965 articles tagged "Iran"
Gen. James Mattis in Kabul
Marine Gen James Mattis is next US Defense Secy
DEBKAfile Special Report December 2, 2016

Retired Marine General James Mattis, 66, whom President-elect Donald Trump has picked as his secretary of defense, is famous for his rough-and-tough stance toward America’s adversaries.  From 2010 to 2013, Gen. Mattis was head of the Central Command,  replacing Gen. David Petraeus (now one of the candidates for secretary of state). He earned the “Mad Dog Mattis” handle as a battlefield commander in Iraq when he said: “If you f-k with me, I’ll kill you all.” 

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Trump Transition Team Bids for Obama’s Hands-off in Syria and Iraq
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 24, 2016

His transition team asks Obama’s White House for its hands-off in Syria and Iraq.

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Clinton and Trump offer diverse ME scenarios
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis November 1, 2016

Whoever is elected US president on Nov. 8, he or she will face a pressing need to rebuild America’s fences in most parts of the world, including the  Middle East. debkafile reviews the problems facing each of them.

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Turkey’s Bid to Expand into Syria and Iraq Will Also Benefit Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 20, 2016

Erdogan tries to repeat in Iraq his territorial grab in N. Syria, backed by Iran and Russia.

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Contrarian Shiites and Kurds Bedevil US Mosul Offensive Commanders
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 20, 2016

The US has no levers for imposing its will on wayward Kurdish and Shiite militias.

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Iranian radar in Yemen hit by US Tomahawks
Iran’s 34th fleet faces US flotilla opposite Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis October 14, 2016

Iran’s Navy commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced Thursday, Oct. 13, that the Iranian 34th Fleet had deployed warships to the Bab al-Mandeb strait opposite the shores of Yemen. 

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Iran Fights for Control of Key Bab Al-Mandeb Strait with C-802 Missiles Fired by Yemeni Proxy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 6, 2016

Supplied C-802 anti-ship missiles to Yemeni insurgents for blocking Red Sea routes to world shipping.

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Aleppo Doomed to Become a Shiite city after Falling to pro-Assad Forces
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 6, 2016

Tehran builds up a Shiite army from Iraqi recruits to repopulate the city.

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NSA mole took codes targeting US cyber enemies
DEBKAfile Special Report October 6, 2016

Harold Martin's admission revealed that valuable sources of human intelligence (humint) and signal intelligence (sigint) had been compromised and assets were in danger of elimination.

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Iran gains Mediterranean bases in Italy and Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 25, 2016

Israel is again urged by Washington to update and enlarge its war fleet to catch up with the rapidly changing conditions opposite its shores, where Russia, Iran and Egypt are building up bigger and better armadas.

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Russian-Syrian Aleppo tactics await the South
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 23, 2016

In scores of air raids launched early Friday, Sept. 23, Syrian and Russian bombers pulverized Syrian rebel strongholds in eastern Aleppo, while, on the ground, Syrian military, Hizballah and pro-Iranian Shiite militia forces hammered those targets in one of the most destructive onslaughts yet seen in the nearly six-year Syrian civil war. Cries of “annihilation!” came from rebel commanders.

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Iran Redeploys Shiite Militias Excluded from Mosul on the Syrian, Saudi, Jordanian Borders
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 22, 2016

The US after excluding them from the Mosul front finds Shiite militias on its allies’ borders.

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Ofek-11’s failure would hamper Israel’s intel ops
DEBKAfile Special Report September 15, 2016

The failure of the Ofek 11 spy satellite mission would not only mean hundreds of millions of dollars down the drain, but also indirect losses, incurred by the need to close airspace and territorial waters for the launch, as well as the wasted efforts of deploying fighter and reconnaissance planes as accompaniments and placing medical, rescue and hazardous material disposal units on alert.

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Hizballah units regroup on Israel’s Golan border
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 7, 2016

A large Hizballah force is building up outside Quneitra, just 2km from the Golan border, under Iranian Revolutionary Guards command. They are preparing to open a second warfront against Israel.

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How Russian ran Air Base “Crisis” Is Used to Block US Drone Flights over Iran’s Nuclear Sites
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 1, 2016

Tehran profited from the Russian air base “crisis” to gain advanced missiles.

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Erdogan tells US: Stop backing the Kurds
DEBKAfile Special Report August 30, 2016

US-Turkish discord over the Turkish army’s onslaught on the Kurds of northern Syria reached a new low Wednesday, Aug. 30, when the presidential palace spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said in Ankara: “The US must revise its policy of supporting Kurdish forces.”

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Under Turkish Guns and a US Sellout, Kurds Turn to Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 25, 2016

Iraqi Kurds’ Barzani is due to visit Tehran in coming days to ask for protection.

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Ayatollah shoots down Putin’s high-flying Tupolev
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 22, 2016

A week after granting Russia the Nojeh airbase,Tehran snatched the concession back in a public rebuff for Moscow. The Russian mission “is finished  for now,” the ministry spokesman said.

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Tossing Syria, Ukraine Issues into US Elections Has Unforeseen Fallout
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 18, 2016

His new air base in Iran for air strikes in Syria is a major game-changer.

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After bombers, Russian S-400s for Iranian base
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 16, 2016

Russian giant Antonov An-124 air freighters are ready to take off Wednesday, Aug. 17, carrying an array of advanced S-400 and S-300 air defense missiles bound for the Russian air base just completed at Nojeh, 50 km from the western Iranian town of Hamedan 

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