189 articles tagged "Intelligence"
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US, Israel, Iran in a Wilderness of Mirrors
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 30, 2010

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.

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Alireza Asgari missing for 4 years
Vahidi says Israel murdered his ex-deputy. Israeli braces for terror reprisal
DEBKAfile Special Report December 29, 2010

As the Iranian-Israeli clandestine war heated up, Iran's Defense Minister Gen. Ahmad Vahidi bluntly accused Israel  Wednesday, Dec. 28, of  "the suspected death" of "Iranian prisoner Ali-Reza Asgari." He said: "If the credibility of this report is proved, the dossier on Israel's kidnappings, assassinations and murders will become thicker." debkafile's military sources: The Iranian charge was serious enough to raise fears that a large-scale act of terror may be on the way. Israel has blacked out news relating to Asgari.

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Alleged mountain site of spy devices. Where was the winter storm?
Spy devices on Lebanese peaks monitored long-range missile activity
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 16, 2010

The espionage devices found on Mount Sannine, northeast of Beirut and Barouk Mountain in the Chouf east of the capital, and dismantled by the Lebanese army Wednesday, Dec. 15 after receiving a tipoff from Hizballah, were there to detect and keep track of ground-to-ground missiles installed and operating in central and western Syria and all of Lebanon, debkafile's intelligence sources report. The photos released show no sign of the winter conditions prevailing in the region.

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Tamir Pardo, new Mossad Director
Riyadh signals: Secret Saudi-Israeli meetings on Iran must go on
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 1, 2010

Riyadh has signaled its intention for the secret Saudi-Israeli meetings on Iran taking place for more than a year to continue after the changing of the guard at the Mossad, debkafile's intelligence sources reveal. This message Tamir Pardo found on his desk when he took over from Meir Dagan this week as head of Israel's external spy agency. It means that, regardless of WikiLeaks disclosures, the Saudis stand by their conviction that Iran's nuclear program must be destroyed.

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STL HQ in The Hague
Lebanese Intelligence Chief Betrays US Mid-East Secrets to Hizballah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 25, 2010

Lebanese Director of Intelligence Col. Wissam al Hassan has been a Hizballah mole has since 2004, keeping his masters a few steps ahead of American and Arab Middle East activities. The Lebanese tribunal found himself also in charge of Rafiq Hariri's security at the time of his murder in 2005.

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Vladimir Putin
Putin and Medvedev Face up to Shakeup of Russian Spy Agencies
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 19, 2010

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev were persuaded by the betrayal of 10 Russian sleeper agents in America and the capture of the Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout that the time had come to reform Russia's spy agencies.

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Dep. Director of Russian GRU dies in Syria
Mysterious death of Russian military intelligence high-up in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 30, 2010

Gen. Yuri Ivanov, 52, deputy head of GRU, the Russian military's overseas intelligence arm of Russian military, was found dead in mysterious circumstances described in a terse official Russian eulogy as a tragic swimming accident "several days ago." No further details were provided such as where he died. Although he apparently drowned off the shore of Syrian Latakia, his body was recovered from Turkish waters ten days after he went missing.

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The physicist with many faces
The missing Iranian nuclear scientist who keeps on turning up
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly July 17, 2010

The riddle of Iranian nuclear physicist Shahram Amiri, who disappeared in June 2009 while on a pilgrimage to Mecca, was never solved - even when he turned up in Washington and flew home to Tehran on July 14.  The glimpses into his story DEBKA-Net-Weekly provided Friday in its latest issue fit a Cold War espionage scenario much more closely than this week's US-Russian spy swap in Vienna, because it brought the undercover war between the American CIA and the Iranian MOIS to a new climax.

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Shahram Amiri
Shahram Amiri - an Iranian Intelligence Pawn
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 16, 2010

The CIA is busy sorting out how much data was real, how much planted in Shahram Amiri's six-year career as a US double agent - and how far US and allied policy-makers were misled about Iran's nuclear program.

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Turkish PM Recept Tayyip Erdogan, aspiring leader of all Muslims
Turkey and Israel in overt-covert fight to the finish
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly June 17, 2010

Ankara is leading a Muslim campaign for a worldwide boycott to strangle Israel. Jerusalem declares the Turkish IHH, a vital prop of its Islamic regime, a terrorist organization as dangerous as al Qaeda.
DEBKA-Net-Weekly, in its latest issue out Friday, looks at the overt battle of wills, watched helplessly from Washington - but also into the shadows, where NATO's only Muslim member is locked in clandestine combat with the Jewish state.
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Dr. Hakan Fidan, new Turkish MIT chief
Turkish troops deployed in Cyprus, top intelligence ranks Islamized
DEBKAfile Special Report June 6, 2010

Turkish PM Recep Erdogan is spoiling for more trouble with Israel, irrespective of the peaceful outcome of the Rachel Corrie incident. debkafile's sources disclose his funding of the IHH terrorist group's purchase of 8-10 large vessels for more Gaza flotillas. He has secretly replaced professional intelligence and security chiefs with Islamist cronies. Rising demand for the international probe against Israel to also focus on the Turkish government's ties with a terrorist group.

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Mabhouh’s assassins
The Hamas Death in Dubai Achieved Its Goals
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 26, 2010

While eliminating the Hamas' dangerous Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, the perpetrators demonstrated their ability to access any point on the Middle East map, perform their mission and escape unharmed.

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Iran captures Jund Allah leader
Iran trumpets capture of "US terror agent" Jund Allah leader
DEBKAfile Special Report February 24, 2010

Dubai figures in another intelligence affair: Tuesday, Feb. 23, an Iranian bomber forced down a Kyrgyzstan airliner to seize Tehran's most wanted fugitive, Abdol Malek Rigi, leader of the Baluchi Jund Allah underground movement.

debkafile's intelligence and counter-terror sources rate Rigi's capture one of Iranian intelligence's biggest coups and a stinging setback for Western undercover operations against the Islamic regime in Tehran.

 

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Iran exacts a price for this friendship
Tehran lashes back at Berlin for Merkel, Peres derogatory speeches
DEBKAfile Special Report January 27, 2010

"Two German diplomats using fictitious names were arrested" last month during clashes at the Ashura festival, an unnamed Iranian deputy intelligence minister said Wednesday, Jan. 27.

During the day, Israeli president Shimon Peres told the Reichstag he was sure Germany would come to Israel's aid if it came under attack from a nuclear-armed Iran. A day earlier, Chancellor Angela Merkel said time was up for Iran and February would see new and tougher sanctions.

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Obama has security chiefs on the carpet
Obama: We failed to connect the dots or act promptly
DEBKAfile Special Report January 6, 2010

 US president Barack Obama, in a speech after meeting top security chiefs, Tuesday, Jan. 5, said: We had enough information to foresee and prevent the attempted bombing [of the Northwest airliner] on Christmas day." But it was not fully analyzed or leveraged for putting the suspect on the no-fly list. "I will not accept this. We have to do better and must do it quickly."

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Al Qaeda Yemen scene already seen in Gaza
US Intelligence: Gaza may be next Yemen
DEBKAfile Special Report January 5, 2010

The year 2010 will see a new Israeli military operation in Gaza - not against the Palestinian Hamas, but the al Qaeda bastions spreading across the southern Gaza Strip, say intelligence circles close to the Obama administration and the CIA. They say the strengthened al Qaeda networks in the Gaza Strip would be as menacing as their strongholds in Yemen.

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Umar Farouk Abdulmetallab
Obama cites US systemic failure for Detroit plane attack
DEBKAfile Special Report December 29, 2009

US president Barack Obama, in his second speech in 24 hours, said: "Data was not shared and a systemic failure occurred. I consider that totally unacceptable."
Weeks ago, information came from the suspect's father to intelligence which was not efficiently distributed. "Bits of information with the intelligence community should have been pieced together and was not." 
Twelve hours before this speech on the failed airline bombing, debkafile ran a special analysis covering the same ground

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Iranian TV headlines DEBKAfile Exclusive on US-Israel-Egyptian-Jordanian intelligence summit
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 22, 2009

Saturday, Nov. 14, Iran's state Press TV ran verbatim debkafile's exclusive disclosure on Nov. 12 of an extraordinary secret summit of the intelligence chiefs of four nations in Amman earlier this month to discuss the crisis over Iran's nuclear program and the possible outbreak of a regional war.
The Iranian medium gave this publication full credit for the exclusive, which ran as follows:

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Mossad Chief Empowered to Prepare Groundwork for Iran Strike
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 4, 2008
By extending the Mossad director, Meir Dagan's tenure for another year until the end of 2009, Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert has put in place a vital constituent for a possible eleventh-hour unilateral strike at Iran's nuclear facilities.
In his six years on the job, the 61-year old external intelligence has proved his covert mettle in a variety of counter-terror operations, graduating most recently to a highly successful intelligence coup leading up to the demolition of Syria's North Korean plutonium reactor in al Kebir last September.
Appointed by former prime minister Ariel Sharon in 2002, Dagan's first four years as the Mossad's tenth chief were dedicated to counterterrorism rather than tracking Iran's nuclear activities or monitoring Iran's burgeoning strategic ties with Syria and Hizballah.
From mid-2006, the former general shifted the agency's priorities to include these targets, while the Mossad continued to show its fearsome counter-terror paces in Damascus, Beirut and other Arab capitals.
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US Secret Service Embattled
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 6, 2006
The abrupt resignation (ouster?) of Porter Goss as director of the Central Intelligence Agency lays bare the rocky state of America's most prestigious secret service amid critical missions on three fronts, Iraq, Afghanistan and the war on al Qaeda. US forces are not getting to grips with either of the two segments of the Iraqi guerrilla insurgency: the mostly secular Baathists and the extremist Islamist Iraqi groups and al Qaeda. The continuous upsurge of violence in Iraq means the CIA has failed by and large to penetrate the most dangerous insurgent groups.
While the Taliban-al Qaeda rebellion rages in Afghanistan, Abu Musab al Zarqawi's Iraq wing - far from being crushed - has in the last six months opened up new terror fronts in Sinai, Egypt, Palestinian territories and Algeria.
Porter Goss started out by trying to steer the secret agency in the right direction for overcoming these grave shortcomings. His attempts to reform and shake up key personnel were quickly challenged by the upper and professional echelons, which meted out the treatment traditionally reserved for "outsiders."


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