789 articles tagged "Iran"
Syrian missiles capable of carrying chemical weapons
Israel advised to brace for Syrian missile attack – conventional or chemical
DEBKAfile Special Report July 14, 2012, 2:36 PM (GMT+02:00)

Western military sources warned Saturday, July 14, that not only Israel, but Turkey and Jordan, too, should prepare for chemical missile strikes by a beleaguered Bashar Assad after missiles were test-fired this week in the Syrian war game against all three. There is disagreement in the West on Assad’s motives for moving his WMD out of storage. Some US officials say he is safeguarding them against falling into rebel hands; British officials report chemical weapons at Homs, Latakia and Aleppo deployed for ethnical cleansing.

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The Russian S-300 aid defense system
Moscow may hand Iran S-300, breach arms embargo if Assad ousted
DEBKAfile Special Report July 5, 2012, 1:21 PM (GMT+02:00)

Moscow has removed the gloves in its defense of Syrian ruler Bashar Assad.  Wednesday, July 4, senior Russian official Ruslan Pukhov warned: “If the Syrian regime is changed by force or if Russia doesn't like the outcome, it most likely will respond by selling S-300s to Iran."  This threat gave substance to the hints thrown out by Russian President Vladimir Putin during his June 25 visit to Israel about breaking the UN arms embargo against Iran. debkafile’s military sources disclose that Israel has developed counter-measures for this advanced Russian missile.

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Saudis are buying nuclear-capable missiles from China
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 4, 2012, 9:48 AM (GMT+02:00)

The Saudis, not invited to join negotiations either on Syria or Iran, have gone ahead with their own plans for beating Iran to the nuclear draw.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Vladimir Putin
Putin Offered to Broker Israel’s Ties with Iran and Turkey - While Not Losing Sight of Oil
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 28, 2012, 11:38 PM (GMT+02:00)

Saying “An Islamist flood threatens us all, the Russian president put before the Israeli prime minister propositions of a secret conduit through Moscow to Tehran and help for mending Turkish-Israeli relations in return for a Russian stake in Mediterranean oil.

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Ayatollah Khamenei Is Not about to Step down or Name a Successor
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 28, 2012, 11:38 PM (GMT+02:00)

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has often before exploited his many medical problems for manipulation. Although “enjoying” ill health, he is very much in control of affairs of state in the Islamic Republic, although a crop of would-be successors are waiting in the wings for him to go. The radicals have a profound interest in keeping Iran's nuclear program, his pet project, afloat after he is gone, and are exploiting gossip about his ill health to speed matters up.

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Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama
Russia Enlists China and Iran to Defeat US Middle East Interests
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 21, 2012, 11:11 PM (GMT+02:00)

Russian President Vladimir Putin started putting his plans for Russia to displace the US at key Middle East points at the Moscow nuclear talks and the G20 summit in Mexico where he enlisted China and Iran to defeat Washington’s plans. Starting out with a scheme of revenge for Libya, his ...

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Saeed Jalili and Catherine Ashton
What Next for Iran’s Nuclear Threat after Nuclear Diplomacy Fizzled?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 21, 2012, 11:11 PM (GMT+02:00)

Tehran can afford to brush off diplomatic efforts to rein in its nuclear program for two reasons: 1) It is so far advanced that unless stopped, Iran will by December have enough enriched uranium for seven or eight nuclear bombs as well as complete dirty bombs, and 2) It ...

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US & Russia Deploy in Syria – Double Prey for Al-Qaeda
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 19, 2012, 3:35 PM (GMT+02:00)

debkafile postulates Syria’s division into spheres of influence as the big powers move in.

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A cordial handshake between Russian and Chinese admirals
Russia, China, Iran plan to stage in Syria “biggest Mid East maneuver”
DEBKAfile Special Report June 18, 2012, 8:31 PM (GMT+02:00)

Military tensions around Syria shot up again Monday, June 18, with an Iranian report that a joint Russian-Chinese-Iranian exercise is to take place in Syria, called “the biggest of its kind ever staged in the Middle East,” with 90,000 personnel, 400 air planes and 900 tanks taking part.  debkafile: This would be the first time Russia and China have deployed substantial military strength in the Middle East. It points to their determination to deter a US-lead military operation against the Assad regime.

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Catherine Ashton and Saeed Jalili
Iran Comes off Best from Western Tactics to Preserve the Big Power Talks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 15, 2012, 12:00 AM (GMT+02:00)

 

Tehran has gained recognition of its big power status from a conversation between its senior negotiator Jalili and the EU’s Catherine Ashton without even having to attend the next negotiating session in Moscow.

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Chemical warfare looms over Syria
Chemical warfare feared raising its head in the Syrian civil war
DEBKAfile Special Report June 10, 2012, 7:50 AM (GMT+02:00)

Tehran early Sunday June 10 accused Syrian rebels of arming themselves with chemical weapons originating in Libya and acquiring training in their use - sending shudders of alarm through the West and Israel. They fear the Assad regime is preparing the ground for chemical assaults to finally crush its foes. Both sides to the conflict are talking about chemical warfare openly. If they go through with it, President Barack Obama will have to reconsider non-intervention and turn to limited force to stop the escalating horror.

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US official Fred Hoff, Ambassador Michael McFaul in Moscow
Russia and Iran back away from the Syrian conflict, dump it in America’s lap
DEBKAfile Special Report June 8, 2012, 8:31 PM (GMT+02:00)

After the UN gridlock on the Syrian crisis Thursday, an American delegation headed by Fred Hoff drew a blank in talks at the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow Friday, June 8, with Syrian expert, Mikhail Bogdanov. Russia flatly rejected President Barack Obama’s proposal to post 5,000 armed UN monitors in Syria, most of them Russian troops.  Moscow and Tehran calculate that the higher the flames of civil war in Syria, the more the US will be blamed for the bloodshed.They therefore refuse to join any international effort to stop it.

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Obama Quits Syria in Hope of Russian Support for Iranian Nuclear Concessions
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 8, 2012, 12:31 AM (GMT+02:00)

 

A new contact group, a Syrian military council for provisional rule under the group’s orders, and Russian-Iranian moves to make Assad step down – these are the key points of Obama’s plan for Syria, part of his grand design that also embraces Iran and its nuclear program.

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Saeed Jalili
Radical Nuclear Negotiator Jalili in Line as Iran’s Next President
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 8, 2012, 12:31 AM (GMT+02:00)

 

Iran’s senior nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalilee wins his spurs as leading presidential contender by his radical nuclear posture against the six world powers.

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More atrocities at Mazraat al-Qubeir, Hama
Iran thwarts Syrian “contact group” plan over US conditions for nuclear talks
DEBKAfile Special Report June 7, 2012, 11:31 PM (GMT+02:00)

Iran stalled the US Secretary and UN-Arab League Envoy Kofi Annan’s plan for a contact group based on five permanent Security Council members and Iran to handle the Syrian impasse, refusing to join the group so long as it faces nuclear conditions. Tehran's non-cooperation on Syria reflected its flat-out rejection of the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s demand that Iran come to the nuclear talks in Moscow “ready to take concrete steps” to curb its enrichment of uranium to 20 percent purity.

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Richard Morningstar, designated US ambassador to Baku
Clinton in Baku amid Russian-Iranian friction over Azeri stake in Israeli energy
DEBKAfile Special Report June 6, 2012, 1:22 PM (GMT+02:00)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives in Baku, Azerbaijan Wednesday, June 6, amid Ali Khamenei and Vladimir Putin’s deep disapproval of President Ilam Aliyav’s pro-Western orientation and fast-growing ties with Israel. Frictions center on Baku’s $1.6 billion arms transaction with Israel and even more, debkafile reports, on the fact that the deal is matched by expanding Azerbaijani investment in Israel’s Mediterranean gas and oil projects. This tradeoff is marked for expansion.

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Scud D ground-to-ground missile
Turkey ditches Syrian rebels. Will Israel attack Hizballah's Scuds?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 2, 2012, 7:44 PM (GMT+02:00)

Two radical developments arising from the Syrian conflict are revealed by debkafile: In an astonishing about face, Turkey has abandoned its 14-month support for the Syrian revolt alongside the West and made common cause with Russia, i.e. Bashar Assad.  Further exacerbating fears of a “proxy war” involving Israel, Iran and Syria, the Lebanese Hizballah is preparing to transfer its Scud D missiles, capable of hitting any point in Israel, from Syria to Lebanon. Israel has threatened to stop their crossing by force.

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HIzballah security chief Wafiq Safa married to Nasrallah's sister
Syrian rebels abduct 5 top Hizballah officers, including Nasrallah’s nephew
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 1, 2012, 6:11 PM (GMT+02:00)

Despite the deep secrecy surrounding the incident, debkafile reports exclusively that unidentified commandos this week kidnapped five top Hizballah commanders, naming them as Ali Safa, a senior officer of Hizballah’s intelligence service and nephew of Hassan Nasrallah; Hussein Hamid, Dep. Commander of Hizballah forces in South Lebanon;  Ali Zerayb, member of its Jihad Council; Hassan Arzouni, chief of intelligence in the Bint Jbeil district bordering on Israel; and Aras Shoeib, head of training in the Beqaa Valley of E. Lebanon.

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Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin
Will Obama’s Grand Ploy with Russia Help Him with Iran?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 1, 2012, 12:58 AM (GMT+02:00)

 

Obama focuses on obtaining Vladmir Putin’s consent to deploying 5,000 largely Russian monitors in Syria in order to gain a partner also for his Iran nuclear diplomacy. HIzballah risks being cut off from its heavy weapons arsenal hidden in Syria.

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US Marine craft drill off Aqaba
US-Arab exercise drills Iran landing. Syrian rebels obtain German machine guns
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 28, 2012, 5:59 PM (GMT+02:00)

The 12,000-strong US-Arab special forces exercise, Eager Lion 2012, ending in Jordan Wednesday, May 30, broadened  the orbit of international intervention in the Arab Revolt and preparations for war with Iran. The ground section took place near the Syrian border, while the marine section practiced landings on Aqaba beaches and mountain terrain resembling strategic sites in Iran. A Russian ship has meanwhile delivered heavy ammo to Syria, soon to be followed in Tartus port by the North Korean arms ship Odai.

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