817 articles tagged "Iran"
Joint German-Israeli government session
Israeli leaders ignore EU rejection of Iran sanctions
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 26, 2010

Israel's president, prime minister and foreign minister are visiting Berlin, Warsaw and Budapest this week, apparently impervious to the European Union foreign ministers' decision in Brussels Monday, Jan. 25, to back away from sanctions for Iran's nuclear program outside the UN Security Council.  None have commented on the EU's abandonment of sanctions for Iran to the mercies of Russian and Chinese vetoes.

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Prince Khaled leads Saudi Yemen war
New Bin Laden threat follows loss of three kingpins in Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 24, 2010

In his latest audio-taped message of Jan. 24, Osama bin Laden said he was responsible for the failed Detroit-bound airliner attack on Dec. 25. He vowed America would have no peace as long as there was "no security for the Palestinians."  But in al Qaeda's hottest arena, Yemen, Saudi Arabia turns out to have killed three of bin Laden's kingpins in a "mystery explosion" - and also produced evidence of Iranian backing for the Houthi rebels.

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Hizballah elite units
A Conflagration Could Erupt without an Israeli Strike, Could Involve Syria Too
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 22, 2010

Iranian Guards train 5,000 Hizballah fighters to capture and hold five Israeli towns and regions ifs nuclear sites are attacked - or some other pretext. Syria would be involved.

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Iran-Hizballah Mark out Patches of Northern Israel for Capture
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 22, 2010

If attacked, Iran will send thousands of Hizballah raiders across the border to capture and hold five sectors of northern Israel. They will be supported by missile barrages on Israeli military facilities and backed up by Syria.

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Iran and China are engaged in secret negotiations
Why Is Beijing Thinking of Selling Tehran 19.75%-Enriched Uranium?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 15, 2010

Iran is more ready than before to go back to the negotiating table and buy enriched uranium abroad because of technological glitches in its enrichment processing. China is not averse to cooling the crisis climate surrounding Iran's nuclear program.

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Prof. Masoud Ali-Mohammadi killed by an exploding motor-cycle
A Radical Internal MOIS Intelligence Faction Sought to Incriminate the Opposition
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 15, 2010

According to the second theory, a radical faction of the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence murdered the Iranian nuclear scientists so as to incriminate the opposition and show its leaders are ready to stop at nothing to undermine the regime and its heads.

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Professor Masoud Ali-Mohammadi
Theory No. 1: Tehran Lays the Assassination at US, Israeli Doors
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 15, 2010

The first of two theories for the murder of the Iranian nuclear scientists points the finger at a professional Western covert agency. Tehran accused the US and Israel for another reason too: to divert attention from a domestic agency.

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Saud al Faisal and Khaled Meshaal
Riyadh Blames US for Its Missing the Speeding Train
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 8, 2010

 

Saudi foreign minister Saudi al Faisal discovers that Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal set up a radical Palestinian base in Yemen to help Iran build up the Houthi insurgency for toppling the Yemeni government. Its trainees helped the rebels defeat Saudi troops on the battlefield. The Saudis are anxious to save face after being cheated by Hamas.

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Iran's opposition leader Mousavi in defiant pledge to die for the cause<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 1, 2010
The first sign of life from opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi Friday, Jan. 1 came 48 hours after he went missing in the form of a pledge of willingness to sacrifice his life in defense of the people's rights. In a strong message to the Kaleme Web site, he said Iran was in a serious crisis. He condemned the bloody crackdown waged by the authorities against protesters and said the thousands of political prisoners must be released.
Mousavi and Ayatollah Mehdi Karroubi have not been seen in public since Wednesday, prompting grave concerns about their fate.
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Irans' opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi
Iran's opposition leader Mousavi ready to die
DEBKAfile Special Report January 1, 2010

Forty-eight hours after he went missing, opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi issued a pledge over the Internet of this willingness to sacrifice his life in defense of the people's rights. Iran was in serious crisis, he said and condemned the authorities' bloody crackdown against protesters. A day earlier, tanks, armored cars and Revolutionary Guards special units took up positions in central Tehran. Neither Mousavi nor Medhi Karroubi have been seen since they went missing.

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Iran's spiritual ruler Ali Khamenei
EXPOSED: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's secret, not so holy life
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 29, 2009

In its latest issue, out Friday, DEBKA-Net-Weekly offers the first glimpse ever of Iran's spiritual ruler Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's most private lifestyle. This secretive holy man, who is empowered with the final say-so on his country's nuclear program, is portrayed with his favorite aides, the nuts and bolts of his unfettered authority and his...unsuspected hedonistic indulgences.
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Ashura rioters in Tehran
Iran reels toward popular counter-revolution
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis December 28, 2009

debkafile's Iranian sources reveal that Mir Hossein Mousavi's nephew, Ali Habib, was not shot dead during a Tehran demonstration Sunday, Dec. 27, as reported, but waylaid and gunned down as he left his home. Fresh riots followed the disappearance of the body Monday. The episode became even more ominous when Iran's security services chief Gen. Radan accused Mousavi of the murder to incite further violence. The opposition fears that the murder of Mousavi's nephew augurs physical liquidations of its leaders.
Monday, Dec. 28, the authorities prevented the young man's body from leaving the hospital for fear of a mass funeral that would get out of control.
The current upsurge of violence across Iran is the most dangerous yet because for the first time demonstrators are turning round to attack security forces, the Revolutionary Guardsmen and Basijj paramilitaries.
debkafile's Iranian sources report that to fend off the furious masses, whose numbers are swelling into tens of thousands and more, security forces are firing live bullets and tear gas in the crowds.
As for the US and the Europeans, they are seeing proof of the fallaciousness of their policy to refrain from applying undue foreign pressure on Tehran for fear of rallying the Iranian people around the regime.
 

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Too late to stop Tehran, Obama aims to stifle an Israeli attack
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 28, 2009
Maestro Barack Obama's histrionics in New York and Pittsburgh Thursday and Friday, Sept. 24-25 - and his threat of "confrontation" for Iran's concealment of its nuclear capabilities - were water off a duck's back for Tehran, whose nuclear weapons program has gone too far to stop by words or even sanctions.
The Islamic regime only responded with more defiance, announcing that its second uranium enrichment plant near Qom would become operational soon.
He also understands that Iran is now unstoppable except by force. His performance was therefore directed at another target: Israel, whom he is determined to dissuade from resorting to military action against Iran's nuclear installations.
Defense secretary Robert Gates hit the nail on the head when he said Friday: "The reality is there is no military option that does anything more than buy time. The estimates are one to three years or so."
Therefore, according to Gates, diplomacy remained the only viable option, which means Israel like the rest of the world must learn to live with a nuclear-armed Iran.



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Iran reels toward popular-religious uprising amid spiraling bloodshed
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 28, 2009
Opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi's nephew, Ali Habib, was not shot dead during a Tehran demonstration Sunday, Dec. 27, as reported, but waylaid and gunned down as he left his home, debkafile reports exclusively. Fresh riots followed the disappearance of the body Monday. The opposition fears this assassination augurs the physical liquidation of its leaders, more of whom were arrested.
The current upsurge of violence across Iran is the most dangerous yet, debkafile's Iranian sources report in its Exclusive Report and Analysis below.

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First Expose of Iran's Seven Hellhole Prisons
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 19, 2009
Until the defeated Iranian presidential contender Mehdi Karroubi broke the wall of silence surrounding the Islamic Republic's prisons to demand an investigation into allegations of rape, little attention was paid to the abuses meted out to protestors who dared to claim that the June 12 election was rigged.
These abuses are inflicted routinely and systematically in seven secret prisons where political detainees are held at the behest of the revolutionary Islamic regime. Those prisons are described debkafile's Iranian sources as inhuman hellholes:
Kahrizak
This is the jail which supreme leader Ayatallah Ali Khamenei wanted razed to the ground to conceal the outrages committed there against scores of reform-seeking protesters who had the cruel fortune to be dumped there. Kahrizak on the southern outskirts of Tehran was notorious as the penal facility for Iran's most violent thugs and gangsters. Those inmates were let loose on the political prisoners who were incarcerated in cells ten meters square. An unknown number suffered rape and bloody beatings, which not all survived.
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Netanyahu goes into White House
Obama gives Iran another year's grace for nuclear dialogue
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 19, 2009

US president Barack Obama's tough talk of sanctions has melted into soft soap for luring Iran into further dialogue. Adopting the reverse tactic, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sounds almost reasonable for a change, even as Tehran pushes its revolutionary goals as pugnaciously as ever.
Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu gave the US president another six months for diplomacy up to mid-2010 without the threat of military action when they met at the White House November 9.
 

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If attacked, Iran wants Syria to hit back at Israel. Damascus hedges
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 18, 2009
debkafile's military sources report that this message Iran's defense minister Ahmad Vahidi brought to Damascus where he is attending a session of the high Iranian-Syrian defense committee which went into its second day Thursday, Dec. 10.
The Iranian visitor indicated that Tehran expects an Israeli attack within a month and wants to be sure its Syrian ally joins Iran in fighting back.
But Damascus is holding back from total commitment.
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Brazil to sell Iran raw uranium, expand nuclear ties<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 12, 2009
Brazilian foreign minister Celso Amorim was in Tehran last week to prepare a state visit by Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva early next year - ten days after president Mahmoud Ahmadienjad was in Brazilia. Last month, both he and Israeli president Shimon Peres visited the Brazilian capital.
Ahmadinejad like Peres faced hostile demonstrations.
However debkafile's diplomatic sources report that President Lula opted for further expanding ties with Tehran and defending Iran's claim that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.
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Iran successfully simulates nuclear warhead detonation - report<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 12, 2009
German intelligence reports that Iranian scientists have successfully simulated the detonation of a nuclear warhead in laboratory conditions, in an effort to sidestep an underground nuclear test. debkafile's Iranian and intelligence sources report that this development is alarming because detonation is one of the most difficult technological challenges in the development of a nuclear weapon. Mastering it carries Iran past one of the last major obstacles.
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Iran May Lose Its Back Door for Beating Sanctions
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 10, 2009

The loss of Dubai's big port facilities will expose Iran to the pain of sanctions. Abu Dhabi which is seeking the emirate's takeover promised Washington to shut the port to Tehran. 

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