27 articles tagged "Russia-Iran"
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Baghdad Turns Away from US, Opts for Iran-Russian Axis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 27, 2017

After Mosul, Abadi also signs a deal for the purchase of Russian T-90 Tanks.

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A Russian-Iranian Force Steals up on Syrian Border Triangle for Trump’s Trip
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 25, 2017

Russian paratroops have joined the Syrian army, pro-Iranian Shiite advance.

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US SEAL Forces in Syria
Iraqi officers land in Syria, stir Israeli concern
DEBKAfile Special Report May 17, 2017

Israeli security chiefs were gravely concerned Wednesday, May 17, when they learned that a high-ranking Iraqi military delegation had arrived in Damascus  for a discussion on the situation unfolding on the Syrian-Iraqi border.

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Russia freezes Syrian, Iranian military movements
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 31, 2017

An order to stand down was issued Thursday night, Jan. 26, by the Russian Commander in Syria Lt. Gen. Alexander Zhuravlev to Syrian army and Iranian and Shiite high commands in Aleppo, as well as Hizballah units in all parts of Syria. 

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Astana floored by Russian pick as Assad successor
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 23, 2017

Syrian government and rebel groups launch a fresh peace conference in the Kazakh capital of Astana Monday, Jan.23 in freezing temperatures of minus 20 Centigrade. Although the event is jointly sponsored by Russia, Turkey and Iran, Moscow is the real power-broker. The effort to turn the truce in a more permanent cessation of hostilities will be long and arduous, and only then can Syria’s political future be approached.

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Iranian Foreboding over Putin’s Pivot Away towards Trump and Erdogan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 12, 2017

Turkey’s Erdogan is now favorite ally, cutting Iran out of premier status in Syria and Iraq.

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Putin Plans Astana Parley to Keep Assad in Power, Steal a March on Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 12, 2017

He intends to keep Russian hands on the levers of power in Damascus.

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The Close Russian-Iranian Duo for Syria Is on the Rocks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 10, 2016

Tehran was seriously affronted by the Putin-Obama rapprochement and most of all by Moscow’s consent to a Syrian ceasefire ahead of winding down the war, in place of their original deal for Russian intervention to support the war until Bashar Assad was victorious.

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Russian T-90 tank
Iran to Russia: Take $14bn and build us a modern army
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 19, 2016

Iran’s Defense Minister Gen. Hossein Dehghan arrived in Moscow this week at the head of a large military delegation and laid before President Vladimir Putin and his Defense Minister Gen. Sergei Shoigu a $14 billion check. Now, make our Revolutionary Guards Corps and regular forces into an up-to-the-minute modern war machine, the best in the region, he said. The plan was approved by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to be funded from moneys released by lifted sanctions.

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Putin Snubs Iran on Advanced Tungsten for Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missile
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 18, 2016

The Iranian defense minister’s temper tantrum over Putin’s refusal to sell advanced tungsten for Iranian nuclear-capable ICBMs ended in Russia delaying the handover of S-300 anti-air missiles and the minister’s humiliation.

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Heavy Losses Drive Iranian Guards to Revamp Syrian Command
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 3, 2015

Iran has lost 40 percent of its senior generals in the Syrian war since October. These heavy losses plus Russia’s low opinion of Iranian generals’ performance in combat have force the Guards to overhaul their Syrian command.

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Russia Races Fast Forward with Iran to Dominate Syria and Iraq
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 26, 2015

Believing he was cheated by Obama, Putin has joined up with Tehran to seize control of Syria and Iraq at the expense of American interests.

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First Rev Guards elite troops land in Syria
First Iranian marines land in Syria, link up with newly-arrived Russian troops
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 11, 2015

Iran this week sent its first ground troops to Syria, around 1,000 marines and elite Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) troops. They moved into the small military air facility of Ghorin south of Latakia, and hooked up with the just-landed Russian marines who were settling in at nearby Jablah. Three weeks ago, DEBKA file reported  Russian-Iranian military intervention afoot for saving Bashar Assad, followed on September 1 by the first disclosure of the Russian buildup in Syria. We now report that Russia is sending S-300 air defense missiles for deployment at the Russian and Iranian bases.

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Arak heavy water-plutonium reactor
Russia to back Iran in nuclear talks - Moscow’s “April surprise” for Western sanctions over Ukraine
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2014

As the Six Power group and Iran prepared for their third round of nuclear talks in Vienna next week (Tuesday-Wednesday, April 8-9), Tehran frankly admitted to exploiting the holes in the six-month interim deal they forged in Geneva last November by using advanced centrifuges and carrying on with the Arak project. This will be Moscow’s first opportunity to make good on its threat to confront the West and line up with Iran, in retaliation for Western penalties for its annexation of Crimea. Moscow and Tehran are close to a mammoth oil-for-food barter deal.

 

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Russian and Iranian air force chiefs in Tehran
Russia and Iran expanding military cooperation and arms trade
DEBKAfile Special Report October 21, 2013

In his trip to Tehran this week, Russian Air Force Chief Gen. Viktor Bondarev and his hosts, Brig. Gen. Hassan Shasafi and other senior Iranian military chiefs, laid the groundwork for transactions to upgrade military ties between Moscow and Tehran to a level unprecedented in their past relations, as well as posing a challenge to America’s military status in the region. Iran is bidding for Russian technology to upgrade its missiles, extend their range and improve their precision, and Russian fighters, interceptors, transports and refueling planes for its air force.

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New Centcom underground war room in Amman for US intervention in Syria
DEBKAfile Video August 17, 2013

Top US soldier Gen. Martin Dempsey has just inaugurated Centcom’s Forward Command in Jordan manned by 273 US officers. It is linked to US, Israel, Jordanian and Saudi air commands ready for an order from President Barack Obama to impose a partial no-fly zone over Syria.

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Fuel rods removed from Bushehr nuclear reactor
Alarm in Tehran and Moscow over Bushehr nuclear reactor’s near-explosion in mid-October
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 1, 2012

Iran’s nuclear reactor at Bushehr was shut down in mid-October for fear of an explosion. Saturday, Dec. 1, an authoritative Russian nuclear industry source revealed why: “Indicators showed that some small external parts were… in the [Bushehr] reactor vessel….” They were identified as “bolts beneath the fuel cells.” debkafile: Russian experts estimated that a Bushehr explosion had the potential for causing a million Iranian deaths and hundreds of thousands of radiation victims in Iran and across the Persian Gulf emirates.

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AWACs
Middle East in high suspense for Gaza operation sequels
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis November 25, 2012

Even before the Gaza conflict was over, the next major steps were in motion: US-manned Patriots and Awacs are in the pipeline for deployment on the Turkish Syrian border; Moscow moved its Black Sea Fleet’s naval task force opposite Gaza/Israeli shores, joining Tehran’s concern that the US-led coalition which wrecked Iran’s “southern front” in Gaza would turn against Syria and Hizballah. The US and Israel are braced for violent Iranian retribution; while Egyptian President Morsi’s troubles could undo the fragile Gaza ceasefire.

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EU executive Catherine Ashton with Iran's negotiator Saeed Jalili
Japan breaks oil embargo against Iran before Baghdad talks end
DEBKAfile Special Report May 23, 2012

A senior official in Tokyo announced Wednesday, May 23, that the Japanese government will seek parliamentary approval for a bill allowing Japanese firms to insure tankers carrying Iranian oil to Asia if European insurers refused to do so. The nuclear talks between the six powers and Iran in Baghdad Wednesday, instead of taking place under the shadow of tougher sanctions as Israel expected, saw the toughest one, the oil embargo, falling apart. Russian and British officials began raising the prospect of an Iran-Israel war.

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Iran's top soldier Maj. Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi: Destroy Israel!
Russia to submit own plan to Baghdad talks. Israel: Powers must do more
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 23, 2012

Russia is preparing a surprise proposal for the resumed P5+1 powers nuclear negotiations with Iran in Baghdad Wednesday, May 23, debkafile reports exclusively. By tabling an independent plan, Moscow would break ranks with the “unified front on Iran” declared by US President Barack Obama at the G8 summit Saturday and enhance Iran’s bargaining position.
Israel would be the loser. Israeli ministers warned the six powers that their demands of Iran are far below the bar needed to curb its nuclear program.

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