821 articles tagged "Iran"
They arrived too late. The killers had flown.
Hamas murders five Israelis after secret Islamist parley
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 12, 2011

The murder of a mother, father and three of their children, aged, 11, three and a baby of a month, whose throats were slashed in their sleep at Itamar south of Nablus Friday night, March 11 was the first operation of a master plan drawn up at a secret radical Muslim Brotherhood summit in Khartoum last week attended by the Palestinian Hamas. Dismantled West Bank checkpoints and a low level of IDF vigilance made it easy for the perpetrators to commit their atrocity and escape.

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Iranian Dollars Oil Radical Muslim-Fomented Mayhem in Egypt
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 10, 2011

Iran is moving in on the Arab revolt now in its third month. Its agents are whipping together the most radical domestic Muslim elements, Sunni and Shiite alike, as a vehicle for importing its own influence into the heart of the turbulent capitals. With funding from Tehran, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is moving in on city streets as the country sinks quietlly into anarchy.

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Saudi King Abdullah Blames Obama
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 10, 2011

King Abdullah warns his princes and fellow-Arab rulers not to rely on the United States to rescue them from domestic unrest or any other threats. He blames Washington for failure to quell Bahrain troubles.

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Rafsanjani
He Crushes His Last Rival, Hashemi Rafsanjani
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 10, 2011

After six years of unrelenting persecution, Ahmadinejad managed to rid himself of his arch-rival, former president Hashemi Rafsanjani. He has placed himself in a strong position for choosing the next Supreme Leader after Ayatollah Khamenei.

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US Defense Secretary Robert Gates
Gates on urgent mission to Cairo as military rulers lose grip
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 5, 2011

President Barack Obama Saturday, March 5, asked Defense Secretary Robert Gates to set out for Cairo on an emergency mission to help Egypt's military rulers regain control of a situation which is slipping into the hands of the increasingly radicalized protesters, debkafile reports. Friday, thousands of protesters seized control of Egyptian security police (Mahabis Namn El Dawla) headquarters, shutting down its operations across the country. Iran is transmitting large sums to the Muslim Brotherhood through Hamas.

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Saudis brace for first protest demo
Tehran's hands-off threat to Riyadh incites Saudi Shiites to revolt
DEBKAfile Special Report March 3, 2011

 Ahead of the first Day of Anger planned in Saudi Arabia for March 11, a senior Iranian figure close to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned Riyadh Wednesday, March 2, against launching preventive security measures against, or cracking down on, the kingdom's two million Shiites who live and work in the oil regions of the east. In Washington, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accused Iran of using its Lebanese surrogate Hizballah to shape events in the Arab world.

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Honor guard on Iranian waship at Latakia for Iranian, Syrian Navy chiefs
Iran to build permanent naval base in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 1, 2011

Just two days after two Iranian warships reached the Syrian port of Latakia via the Suez Canal, an Iranian-Syrian naval cooperation accord was signed Friday, Feb. 25  providing for Iran to build its first Mediterranean naval base at the Syrian port, debkafile's sources reveal. It will include a large Iranian Revolutionary Guards weapons depot, anchorage for large warships and submarines and logistical infrastructure for incoming Iranian troops. The Syrian Navy chief said the move would "cripple Israel."

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First Saudi street demonstration
Middle East oil war spreads. First demos in Saudi Arabia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis February 26, 2011

Iraq's biggest oil refinery at Baiji, 180 kilometers north of Baghdad, was blown up early Saturday, Feb. 26, by an Al Qaeda cell activated by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Al Qods Brigades, debkafile's Middle East sources report. Tehran is using the Middle East turbulence to generate fuel shortages in Iraq and boost oil prices worldwide. Thursday night saw the first signs of unrest in Saudi Arabia with demonstrations by young people and by Shiites living and working in the kingdom's eastern oil regions..

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Iranian Kharg with missiles for Hizballah
Cairo and Tehran connive to slip Iranian warships through Suez
DEBKAfile Special Report February 19, 2011

The two Iranian warships transited the Suez Canal and have reached the Mediterranean, Iran state TV announced Sunday, Feb. 20.  Cairo is still saying they will sail only Monday.  debkafile reports Tehran and Cairo have connived fake delays to obscure the ships' movements. Egypt's military rulers' permission for their passage was not contingent on an inspection of their freights for banned cargo. Sunday, the region was beset with a sandstorm which would have masked the flotilla from spy satellites.

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Was the Reactor One of Five Stuxnet Targets?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 18, 2011

Stuxnet is admitted for the first time as having attacked five Iranian targets. The admission has stirred up more trouble between Moscow and Tehran who are playing the blame game over the delay in activating the Bushehr nuclear reactor.

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Young Iranian protester dies of bullet wound
Iran roils Bahrain to stir Saudi, Gulf Shiite revolts, executes own protesters
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 17, 2011

Tanks rolled into Pearl Square, Manama, early Thursday, Feb. 17, personally commanded by King Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, hours after his police failed to break up a protest rally. At least four protesters were killed and dozens injured. debkafile: Unlike the other uprisings sweeping the region, Tehran is dabbling hard in Bahrain with an eye on Shiite revolts in Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Gulf. At home, Iran is expanding executions of protesters.

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Iranian protesters hope to gather momentum
Iran stops Turkish president greeting protesters
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 14, 2011

Monday night, Feb. 14, Iranian Basij heavies were still beating up thousands of anti-regime protesters who turned out in the streets of 30 cities during the day for the opposition's first substantial demonstration since 2009. In Tehran, one demonstrator was shot dead and two injured. debkafile reports exclusively that visiting Turkish president Abdullah Gul wanted to meet and greet them but Mahmound Ahmadinejad stopped him. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also voiced support for the Iranian protesters.

 

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First Iranian War Ships Dock in Jeddah with an Eye on Suez Canal
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2011

Iran is claiming the exclusive right to control passage in the Persian Gulf while shooting out a naval tentacle to the Red Sea and Suez Canal. Saudi King Abdullah is so furious with Barack Obama, accusing him of dumping America's best Arab friend, that he is willing to play along with Tehran.

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Special Lebanon Tribunal jumps the gun on Hizballah
Coming ME flashpoint: Hizballah faces terror charges at Hariri tribunal
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 7, 2011

The UN Special Lebanon Tribunal was asked to define crimes of terrorism, conspiracy and premeditated murder at its first hearing in the Netherlands Monday, Feb. 7. Its responses will for the first time define terror as an international crime. debkafile's report that within days, pretrial Judge Daniel Fransen is to publish indictments in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minster Rafiq Hariri. The judges have therefore jumped the gun on Hizballah.  A showdown looms large in Lebanon too.

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Fears Opposition Takeover of Feb. 12 Revolution Anniversary
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2011

After Cairo and Tunis, the regime in Iran fears the opposition groups to take over the annual street celebrations of the Islamic Revolution on Feb. 12, when the masses are called out to the streets. It has mobilized its legions of informers and thugs to guard against this threat.

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Bushehr reactor loaded - still not activated
Stuxnet hits Bushehr again. Russia warns of nuclear explosion
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 31, 2011

Iran's atomic energy chief Ali Akbar Salehi said on Jan. 29 that the Bushehr nuclear power plant would be connected to the national grid on April 9. He "forgot" about Tehran's promise to fully activate its first nuclear reactor Tuesday, Jan. 25.  debkafile's sources reveal that, Iran's hand was held back at the last minute by Russia's nuclear chief Sergei Kiriyenko. He warned Stuxnet was back and activating the reactor could trigger a nuclear catastrophe costing millions of lives.

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New Virus Attack Caused Iran to Miss the Bushehr Reactor Start-up
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 27, 2011

The Islamic regime in Tehran suffers the ignominy of keeping its first nuclear reactor shut down at Bushehr for fear of the lurking Stuxnet. Russia asks NATO to investigate the dangerous malworm for fear of a Chernobyl-scale atomic catastrophe.

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Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi
Iran rounds off grab for Lebanon with figurehead prime minister
DEBKAfile Special Report January 25, 2011

The two days Iran's new foreign minister Ali Salehi spent in Damascus from Saturday night, Jan. 22, were enough to keep Syrian president Bashar Assad in place for Tehran's final steps in its grab for Lebanon: installing Najib Mikati at the head of a puppet government, debkafile reports.
He is committed to disqualify the Hariri tribunal as his first order of business. Pro-West Saad Hariri's supporters rally Tuesday as the US, Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia stand aside.

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Iranian naval exercise
Iranian warships coming to Mediterranean and Red Seas
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 23, 2011

Less than 24 hours after the breakdown of its nuclear dialogue with the six world powers in Istanbul, Iran announced plans Sunday, Jan. 23, to send a fleet of warships, including a home-made destroyer, on operational and intelligence-gathering missions to the Red Sea and on to the Mediterranean through the Suez Canal.  debkafile's military sources: Parts of the fleet will in fact be deployed in the three waters around Israel's southern and western shores.

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Blockade, Burning Tankers Starve Afghanistan and NATO forces of Fuel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 21, 2011

Iran has furnished Taliban with intelligence and cash to keep on torching NATO fuel trucks heading for Afghanistan as retribution against America for Stuxnet. The fuel scarcity could slow down the US-led war effort.

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