811 articles tagged "Iran"
Iraq's radical Moqtada Sadr ready to move in
Iran builds new Eastern Front in Iraq
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 6, 2011

Jordan's King Abdullah's phone call to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Wednesday Jan. 5 dealt marginally with stalled diplomacy with the Palestinians. He was more concerned about the devastating effect of Iran's advancing domination of Iraq in the face of America's inaction. That day, the anti-US radical Iraqi cleric Muqtada Sadr, a close ally of Hizballah's Hassan Nasrallah, marched home from Iran; the new Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi paid his first visit to Baghdad.

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Ahmadinejad - stripped of allies
Widening cracks in Ahmadinejad's grip on power
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 4, 2011

There are growing indications that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is facing his second epic struggle to stay in power since the popular riots of 2009 - with his back to the wall. debkafile's exclusive Iranian sources report that the president's situation must be dire indeed because Monday night, Jan. 3, he called off at the last minute a secret trip to Beirut by his chef de bureau and kinsman Rahim Esfandiar Mashaee for winding up a key power move in Lebanon.

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Meir Dagan ends a remarkable career as Mossad chief
C-in-C of Israel's covert war on Iran retires at its high point
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 3, 2011

The cabinet in Jerusalem quietly took leave Sunday, Jan. 2, of Meir Dagan, marking the end of his eight remarkable years as head of the Mossad, Israel's external intelligence, espionage and covert warfare service. His retirement - after several extensions - won a backhanded dig from Tehran amid glowing commendations elsewhere. One minister noted last week: "Iran does not currently have the ability to make a nuclear bomb on its own. We are talking in terms of three years."

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North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear testing site
North Korea may be setting up a nuclear test for Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 1, 2011

US and South Korean intelligence experts strongly suspect that Iranian nuclear specialists visiting North Korea last month were putting their heads together with their hosts on a joint North Korean-Iranian nuclear test, especially since a small Iranian group was taken on a secret side-trip to North Korea's Punggye-ri testing site near the Chinese border for an extensive briefing. One source in Seoul reported the visitors had brought with them to Pyongyang a large sum of money, up to $150 million. 

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Tehran's Tit for Tat: The First Agent Is Hanged
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 30, 2010

Tehran is holding more accused spies ready for execution as a bargaining chip to hang over the heads of the Six Powers when nuclear negotiations resume in the first week of January in Istanbul. This threat is also present for halting the secret war now in full spate.

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US, Israel, Iran in a Wilderness of Mirrors
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 30, 2010

The CIA and Mossad are presumed to maintain an undercover command center inside Iran for conducting major subversive operations against Tehran's nuclear program and military infrastructure. Iranian intelligence is fighting fire with fire. All three are caught up in the endless maze of double agents.

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Moshe Yaalon
Israel Marks Signal Victory in Holding Back Iran's Nuclear Bomb Drive
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 30, 2010

Israel chalks up a victory in its secret war for delaying Iran's attainment of a nuclear bomb. Minister for Strategic affairs Moshe Yaalon noted: Iran is not currently able to make a nuclear bomb on its own - an oblique reference to the Stuxnet virus reportedly developed jointly with the US. He implied the ball was now in Washington's court to keep North Korea from coming to Iran's aid.

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Alireza Asgari missing for 4 years
Vahidi says Israel murdered his ex-deputy. Israeli braces for terror reprisal
DEBKAfile Special Report December 29, 2010

As the Iranian-Israeli clandestine war heated up, Iran's Defense Minister Gen. Ahmad Vahidi bluntly accused Israel  Wednesday, Dec. 28, of  "the suspected death" of "Iranian prisoner Ali-Reza Asgari." He said: "If the credibility of this report is proved, the dossier on Israel's kidnappings, assassinations and murders will become thicker." debkafile's military sources: The Iranian charge was serious enough to raise fears that a large-scale act of terror may be on the way. Israel has blacked out news relating to Asgari.

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Alleged Mossad spy executed at Evin Prison, Tehran
The dark side of the US-Israeli covert war with Iran
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly December 28, 2010

The hanging of Ali Akbar Siadati as a Mossad spy in Tehran Tuesday, Dec, 28 offered a glimpse of the brutal war waged between the CIA and Mossad, on the one hand, and Iran's clandestine agencies, on the other. It comes to the public attention only rarely, when exploits like the Stuxnet malworm invasion and violent deaths of top Iranian nuclear scientists indicate Western agencies have the upper hand.

But this murky contest has its ups and downs, as DEBKA-Net-Weekly's exclusive intelligence sources reveal in its latest issue out last Friday.

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Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
US Brainchild: Trial in Absentia for Hizballah Leaders
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 23, 2010

The Obama administration has a plan for closing Hassan Nasrallah's options on the Hariri tribunal which could also be applied to Osama bin Laden and other elusive terrorists: Trial in absentia. The tribunal itself is dragging its feet and may not be ready to go before the spring.

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Stuart Levey
Tehran Builds a Financial Buffer Ready for Nuclear Talks to Fail
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 23, 2010

Tehran has developed four systems for beating sanctions, including hawala, smuggling, recruiting ex-pats and big power help – except for the hard-hitting fuel penalties which bite deep. Certain that the next round of nuclear talks with the world powers will fail, Iran imposed austerity measures to build itself a financial cushion.

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Khaled Meshaal
Hamas Sets up a Secret Palestinian Government-in-Exile in Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 23, 2010

Tehran is promoting the creation of a Hamas government-in-exile. It will remain secret until the moment is at hand to topple the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah and take its place. Hamas-Gaza is left out in the cold.

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Hizballah's commander Al Qods Gen. Hossein Mahadavi
Iranian Guards to upgrade Hizballah fortifications
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 23, 2010

After studying Israel's military exercise near the Syrian-Lebanese border last week, Tehran transferred a team of Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Special Engineers from Syria to Lebanon for recommendations on how its lessons should be applied to Hizballah's war array, debkafile reports. Some 20-30 Iranian officer-engineers are examining Hizballah fortifications sector by sector. The Israeli exercise simulated a drive into Lebanon by IDF infantry and armored forces in the event of a large-scale Hizballah incursion into N. Israel.

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Iranian nuclear expert Amir Hossein Shirani abducted by Jund Allah
Jundallah to execute Iranian nuclear scientist
DEBKAfile Special Report December 22, 2010

Jund Allah, the Iranian rebel Sunni Baluchi organization, announced  Wednesday, Dec. 22 its plans to execute Amir Hossein Shirani, a senior Iranian nuclear scientist, whom the organization abducted on Oct. 8 at the entrance of the secret Iranian nuclear facility in Isfahan. His fate was sealed when Tehran refused to trade 200 jailed inmates for his release. Amir Shirani may become the first high-ranking Iranian nuclear expert to be put to death by a terrorist organization.

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Jordan's Abdullah prepares to jump over
Jordan winds down military-intelligence ties with Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 22, 2010

Hard-pressed by Syrian and Turkish rulers, Jordan's King Abdullah II has sharply reduced the kingdom's military and intelligence collaboration with Israel after 60 years. debkafile's intelligence sources disclose Jordan has whittled cooperation down to the narrow border strip cutting down the middle of the Jordan River, retaining it only because it is a barrier against the flooding of the kingdom with hundreds of thousands of West Bank Palestinians. Abdullah next plans a state visit to Iran.

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Austerity to feed Ahmadinejad's nuclear and pollitical plans
Ahmadinejad diverts subsidies to nuclear program, prestige boost
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 20, 2010

The $20 billion dollars which Western economists estimate are freed up by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's deep cuts of state subsidies will help cushion the country's nuclear program against the slowdown caused by the international sanctions imposed this year by the UN, the US and European countries, debkafile's Iranian sources report. They will also make more cash available for the president's personal political plans. Security forces flood the streets to suppress popular protest.

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King Abdullah II
Jordan's Abdullah Prepares to Jump into Iran's Arms
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 17, 2010

If Jordan finally goes over to the Iranian-led radical bloc, it will open the door to reviving the old Eastern Front against Israel and adding an Iranian military presence around its borders. Obama is concerned but fears any Israeli military action would jeopardize his nuclear dialogue with Iran.

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Akbar Salehi
Ali Salehi as Foreign Minister Is Cause for Reviving US Military Option
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 17, 2010

Ahmadinejad is strong enough to flout the supreme leader and parliament, strengthen his hard-line team without deferring to either and toughen Iran's bargaining posture against the Six Powers on Iran's nuclear program.

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Iran's new nuclear foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi
Iran's nuclear chief named foreign minister to pump up N-Bomb drive
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis December 13, 2010

Nuclear Energy Commission Director Ali Akhbar Salehi was appointed Iran's new foreign minister Monday, Dec. 13 – while renewed nuclear diplomacy was in midstream - to make sure the Six World Powers understood that Tehran was determined to go full speed ahead with its nuclear weapon program and would give no quarter in its drive to evict US influence from the Middle East and Arab world. Manoucher Mottaki learned he had been dropped while on an official tour of Africa.

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Two nuclear scientists targeted in Tehran
Iran bent on punishing CIA, MI6, Mossad
DEBKAfile Special Report December 12, 2010

US, British and Israeli secret services are getting set for Iran to retaliate for the attacks of which they are accused on its top nuclear physicists. debkafile's Iranian sources report that the last straw were the Nov. 29 attacks on two scientists in central Tehran. The Iranians are publicly fingering the US, Israel and the UK in unfolding blasts of vilification to warn them they have crossed red lines and will face the consequences.

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