863 articles tagged "Iran"
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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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Iran Is Poised to Plug the Strait of Hormuz and Persian Gulf in War
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 10, 2009

The stakes are rising sharply in the naval competition between Iran on the one hand and the US, the UK and other NATO countries which have a shipping presence in the Persian Gulf, Gulf of Aden and Red Sea off Yemen. America may need to deploy a second carrier.

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Ahmadinejad taunts Israel, says Iran will enrich uranium to 20 percent
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 7, 2009
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday, Dec. 2, that Iran will enrich uranium to 20 percent. Taunting Israel, he said: "The Zionist regime is nothing. Even its masters cannot do a damn thing." For Tehran the nuclear issue is "over." The Islamic republic will "not back down from its rights."
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Spiritual ruler Khamenei clips Ahmadinejad's wings<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 7, 2009
In a sudden about-turn, Iran released five British yachtsmen Wednesday, Dec. 2, a week after their capture off the Persian Gulf island of Sirri. They were towed into international waters and arrived in Dubai later that afternoon.
debkafile's Iranian sources report that this was one of the few instances in which Iran's spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei overruled president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
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Iran hits back for IAEA censure by launching proxy military action against US, UK
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 6, 2009
Reduced Iranian cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency is the least of the troubles Tehran has in store for the West. debkafile's counter-terror sources report that Iran Sunday, Nov. 29, moved toward a military confrontation with the United Sates and Britain when its parliament earmarked $20 million to support "progressive currents which resist US and UK illegal activities." Its next gesture of defiance was the approval of 10 new uranium enrichment installations, with construction on five starting immediately.
Tehran is not waiting idly to be attacked.
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Iran threatens to end cooperation with the IAEA, quit NPT
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 3, 2009
Tehran may well break off cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency-IAEA and withdraw from the Non-Proliferation Treaty after the IAEA's 35-nation board of governors Friday, Nov. 27 approved a resolution voicing serious concern about its failure to comply with international obligations and referring the issue to the UN Security Council.
The White House commented that time is running out for Iran. A US official spoke of a "package of consequences" if Iran's non-compliance continues.
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Iran plans to charge five British yachtsmen as spies
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 2, 2009
Tehran is thinking in terms of prosecuting the five British yachtsmen seized by Iranian Revolutionary Guards naval commandos on their way from Bahrain to Dubai last month. Tuesday, Dec. 1, Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaie, president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's chief of staff said: "The judiciary will decide about the five... but naturally Iran will take hard and serious measures if we find out they had evil intentions."
debkafile's Iranian and intelligence sources report that the Iranians plan to claim that instruments for tracking aircraft, missiles and electronic jamming devices were found aboard their yacht.
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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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