818 articles tagged "Iran"
President Barack Obama
Tehran Seizes up over New US Sanctions. Over to Obama for More Initiatives
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 9, 2010

Tehran has found no way yet to translate verbal threats into counter-action against the new UN, US and European sanctions. Iran's regional standing set back by the UAE's betrayal.

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USS Nassau
Iran Fears Attack from Four Directions, including Caucasus and Central Asia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 2, 2010

The US and Russia accept each other's new military bases in Caucasus and Central Asia. Tehran is worried Moscow will turn a blind eye to a US-Israel attack on its nuclear facilities from the north, the south or the Arabian Sea and Persian Gulf.

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USS Nassau: More US naval-air-marine muscle off Iran
Third US carrier, 4,000 Marines augment US armada opposite Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 28, 2010

Washington has posted a third carrier opposite Iran's shores, debkafile's military sources report. It is supported by amphibious assault ships and up to 4,000 marines and sailors, bringing the total US strength in these waters to three carriers and 10,000 combat personnel.
Our sources add: In the face of the USS Nassau (LHA-4) Amphibious Ready Group 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit around the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea, Iran called off its "aid ship" to Gaza.

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South Korean Cheonan sunk by North torpedo
North Korea on war readiness. US-South prepare. Tehran watches
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis May 25, 2010

North Korean ruler Kim Jong-il has ordered his military to prepare for all-out war after Barack Obama sent the US military to work with Seoul to prepare for future aggression.
Military observers in the Korean Peninsula and Japan were predicting limited skirmishes on land, sea and air. Some sources found North Korea capable of going all the way to test-firing a nuclear warhead for the first time. Iran is following the crisis closely - and learning.

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Barack Obama
Friday, May 14: The Day Cold War II Was Launched
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 21, 2010

When Obama asks Medvedev to restrain Assad, instead of cooperating, Moscow announced new arms sales to Syria. The US President was then convinced that the US-Russian partnership was over.

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Mohammad Ali Jafari
Revolutionary Guards' "Nuclear Warlords" Move in
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 14, 2010

The top Guards echelon has split up the various nuclear and missile projects among themselves and their cliques and are racing each other for the finishing line. This contest has snatched the two programs out of Iranian central government control.

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Iran's Fajr-5 points at Israel
Iran test-fires same missiles as handed to Hizballah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 13, 2010

Iran wound up its biggest ever naval exercise Wednesday, May 12, by simultaneously firing 30 short-range, surface-to-surface Fajr missiles of the same types as the brand-new weapons in the Lebanese Hizballah's armory, debkafile's military sources report. This was Tehran's way of advising Israel of the heavily upgraded capabilities Hizballah has in store for the Jewish state.
The IDF is dismantling its large logistic bases and scattering essential stores among smaller, better protected facilities, logistics chief Brig. Gen. Nissim Peretz reports.

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Iranian Navy
The US Diego Garcia Base Is Shown to be in Tehran's Sights
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 7, 2010

Iran has sent its navy and air force to establish their first presence in the Indian Ocean in the course of a war game. They also practiced tactics for breaking a US blockade.

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Iranian Navy
Many Are Bluster and Fresh Paint - Some Are Real
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 30, 2010

Western intelligence has discovered that most of the missiles paraded in Tehran are fakes. But after witnessing the solid-fuel missiles, they suspect the real weapons may be hidden.

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Ehud Barak, Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen
Iran and Allies Plan a Middle East War This Summer
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 30, 2010

US military preparations under way to attack Iran's nuclear facilities in response to Iran's plans for sending its allies to attack Israel this summer.

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President Barack Obama
The Watchword of His Secret PPD Is "Prevention"
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 30, 2010

Even after signing the secret Presidential Policy Directive to prevent Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon, it is still not clear what option Barack Obama has chosen to achieve this, whether military or other means.

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Robert Gates and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Cold War or Muddle?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 23, 2010

Washington this week produced an epic flow of contradictions and confusion over its policy on Iran: By week's end, every visible option had been knocked over and the talk was of some kind of cold war against Tehran.

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Saeed Jalili
New US Nuclear Policy Tipped over Beijing's Delicate Balancing Act
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 16, 2010

China will never countenance regional wars or any other upsets that destabilize the regimes governing its oil supplies - Iran, most of all. Beijing also relies on American leverage for keeping the Middle East stable. The US shift in nuclear policy caught China off-balance.

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Barak Obama
Al Qaeda Could Easily Have Dipped into the Thriving Nuclear Black Market
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 16, 2010

Iran's intelligence services - MOIS, and its Revolutionary Guards Corps' clandestine arm, North Korean intelligence and Syrian military intelligence are active dealers and brokers in bootlegged uranium, other nuclear materials, equipment and nuclear technology.

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Bladerunner 51 breaks world speed records
Iran gets fast sporting powerboat for arming with Russian torpedoes
DEBKAfile Special Report April 5, 2010


After laying hands on the record-breaking 61.5 mph speedboat, built for a British sporting adventurer, the Iranian navy plans to arm it with the reputedly fastest torpedo in the world, the Russian-designed Shkval (Squall), which moves at speeds of 360 kph. debkafile's military sources report Tehran is aiming for a seaborne weapon able to sink a US carrier in the Persian Gulf.

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Israeli Special Forces
How Obama Dismantled Israel's Gulf Line against Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 19, 2010

In 2007, President George W. Bush brought Israel special force veterans to Gulf Emirates to train their elite soldiers for defending their regimes and oilfields against Iran. 

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Munir Maghdad defects to Hizballah
More than 2,000 Fatah defect to Hizballah, Iran's first big Palestinian gain
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 17, 2010


debkafile's military sources: The first major Palestinian defection to the Shiite Hizballah of 2,000 armed men has given Iran and its proxy a large foot inside Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah organization in Lebanon and the West Bank and swelled Hizballah's fighting strength by some 15 percent.

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Mahmoud Ahmedinejad
Ahmadinejad Warns Karzai against an Afghan-Based US Strike on Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 12, 2010

Tehran is fearful of US troop concentrations in western Afghanistan when the main thrust of the coalition's campaign against Taliban is in the south. Iran does not believe US curbs on an Israeli attack are for real.

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Nouri Maliki wins another term as Iraqi PM
Iraqi PM Maliki sweeps polls, defeats pro-Iranian bloc
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 9, 2010

Preliminary Iraqi election results show incumbent prime minister Nouri Maliki returned with a commanding 100 parliamentary seats out of 325 and the ability to form a pro-American coalition with Iyad Allawi's secular alliance and the Kurdish bloc that will be stable enough for US troops to depart Iraq on schedule.

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Iranian leaders with Simorgh missile
US-Israel tough sanctions strategy falls apart. Tehran is sitting pretty
DEBKAfile Special Report March 6, 2010

The Western powers are scrapping tough measures incorporated in the original motion they drafted for a UN Security Council sanctions resolution against Iran to make the draft more acceptable to Russia and China.

debkafile reports: By the time it is tabled, the resolution will be toothless as an instrument for holding back Iran's dash for a nuclear bomb.

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