811 articles tagged "Iran"
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Iran tests nuclear site defenses: Stage One a washout
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 29, 2009
From the word go on Sunday, Nov. 22, Iran's five-day drill demonstrated that its air force and air defense units were unequal to their mission of keeping the skies over its nuclear sites clear of incoming strike aircraft, debkafile's military and Iranian sources report. In conditions of real war, therefore, Iran's atomic installations would be destroyed in the first hours of an attack.
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Denied Russian S-300 missiles, Iran cannot protect nuclear sites
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 28, 2009
Iran launches its huge Modafean-e (Defenders) Aseman-e-Velayat air defense exercise Sunday, Nov. 22, to protect its nuclear sites, after failing to persuade Russia to deliver the linchpin of its air defenses, S-300 missiles.
Our sources report that, aside from the Russian-made Tor-M 1 short-range interceptor, Iran's air defense systems are outdated and pretty useless against US stealth bombers or the Israeli air force's electronic jamming instruments.
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Iran is advancing on dual nuclear bomb track: uranium plus plutonium<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 27, 2009
debkafile's military sources report that the UN inspectors' October visit to Iran turned up dual-track progress in support of its nuclear weapons program: Feverish activity was registered in the production of plutonium at Isfahan as an alternative to the Fordo enriched uranium plant near Qom which starts up in 2011.
The IAEA experts discovered 30 metric tons-IS of heavy water hidden in 600 tanks, each holding 13 gallons.
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Iran digs hundreds of missile silos - some for misdirection
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 20, 2009
The Iranians are frenziedly digging hundreds of new missile launch silos in central and Western Iran in readiness for a US or Israeli attack on their nuclear installations, debkafile's intelligence sources report. The Iranians are working at the same frantic tempo to turn out Shehab-3, Shehab-4 and Sajil-2 ballistic missiles, as well as a fourth secret ICBM which is believed designed to carry a nuclear warhead.
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New IAEA report raises fear of more secret Iranian nuclear sites
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 19, 2009
The UN nuclear watchdog's report on its inspection of Iran's second uranium enrichment site near Qom says that Tehran's belated declaration of its existence raises questions about more still secret facilities. Iran claimed building of the Fordu facility had begun in 2007 and its notification to the IAEA was therefore timely. The inspectors in its still restricted report refute this claim after finding that work began five years earlier in 2002.
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IAEA sources: Site near Qom must be a military enrichment facility
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 17, 2009
Sources close to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna confirm that the four inspectors who visited the newly discovered Fordo site near Qom last month found a fortified underground installation designed especially for the production of highly-enriched uranium for nuclear weapons.
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Ahmadinejad to cancel food, fuel subsidies, for transfer to nuclear projects
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 16, 2009
Iran's parliament (Majlis) Sunday, Nov. 8, granted president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unlimited control of an estimated $30-50 billion of national treasure under legislation empowering him to cancel government subsidies on food and fuel.
debkafile's Iranian sources report that the president demanded the transfer of subsidy funding to the nation's nuclear and missile programs, preparations for war and measures to offset international sanctions.
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Iran set to launch 200-kg spy satelite into orbit
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 14, 2009
Iran is ready to launch its second homemade spy satellite, with the Safir 2 rocket already in position on its pad, debkafile's military and intelligence sources report.
Its success would mean that Iran has attained solid fuel-powered rockets with a range of 2,450-2,450 kilometers, which covers not only all of Israel but reaches as far as the Polish capital of Warsaw. Tehran has also raised output at its uranium mine.
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Captured Iranian arms ship tip of the iceberg of vast weapons sealift to Hizballah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 11, 2009
debkafile's military and intelligence sources report that a mammoth arms train has been running to Hizballah for months via Egypt. They identify the ship which offloaded the arms shipment at the Egyptian port of Damietta, where it was picked up by the Francop as the Iranian Visea, which is now on its way from the British port of Felixtowe to Hamburg, Germany. An international operation is afoot to apprehend the Iranian ship as of Wednesday, Nov. 4, when Israeli naval forces commandeered the Francop near Cyprus with hundreds of tons of Iranian arms bound for the Lebanese Hizballah.
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Hamas successfully tests new Iran-made Silkworm that can reach Tel Aviv
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 8, 2009
Israel's military intelligence chief Brig. Amos Yadlin revealed Tuesday, Nov. 3, that the Palestinian Hamas had successfully tested a new 60-km range Iranian shore-to-sea missile launching it west from the Gaza coast. When fired north overland, the missile could reach Tel Aviv. He revealed that Iranian arms were reaching Hizballah and Hamas through Syria and, for the first, time via Turkey.
debkafile's military sources identify the new missile in Hamas' arsenal as a C-802 of the Silkworm series, smuggled in with the help of Hizballah.
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Khamenei rejects talks if outcome fixed by US, marks embassy hostage anniversary
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 8, 2009
"We do not want any negotiation the result of which is predetermined by the United States," said Iran's spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the clearest rejection yet of the world powers' UN-brokered proposal for Iran to ship three-quarters of its enriched uranium overseas for reprocessing.
"Whenever the U.S offers a smile, it hides a dagger in his back."
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ElBaradei whitewashes Iran's negative response to overseas enrichment
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 3, 2009
Iran's ambassador to the IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Thursday, Oct. 29, submitted Iran's reply to the IAEA proposal endorsed by world powers providing for Iran to send three-quarters of its low-enriched uranium to Russia and France for conversion into nuclear fuel. Its contents were not released by Tehran or the IAEA director Mohamed ElBaradei. Five hours after he received it, ElBaradei produced a formula for airbrushing its negative content.
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Iran buys North Korean WMD for Syria, midget submarines for both
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 2, 2009
The US Congressional Research Service reveals that Iran has helped Syria obtain "various forms of weapons of mass destruction" and missiles, as well as buying midget submarines - all from North Korea.
debkafile's military sources report that the North Korean miniature subs are capable of dropping small teams of commando forces on enemy shores, damaging large warships and mining the approaches of naval bases and harbors.
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As Iran-European gap widens over overseas enrichment, Ahmadinejad boasts: "We rule world opinion"
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 31, 2009
Mounting opposition leaves only two leaders in favor of the UN-brokered plan for Iran to send most of its enriched uranium to Russia and France for further processing: US President Barack Obama and Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
European leaders call the Iranian counter-proposal "unacceptable." Ahmadinejad issues a veiled threat as Tehran lawmakers reject plan as "out of the question."
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The Qom enrichment facility is not Iran's only hidden nuclear plant<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 31, 2009
Four International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors were due in Tehran Sunday, Oct. 25 for their prearranged visit to the newly-discovered uranium enrichment facility near Qom. Aside from that inspection, not much else is left of the Obama administration's pursuit of engagement on Iran's nuclear program. Saturday, Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani threw out IAEA Director Mohamad ElBaradei's overseas enrichment plan the day after it was hailed by the big powers.
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UN team unwelcome in Tehran, Mottaki whittles down overseas enrichment plan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 29, 2009
Senior Iranian MP Alaeddin Boroujerd said Monday afternoon, Oct. 26 that the UN inspectors had carried out their mission to visit a newly-disclosed uranium enrichment plant and may leave Iran later in the day. debkafile's Iranian sources report that the nuclear watchdog team were supposed to have paid a second visit to the Fordu plant near Qom in the next two days after their first trip Sunday. So either the Iranians cut the inspectors' mission short or they were denied access to the suspected facility and aborted.
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US "mildly disappointed" with Iran for withholding reply on overseas enrichment
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 28, 2009
After France, Russia and US accepted the IAEA director's compromise plan for Iran to export three-quarters of its low-enriched uranium overseas for reprocessing as fuel Friday Oct. 23, Iranian state TV announced Tehran had opted to purchase enriched uranium overseas and not send it out for further enrichment.
Tehran waited for the three powers to approve the arrangement; then, when all eyes had switched to Iran, shot the ball back into their court.
In Washington, the State Department said it was unhappy that Iran was not ready to embrace the plan.
DEBKA-Net-Weekly 418, just out Friday, examined the proposal from Iran's perspective.

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French FM: "Israel will not tolerate an Iranian bomb"<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 28, 2009
French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner warned that Iran's nuclear ambitions have started a "race to confrontation" with Israel and the world's leading powers must break the deadlock before the Jewish state "reacts."
A UN nuclear watchdog team paid their first visit to the previously hidden uranium enrichment site near Qom Sunday Oct. 25 and expects to inspect the site again in the next two days.
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ElBaradei's ruse helps Iran keep on enriching uranium for a nuke
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 27, 2009
Mohammed ElBaradei, director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, pulled a rabbit out of his hat Wednesday, Oct. 21 to save the Vienna talks with Iran on the future of its enriched uranium from breaking down on its third day. He put before the US, France and Russia and Iran a draft proposal and gave them until Friday to come back with their answer.
The only officials to come smiling out of the aborted meeting were the Iranian negotiator Saeed Jalilee and his aides. But strangely enough, it was greeted with happy applause in the West.
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Iran threatens to invade Pakistan, "crushing response" for US, UK
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 24, 2009
The commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafary, Monday, Oct. 19, threatened "crushing" retaliation against the US, UK and Pakistan including the invasion of its eastern neighbor. Tehran links all three to the suicide bombing attack in Sistan-Baluchistan Sunday, Oct. 18, which killed 42 people including seven senior Guards officers.
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