863 articles tagged "Iran"
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Iran will have fuel for 3 A-bombs by end 2009, US nuclear experts
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 27, 2008
When Barack Obama is sworn in as US president on Jan. 21, 2009, Iran will have enough fuel for one A-bomb. The next Israeli prime minister after the Feb. 2009 poll will see Tehran doubling this capability. For years, world leaders vowed to keep nuclear weapons out of Iranian hands. Yet the outgoing US and Israeli administrations are leaving the world stuck with a nuclear-armed Iran.
Read how Israel missed the boat in debkafile's Exclusive Analysis below.

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In close sync, Tehran and Damascus dismiss nuclear watchdog findings
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 25, 2008
Friday, Nov. 21, Tehran denied the International Atomic Energy Agency's findings that it had enriched enough uranium to make its first nuclear bomb, while Damascus said the watchdog's report that the Syrian nuclear site bombed by Israel had the features of a reactor proved nothing. Inspections also found traces of man-made uranium at the demolished Syrian site.
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Iran discloses execution of alleged Israeli spy to counter embarrassing IAEA findings
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 24, 2008
debkafile notes that Iran waited six days until Saturday, Nov. 22, before disclosing that Ali Ashtari, 45, was hanged on Nov. 17 after a revolutionary court in Tehran sentenced him on charges of spying for Israel.
Our Iranian and intelligence sources note that this and other disclosures were part of a new Iranian-Syrian propaganda campaign launched to counter the UN nuclear watchdog's report that Iran has stocked enough enriched uranium for its first A-bomb. The Syrian site bombed by Israel was identified as a reactor.
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Iran has enough nuclear material for a single A-Bomb - IAEA<br/><br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 24, 2008
Iran has now produced roughly enough nuclear material to make, with added purification, a single atom bomb, according to nuclear experts analyzing the latest report from global atomic inspectors, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). This alarming development is headlined by the New York Times and Bloomberg website Nov. 20, but does not rate Israeli official comment or a mention in its media.
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Iran, Syria tauten grip on Lebanon, Tehran woos Christian president <br/><br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 22, 2008
Tehran and Damascus are going all out to get their hooks into Lebanon's Christian politicians and wean them away from their' traditional ties with the West. President Michel Suleiman this week accepted an Iranian invitation to visit Tehran this month, while another Lebanese Christian leader, Hizballah's ally Gen. Michel Aoun, arranged to visit Damascus.
debkafile's Middle East sources report that the Iranians are forging ahead with a campaign to bind the region's Christian minorities to their Shiite wagon for challenging Sunni domination.
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For its first challenge to Obama, Tehran fans Middle East frictions <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 15, 2008
Iran's rulers calculate that the more trouble they stir up, the sooner incoming US president Barack Obama will come running to Tehran to open a pre-inauguration back-door channel. Iranian agents and Hizballah are recruiting Palestinian militias in Lebanon for cross-border terrorist attacks in Israel.
Read more about this challenge for the incoming US president in the Exclusive Analysis below.
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Iran tests ways of recovering weapons-grade uranium from spent nuclear fuel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 6, 2008
This intelligence assessment, disclosed to AP by a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), indicates that the Iranians are testing ways of using nuclear waste from the Bushehr reactor, which the Russians have pledged to finish by the end of the year or March, 2009, at latest.
Moscow has provided the necessary fuel. Both Moscow and Iran claim the Bushehr reactor is purely for peaceful purposes.
US intelligence now reckons Iran will have between one and three nuclear bombs by the end of 2009.
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New Iranian naval base can block Strait of Hormuz, confront Israeli subs
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 2, 2008
Iran's naval chief Adm. Habibollah Sayyari told state radio Tuesday, Oct,.28, that the base could be used to block the entry of any "enemy" into the Persian Gulf.
The new base is in the port town of Jask on Iran's southeastern coast opposite the point where the Gulf of Oman flows into the strait.
Its location provides quick access to the Red Sea, Indian Ocean and Horn of Africa and support for three objectives, one of which is proximity to Israeli Dolphin submarines.
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Iran has plans for a pre-emptive attack on Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 28, 2008
Iran has developed a series of optional plans for pre-emptively attacking Israel, as revealed in the latest DEBKA-Net-Weekly. One is the launch of a "floating dirty bomb."
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Tehran wants Barack Obama in the White House, rules out war
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 27, 2008

During a visit to Bahrain, Iran's parliament speaker Ali Larijani said Wednesday, Oct. 22, that Tehran would prefer Democratic senator Barack Obama in the White House next year. He also ruled out any US attack on his country.
debkafile's Iranian sources note that Larijani, one of the most powerful voices in Tehran's conservative camp and close confidant of supreme ruler Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, would not have spoken out without top-level sanction.

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Iran Has Technology for a Nuclear Warhead to Fit Shehab-3 Missile
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 25, 2008
Some Western military and intelligence were shocked to learn that Iran had the blueprints for making a nuclear warhead that could fit onto its Shehab-3 missiles. The discovery was released by the former UN weapons inspector, David Albright, Sunday, June 16, ahead of the report on his investigation of the nuclear smuggling ring run by the father of the Pakistan nuclear bomb Abdul Qadeer Khan.
DEBKA-Net-Weekly's exclusive sources disclosed on May 30 that these nuclear blueprints were sold in underhand deals to those countries - and possibly also to al Qaeda - in the second half of the 1990s. Tehran has therefore had those designs for between 10 and 13 years.
It is now evident that not only North Korea and Iran have known for some time how to build and deliver a nuclear warhead, but unknown recipients of A.Q. Khan's merchandise, including terrorist organizations, may also command hazardous nuclear knowledge.
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Large-scale Iranian Air force exercise simulates attack on Israel <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 22, 2008
debkafile's military sources report that the drill beginning Thursday, Oct. 16 in northern Iran, was Tehran's rejoinder to Israel's big aerial maneuver last June.
Then, more than 100 Israeli fighter-bombers went through their paces over the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas, roughly the same distance from Israel as Iran.
Tehran's media claim the exercise will test its air force's ability to fly to Israel and back without refueling.
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Iran Achieves a Four-Front Missile Command, Breakthrough on Nuclear Missile Warheads
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 18, 2008
debkafile's military sources disclose that Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps have created a separate missile command, in which Syria's missile force is to be integrated. The joint command was formalized in a new mutual defense treaty signed by the Syrian defense minister, Gen. Hassan Turkmani in Tehran last week.
Israeli military sources judge the operational merger of Iranian and Syrian missile corps to be a major strategic hazard to the Jewish state.
Western and Israeli military experts connect it with other indications that Iran's program for developing missiles capable of delivering nuclear payloads has gone into high gear and reached an advanced stage. They believe the Iranians have beaten most of the technical difficulties holding it up.
On May 26, the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, which often goes easy on Iran, released a harsh report confirming Iran's progress in "missile warhead design."
Military experts comment that Tehran's centralized control of four hostile missile fronts will virtually neutralize the American and Israeli anti-missile defense systems in the region.
In a related development, debkafile's Gulf sources report that next week, Iran's supreme ruler Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Syrian president Bashar Assad launch a major campaign to further isolate American influence and bludgeon moderate Arab governments into alignment with their extreme anti-US, anti-Israel line.

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Large-scale Iranian Air Force exercise starts Thursday
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 15, 2008
The combat drills will be held near Tabriz in East Azerbaijan Province, according to Iranian media, to "demonstrate the might and combat readiness of Iran's Air force."
The entire range of Iran's fighter fleet will take part, including US-made F-4, F-5, F-7 and F-14 fighters and domestic Saegheh fighters. Mid-air refueling will be provided by Boeing 707 aerial tankers.
The aircraft will be flying from air fields in Tehran, Isfahan, Tabriz and Hamadan.

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Conflicting reports about US warplane's forced landing over Iran<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 12, 2008
Tehran first identified the plane as an American Falcon which had mistakenly strayed into Iranian airspace and was forced down Monday, Oct. 6. In that report, the eight US officials aboard, including 5 senior military officials, were interrogated overnight and released after 24 hours.
Later, Tehran produced three different versions of the incident.
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Secret US-Iranian Dialogue Brings Oil Prices down, Shakes up Mid East Alliances
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 11, 2008
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Oil prices suddenly slumped Tuesday, July 8, as predicted by DEBKA-Net-Weekly on June 27, under the impact of the secret American-Iranian talks embarked on last month to solve burning issues by diplomatic engagement.
These talks between the US and Iranian delegations, representing President George W. Bush and Iranian supreme ruler Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, have yielded ad hoc understandings on controversial issues. One is an agreement not to allow the price of oil to rocket past $150 the barrel.
DEBKA-Net-Weekly's exclusive Gulf and Iranian sources disclosed that the bilateral negotiations were deliberately masked by the war fever engineered by Washington in the form of a stream of leaks indicating that a US or Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear installations was imminent.
At the same time, neither nation has sheathed its military option.
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NATO chief does not expect Israel to abandon its "supposed nuclear arsenal"<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 11, 2008
NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said Monday he doubted that the world could stop Iran from building a nuclear bomb. Therefore, as a result of Iran's nuclear activities, he would never expect Israel to abandon its own, "supposed nuclear arsenal." Scheffer added: "As we all know, Israel never admits to what it has, but I do not see very many arguments for the Jewish state to abandon its potential."
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US-Russian deal lets Iran's nuclear bomb program off the hook<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 1, 2008
Friday, Sept. 26, 2008 was the day the policy pursued by Ehud Olmert, Tzipi Livni and Shimon Peres, of reliance on the international community to stop Iran developing a nuclear bomb, sank without a trace. The international community declined to adopt fresh economic sanctions to rein in an increasingly defiant Tehran.
A deal between the US and Russia in New York sealed a very brief non-sanctions draft reaffirming previous council decisions.
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Syria, Iran collaborate anew in nuclear arms development
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 1, 2008
The latest DEBKA-Net-Weekly bares in detail how the covert military nuclear industries of Iran and Syria function and complement each other.
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Iran on way to atom bomb capability - ElBaradei<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 30, 2008
Iran is on its way to mastering technology that would enable it to build atomic bombs, International Atomic Energy Agency director Mohamed ElBaradei said to the German Sueddeutsche Zeitung Friday.
Tehran could not "break out" to a bomb as long as IAEA monitors remained at nuclear sites.
debkafile notes that the inspectors are restricted to a few declared sites, whereas US satellites have caught covert facilities hidden from the oversight of the nuclear watchdog where suspected weapons activity is underway.
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