DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 28, 2011, 12:16 AM (GMT+02:00)
Iran and Hizballah declare NATO would never attack Syria, yet they are making military preparations for this very eventuality. Syria's only option to stem arms smuggling to the opposition is to seize large parts of Lebanon and Jordan, thus provoking a NATO assault.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 27, 2011, 6:03 PM (GMT+02:00)
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the driving force behind Iran's nuclear program and most vocal of Israel's enemies, is on his last legs as president. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has stripped him of most of his powers and shut the door against his allies running for the Majlis (parliament) in March 2012. debkafile's Iranian sources: The coming men in the presidential stakes of 2013 are Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani, a former nuclear negotiator with the West, and ex-foreign minister Ali Akhbar Veliyati. Both are hardliners.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 22, 2011, 11:47 PM (GMT+02:00)
Washington seeks a broad give-and-take deal for cooperation with Iran and guarantees of security for US troop units staying in Iraq and Afghanistan. Iran wants Syria and Bahrain in the package.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 22, 2011, 11:47 PM (GMT+02:00)
Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei ruthlessly chopped President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad down to size to diminish his UN appearance. The continued detention until Wednesday of the two jailed US hikers was intended to bring Washington to heel.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 8, 2011, 12:20 AM (GMT+02:00)
After bringing Iran to a nuclear bomb capability, Ahmadinejad might as well go, as far as for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is concerned, especially as he has become ambitious. The shift of power to Khamenei leaves Barak Obama's strategy for engaging Iran high and dry.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 24, 2011, 12:14 AM (GMT+02:00)
On balance, Tehran has decided the Arab Revolt is not good for the Islamic Republic of Iran. Nullifying Western influence is good, but the rise of Sunni strength is not, while the revolt engulfing Syria is endangering Iran's nearest and dearest ally. And can Tehran be sure the malaise ...
DEBKAfile Special Report May 24, 2011, 10:59 AM (GMT+02:00)
A large explosion set fire to an oil refinery unit in Abadan, Iran's biggest oil city, shortly after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived Tuesday, May 24 to inaugurate a unit for expanding production capacity by 4.2 million liters a day. The blast was attributed by officials to a gas leak or technical fault. debkafile's Iranian sources report that it occurred when the president pushed the button to activate the new unit.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 13, 2011, 12:32 AM (GMT+02:00)
The rupture between Iran's two top figures, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Ahmadinejad, is deepening. The latter is battling accusations of underhand dealings with the West, sedition against the regime, a coup conspiracy and… sorcery. Khamenei is blocking Ahmadinejad's efforts to run his close crony for the presidency.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 29, 2011, 12:30 AM (GMT+02:00)
The long-expected feud between Khamenei and Ahmadinejad has burst into the open resulting in paralyzed government Iranian intelligence networks. A victory by the supreme leader would draw to an end the president's career. If the latter, he will supersede Khamenei.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 18, 2011, 2:02 AM (GMT+02:00)
By stepping into Bahrain, the Saudis took the calculated risk of accelerating Sunni-Shiite discord across the region. Because of the challenge to its religious supremacy from Iraq, Tehran is re-thinking the wisdom of its decision to hijack the Arab uprisings.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 10, 2011, 11:06 PM (GMT+02:00)
After six years of unrelenting persecution, Ahmadinejad managed to rid himself of his arch-rival, former president Hashemi Rafsanjani. He has placed himself in a strong position for choosing the next Supreme Leader after Ayatollah Khamenei.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 4, 2011, 12:05 AM (GMT+02:00)
Most worrisome question for Middle East rulers is this: How come that all the revolts in Arab countries have somehow benefited Tehran and its allies? Unease is growing in Israel over US policy the uprisings and the changing regional landscape in favor of its enemies.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 14, 2011, 10:44 PM (GMT+02:00)
Monday night, Feb. 14, Iranian Basij heavies were still beating up thousands of anti-regime protesters who turned out in the streets of 30 cities during the day for the opposition's first substantial demonstration since 2009. In Tehran, one demonstrator was shot dead and two injured. debkafile reports exclusively that visiting Turkish president Abdullah Gul wanted to meet and greet them but Mahmound Ahmadinejad stopped him. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also voiced support for the Iranian protesters.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 4, 2011, 12:29 PM (GMT+02:00)
There are growing indications that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is facing his second epic struggle to stay in power since the popular riots of 2009 - with his back to the wall. debkafile's exclusive Iranian sources report that the president's situation must be dire indeed because Monday night, Jan. 3, he called off at the last minute a secret trip to Beirut by his chef de bureau and kinsman Rahim Esfandiar Mashaee for winding up a key power move in Lebanon.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 30, 2010, 11:03 PM (GMT+02:00)
The CIA and Mossad are presumed to maintain an undercover command center inside Iran for conducting major subversive operations against Tehran's nuclear program and military infrastructure. Iranian intelligence is fighting fire with fire. All three are caught up in the endless maze of double agents.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 20, 2010, 11:05 AM (GMT+02:00)
The $20 billion dollars which Western economists estimate are freed up by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's deep cuts of state subsidies will help cushion the country's nuclear program against the slowdown caused by the international sanctions imposed this year by the UN, the US and European countries, debkafile's Iranian sources report. They will also make more cash available for the president's personal political plans. Security forces flood the streets to suppress popular protest.
DEBKAfile Special Report November 28, 2010, 8:39 PM (GMT+02:00)
According to the advance headlines from the first batch of quarter of a million WikiLeaks confidential US files, mostly diplomatic cables, run by The German Der Spiegel, US officials are quoted as referring to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is "Hitler," French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the emperor who has no ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 11, 2010, 6:05 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Hamas government's deputy foreign minister Dr. Ahmed Yousef is actively campaigning for the Gaza regime to form a strategic partnership with Iran on the same lines as the Iranian-Syrian-Hizballah alliance. debkafile's sources report Yousef heads the radical Hamas's "moderate" wing. His campaign and invitation to the Iranian president, endorsed by the Gaza regime and Tehran, emerges as the key impediment in the path of US efforts to revive Israel-Palestinian talks.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 18, 2010, 11:18 PM (GMT+02:00)
Despite Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's efforts to ham up his groundbreaking visit to Lebanon last week, debkafile's military sources quote Western and Arab observers as summing it up as a dud. The Lebanese president and chief of staff spoiled his plan for a grand display of hostile power on the border opposite Israel on Thursday, Oct. 10. The visitor had to submit to being escorted by Lebanese troops instead of Hizballah gunmen. Hizballah's Hassan Nasrallah kept to his bunker.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis October 14, 2010, 9:51 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Netanyahu government chose silence in the face of the imperialist Shiite energy Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad exuded in his all-conquering visit to Lebanon. On his first day in Beirut he showed the world that Tehran calls the shots in Beirut - and that would be just for starters. debkafile's sources find in Israel's inaction today a regrettable analogy with the British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's handover of Czechoslovak Sudetenland to Germany in 1938 so ushering in World War II.