13 articles tagged "Italy"
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One of five Iranian arms containers seized in Naples
Naples arms seizure busts Iran’s Balkan-Italian arms smuggling routes
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 12, 2012

The Naples Police’s seizure last Friday, Dec. 7 of five containers before they were loaded on an Egyptian freighter shut down two of Iran’s clandestine arms routes to Gaza - from Kosovo and Macedonia via Croatia to a secret depot in Verona, Italy, debkafile reports exclusively. They acted on a tip-off from Israel. More sections of the Iranian arms ring were then rolled up in other parts of Italy. The Egyptian vessel bound for Alexandria was to have unloaded its arms cargo at an unmarked stopover in El Arish.

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Secret Homs press center
US, France, UK, Turkey, Italy prepare for military intervention in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 23, 2012

Military preparations for intervention in the horrendous Syrian crisis are quietly afoot in Washington, Paris, Rome, London and Ankara. President Barack Obama is poised for a final decision after the Pentagon submits operational plans for protecting Syrian rebels and beleaguered populations, debkafile reports. The deaths of two notable journalists helped galvanize the West into action. They died after Syrian artillery located their secret press center in Homs with the help of Russian spy satellites or Iranian electronic measures - and gutted it. 

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German Air Force Tornado
German Air Force in training for Iran strike
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly November 8, 2011

Germany has put its Air Force Tornado warplanes in intensive training for a possible attack on targets in Iran, after taking part last week in a joint drill with the Israeli Air Force and other NATO members at the Italian Decimomannu air base on Sardinia.

Iran, for its part, is gearing up for a gloves-off reprisal against its attackers. DEBKA-Net-Weekly's latest issue out this Friday has exclusive details on this menacing military buildup.
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Israeli Air Force F-16s
Israel tests new nuclear-capable missile, ends joint air exercise with Italy, starts missile drill
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 2, 2011

Israel successfully test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile Wednesday, Nov. 2. Foreign sources say the ICBM tested was an upgraded Jericho 3 able to carry a 750-kilo nuclear warhead to a distance of 7,000 kilometers - further with a smaller warhead. Soon after the test, the IDF announced the Israeli and Italian air forces had concluded a joint maneuver at Sardinia, and a large-scale exercise had just begun to prepare central Israel for missile attack.

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Nicolas Sarkozy and David Cameron
Libya's Rebels Promise NATO Backers Hefty Oil Stakes
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 2, 2011

The lion's share is promised France of Libya's oil reserves with smaller stakes for Britain, Italy and Qatar. But the rebels may be counting their chickens too fast. First, the war is not yet won and the promises may stay on paper and second, only the US has the advanced technology for getting the oil out of the ground.

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Saudi Arabia Plans to Strangle Iran's Oil Industry
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 24, 2011

The chaotic slipstream of the Arab Revolt is keeping the sensitive oil industry and the nuclear arms race situation in constant turmoil.  Saudi Arabia is ready to cripple Iran's oil exports and strike Syria's energy resources. Berlusconi hopes to beat Obama to an deal for Libyan oil by secretly switching his support from the rebels to Muammar Qaddafi.

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NATO bombers lose their Italian bases for Libyan air strikes
Italy's call for immediate halt of Libya war hits NATO
DEBKAfile Special Report June 22, 2011

Three months after the first NATO bombardments in Libya, Italy has called for an immediate halt in hostilities "to allow humanitarian aid to reach civilians." debkafile: Since 90 per cent of NATO's air strikes come from bases and command centers in Italy, Rome's pullout badly jolts the entire war effort. Even if France carries on operations from the aircraft carrier the Charles de Gaulle and Britain from its air bases in Cyprus, the war on Muammar Qaddafi will be seriously jeopardized.

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Muammar Qaddafi
Coalition Just as Divided on Diplomacy as on Military Action
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 8, 2011

While no one admits this, the military campaign to topple Muammar Qaddafi has stalled with no solution other than diplomacy. The first peace proposal has come from the coalition's target, Qaddafi himself.

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The No-Fly Zone is Embryonic, Intelligence Input Haphazard
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 25, 2011

Although the Western coalition has gone beyond just enforcing the no-fly zone, it has not crippled the pro-Qaddafi army or its ability to move large forces across long distances and keep its supply routes open.

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Iranian militia attacks French, Italian, possibly Dutch embassies
DEBKAfile Special Report February 9, 2010

In a well-coordinated offensive, pro-government Basijj militiamen in civilian dress hurled rocks and eggs at the Italian and French embassies in Tehran Tuesday, Feb. 9, shouting death to their respective leaders. Some say the Dutch embassy was also targeted.
debkafile's Iranian sources say more violence is ahead, designed to raise international tensions around Iran to fever pitch to deter opposition leaders from staging their planned mass protest demonstrations lest they be accused of treason.

 

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Italian prime minister in Jerusalem
Italian and Israeli leaders airbrush Rome's thriving trade with Tehran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 3, 2010

 

Italian PM Berlusconi said Tuesday the state-controlled oil giant Eni SpA had withdrawn from developing  a southern Iranian oilfield (a small project) and promised to "block new investments in oil and gas."

His silence on current rather than future investments shows which way the wind is blowing. His Israeli hosts withheld comment on Rome's trade ties with Tehran.

 

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Iran's Shehab 3 ballistic missile
Italian-Iranian trade thrives, supports Tehran's nuclear program
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 31, 2010

 "Israel has no bigger friend," said prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu of Silvio Berlusconi, who begins an official visit to Israel with half a dozen ministers Monday, Feb. 1. According to the fat trade contracts current with Tehran, Italy would be better described as "Iran's biggest friend" - at least, in Europe, and supplier of key components for its nuclear and space programs, as well tunneling equipment and army trucks.

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Joint German-Israeli government session
Israeli leaders ignore EU rejection of Iran sanctions
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 26, 2010

Israel's president, prime minister and foreign minister are visiting Berlin, Warsaw and Budapest this week, apparently impervious to the European Union foreign ministers' decision in Brussels Monday, Jan. 25, to back away from sanctions for Iran's nuclear program outside the UN Security Council.  None have commented on the EU's abandonment of sanctions for Iran to the mercies of Russian and Chinese vetoes.

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