821 articles tagged "Iran"
 
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Iran launches first space research rocket Safir 1<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 6, 2008
The Safir (Emissary) was launched into space Monday, Feb. 4, on top of the improved Shahab-3 which has a 4,000 km range. debkafile's military sources report that the Iranian launch was Tehran's rejoinder to Israel's test of a new long-range missile propulsion engine on Jan. 17. Western experts reported at the time that Israel's newly-powered missiles could reach "any point on earth."
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> reports: Rev Guards chief threatens retaliation against US Gulf bases if Iran is attacked, missiles for Israel<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 2, 2008
In a recent interview, Gen. Mohammad Ali Jaafari, commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, said: "Despite the U.S. military's supremacy in air power and advanced electronic equipment, Iran can counter any attack just like the Hezballah forces that defeated the region's most advanced and best-equipped military in the 33-day war against the Zionist regime."
The IRGC general said should Israel participate in an American attack, it will be exposed to danger from states [a hint at Iran's ally Syria] and Muslims [i.e. Hizballah and the Palestinians] in the region. "Our resources and the range of our missiles cover Israel, and "all of occupied Palestine [namely, Israel's West Bank communities and bases] is exposed to danger.

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Bush Embarks on Saudi-Brokered Deal with Tehran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 28, 2008
DEBKA-Net-Weekly 328 first revealed on Dec. 7 that a Washington-Tehran understanding is in the making, brokered by Saudi Arabia. According to Washington and intelligence sources, the first steps of the dialogue were made possible by the US National Intelligence Estimate of Dec. 3 affirming that Iran's nuclear weapons program had been put on hold in 2003. This public statement effectively took the US military option off the table, as stipulated by Riyadh and Tehran.
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The Saudis have been offering to mediate the US-Iranian dispute since the beginning of 2007. In early November, DEBKA-Net-Weekly disclosed, the White House announced it was ready to deal.
Saudi and American sources told debkafile that President George W. Bush used the Annapolis conference as a piece of theater, which presented a sham moderate Arab front against Iran to disguise the intense work underway on a Saudi-mediated accommodation between Washington and Tehran.
debkafile's sources disclose that Iran's extremist president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad began purging the Iranian leadership of his opponents, emboldened by what he perceived as the victory of the intransigent nuclear policy he and the Revolutionary Guards had pursued.
For Israel, the impact is more radical than a few rumbles. Its special relationship with the United States has collapsed amid its worst foreign policy debacle in decades. The Olmert government is paying the price for the military and diplomatic mismanagement of the war against Lebanon's Hizballah of 2006.



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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Reports: Iran exploits Pakistan turmoil for nuclear and diplomatic momentum - with no fear of sanctions <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 4, 2008
Iran's foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki Monday, Dec. 31, landed a new bombshell: Iran's first nuclear reactor would be launched in mid-2008 - six months before Moscow's end-of-year timeline.
Tehran's former nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani has spent 10 days in Cairo laying the ground for the resumption of relations. When US president George W. Bush's Middle East tour begins in just over a week, he will find a complicated new relations structure in the making between Iran and Egypt and other parts of the region.
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Moscow denies deal to sell anti-air, anti-missile S-300 to Iran, sends second shipment of nuclear fuel to Bushehr<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 30, 2007
Iranian defense minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar announced Wednesday, Dec. 26 that he and a visiting Russian delegation had just signed a contract for the supply of another Russian anti-air weapon, the highly sophisticated S-300, rated the most effective killer of ballistic missiles on the market.

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Large group of Jewish immigrants from Iran arrives in Israel Tuesday<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 27, 2007
The group of 40 traveled secretly through a third transit country to evade Iranian restrictions on travel to Israel. A Jewish Agency official said the immigrants, most from Tehran, Shiraz and Isfahan, had abandoned their property and possessions in Iran to conceal their departure. More than 200 Iranian Jews moved to Israel in 2007, up from 65 in 2006. Iran's Jewish community is estimated to number 25-28,000, dating

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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Iran cheers US intelligence reassessment of nuclear arms threat
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 8, 2007
Iran's nuclear negotiator, Dep. FM Saeed Jalili's trip to Moscow Tuesday, Dec. 4. for talks with Russian president Vladimir Putin, capitalizes on the breakthrough the US has offered Tehran. The shock waves from the US intelligence report that Iran had put its bid for a nuclear bomb on hold in 2003, in contradiction of its 2005 assessment, are already touching other countries as well.
Our sources add that, contrary to the assurances emanating from Jerusalem, the entire sanctions edifice is in danger of toppling, including Washington's push for a third round of penalties for Iran at the UN Security Council.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Reports: Two surfaced Iranian Kilo-class submarines spotted in Persian Gulf by US warship<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 5, 2007
The USS Vicksburg cruiser tracked and photographed the Iranian Russian-designed diesel-electric attack subs some weeks ago. There was no communication between them. debkafile's military sources report that this was the first time US warships have run into a par of surfaced Iranian subs.
Wednesday, Nov. 28, Iranian Navy commander Adm. Habibollah Sayyari claimed it was expanding its sub fleet, including a new home-built small submarine called Ghadir, equipped with sonar-evading technology.
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Iran welcomes US intelligence report and insists its nuclear aims are peaceful
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 4, 2007
The US National Intelligence Estimate released Monday said Iran had put its bid for a nuclear bomb on hold in 2003. Reiterating that Tehran never had plans to build atomic weapons, FM Manouchehr Mottaki welcomed the reassessment by the countries with questions in the past, who "have now amended their views realistically."
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Bush Drops Military Option, Tehran Slams Door on Diplomacy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 3, 2007
In a radical about-face, White House officials suddenly "discovered" Monday, Dec. 3, that Iran had halted it nuclear weapons program four years ago, but has continued to enrich uranium and could have enough material to build a bomb between 2010 and 2015. This "discovery" appeared in the latest National Intelligence Estimate, together with the comment that Iran seems less determined to develop nuclear arms than previously believed and is more vulnerable to international pressure.
This finding caused astonishment and dismay in Israeli political and military circles, particularly in the light of the close Israel-US rapport over last week's Annapolis conference on the Middle East and the close Olmert-Livni-Barak lineup behind the Bush vision of Palestinian statehood.
debkafile's sources in Israel: In effect, Washington has taken the military option off the table at the very moment that Tehran's Said Jalili slammed the door on diplomacy in the "disastrous" conversation he held with the European Union's Javier Solana in London, Saturday, Dec. 1.

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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Iran is developing two submarine fleets - one with a 12,000 km-range for Tel Aviv and US Mediterranean targets<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 2, 2007
Our military sources report the Iranian Navy plans to deploy two submarine fleets - mini-subs in Persian Gulf waters for attacks on US shipping and Gulf oil facilities, and the Kilo class sub of Russian, Chinese and Iranian manufacture, for long-range targets in the Mediterranean, such as the US Sixth Fleet and Israel coastal towns, primarily Tel Aviv.
This was first revealed by DEBKA-Net-Weekly 326 on Nov.16.
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Iranian admiral says home-made destroyer and submarine to be launched Wednesday
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 30, 2007
Army naval commander Adm. Habib Sayyari announced: "A home-made destroyer called Jamaran and a home-made submarine of the Ghadir class will launch operations Nov. 28." He also claimed the production of missile-launching PT boats. Sayyari stressed Iran's navy is "in full control over the Sea of Oman, the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz and monitors all the military moves of Iran's enemies."
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Iran Extends Submarine Range to Hit Tel Aviv and US Mediterranean Targets
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 27, 2007
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debkafile's military sources report the Iranian Navy is in the process of deploying two submarine fleets - mini-subs in Persian Gulf waters for attacks on US shipping and Gulf oil facilities, and the long-range Kilo class sub of Russian, Chinese and home manufacture, for long-range targets in the Mediterranean, such as the US Sixth Fleet and Israel coastal towns, primarily Tel Aviv.
Iran's defense minister Mostafa Najiar announced Tuesday, Nov. 27, that a new Iranian-built submarine would be delivered to the navy Wednesday. He offered no details of the new item.
debkafile's military sources note that Iran's strategic thinking has undergone a change. Hitherto, the rulers of Tehran viewed the blockage of the narrow waterway to shipping that carries one-third of the world's oil needs, as its most effective reprisal for a military attack. They have revised their thinking for two reasons: First, Iran has made great strides in expanding its influence in Gulf oil states and an assault on their sole source of revenue would win more enemies than friends.
Second, as DEBKA-Net-Weekly 326 revealed Nov. 16, Tehran has developed a new capability to deploy in the Mediterranean Kilo class submarines armed with the Russian-made "Sizzler" Klub-S (3M54) missile.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Some independent experts believe Iran may already be producing enough fissile material for a nuclear bomb
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 24, 2007
Data reaching the US and Israel indicate that the boast made by Iranian president Ahmadinejad - and confirmed by the IAEA - that Tehran has 3,000 working centrifuges for uranium enrichment masks the real figure, which most likely tops 5,000 or is even close to 7,000 working machines.
Therefore, even if the Iranian nuclear industry is preyed by technical setbacks, it will be left with enough functioning machines to produce enough fissile material for at least two bombs a year.
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Iran Much Closer to Nuclear Bomb than West Admits
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 19, 2007
Independent intelligence, military and scientific circles strongly suspect that Iran is a lot closer to a nuclear bomb than officials in the US, West Europe and Israel are ready to surmise in public. debkafile's sources report that this suspicion was strengthened by the discoveries made in Syria as a result of the Israeli attack of Sept. 6.
The knowledgeable Israeli Air Force Colonel (Res.) Shmuel Gordon informed recipients of a private publication issued last week that, according to his information, Iran may have accumulated enough fissile material for two to four nuclear bombs.
Tehran admitted that it aspires to have the round number of 50,000 centrifuges spinning the uranium gas into nuclear fuel, thereby producing a quantity for making a bomb every 20 days.
Whereas in Western terms, these figures may not be too scary, for Israel, the prospect of Iran's Mahmud Ahmadinejad having two to four nuclear bombs to play with by spring 2008 is ominous enough to blow over all its security calculations.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Tehran rejects IAEA director ElBaradei's visit until agreement
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 16, 2007
Iran's foreign ministry announced that the director of the international nuclear watchdog Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei wished to schedule a visit to Iran to see Iranian officials before releasing his report Wednesday or Thursday. His request was rejected. Iran said the date for his visit would be announced only after an agreement is reached between the Tehran government and the atomic agency.
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Bush to Go Public on Iran's Secret Nuclear Arms Activities
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 12, 2007
President George W. Bush is developing a new strategy for tackling Iran's determined pursuit of a nuclear weapons program. He sounded out French president Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on his new ideas when they came over separately for talks in the last few days.
He is also in rapport with Russian president Vladimir Putin through confidential channels.
debkafile's Washington sources report that the US president's plan is to put before the public new findings on Iran's nuclear secrets, drawn from data gathered by the United States, Russia, France, Germany and Israel, and use the publicity as a fulcrum to push hard for tough international sanctions.
The US president and his spokesmen have reiterated their commitment to pursuing diplomacy. On the other hand, declaring Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps al Qods Brigade a global terrorist group has placed the US military option squarely on the table, which all the European are anxious to avert.
Tehran threatens to unleash "wave upon wave" of suicide fighters against "aggressors."
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Ahmadinejad at new air base near Afghanistan: Iran has reached goal of 3,000 centrifuges for uranium enrichment<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 11, 2007
This announcement Wednesday Nov. 7 by the Iranian president at a rally in the northeastern city of Birjand means, according to scientists, that Iran can in ideal conditions produce an atom bomb in one year's time.
debkafile's Iranian sources reveal that that a new Iranian air base was inaugurated at Birjand close to the Afghan border a few weeks ago. Ahmadinejad's disclosure bore a double menace.
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Interpol's Assembly Wednesday approves "red" tags for five Iranians and a Hizballah operative for 1994 bombing of Argentine Jewish center<br/><br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 11, 2007
The Interpol general assembly meeting in Marrakech, Morocco tagged all six as wanted for extradition in connection with the attack which leveled the seven-story Jewish center in Buenos Aires, killing 85 people and shocking the 200,000 strong Argentine Jewish community. Thirteen years later, there has not been a single conviction.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Large-scale US Persian Gulf exercise in progress tests preventive tactics against possible Iranian blockade of key Hormuz Straits<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 8, 2007
The exercise starting on Nov. 2, followed a statement by Iranian Gen. Al;I Fahdavi on Oct. 29, that the Revolutionary Guards Naval forces under his command are ready and able to strike at oil export traffic heading out of the Gulf region. On Nov 2, Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa said: "While they (Iranians) don't have the bomb yet, they are developing it - or the capability for it." He was the first Arab ruler to spell this threat out publicly.
Read debkafile's Special Report below on the inefficacy of international action against Iran's nuclear plans.
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