806 articles tagged "Iran"
Hamas’ Buried Military Infrastructure and Commands Evade Israel’s Air Force
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 11, 2014

Israel’s reliance on air strikes and intelligence mean Hamas’ underground bunkers and infrastructure remain untouched, and ground troops are the only way to take them out.

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Sukhoi SU-25 warplane in Baghdad
Al Qaeda-Iraq forces advance on Baghdad military air base. US ponders air strike ahead of Iran and Russia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 4, 2014

Al Qaeda Iraq (IS) and its Sunni allies were advancing Friday, July 4 on the al-Muthanna military air base at Baghdad international airport, debkafile reports. Three columns, of 1,000-1,500 fighters each, were driving forward in US-made armored Humvees and APCs taken booty. They were also after the assault planes Iran and Russia delivered to the base. The Obama administration must decide quickly whether to launch its first air strike to head off the Iraqi Islamists before they grab the strategic air base and, just as importantly, before Tehran or Moscow moves in. 

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Saudi Intervenes in Iraq War to Push Iran and ISIS out
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 27, 2014

The Saudis first intervened in the Iraq war to support local Sunnis allied with ISIS and this week found ISIS heading for their own border.

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ISIS in Iraq Severs Tehran’s Road to Damascus and Beirut
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 27, 2014

Iran’s dream of a Shiite Crescent ranging from Bahrain to Beirut was shattered by ISIS in Iraq.

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Saudi special operations force on the ready
King Abdullah calls up Saudi armed forces on high preparedness. Egyptian troops ready to fly to kingdom
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 26, 2014

Thursday, June 26, the day before US Secretary of State John Kerry was due in Riyadh, King Abdullah summoned a National Security Council meeting “upon the current security events in the region, especially in Iraq,” and ordered “all necessary measures to protect the kingdom against terrorist threats.” The Saudi military has been mobilized and placed on high preparedness, after royal reconnaissance flights discovered Iraqi Al Qaeda-linked Sunni fighters (ISIS) heading for the Saudi border to seize the Ar Ar crossing. debkafile: Egyptian commandos are about to fly out to bolster Saudi border defenses.

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Will Netanyahu use boys’ rescue operation to finally thrash Hamas in Gaza too?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis June 16, 2014

An approaching IDF military operation against Hamas appeared to be building up this week in the wake of the massive IDF effort to rescue the three Israeli boys Hamas kidnapped outside Hebron on June 10. debkafile: It already has a name: “Our Brothers Come Home.” Egypt has reinforced its borders with Israel and Gaza, offering the chance of President Abdule-Fattah El-Sisi’s backing. Israel’s strategic decisions are influenced by the thousands of Iranian Shiite troops battling Sunni Islamists in Iraq. Tehran's success would consolidate Hamas and Jihad Islami domination of Ramallah.

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IDF Is Only Mid East Army Ready to Take on ISIS in Iraq
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 13, 2014

US, Iran caught off guard by rapid ISIS advances in Iraq, with Israel the only army that has restructured for unconventional warfare.

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Ismail Haniyeh
Creating a New Palestinian Hizballah to Take off from Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 5, 2014

The new Palestinian unity government leaves Hamas with major sources of power, including militia, weaponry, Gaza port, and civilian posts. Some worry Hamas is attempting to do what Hizballah has done in Lebanon and overtake Fatah and the PA.

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Iran Plants Afghan Shiite Refugees in another War – in Syria. Sunni Refugees Rally too
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 29, 2014

Iran pulling together Shiite army of Afghan refugees to aid Assad’s depleted forces, as the US begins training Syrian rebels.

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Miriam and Emmanuel Riva
Were the Tel Aviv Couple Victims of an Iranian, Hizballah Revenge Killing?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 29, 2014

Rumors grow that Israeli couple killed in Brussels Jewish museum attack were targeted for their alleged intelligence work, and that their death may be connected to another assassination in Israel.

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Barack Obama and King Abdullah
Princes Rattled by Ageing Monarch’s Constant Reshuffles
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 29, 2014

King Abdullah has been reshuffling power in Saudi Arabia, raising the ire of some royal family members and leaving the army and defense ministry unstable.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Shinzo Abe
Japan Teams up with Israel against Cyber Links between China, North Korea, Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 15, 2014

Japan and Israel ink a deal to cooperate on cyber security, as Tokyo fears the expertise passing through China, North Korea, and Iran leaves it vulnerable.

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John Kerry and Mahmoud Abbas
Hamas Forges Unity with Fatah – But Also Reopens Gaza Door to Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 15, 2014

Hamas and Fatah reconciliation will soon bring about a unity government of technocrats, as Hamas seeks to revive its ties with Iran.

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Hassan Rouhani and Ilham Aliyev
Alyev’s Turn Away from the US over Ukraine May Deprive Israel of Vital Listening-Posts
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 8, 2014

Strategically located Azerbaijan cools longstanding economic and security ties with Jerusalem and Washington, looking to Iran for new alliance.

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Nouri al-Maliki
Polling in Iraq, Syria and Egypt May Cleave Mid East into Two New Blocs
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 1, 2014

Iran buttresses two Arab governments plus Hizballah versus Saudi-backed Egypt and the UAE.

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Bashar Assad and Hassan Nasrallah
Washington’s Dialogue with Tehran Extends to an Elevated Hizballah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 25, 2014

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

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

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

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

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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