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Iran in mass production of long-range, solid-fuel Sejil surface missiles
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 22, 2009
Iran is racing ahead in mass production of the accurate two-stage 2,000-kilometer range Sejil II ballistic missile powered with solid fuel, debkafile's military and Iranian sources report. Israel has entered the arms race by stepping up production of Arrow anti-missile systems.

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Police disperse massed protesters after ex-president Rafsanjani's Tehran sermon
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 21, 2009
The former Iranian president, Hashemi Rafsanjani, broke his month-long silence on the violent street protests which erupted over allegations of fraud after Mahmoud Ahmadienjad's re-election on June 12.
In a tensely-awaited sermon at Tehran University, Friday, July 17, he called for the release of the hundreds of arrested protesters.
The prominent cleric said large numbers of Iranians still doubted the election result and something had to be done to allay those doubts.
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Show trials, possible execution, hang over "US agent" Mousavi
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 15, 2009
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, driven by a thirst for revenge, is preparing a wave of show trials, public confessions and executions to crush the opposition which dared to refute the legitimacy of his election. The West, especially the Obama administration, hoping the bloody crackdown was over, can forget about re-engaging Tehran in talks on the nuclear controversy any time soon, when Mir Hossein Mousavi and the reformist ex-president Mohammed Khatami are denounced for "acting as America's fifth column."
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Russia blocks concrete measures at G8 on Iran's nuclear drive
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 13, 2009
Leaders of the industrialized nations failed to agree on tough measures, including sanctions, against Iran's drive for nuclear weapons in the first day of their three-day deliberations at the Italian town of l'Aquila, Wednesday, July 8. Russian opposition to condemning Iran left only an endorsement of the diplomatic track, which may have been directed more against an Israeli military option than Iran.
The next day, Tehran topped up its refusal to discuss its nuclear program with a sharp response to the mild G8 statement: "We shall not halt our nuclear program or retreat by a single step."
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<span class="dnw">DEBKA-Net-Weekly</span> reveals: Iran and Israel eye war options<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 7, 2009
Iran and Israel are each thinking about using the fallout of the domestic unrest in Tehran for attacking the other: Iran to flex muscle, Israel to strike a looming nuclear menace.
In our latest issue, out last Friday, DEBKA-Net-Weekly weighed the chances of a clash.
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How Iranian intelligence turned the Internet against opposition
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 6, 2009
Iran's opposition leaders relied heavily on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and other social sites to orchestrate their street rallies and expose regime repression. They did not appreciate at first that Iranian intelligence Internet experts were manipulating their electronic communications to shoot them down.
The United States has been alerted to seek new cyber defense systems to fight massive Internet invasions like the one Iran mounted to suppress its protest movement.
Read more about Iran's cyber war methods in debkafile Exclusive Report below.

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Ahmadinejad in fresh attack on Obama shuts door on multilateral nuclear diplomacy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 2, 2009
The Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad struck back Saturday, June 27, barely 24 hours after US president Barack Obama poured scorn on him and warned that "direct dialogue or diplomacy with Iran" would be "affected by the events of the last several weeks."
This time, the Iranian president included Europe in his verbal offensive against the US president over so-called interference in Tehran's internal affairs and threatened "decisive and harsh" punishment.
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Insider rifts cast a lengthening shadow on Iran's popular protests
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 30, 2009
DEBKA-Net-Weekly's this week out Friday offered a short guide to the backstage rivalries at the top of the regime, together with their impact the extraordinary battle of wills in the streets of Tehran.
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Small protest turnout outside Iran's parliament is violently dispersed<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 26, 2009
Seeking to revive his flagging protest movement, opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi scheduled a demonstration for Wednesday afternoon, June 24, outside the Iranian parliament building on Baharestan Square. According to eye witnesses, several hundred demonstrators turned up and were brutally dispersed by Iranian security forces and arrests made Some said they opened fire on the crowd and one young woman was injured.
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British embassy staff families begin leaving Tehran as Iran weighs reassessment of ties
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 25, 2009
Monday, June 22, the influential Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani proposed a foreign ministry review of Iran's relations with Britain over its "interference in Iran's recent post-election unrest," according to state media.
A Foreign Office spokesman then announced: "The ongoing violence has had a significant impact on the families of our staff who have been unable to carry on their lives as normal."
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Iran's protesters finally rebuffed in call for election annulment
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 24, 2009
Iran's top legislative body, the Guardians Council, has thrown out the opposition movement's demand for a new election to correct the allegedly forged results in the poll that re-elected president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on June 12. The decision followed the breakup Monday June 22 of a small demonstration in Tehran's Haf-e Tir Square of up to 1,000 protesters by riot police using tear gas. They were backed baton-wielding Basijj militiamen who mingled with the crowd in civilian clothes.
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Khamenei in tough sermon defends presidential election, warns protesters
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 24, 2009
In his first public appearance since the disputed presidential election of June 12, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the street rallies were used as the cover for Western "armed terrorist groups." The "street riots" are the wrong way and must stop, or else their leaders would be held responsible for the consequences.
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Anti-riot forces deploy in Tehran against fresh protests Sunday
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 23, 2009
Opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi raised the stakes in his confrontation with the regime, Saturday, June 20, as Tehran police and Basijj paramilitaries beat up protesters and fired shots and tear gas into the crowds who attempted to rally in defiance of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Friday and police threats of harsh reprisals. Tehran hospitals report 19 dead and scores injured. Other sources claim larger numbers.
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Thousands of Iranian Revolutionary Guardsmen deployed for crackdown on opposition
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 22, 2009
Wednesday afternoon, June 17, armored convoys of Revolutionary Guard forces began rolling into Tehran from three directions to prevent supporters of the opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi assembling on the fifth day after the disputed presidential election, debkafile's Iranian sources report.
The confrontation between the regime and Iran's protest movement is closer than ever to a bloody climax. Thursday, June 18, may be critical.
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Iran pulls back and teeters again on brink of civil war
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 22, 2009
The Khamenei-Ahmadinejad duo's grip on the regime is still challenged by four powerful faction leaders of the Islamic Revolution.
DEBKA-Net-Weekly's experts explored this fissure in its latest edition after Issue 400 revealed exclusively ahead of the June 12 election that one of the four, Hashemi Rafsanjani, had warned of street violence if Ahmadinejad was not restrained.
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Nuclear watchdog chief: Iran wants nuclear weapon for recognition as major power
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 21, 2009
Dr. Mohammed ElBaradei said Wednesday, June 17: "it is my gut feeling that Iran would like to have the technology to enable it to have nuclear weapons - both as a message to their neighbors and the world, don't mess with us" and as the road to the prestige of being recognized as a major Middle East power.
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Protesters in funereal black march silently in tense Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 20, 2009
The tensely awaited opposition rally scheduled for Thursday, June 18, took place with hardly any incident. debkafile's Iranian sources suggest that the rival camps contesting the presidential election results - and in essence the future of the Iranian regime - appear to have agreed on a temporary truce on the sixth day of their violent confrontation.
They made no attempt to provoke the security forces, who stood by and watched.
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Scores of casualties from ongoing Tehran clashes. Ballot recount but no new election
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 19, 2009
While Iran's state media claim 7 killed in clashes in Tehran, debkafile's Iranian sources reported that by midday Tuesday, June 16, scores of casualties filled Tehran's Khatm el-Anbia hospital emergency rooms, wounded or killed by gunshots from ongoing clashes.
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Ahmadinejad's victory confounded Washington's calculations
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 19, 2009
A most puzzling aspect of the Iranian elections is the backing Washington and Western media gave opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi - even after he had clearly lost the presidential election Iran held Friday, June 12, to a Mahmoud Ahmadinejad landslide. The outcome was predetermined by the non-elected supreme ruler, not the Iranian people.
Read debkafile's Exclusive Analysis below.
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Iran's opposition plans two demonstrations Wednesday
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 17, 2009
The protesters plan to stage rallies in Tehran Wednesday, June 17, in defiance of supreme ruler Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who asked the envoys of the four presidential election challengers to refrain from stirring up more tension. Five days after the vote, the unrest continues.



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