DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 7, 2012, 9:53 AM (GMT+02:00)
Some 20,000 marines, seamen and air crews from six countries, a US nuclear aircraft carrier strike group and three US Marine gunship carriers are practicing an attack on a fictitious mechanized enemy division which has invaded its neighbor in the largest amphibian exercise seen in the West for a decade. "Bold Alligator 2012" simulates an Iranian invasion and a marine landing on the Iranian coast. debkafile: It is the prelude to the stationing of this aircraft carrier and marine force opposite Iran.
DEBKAfile Special Report July 15, 2010, 11:16 AM (GMT+02:00)
Countering the new US energy sanctions against Iran, Russian and Iranian ministers Wednesday, July 14 signed energy-related agreements, including sales to Iran of Russian petroleum products and petrochemicals. debkafile's Moscow sources: These pacts offset the impact of Barack Obama's new US sanctions for hitting Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps' prime source of income and void Binyamin Netanyahu's trust in energy sanctions to remove Tehran's nuclear threat.
DEBKAfile Special Report July 2, 2010, 10:24 AM (GMT+02:00)
A US-Iran showdown loomed closer early Friday, July 2, when President Barack Obama signed into law a series of energy sanctions, the toughest yet, against Iran's nuclear weapons program. Iran's defense minister Gen. Ahmad Vahidi warned that searches of its ships or planes would have "dire consequences" for world security and the Middle East in particular.
The law shuts US markets to firms that provide Iran with gasoline and jet fuel as well as shipping and insurance services.