791 articles tagged "Iran"
Bashar Assad and Hassan Nasrallah
Washington’s Dialogue with Tehran Extends to an Elevated Hizballah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 25, 2014, 1:10 AM (GMT+02:00)

Hizballlah leader Hassan Nasrallah seeks the role of key to resolving the Syrian civil conflict and the Obama administration in deference to that role has launched a secret dialogue with the Lebanese group.

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Chlorine canister for gas bomb
New Syrian-Iranian chlorine bombs make mockery of US-Russian chemical accord and UN monitors
DEBKAfile Special Report April 21, 2014, 2:55 PM (GMT+02:00)

On April 11, Syrian planes dropped Chinese-manufactured chlorine gas canisters rigged with explosive detonators on Kafr Zita near Hama. Since then, British and French intelligence sources report at least four such attacks against the northern towns of Idlib and Homs and the Harasta and Jobar districts outside Damascus. Assad is dropping these crippling gas bombs at the rate of one every three days, mocking the 2013 Kerry-Lavrov chemical disarmament pact. debkafile: Iran is buying Chinese chlorine in industrial quantities off the Internet from a Hangzhou-based firm.

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Climbing up Tel Al-Ahmer, Syrian Golan
Assad musters large Syrian-Hizballah-Iraqi force to recover forward Golan position opposite Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 9, 2014, 12:04 PM (GMT+02:00)

The Syrian army’s 90th Brigade’s loss of the forward Tel Al-Ahmar Golan position to rebel forces including al Qaeda’s Nusra Front was Bashar Assad’s most humiliating military setback in the past year. Situated on the Israeli border, that position commands the Golan town of Quneitra opposite the Israeli army. Determined to recover it, Assad has mustered a Syrian-Hizballah-Iraqi Shiite expeditionary force. Israel will have to decide how to deal with violations of the Golan demilitarized zone if the Syrian army uses heavy armor and mounts air strikes against the rebels.

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Intense fighting for Kasab in northwest Syria
Syrian rebels allowed to attack Latakia from Turkish soil under Turkish air cover. Iran raises Cain in Ankara
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 29, 2014, 10:45 PM (GMT+02:00)

Turkey has ratcheted up its intervention in the Syrian war to an unprecedented level, debkafile reports exclusively. For the first time in the three-year conflict, Turkey is giving Syrian rebel forces, including  the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front, passage through its territory to attack the northwestern Syrian coastal area around Latakia, the Assad clan’s birthplace. But if the rebels are thrown back, will the Turkish army come to their aid?  If so, it would be Ankara’s first outright military incursion into Syria and NATO’s first intrusion in its civil war.

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Saudi King Abdullah and Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani
Secret Saudi-Iranian Dialogue in Oman Augurs Rouhani Visit to Riyadh
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 13, 2014, 11:45 PM (GMT+02:00)

The Saudis and Iranians have been in secret dialogue since Hassan Rouhani was elected president last year in order to allay the hostility between them.

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Binyamin Netanyahu
Saudi-Iranian Peace Moves Dash Israel’s Plans – Especially If Egypt Is Drawn in
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 13, 2014, 11:45 PM (GMT+02:00)

Israel’s forebodings focus on the Egyptian strongman lest he be drawn into the secret Saudi-Iranian love fest in progress now.

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Assessing Iran's Cyber Warfare Capacity
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 28, 2014, 12:16 AM (GMT+02:00)

Washington holds back from engaging Syria in cyber warfare fearing unpredictable reprisals from Iran, whose cyber war capacity is largely unknown.

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Baluchi, Khuzestani Unrest at Iran’s Back Door and the Kurdish reach for the Mediterranean
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 20, 2014, 10:57 PM (GMT+02:00)

Tehran is more worried about the Kurdish reach to the Mediterranean which is sweeping up the movement in Syria, Iraq and Iran that its nuclear dispute with the world powers.

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Visiting Israeli military hospital for Syrian war wounded
New high-tech IDF Bashan Division on Golan. Syrian mortar shells miss visiting Israel leaders
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 19, 2014, 11:47 AM (GMT+02:00)

Israel’s top leaders marked the second round of nuclear talks between the Six Powers and Iran with a visit Tuesday, Feb. 18, to injured Syrians at the IDF field hospital in central Golan. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said: “I would like to tell the world today that Iran has changed neither its aggressive policy nor its brutal character…” debkafile: The IDF has thrown up a new dual bulwark on both sides of the Syrian border, including the new Bashan territorial division complete with a high-tech combat intelligence collection battalion.

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The late Hizballah master-terrorist Imad Mughniyeh
Hizballah calls off annual Mughniyeh memorial for fear of terrorist attacks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 14, 2014, 10:44 AM (GMT+02:00)

The Lebanese Shiite Hizballah, itself a listed terrorist group, was forced Thursday, Feb. 13 to cancel its most solemn annual event in memory of fabled “special security chief” Imad Mughniyeh for fear of terrorist attack. Hassan Nasrallah traditionally addresses these events. debkafile’s counter-terror sources report that al Qaeda and Sunni extremists have since last July carried out 10 suicide bombings, claiming scores of lives in Beirut and across Lebanon. Security is doubled up for Nasrallah and other top operatives on a tip that they are gunning for them in person.

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Revolutionary Guards Plot Rouhani’s Overthrow and Shutdown of Nuclear Diplomacy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 13, 2014, 10:20 PM (GMT+02:00)

Iran’s leaders mark revolutionary anniversary with menacing speeches denouncing America and Israel and downgrading their military prowess against their own military capabilities.

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James Clapper, US Intelligence Director
US grants Iran a seat at the next round of Geneva II conference on Syria - alongside big powers
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2014, 7:55 PM (GMT+02:00)

The second round of the Geneva II conference on the Syrian conflict opens Monday, Feb. 10 – this time with a seat at the table for the Iranian delegation provided by Washington, debkafile reports exclusively. Last week the US banned Iranian participation. Washington’s turnabout now was relayed to the Iranian officials at the secret alternative conference taking place unannounced in Bern, where the real business is contracted – not at Montreux. The US has thus awarded Iran major power status for the first time at an international event determining an important Mid East issue.

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How Geneva-2 Mutated Secretly into Bern-1 – Open to Iran, Off-Limits to EU and Mid East Delegates
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 31, 2014, 12:56 AM (GMT+02:00)

“The biggest diplomatic fraud in a decade" was how one Syria watcher called Geneva-2 which was staged as an exercise in misdirection to conceal the real conference in Bern with Iran at center stage.

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Tayyip Recep Erdogan and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Ankara Schemes with Tehran to Scoop US Diplomacy on Syria and Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 31, 2014, 12:56 AM (GMT+02:00)

Erdogan visits Tehran to mark the end of Turkish cooperation with Washington and the start of a new era for the two non-Arab powers to start dominating the Middle East.

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Erdogan visits Tehran
Erdogan in Iran to hatch joint plans for striking US interests
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 29, 2014, 11:29 AM (GMT+02:00)

Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan has snapped his links with Washington and rushed into Iran's arms for direct action against US interests. He is spiting the Obama administration in the belief of a US plot to replace him with President Abdullah Gul and discredit him by corruption scandals implicating members of his family in sanctions-busting business with Iran through the state-owned Turkish Halkbank. The new DEBKA Weekly out next Friday charts Ankara-Tehran conspiracies against America and their alignment’s bearing on Mid-East affairs.
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Iranian Beirut Embassy bombing 19.11.13
Secret Iranian team in Beirut to counter suicide attacks and upgrade Hizballah intelligence
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 26, 2014, 5:13 PM (GMT+02:00)

debkafile Exclusive: Iran is to urgently rebuild Hizballah’s intelligence and security mechanisms after the ravages caused by suicide attacks on its Beirut and Beqaa strongholds since joining the Syrian war. A secret Iranian Al Qods-Ministry of Intelligence team assigned to the task arrived secretly in Beirut last week, after a top-level Iranian-Hizballah conference concluded that the Lebanese group’s security and intelligence can’t take much more battering without folding. The Iranians will also build Hizballah’s fighting units in Syria a new field intelligence arm.

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Mohamed Hasnin Haikal
El-Sisi Tests the Waters for Possible Association with Iran and Hizballah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 24, 2014, 12:13 AM (GMT+02:00)

The Egyptian strongman has put out a probe for ties with Iran by sending a secret emissary to talk to Hizballah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah.

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Russian and Syrian foreign ministers
Syria conference opens in Switzerland with secret Iranian presence. Obama, Putin aim for local truces
DEBKAfile Special Report January 22, 2014, 9:30 AM (GMT+02:00)

The conference of 30 foreign ministers opening Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Montreux got off to a shaky start. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem said the Assad presidency was a ”red line” and Information minister Omran al-Zoubi said there was no civil war - only “a fight between government and terrorists.” After the fiasco ...

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Javad Zarif and Vladimir Putin
January 16, 2014 – The Day Iran Was Anointed Regional Power
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 17, 2014, 1:09 AM (GMT+02:00)

The joint trip made to Moscow by the Iranian and Syrian foreign ministers on Jan. 16, marked the day the US stepped aside for Russia as Mid East kingpin and elevated Iran’s status over the heads of the Sunni powers and Israel.

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Prince Bandar bin Sultan
After a Long Absence, Saudi Spy Chief Prince Bandar Heads Back to Washington
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 17, 2014, 1:09 AM (GMT+02:00)

Saudi spy chief Prince Bandar Bin Sultan may be taking a fresh, pragmatic look at Tehran, newly promoted by the US and Russia, as senior regional power, as he plans a trip to Washington for possible fence-mending talks.

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