858 articles tagged "Iran"
Pakistan Turns Coat, Leaves Saudi Arabia High and Dry in Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 16, 2015

Pakistan has ditched Saudi Arabia and turned to Iran for the sake of a Chinese investment in a pipeline for Iranian gas to solve its energy crisis.

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Putin Strikes Back at Creeping Ukrainian NATO Association by Releasing S-300s to Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 16, 2015

Vladimir Putin is seething over what he sees as Ukraine’s creeping entry to NATO. Western military trainers pour into the embattled country and US lethal weapons are believed on the way to Kiev. His first reprisal was the release of S-300s for Iran, with more retribution on the way.

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China Foots the Bill for Iranian Gas Pipeline to Solve Pakistan’s Energy Crisis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 16, 2015

After dumping Saudi Arabia, Nawaz Sharif is waiting for the end of Iranian sanctions to win access to Iranian gas through a pipeline funded by China.

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Russian S-300 air defense system
Exclusive: Moscow has no S-300 air defense missiles available for Iran. Replacements under discussion
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 15, 2015

Moscow does not have any S-300 air defense missiles available for Iran, despite President Vladimir Putin’s decree for ending their embargo, debkafile reports exclusively. The Russian arms industry can’t keep up with Russia’s own army’s rising needs in the Ukraine war for this advanced system for knocking out warplanes and missiles. Another hurdle is the lack of Iranian teams capable of operating any of the S-300 categories. Moscow and Tehran have never decided which category is right for Iran and will need many more months to reach a resolution.

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Iran's Bushehr helicopter carrier warship
Iran, Saudi Arabia in tense buildup opposite Yemen’s Gulf of Aden shore: US air tankers refueling Saudi jets
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 10, 2015

Saudi-Iranian saber-rattling over Yemen reached a dangerous peak Thursday, April 9: The Saudi army spokesman, Brig. Gen. Ahmad Al-Assiri, said the Iranian flotilla of warships posted to the Gulf of Aden would not be permitted to enter Yemeni territorial waters. He threatened Iranians “remaining in Yemen” would suffer the same fate as the Houthi rebels. An Iranian-Saudi clash of arms in the Red Sea can’t be ruled out, after Egyptian and Iranian warships exchanged fire over the Bab El-Mandeb Strait. Friday, Saudis banned flights of Iranian pilgrims to Mecca.

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How Iran’s Cyber Warriors Blacked out Turkey’s Cities
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 2, 2015

Iran displayed exceptional cyber war skills by blacking out most of Turkey’s cities for twelve hours to punish Turkey for his policy shift towards the Saudi-led Sunni coalition.

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How Does Sanctions-Ridden Iran Bankroll Four Major Mid East Wars?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 2, 2015

Iran spends $6-8 billion a year on six armies fighting in four war Middle East wars to promote its expansionist designs in the region. Where does the sanctions-ridden country find the cash?

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Sunni Arab Camp Rises up against Tehran in Yemen and Obama’s Pro-Iran Policy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 26, 2015

The surprise Saudi-Egyptian-GCC military action in Yemen for cutting down Iran’s proxy Houthis may be the opening shot for further Sunni action against Shiite Iran’s Middle East positions.

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Iran’s Dash for Yemeni Ports and Red Sea Straits Stalled by Saudi-Egyptian Intervention
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 26, 2015

In the Yemen operation, the Sunni camp led by Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the GCC cuts short Iran’s supplies to the Houthi rebels and advance on Aden.

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US Air Strike over Tikrit - a Symbol of Deepening US-Iranian Strategic Bonds
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 26, 2015

Obama rushed to Iran’s aid with air and intelligence support when the Iraqi forces led by Revolutionary Guards officers were stuck in their offensive to root ISIS out of Tikrit.

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Gen. Qassem Soleimani
Obama Pushes Jordan out of Saudi-Israeli Sphere into Tehran’s Arms
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 19, 2015

The Saudis and Gulf are pulling the financial rug from under Amman for playing ball with Tehran at US instigation. Israel may also withdraw its shield from the royal family.

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ISIS Proves a Tough, Crafty Foe Armed with Sophisticated Electronic and Cyber Weapons
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 19, 2015

To overcome ISIS, which is fighting with sophisticated electronic and cyber weapons as well as terrorist tactics, Iran will need to deploy its air force and the West will have to raise a force of 100,000 professional soldiers.

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Iran’s Shiite Drive Scoops up Yemen en Route from Syria & Iraq
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 5, 2015

The religious wars already afoot in three Middle East countries, Syria, Yemen and Iraq have overtaken the predictions of Western Cassandras, as Iran initiates challenges to Sunni powers.

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Afghan Hazara fighters in South Syria
Thousands of Afghan, Pakistani Shiites in Hizballah’s advance on Golan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 17, 2015

The Iranian-backed “Operation Quneitra Martyrs” for the capture of the Golan brings Afghan and Pakistani Shiite fighters to an Israeli border for the first time, debkafile reveals that 2,000 of these fighters have joined an equal number of Hizballah troops, who are spearheading a march on the Golan from southern Syria. They were recruited from the Hazara and Zaynubian militias established by Tehran. After polishing their combat skills and learning to fight as an integrated force, Iran plans to deploy them in Lebanon to augment Hizballah’s war on Israel.

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Iran Assembles New “Shiite Crescent” Empire across the Mid East Map
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2015

Iran is circumventing ISIS conquests in Iraq and Syria to grab turf in Anbar as the first block in the building of its “Shiite Crescent” empire.

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Israel Strikes at Iran’s Plan for a Permanent Shiite Bastion in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2015

Iran is putting the first interlocking pieces in place for its Shiite Crescent empire in Anbar, Iraq and the Qalamoun Mountains of western Syria. Israel is the fly in the Syrian ointment.

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More saber-rattling from Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah
Nasrallah to Israel: Accept “the mix of Lebanese and Iranian blood on Syrian soil in Quneitra” or face war
DEBKAfile Special Report January 30, 2015

In is first speech since Wednesday’s cross-border clash with Israel, Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah Friday, Jan. 30 tried dictating terms for peace. The war would go on, he said, unless Israel relinquishes its resolve to eliminate his organization’s and an Iranian presence on Syrian soil in Quneitra. “The resistance no longer cares about rules of engagement,” he said, after conferring with Al Qods Brigades chief, Gen. Qassem Soleimani on a visit to Beirut. Earlier Friday, PM Binyamin Netanyahu accused Iran of backing a continuous offensive to uproot Israel. It won’t succeed, he said.

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The Hizballah convoy struck by Israel on Golan
Israel’s climb-down over Golan air strike: We didn’t know Hizballah’s convoy carried high Iranian officers
DEBKAfile Special Report January 20, 2015

Israel Tuesday, Jan. 20, used the media to relay a “clarification” to Tehran, asserting that its air strike over the Golan Sunday did not target Gen. Mohammad “Ali Allah Dadi and his staff of five, who were not known to be traveling in the Hizballah convoy.  “We thought we were hitting an enemy field unit on its way to attack us,” said a senior Israeli security official. debkafile: Sharp US intervention was almost certainly behind Israel’s embarrassing “clarification” so as to avert an all-out confrontation that would have put paid to nuclear talks.

 

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Iranian Gen. Mohammad Ali Allah Dadi killed on Golan
Israel braces for early payback for deaths of Hizballah officers, Iranian general on Golan
DEBKAfile Special Report January 19, 2015

Israeli military chiefs are gearing up for an early Hizballah cross-border attack on Upper or Western Galilee in response to the helicopter strike which Sunday, Jan. 18, killed 5 Hizballah and 6 Iranian officers, including Iranian general Mohammad Ali Allah Dadi. Tehran also promised retribution. Monday noon, security units in Galilee were put on alert for defending the population of a quarter of a million against attack. debkafile: Even more than Hizballah’s rockets, Israelis in the north dread terrorist invasions from Lebanon through Hamas-style tunnels.

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Saudi king gravely ill prepares to step down
Saudi King Abdullah said ready to abdicate over ill health, as ISIS strikes the kingdom’s border
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 5, 2015

Saudi Arabia faced a double crisis Sunday, Jan. 5: King Abdullah, 91, is gravely ill – reportedly with lung cancer - and preparing to abdicate. Two American specialists have been rushed to Riyadh to treat him, as his successors stand by, although princely disputes may delay an announcement. This development coincided with a bid Sunday by ISIS terrorists to smash into the kingdom from Iraq. The assailants killed Gen. Odah al-Balawi, commander of the northern Saudi border guard, and three other soldiers, before four died in the clash, two by suicide.

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