809 articles tagged "Iran"
Sudan claims Israeli ordnance found at bomb site
Khartoum threatens Israel after Iranian generals examine missile factory rubble
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 27, 2012

Sudan’s President Omar Bashir said Saturday, Oct. 27 that “Israeli interests are now legitimate targets.” He spoke after Iranian generals secretly examined the rubble left by an air attack on Oct. 24 of the Shehab ballistic missile factory in Khartoum.  While Israel has not commented on the attack, Sudan’s Information Minister said “military experts” had determined it was destroyed by Israel-made missiles. debkafile: The high rank of the Iranian investigating team attests to the consternation in Tehran over the Yarmouk factory's loss.

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Four Bombers Obliterate the Iranian Missile Plant in Sudan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 26, 2012

The rules are simple: The duelists are masked, they fight in the shadows and their main weapon is the element of surprise. The latest joust took place in Khartoum where unidentified bombers obliterated a factory complex manufacturing Iranian ballistic and other missiles as Tehran’s strategic reserve for emergencies. A star-studded delegation of Iranian generals is in Sudan to probe the episode.

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Vladimir Putin and Nouri al-Maliki
Iraqi Skies Are Main Corridor for Russian, Iranian Arms Lifts to Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 26, 2012

Russia has won from Baghdad the same privilege as Iran for using Iraqi air space as a corridor for delivering military supplies to Bashar Assad in Damascus. The huge arms deal Putin and Maliki signed this month provides Syria with a reserve arsenal across the border in Iraq.

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Sudanese missile factory in flames
The bombed Sudanese factory produced Iranian Shehab missiles
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 24, 2012

The Yarmouk Complex near Khartoum, which was bombed Wednesday, Oct.  24, by four fighter-bombers, recently went into manufacturing Iranian ballistic surface-to-surface Shehab missiles under license from Tehran, debkafile discloses. Western intelligence believes they were meant as Tehran’s strategic reserve stock in case its own ballistic arsenal was hit by Israeli bombers. No information was available about the comings and goings of Iranian missile specialists to Khartoum, or whether Tehran planned to stage missile attacks against Middle East targets from Sudan.

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Iranian drone from Lebanon
Iran’s global cyber war-room is secretly hosted by Hizballah in Beirut
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 21, 2012

Iran has located its global cyber war-room at Hizballah’s secret internal security apparatus headquarters in South Beirut, under the direction of Hassan Nasrallah’s brother-in-law Wafiq Safa ,debkafile’s exclusive intelligence and counterterrorism sources reveal. The hackers and cyber experts who recently attacked American banks and guided an Iranian stealth drone into Israeli airspace on Oct. 6, operated from this facility and its secret bunkers. No US or Israel action has been taken as yet against this threat to their national security.

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While Fighting Turkey, Assad Orders “Scorched Earth” Campaign across Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 18, 2012

Eight nations are embroiled on both sides of the Syrian civil war, although the governments concerned pretend they are keeping to a policy led by the Obama administration of non-intervention. Amid cross-border clashes with Turkey, Bashar Assad has embarked on a scorched earth policy against his country.

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Tehran Lets Bahrain Be, Goes after Saudi Arabia through Its Back Door – Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 18, 2012

Tehran has shifted its expansionist focus from Bahrain to punishing Saudi Arabia for backing the Syrian rebels fighting Bashar Assad. Iran is hitting the Saudis through their back door by buying up South Yemeni anti-government rebels.

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Binyamin Netanyahu
Iran Wages its Special Brand of Preemptive Strike against Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 18, 2012

Instead of Netanyahu attacking Iran, Khamenei has developed a preemptive strategy for harassing Israel without going far enough to provoke an Israel counter-attack. The stealth drone Iran sent over Israel was not only invisible to Israel but also to US Navy and military radar in the region.

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Israel's MI Chief Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi on Syrian Golan border
New W. intelligence: Syrian rebels don’t have the numbers to win
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 15, 2012

The revised estimates compiled by US and French intelligence agencies on the relative strength of Syrian government and rebel forces have given Washington and Arab capitals backing the Syrian opposition pause.  The Obama administration built its policies around an estimated 70,000 rebel fighters, whereas the new figure, disclosed by debkafile’s intelligence sources, appears to be around 30,000 – one tenth of them Al Qaeda-linked jihadis. Challenging Washington, French President Frances is urging direct intervention now to save the Syrian revolt.

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Spreading Iranian cyber attacks hit Israeli military, US financial and Gulf oil targets
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis October 13, 2012

An Iranian cyber offensive has hit US banks, Israeli military defenses, Saudi oil and Qatari gas websites. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the US will retaliate for a “cyber Pearl Harbor.” The Wall Street Journal reports 100 Iranian hackers are conducting the offensive. debkafile: Tehran is telling Washington that US-led sanctions will continue to be punished and further pressure on Syria’s Bashar Assad will be met with assaults on Israel’s military or even nuclear sites. Without a response, Iran will keep going.

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Remains of the Iranian drone downed by Israel
IDF on guard for Iranian-Hizballah drones from Palestinian Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 12, 2012

Hassan Nasrallah’s threat Thursday night of more UAV’s over Israel aroused concern in the Israeli high command that Iranian drones had been smuggled into the hands of the Palestinian Hamas extremists ruling the Gaza Strip. The Hizballah leader implied that Tehran or Hizballah might ask Hamas to release drones over Israel, possibly in coordination with UAV intrusions from Lebanon. All three would celebrate a drone double shot as a major feat against the Zionist enemy – especially after the successful Iranian UAV incursion last Saturday.

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How the “Beast of Kandahar” Was Looted by the “Mongrel of Tehran”
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 11, 2012

The Iranian drone was not brought down by an Israeli airborne missile. After a losing cyber battle with the drone’s Iranian remote controllers in Lebanon, Israel sent two helicopters up to draw a steel cable under the intruder, trap it and haul it down to earth. The drone landed intact straight into the hands of Israeli and American military engineers.

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RQ-170
Russian & Chinese Experts Help Iran Reverse-Engineer the US RQ-170 Stealth Drone
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 11, 2012

Iran’s nuclear chief Abbasi is in charge of the conversion of the captured US Sentinel by Iran and the work of mixed Iranian-Russian-Chinese teams to transfer its secret systems to Iranian drones.

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Tehran on Track for Advanced Stealth Spy and Bomber Drones
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 11, 2012

Iran is obsessed with making bigger and better military drones with stealth qualities and is ready to buy, steal, and dig out the secrets of the captured American RQ-170 top-secret UAV for technology to improve its own products.

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Anti-missile Patriots posted in N. Israel
Two days after UAV, Patriots posted near Haifa and other parts of N. Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 8, 2012

Two days after an Iranian pilotless helicopter breached Israeli air space, Israel Monday, Oct. 8, rushed into position Patriot missile interceptor batteries in different parts of northern Israel, including Mt. Carmel, near Haifa. debkafile: The IDF has drawn initial lessons from the failure of air defense radar to detect the hostile UAV when it flew down Israel’s coastline from the north over Israel’s most sensitive military and industrial centers. The Patriots are there for more Iranian or Hizballah intrusions and to meet the current deterioration in Syria.

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Israeli search for enemy UAV fragments
UAV intrusion: Iranian act of belligerence against US and Israeli military targets
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis October 7, 2012

Before it was shot down, the large helicopter which breached Israeli airspace Saturday flew over the IDF’s southern facilities, Beersheba and the Israeli Air Force base at Nevatim. It likely had surveillance equipment for recording and beaming back to its Iranian controllers the electronic signatures of the Dimona nuclear reactor’s air defenses and the American X-band radar station linked to the US X-band station in Turkey – the “forward eyes” of the US-Israeli shield against Iranian ballistic missile attack. The UAV should have been shot down much sooner.

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Tehran: Western & Israeli Covert Agents Stir up Unrest Ahead of a Military Offensive
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 5, 2012

Iran is assuming the worst: a) that its plummeting rial is the victim of a Western-Israeli conspiracy to softening the regime up by popular protest ahead of a military attack and b) that their enemies’ agents are manipulating the currency to force Iran to abandon its nuclear aspirations and focus on the economy.

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Binyamin Netanyahu
A Widening Gap on Iran between Obama & Netanyahu
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 5, 2012

Mistrust between Washington and Jerusalem is gaining. Israel suspects that the big US-led Hormuz multinational exercise aimed more at stopping it attacking Iran than defending the Strait of Hormuz.

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The epic battle for Kismayo
Kenyan army’s outstanding victory over Al Qaeda’s Somali Shabaab. Israeli advisers helped
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 1, 2012

The Kenyan army has captured Somalia’s Indian Ocean port of Kismayo, driving Al Qaeda’s Somali franchise Al Shabaab from its last stronghold in a year-long ground, sea and air operation, aided by the US, France and Israel. Kismayo is key to controlling southern Somalia. DEBKA: It was the first time Israel’s military, police, intelligence and counterterrorism forces had taken part in an anti-al Qaeda offensive outside its borders. This outstanding success should also help block Iran’s push toward the Indian Ocean and East Africa.

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Sinai terrorists attack Israel
Hamas signs binding military commitment to Iran-led war on Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 23, 2012

Hamas leaders Mahmoud A-Zahar and Deputy commander of its military arm Marwan Issa spent the second week of September in Beirut and Tehran finalizing and signing protocols covering a detailed and binding commitment by the radical Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip to join Iran, Syria and Hizballah in a war on Israel, debkafile’s exclusive sources disclose. Israelis now ask what guarantees Cairo offers to offset the threat of an Iranian-orchestrated Hamas war operation against Israel from the Gaza Strip or Sinai.

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