of a new contract discussed for the sale to Syria of MiG-29 M/M2 fighters, was a Russian tactic to disguise the next Syrian war moves. debkafile: The MiG 29 is the tool Bashar Assad needs to try and overcome the Israeli Air Force’s electronic superiority.

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Iranian UAVs Swarm over Mid-East Skies as US Cuts Down on Their Use
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 30, 2013

Iran has discovered the attractions of its new unmanned aerial vehicles and is using them for increasingly reckless missions over strategic Middle East sites, including US forces, oil sites, army bases and Israel.

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Baghdad Jumps into Syrian War on orders from Tehran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 30, 2013

The Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is blatantly defying Washington by ranging its army along the 600-km Syrian border on orders from Tehran and consenting to aid Bashar Assad’s war on Syrian rebels, especially al Qaeda.

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Russian Syrian military drill
Israeli forebodings over widening Russian-Hizballah-Iraqi intervention in Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report May 29, 2013

The widening military intervention by Russia, Iran, Hizballah and latterly Iraq has turned Syria’s civil war into a Russian-West contest and is propelling Iran up to the top regional power spot. All four are winning by default against an unresisting US-led West and Israel.

 

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Opening Shots of Syrian-Iranian-Hizballah War of Attrition on Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 24, 2013

Israeli leaders play down the approaching menace of the Syrian-Hizballah war of attrition backed by Tehran. Bt Prime Minister Netanyahu has set up a war room in his Jerusalem office for keeping track.

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Barack Obama
John Kerry Loses Clout for Middle East Diplomacy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 16, 2013

John Kerry finds the ground slipping from under his feet as he pursues Middle East peace initiatives on behalf of a boss beleaguered by scandal.

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Foreign Ministers Saud al Faisal and Ali Akbar Salehi
Saudis explore Iranian options for Syria & Lebanon
DEBKAfile Special Report May 13, 2013

Saudi Arabia is exploring dialogue with its great regional rival Iran for ending the Syrian conflict and assuring Lebanon’s political stability, after giving up on US policy for Syria, debkafile’s Gulf sources report. Monday, May 13, the Saudi and Iranian foreign ministers got together in Jeddah.

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Israeli troops in combat gear on Golan border
Israel jets over E. Lebanon after Syria strikes
DEBKAfile Special Report May 4, 2013

Israeli military activity was reported Saturday, May 4 in Lebanon too - and not just over Syria.
US sources said earlier Israeli warplanes had struck targets in Syria including a chemical weapons depot outside Damascus, firing missiles remotely from Lebanese air space and the Golan.

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Moscow and Hizballah Team up, Use Lebanon as Their Syrian War Backyard
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 3, 2013

The big news on Syria this week is the surreptitious pact forged in Beirut by Russia’s visiting deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov witgh Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah which covers their collaboration in the war for keeping Bashar Assad in power and guarantees Hizballah a Russian shield against a potential Israeli attack.

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Iranian Basij Goons Imported for “Duty” in Southern Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 3, 2013

Iran’s Basij are paramilitary troops trained for crushing urban unrest that jeopardizes the regime in Tehran. They have been deployed in Damascus and are relieving the Hizballah units guarding the Shiite Syrian villages along the Lebanese border.

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Ahmadinejad as Ayatollah Khamenei’s Punching Bag
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 3, 2013

President Ahmadinejad is smearing his enemies while under persecution himself for insisting on pushing his own candidate for president in the June 24 election and bringing the economy to the brink of disaster.

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