445 articles tagged "US"
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As Moscow Snags Iran and Pakistan to Boost anti-US Economic Bloc
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 10, 2011

As Islamabad frets over a possible US raid to seize its nuclear arsenal, Moscow, with Beijing's support, steps in to woo Pakistan and back Iran against US punishment for its rogue progress towards a nuclear bomb.

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Prince Nayef
Next Saudi Rulers Must Already Grapple with a Nuclear-Armed Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 10, 2011

There is almost no record of the views and orientation of the new Saudi crown prince and defense minister. However, Princes Nayef and Salman will be running the oil kingdom's foreign and defense affairs in the coming decade, taking the lead for the entire Gulf region as Iran becomes a rising nuclear power.

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F-15 at Decimomannu air base, Sardinia
UK expects Israeli attack on Iran next month with US logistical support
DEBKAfile Special Report November 10, 2011

British government ministers have been told to expect Israeli military action in the wake of the UN watchdog report  "as early as Christmas or very early in the new year," the London Daily Mail reported Thursday, Nov. 10.  They were told Israel would strike Iran's nuclear sites "sooner rather than later" – with "logistical support" from the US. A major US concern is said to be that a nuclear-armed Iran would spur Saudi Arabia and Turkey into developing their own weapons.

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Iranian General Masoud Jazayeri
Second Iranian threat to destroy Israel names its Dimona reactor
DEBKAfile Special Report November 9, 2011

For the second time in four days, Iran has threatened to annihilate Israel. Sunday, Nov. 6, Tehran said four missiles would be enough to kill a million Israelis. Wednesday, Nov. 9, Gen. Masoud Jazayeri, deputy commander of Iran's armed forces, said an American or Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear facilities would not only result in the Jewish state's extinction - "Dimona is the most accessible target" - but generate a response that "would not be limited to the Middle East." debkafile's sources report signs of exrreme edginess in Tehran.

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Implosion experiments for nuclear bomb detonation
How the US and Israel let Iran get a nuclear arms capablity
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 7, 2011

New revelations from US intelligence sources confirm day by day that Iran has attained a nuclear weapon capability: Implosion experiments at Parchin were uncovered Sunday; its six-year old ability to build detonators for triggering a nuclear chain reaction, reported Monday. Stuxnet  which invaded Natanz in June 2010 delayed but did not derail Iran's forward march towards a weapon. The US president and Israeli prime minister vowed never to let Iran attain a nuclear capability. So what are they going to do now?

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Nuclear-capable Kh-55 missile
Tehran: For an Israeli attack, four Iranian missiles would hit a million Israelis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 6, 2011

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) new agency Fars headlined a threat Sunday, Nov. 6: Four Iranian missiles can destroy tiny Israel, said the paper in Tehran's first reaction to the flood of conflicting reports about a possible Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear sites. The writer is close to Supreme Ruler Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. However, says debkafile, Iran's leaders are divided on their assessment of the seriousness of an Israeli or American military threat to their nuclear program.

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An IAF base
US sources: Israel ministers who opposed Iran strike are now for it
DEBKAfile Special Report November 6, 2011

American sources told Fox News early Sunday, Nov. 6 that all the senior Israeli ministers formerly against attacking Iran's nuclear sites are now for it, after updates on Iran's clandestine progress toward building a nuclear weapon. The ministers also believe new sanctions would not be tough enough. debkafile: Washington's uncritical references to Israeli plans signal Tehran that because of the level it has reached in its weapons-geared nuclear program, the US can no longer hold Israel back from exercising its military option.

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Barack Obama
Obama Set to Attack Iran's Nuclear Sites by the Fall of 2012
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 4, 2011

Regional leaders hope the US is ready for a fresh start to reestablish its influence after exiting Iraq. They count on an attack on Iran overturning the regimes in Tehran and Damascus although their rulers will fight to the death. NATO and Israel have embarked on joint maneuvers to study the lessons of the Libyan campaign and apply them to Iran.

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Jericho missile
What Makes Israelis Sure a War with Iran Is impending?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 4, 2011

It is feared in Jerusalem that the war will develop from a Syrian-Hizballah attack on Israel. If the US opts out of a strike against Iran, it will be left to Israel to do the job singlehanded.

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Israel Provided a Glimpse of Its Nuclear Capability – in Sight of Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 4, 2011

Israeli timed the unveiling of its first nuclear-capable missile, Jericho 3, for the run-up to the IAEA report on Iran, called in Vienna a game-changer. Washington is preparing harsh sanctions against Iranian oil exports and international banking for slapping down straight after the report.

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HMS Astute: British nuclear attack submarine
A military war of nerves against Iran: The US leads, Israel and UK go along
DEBKAfile Special Report November 2, 2011

A rush of military events was orchestrated Wednesday, Nov. 2, to persuade Tehran that the US, Britain and Israel are on the verge of a military operation unless it gives up its drive for a nuclear weapon - depending on President Barack Obama's okay. Israel would not participate in a US-led NATO strike on Iran but reserve its armed forces to defend the home front, guard the assault forces against Iran's allies and serve as a strategic reserve.

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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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The Russian Aztobaza-ELINT radar jammer
Russia boosts Iran's armory with mobile radar-jammers against planes or missiles
DEBKAfile Special Report October 26, 2011

Moscow has sold Iran the highly-advanced Avtobaza truck-mounted systems capable of jamming aircraft radar and the electronic guidance instruments of attacking missiles. The deal, announced in Moscow Tuesday, Oct. 25, substantially boosts Russian military assistance to the Islamic Republic, especially of defensive weaponry.  The US and Israel suspect the Avotbaza jammers are only the first installment of the complete  ELINT-electronic signals system for disabling planes and missiles over the entire Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea.

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Tripoli's Martyrs' Square
US and NATO allies vie over "kudos" for Qaddafi's termination
DEBKAfile Special Report October 24, 2011

Behind the grisly images of Muammar Qaddafi's last moments on Thursday, Oct. 20, a quiet contest is afoot between the US and at least two NATO allies, France and Germany, over the credit for his termination and the ending of the alliance's military role in Libya. The episode demonstrated that in the Middle East and North Africa, the Western allies have no compunctions about terminating dictatorships abruptly nor about liberated societies shifting to fundamentalist Islamic regimes committed to Sharia law.

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On their way out
US pullback to leave 30,000 Iranian Al Qods fighters sitting in Iraq
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis October 23, 2011

The US exit from Iraq at year's end leaves in place 30,000 fighters of Iran's Al Qods Brigades trained in elite guerilla warfare. At least half are disguised as private security personnel for Iraqi ministers and politicians in Baghdad, providing Tehran with a strong lever of manipulation. America's Iraq war therefore draws to a close as thousands of Al Qods operatives take up positions in the Green Zone, the Baghdad enclave built at great cost for US headquarters in Iraq.   

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Foreign Fingers Stir Libya's Militia Pie
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 21, 2011

Libya may well be plunged in even bloodier strife after Muammar Qaddafi's passing. The meddling foreign hands backing rival individuals, militias and tribes will only exacerbate the divisions and animosities riddling the interim government of the NTC and the country at large.

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Euro Hawk 9901
The German Air Force and Intelligence Spread Their Wings
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 21, 2011

Germany now has the biggest unmanned aerial vehicle in the world, the 15-ton Euro Hawk 9901 co-produced by Germany and the US which made its maiden flight from California to South Germany in a record 23 hours. Its spying capabilities are unmatched by any world power excepting the United States. The Euro Hawk may also help Berlin detach itself from the continent's military systems.  

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Gilad Shalit salutes Prime Minister and Chief of Staff
US objected to Israel's release of some Palestinians as posing a threat
DEBKAfile Special Report October 18, 2011

Tuesday night, Oct. 18, the State Department spokesman Mark Toner disclosed that the United States had voiced concerns to Israel over some of the 477 Palestinians freed as part of a deal for his release. "We have looked at some of these individuals and we've communicated our position... to the Israeli government."
An opinion poll the day before Gilad Shalit's release Tuesday showed 88 percent support for the prisoner swap, while 82 percent feared it would encourage more kidnappings.

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Cafe Milano - intended assassination scene
Iranian radicals look for a limited armed clash with the US
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 14, 2011

The motivation for the foiled Iranian-instigated plot to murder the Saudi ambassador to Washington at his favorite eatery, Café Milano in Georgetown, is revealed by debkafile's Iranian sources as a bid by a super-radical faction at the top of the Iranian regime to draw the United States into a limited military clash. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei approved the plot when his son and heir Mojtaba, 42, and the Al Qods Brigades commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani presented him with their "grand plan."

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Mansour Arbabsiar
The Master-Plotters: Khamenei's Son-and-Heir Mojtaba and Al Qods Chief Soleimani
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 14, 2011

Khamenei's son and heir Mojtaba and Al Qods leaders hatched the plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington. Whether it succeeded or not, they hoped to provoke a limited military clash with the United States and Saudi Arabia to ward off the spread of popular uprisings into Iran and to throw off the pressure for suspending the development of nuclear arms.

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