821 articles tagged "Iran"
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In show of bravado, Iran launches "air defense exercises" <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 20, 2008
Iranian official sources report that the air force drill began Monday, Sept. 15, in half of the country's 30 provinces. The commander of Iran's aerial defense, Brig. Gen. Ahmed Mighani said that any enemies attacking the Islamic Republic would regret it.
debkafile's sources report: Of late, certain influential voices have been raised in Israel arguing against the need of military action to cut down Iran's covert nuclear designs. President Shimon Peres, for instance, maintains that tough economic sanctions would "do the job." The latest IAEA report shows how invalid this argument is.
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France wants more sanctions on Iran for stonewalling UN nuclear probe
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 20, 2008
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported no progress in its efforts to establish whether or not Iran is developing nuclear warheads, enriching uranium for military purposes, testing nuclear explosives or building nuclear-capable missiles.
The draft report handed out Monday, Sept. 15, to IAEA board members in Vienna, attributes this lack of progress to Iran's non-cooperation with the inquiry.
debkafile's Iranian sources report that the Tehran administration has never been more contemptuous of the UN, international diplomacy and potential sanctions, certain the prospect of a US and Israeli military strike on its nuclear facilities is receding further day by day.
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Iran diverts UF6 uranium from Isfahan to boost covert military nuclear project
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 14, 2008
Nuclear watchdog experts have found 50-60 tons of uranium, enough to produce five or six nuclear bombs, missing from Iran's main nuclear production facility at Isfahan. The disappearance was discovered at the final stage of the production process, where UF6, uranium in gas form is stored, by the only CCTV Iran allowed the International Atomic Energy Agency to install at Isfahan.
US satellites have also identified a number of suspicious sites, not declared to UN inspectors.
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Russia, US pull further apart on Iranian nuclear activities
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 14, 2008
Russian president Dmitry Medvedev said Friday a military solution to the standoff over Iran's nuclear ambitions is unacceptable and there is no need for new sanctions.
Washington has imposed new sanctions on Iran, blacklisting a main shipping line and 18 subsidiaries.
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Iran's al Qods, Hizballah secretly integrate rocket and commando units<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 12, 2008
debkafile's military and intelligence sources disclose that an Iranian Revolutionary Guards delegation signed a secret accord with Hizballah leaders last week for the integration and operational merger of their missile-rocket and commando units.
This may not have been news to US vice president Dick Cheney, when he "revealed" Saturday, Sept. 6, that Russia had sold advanced weapons to Syria and Iran, some of which had been channeled to Lebanon and Iraq.
But Israel's policy-making levels appear oblivious to the fact that key elements of Hizballah's fighting machine against Israel have been taken over by al Qods.
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Dutch sabotage agent recalled from Iran over "impending" US attack - report
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 6, 2008
A Dutch AIVD Secret Service ultra-secret operation underway in Iran in recent years has been halted and an agent recalled in view of "impending US plans to attack Iran," within weeks, writes Joost de Haas in the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. According to intelligence sources in the Netherlands, the US [or Israel] would decide within weeks to attack nuclear plants with unmanned aircraft to avoid endangering air crews. The Israeli air force would be held back to defend Israel against retaliation.
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Any attack on Iran will start new world war - Iranian general
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 2, 2008
Dep. Chief of General Staff Masus Jazairi said Saturday, Aug. 30, that any attack on Iran would mean the beginning of a new world war.
debkafile's Iran sources report that Jazairi's attack aimed at confirming his credentials in Tehran during a major shakeup of the Iranian high command.
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Arab world fears an Iran war may be impending <br/><br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 24, 2008
debkafile's Middle East sources report that the Iranian satellite carrier space launch Sunday, Aug. 17, was prompted by a joint caution to Tehran from Saudi King Abdullah and Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.
After their meeting Saturday, the spokesman of the presidential palace in Cairo, Suleiman Awwad, said: Iran should not present on a silver platter the "justifications and pretexts for those [US and Israel] who want to drag the region down a dangerous slope."
Our military sources report that the war scare in Cairo and Riyadh also infected Kuwait.
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Iran's "dummy satellite" was a partial failure but strategic breakthrough
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 24, 2008
A US official said Tuesday, Aug. 19, that the dummy Safir satellite carrier launched by Tehran Sunday, Aug. 17, failed "shortly after liftoff and in no way reached its intended position." debkafile's intelligence sources disclose that the launch did not fail at that point but nevertheless did not reach its intended orbit around Earth.
Our military sources stress that the test was still a strategic breakthrough in that it testified to Tehran's long-range missile delivery capability, possibly armed with nuclear warheads.
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Iran's vaunted 300-km range sea missile is non-existent<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2008
debkafile's military sources discount the claim by Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps commander Maj. Gen. Ali Jafari that Iran had test-fired a new naval weapon that could destroy any vessel within a 300-km range.
Jafari boasted to reporters Mon. Aug. 4: "Today the IRGC has the capability to target the enemies' targets with a wide range of missiles and in a few minutes in case of any attack." Western intelligence sources dismissed the IRGC commander's boast as "propaganda fantasy."
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Tehran hosts Assad to celebrate winning nuclear dispute with West and cooling of US-Israel ties <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 9, 2008
The Syrian president Bashar Assad was due to visit Tehran in a week's time. The trip was brought forward to Saturday, Aug. 2 to coincide with the deadline the six powers gave Iran for an answer to its offer of benefits in return for its consent to suspend uranium enrichment - or face a fourth round of sanctions.
debkafile's Middle East sources report: Iranian and Syrian rulers are so pleased with their unforeseen success in outmaneuvering the West that they called an urgent summit for follow-up planning.
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Iran will not step back from nuclear path - supreme ruler<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 2, 2008
"If Iran takes one step back, the arrogant powers in the world would take one step forward," said Iran's supreme ruler Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in a sermon Wednesday, July 30. He spoke three days ahead of a deadline given by the six world powers for his government to give "a reasonable" answer to their incentives for suspending uranium enrichment.
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Iran doubles uranium-enriching centrifuges to 6,000 - Ahmadinejad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 28, 2008
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Saturday, July 26: "Islamic Iran today possesses 6,000 centrifuges at the uranium enrichment plant in Natanz." He claimed the six big powers had tempered their demands and agreed to this number.
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US, UK, France launch sea exercise for naval blockade on Iran<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 28, 2008
The White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said it expected Iran to "miss an opportunity to accept" the incentives package.
debkafile's military sources report that Operational Brimstone, starting Monday, July 21, aimed at giving military teeth to the two-week ultimatum the six world powers gave Iran in Geneva Saturday to accept the suspension of uranium enrichment or face harsh sanctions and isolation.
The penalty of withholding refined oil products from Iran would be exercised by means of a partial international naval blockade of its Gulf ports.
Taking part in the 10-day exercise in the Atlantic Ocean are more than a dozen ships and 15,000 sailors.
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Iran will not "retreat one iota" over its nuclear program, Ahmadinejad<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 25, 2008
The Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a speech broadcast live on state TV Wednesday, July 23: "The Iranian nation... will not retreat one iota in the face of oppressing powers."
In a different tone, he praised US participation in the six-power meeting with Iranian nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili in Geneva Saturday as a "positive step forward" toward recognizing Iran's right to acquire "nuclear technology."
The Iranian president said it would help repair "America's image in the world."
The powers gave Tehran until August 2 to respond to their offer of incentives for halting uranium enrichment or face stiff penalties.

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Rice threatens more sanctions if no serious answer from Iran<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 22, 2008
Speaking to reporters on her way to Abu Dhabi Monday, July 21, US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice warned Tehran of more bilateral American, as well as UN, sanctions for failing to come up with a "serious answer" to the incentives offered by the six powers Saturday by the two-week deadline they laid down.
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Are Tehran's war threats backed by solid military might?<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 15, 2008
DEBKA-Net-Weekly's experts offer the first published expose of the real extent of Iran's military capabilities with some surprising answers.
This up-to-the minute exclusive and more appeared in the latest DEBKA-Net-Weekly issue out Friday.
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Iran's TV interrupts broadcast to announce second batch of ballistic missile tests
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 13, 2008
Iran test-fired more long-range ballistic missiles in the Gulf Thursday, July 10, the day after its launch of 10 missiles including the Shehab-3, which is capable of delivering a one-ton payload over Tel Aviv. debkafile's military sources report that the 20 missiles of assorted ranges tested so far were put on show to convince the United States and Israel that Iran has enough missiles and launchers to keep on firing on consecutive days.
This was more posture than reality.
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Iraq official demands specific dates for US military withdrawal<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 11, 2008
Iraq's national security adviser, Mouwaffak al-Rubaie, said Tuesday, July 8, his government will not accept the security accord under negotiation with the United States unless it contains specific dates for the withdrawal of U.S.-led forces.
debkafile reports: President George W. Bush has consistently opposed any such timetable, as has the Republican presidential nominee John McCain. His Democratic rival, Barack Obama, once pledged withdrawal within 14 months if he were elected to the White House, but has since changed his position on the Iraq War and the US military role there.
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Iran's chief of staff expands threat of Strait of Hormuz closure<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 10, 2008
Chief of staff Maj. Gen. Hasan Firuzabadi said Saturday, July, 5, Iran's strategy is to keep the Strait of Hormuz in "southern Iran" open, but "if the country's interests are jeopardized in the region, we will not let any ship pass through."
debkafile's military sources report that this statement enlarges on earlier threats by adding Iran's "strategic interests in the region," namely Syria, Hizballah or Hamas. It is in keeping with Iran's refusal to give up uranium enrichment in its reply to the six-power proposals for ending the nuclear standoff.
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