Ahmadinejad threatens severe retaliation if the US attacks his country over its nuclear program <br/><br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 16, 2007, 4:31 PM (GMT+02:00)
He spoke at a news conference in the United Arab Emirates Monday after leading an anti-American rally at which he blamed America for the region's instability.
The Iranian president was warmly welcomed by Gulf emirate's rulers two days after a visit by US vice president Dick Cheney. debkafile reports ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 15, 2007, 9:38 PM (GMT+02:00)
The American side will be led by ambassdor to Iraq Ryan Crocker. A spokesman in Tehran said the talks would aim at establishing peace and security in Iraq.
Its latest issue, DEBKA-Net-Weekly disclosed Friday, May 11, that the US and Iran had decided to open talks. Tehran has submitted ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 14, 2007, 9:49 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Kayhan newspaper accuses Esfandiari of spying for US and Israel and trying to incite a "velvet revolution" in Iran. All charges are denied by her husband Shaul Bakhash. Iran's foreign ministry said she would be treated like other Iranian national.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Frontrunner as next Revolutionary Guards chief threatens US world interests and Israel if Iran is attacked
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 30, 2007, 10:49 PM (GMT+02:00)
Mohammad Baqer Solghadr, deputy interior minister, has been tagged for this top post by Iranian leaders engrossed in war preparations, according to debkafile's Iranian sources. He told the official Iranian news agency IRNA Thursday: "Nowhere would be safe for America ...we can fire tens of thousands of missiles ...
US intelligence estimates Iran has overcome technical difficulties in uranium enrichment, shortening to 2010 the date for enough bomb-grade material - CBS<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 29, 2007, 1:49 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile adds: This new assessment is down from the original 2015 date and closer to the Israeli intelligence 2009 estimate. Pentagon officials said the window has narrowed for Israel to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iran, which could involve the US in a war against a much tougher ...
Shin Bet seeks legislation banning Israeli travel to Iran which has stepped up drive to recruit Israeli visitors as spies<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 21, 2007, 9:20 PM (GMT+02:00)
Tuesday, April 17, the Shin Bet reported arrest of a young Israeli man of Iranian origin who confessed he was recruited and received money from Iranian intelligence to "cover expenses." He was detained as soon as he landed in Israel. The security service reports at least 10 attempts by Tehran ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Iran and the nuclear issue are common denominators of the two espionage cases publicized in Israel and Egypt Tuesday, April 17<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 19, 2007, 11:59 AM (GMT+02:00)
Only hours apart, the Israeli Shin Bet announced the arrest of a young Israeli for taking money to spy for Iranian intelligence, followed by a news conference in Cairo announcing that an Egyptian engineer at the national atomic center Mohammed Gaber, 35, would be tried for allegedly passing secrets to ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 17, 2007, 9:19 PM (GMT+02:00)
On Tuesday, April 17, the Shin Bet intelligence service reported Iranian intelligence had intensified its efforts to recruit Israelis as spies, targeting former Iranians applying for visas to visit their families. One young man had been snared and paid "expenses" for enlisting a friend in security and collecting information.
Two hours ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: US Marine Corps commandant visits USS Bataan in Persian Gulf and Iran again steps up military preparedness<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 15, 2007, 1:59 PM (GMT+02:00)
On April 4, Gen. James Conway visited the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Baatan (LHD 5) in the Persian Gulf and other vessels of the strike group. He was accompanied by Lt.Gen. Keith Stadler, Commanding General of II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF), Sgt. ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 11, 2007, 4:09 PM (GMT+02:00)
The foreign ministry spokesman in Moscow was commenting on announcements from Tehran Monday. Regarding chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani's claim that Iran had built 3,000 centrifuges for enriching uranium, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday he did not believe they were yet in full operation.
debkafile's intelligence sources ...
UK Navy chief Adm. St. Jonathan Band says British boarding operations in Persian Gulf had stopped for the time being<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 10, 2007, 10:18 AM (GMT+02:00)
He was referring to the operations carried out by the 15 British sailors and marines when they were seized by an Iranian Revolutionary Guards unit on March 23.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: UK sailors freed after 12 days; Gilead Shalit, Udi Goldwasser and Eldad Regev still caged<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 9, 2007, 4:31 PM (GMT+02:00)
The British sailors were detained by a Revolutionary Guards special task force Friday, March 23, in disputed Gulf waters. No one has seen or heard of the three Israeli soldiers kidnapped on the Israeli side of the borders of Gaza and Lebanon almost a year ago.
Why were the Britons freed ...
Furious storm greets UK government permission for 15 British sailors and marines to sell their stories to the media<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 9, 2007, 11:24 AM (GMT+02:00)
The UK ministry of defense said the usual ban on such payments was lifted because of their "exceptional circumstances." This decision has been widely criticized by public and military figures who say a bidding war for the former captives' stories would be inappropriate and undignified and could backfire. Faye Tuner, ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 8, 2007, 9:24 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Iran Atomic Energy Agency announced a high-ranking Iranian official would attend the ceremony.
Coupled with this announcement, interim Friday Prayers leader of Tehran Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati said the era of America and the Zionist regime is gone and they incline towards collapse. "However this takes time and history is moving ...
British marines and sailors explain their Iran media confessions by intense psychological pressure <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 8, 2007, 9:11 AM (GMT+02:00)
Six of the freed captives, appearing at a news conference at a Royal Marine base in Devon, UK, Friday, April 6, said they were warned they faced 7 years in prison if they did not confess to entering Iranian waters. Royal Navy Lt. Felix Carman insisted their boarding craft were ...
Blair thanks allies in Europe, the UN and the region "who played their part" in securing release of 15 service personnel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 5, 2007, 9:03 PM (GMT+02:00)
To the Iranian people, the UK PM said: "We bear you no ill will, respect you as an ancient civilization. Any differences with your government we hope to solve through dialogue." British spokesmen have stressed the UK government made no deals and engaged Iran - chiefly Ali Larijani, head of ...
Why Does Tehran Free the Britons But Refuse to Signal the Release of the Three Israeli Servicemen? <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2007, 10:55 PM (GMT+02:00)
Iran, which captured and freed the British sailors and marines, also has the authority to weigh in for the Israeli captives' release with its Lebanese proxy and the Hamas-led group of Popular Resistance Committees and al Qaeda Falastin in Gaza. It is in Iran's power to end the long agony ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Iran and Saudi Arabia discuss mutual defense pact, Cairo weighs restoring diplomatic relations with Tehran<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2007, 8:42 PM (GMT+02:00)
The two steps were set in motion at the Arab League summit last week in Riyadh. Saturday, March 31, Iran's chief of staff Gen. Hass Fayrouz Abadi prodded Arab governments to hurry up and conclude the defense pact because, he said, Israel is preparing a "suicidal" assault on several Arab ...
Bush: I support Blair position on solving captive sailors' crisis and especially declaration of no quid pro quo on hostages
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2007, 8:42 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Iranian news agency has released new pictures of 6 captive sailors in Iran Tuesday, April 3, Day 12 of the crisis.
Earlier Tuesday, there were signs of positive diplomatic movement in Iran, which appear to have taken a step back. debkafile: The US president's statement indicates that the ...