DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 21, 2010, 6:11 PM (GMT+02:00)
The extraordinary meekness with which the US and Israel greeted Russia's start-up of Iran's first nuclear reactor is accounted for, debkafile reports, by a secret Washington-Moscow deal whereby Russia voted with the US for UN sanctions against Iran in return for which Washington and Jerusalem tacitly assented to the activation of the Iranian reactor. Will Israel's acquiescence extend to deals with the Palestinians?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 17, 2010, 6:08 PM (GMT+02:00)
Two mysterious incidents are reported by debkafile in the run-up to the fueling-up of Iran's first nuclear reactor Saturday, Aug. 21. Tuesday, an Iranian F4 Phantom fighter jet was claimed by Tehran to have crashed 6 kilometers north of the Bushehr nuclear reactor in southern Iran. debkafile's military sources report it was shot down by Russian-made TOR-M1 air-missile defense batteries guarding the reactor. Aug.1, three unidentified drones slammed into its dome killing five people.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 6, 2010, 2:10 AM (GMT+02:00)
The sub attack was a warning to Washington not to go through with searches of Iranian ships for prohibited freights.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 16, 2010, 12:04 AM (GMT+02:00)
When the Russian President Demitry Medvedev said Iran is close to acquiring a nuclear weapons capacity, he was not disapproving, but argued that it was not a violation of its international underatkings.. He expects the forthcoming nuclear dialogue next month to take Iranian uranium enrichment as a given and ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 8, 2010, 10:59 PM (GMT+02:00)
Moscow and Tehran have announced that the nuclear reactor Russia is building Iran at Bushehr has completed all its test-runs and will be up and running in early September - ahead of schedule.
DEBKAfile Special Report June 27, 2010, 10:23 PM (GMT+02:00)
CIA director Leon Panetta admits
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 10, 2010, 12:33 PM (GMT+02:00)
The low value of the sanctions against
DEBKAfile DEBKA-Net-Weekly May 20, 2010, 10:23 AM (GMT+02:00)
White House and Kremlin efforts to paper over their mounting discord wore thin under the strain of
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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 19, 2010, 5:39 PM (GMT+02:00)
While Russia backs the US on watered-down UN Security Council sanctions for Iran, debkafile's military sources report Iranian Revolutionary Guards crews are surreptitiously training at Russian bases for operating advanced S-300 interceptor-missile systems, which are capable of fending off a potential attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.
After its softening by
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis May 17, 2010, 1:42 PM (GMT+02:00)
DEBKAfile DEBKA-Net-Weekly May 12, 2010, 3:22 PM (GMT+02:00)
DEBKA-Net-Weekly's Iranian sources reveal that high-ranking Revolutionary Guards generals are engaged in intense turf wars to see which sections of Iran's WMD programs under their command reach the finishing line first.
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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 25, 2010, 4:55 PM (GMT+02:00)
Iran introduced its nuclear program much earlier than previously believed. Ex-foreign minister Velayati now discloses that in 1986, he brought the first centrifuges from
DEBKAfile Special Report April 21, 2010, 5:41 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Obama administration appeared torn by internal debate when Wednesday, April 21, US deputy defense secretary Michele Flournoy said: "The US has ruled out a military strike against Iran's nuclear program any time soon " - only to be contradicted a few hours later when the Pentagon spokesman denied the United States had dropped its military option.
DEBKAfile Special Report April 18, 2010, 8:24 AM (GMT+02:00)
The New York Times Sunday, April 18, reveals a secret memo from US Defense Security Robert Gates determining that the White House has no effective policy for dealing with Iran's steady progress towards nuclear capability. This confirms what debkafile has been saying for more than a year, while also exposing the hollowness of the assurances of Israeli leaders, current and past, that it was safe to line up behind
DEBKAfile Special Report April 13, 2010, 6:53 PM (GMT+02:00)
This warning, along with an announcement that Iran would join the world's nuclear club within a month, struck at the heart of President Barack Obama's Nuclear Security Summit which opened Tuesday, April 13. The statement run by the Iranian publication Kayhan said: "If the US strikes Iran with nuclear weapons, there are elements which will respond with nuclear blasts in the centers of America's main cities."
DEBKAfile Special Report April 10, 2010, 10:51 PM (GMT+02:00)
In addition to developing a "third generation" centrifuge for speeding up uranium enrichment, Iran is close to activating its Bushehr nuclear reactor and completing its Arak heavy water plant - both providing easy access to weapons-grade plutonium for smaller, lighter and more easily deliverable nuclear warheads. Plentiful new uranium deposits have also been discovered in central
DEBKAfile Special Report March 28, 2010, 11:30 PM (GMT+02:00)
Scenarios of a potential Israeli attack on Iran - usually without US assent - abound in Washington in the last 24 hours. They contrast sharply with the impression Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu is conveying that he and President Barack Obama were of one mind on
DEBKAfile Special Report March 19, 2010, 2:26 PM (GMT+02:00)
Russia's decision to finish and activate Iran's atomic reactor in Bushehr - despite prime minister Vladimir Putin's promises to President Barak Obama and prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu - hit secretary of state Hillary Clinton when she arrived in Moscow, Thursday, March 18. This was the second contretemps of her trip after she failed to bring
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 10, 2010, 5:37 PM (GMT+02:00)
US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates arrived in
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report (GMT+02:00)
The first of 9,000 incoming US troops have arrived in Israel – not just for the joint Austere Challenge 12 exercise but for a longer stay. They are part of the joint US-Israel deployment ready for a military engagement with Iran and its possible escalation into a regional conflict. A US aircraft carrier will soon dock in Israel for joint missions with the Israeli Air Force. Most of the US arrivals are airmen, missile interceptor teams, marines, seamen, technicians and intelligence officers.