Wednesday, September 3, 2008

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Haaretz: "Iran test-fires missile capable of striking Israel"

(...) the missile was "equipped with a new navigation system as well as precise and sophisticated sensors". Israeli security experts say that the test of a missile with a 2,000 kilometer range is indicative of impressive technological advances on the part of Iran. They note that the missile improves Iran's strategic capabilities and will shorten the response time for Israel's defenses.

According to Yiftah Shapir of the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University, the Sejil 2 is unlike the Shehab 3, whose known range is 1,300 kilometers and is based on Soviet and North Korean Scud technology. Rather it is closer to a Pakistani missile, the Shaheen II, which is based on Chinese technology. This suggests that it might be the Pakistanis who transferred technology to Iran for the development of the Sejil ballistic missile.

The advantage of the missile is not only its size, but its two-stage, solid-fuel propulsion system. The Shehab missiles operate on liquid fuel, requiring longer preparation time for launch, and are therefore more vulnerable to attack, but solid-state rockets are quicker to launch, and cut down on the warning time for the defenders. (...) >>>

Oh and eh ...

WSJ: "Iran's Nuclear Shopping List - Morgenthau: 'It's late in the game.'

May 22, 2009
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Here's an interesting animation to see if you live within range, by Middle East Strategic Threats.
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Gateway Pundit: "Iran Test-Fires Advanced Missile That Can Hit Israel & Europe"

The regime in Iran test-fired a new advanced missile today capable of reaching Israel and Europe. The Islamic Republic News Agency reported (...) the surface-to-surface missile was launched Wednesday (...) and successfully hit its pre-determined target. (...) the Sejjil missile has a range of almost 2,000 kilometers and is different from Shahab-3 missile. It operates in two stages and uses solid fuel, whereas, Shahab-3 missile is one-stage operator and uses liquid fuel. (...) The announcement came just two days after Barack Obama said he wanted a positive response from Iran by year's end. The regime must have figured they had a few months to blow so they went ahead anyway. >>>

May 20, 2009
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WSJ: "Israel's Secret War With Iran", by Ronen Bergman

(...) In 2002, then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon appointed his friend and former subordinate, Gen. Meir Dagan, director of the Mossad. Gen. Dagan found the organization lacking in imagination and shying away from operational risks. Mr. Sharon, who knew Gen. Dagan from his days as head of a secret assassinations unit that acted against Fatah in the Gaza Strip during the 1970s, told the general that he wanted "a Mossad with a knife between its teeth."

Gen. Dagan transformed the Mossad from top to bottom and made the organization's sole focus Iran's nuclear project and its ties to jihadist organizations. He put tremendous pressure on his subordinates to execute as many operations as possible. Moreover, he built up ties with espionage services in Europe and the Middle East on top of Israel's long-standing relationship with the CIA. In tandem with Gen. Dagan's Mossad revolution, other Israeli military intelligence has also made outstanding breakthroughs. (...) >>>

May 17, 2009
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Washington Post: "Inside the Ring"

Iran has dramatically increased the amount of low-enriched uranium produced by its growing number of centrifuges that are part of its nuclear fuel production system. According to a CIA report to Congress, "During the reporting period, Iran continued to expand its nuclear infrastructure and continued uranium enrichment and activities related to its heavy water research reactor, despite multiple United Nations Security Council Resolutions since late 2006 calling for the suspension of those activities."The little-noticed report covering 2008 was released without comment by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) on March 12. It was produced by the CIA's Weapons Intelligence, Nonproliferation and Arms Control Center, known as WINPAC, and approved by the National Intelligence Council.The findings, similar to those reported by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the U.N. nuclear watchdog, come as the Obama administration prepares to engage Iran in a new diplomatic approach to the nuclear program. (...) >>>

May 8, 2009
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Glenn Beck: "Incredibly, a growing chorus of “experts” says yes", by Joel C. Rosenberg

U.S. and Israeli experts increasingly believe Iran could have its first nuclear weapon by the end of 2009 or early 2010. President Barack Obama has all but ruled out military force to stop Iran, preferring instead to pursue direct negotiations with Tehran. (...) Yet even as the leaders of Iran talk about annihilating Israel and the U.S., and feverishly try to build, buy or steal nuclear weapons, a growing chorus of “experts” in the U.S. foreign policy community are actually suggesting a nuclear-armed Iran might not be such a terrible thing. (...)
Consider events through the lens of Shia eschatology, or End Times theology. Ahmadinejad and his colleagues have publicly stated that the end of the world is near and that the return of the Islamic Messiah known as the “Mahdi” or the “Twelfth Imam” is “imminent.” To bring about the conditions optimal for the Mahdi’s return, Iran’s leaders must – according to Shia scholars – create global chaos and carnage.
As I document in my new non-fiction book, Inside The Revolution, Ahmadinejad believes he has been chosen by Allah to annihilate the U.S. and Israel and export the Islamic Revolution. The only way that is remotely possible, humanly speaking, is for Iran to acquire nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them against America and Israel. How then could the West successfully deter or contain Iran’s messianic, apocalyptic leaders? If they die, these Radicals believe they are going directly to Paradise. What could we possibly offer them as either carrots or sticks that would keep them from what they see as their God-given duty when their failure to obey could be, in their minds, disobedience punishable by an eternity in the fires of hell? Yet many in Washington do not see the problem. (...) >>>

Mar 11, 2009
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CNN: "BBC: Iran held 'backroom' talks with Western diplomats"

(...) "The Iranians wanted to be able to strike a deal whereby they stopped killing our forces in Iraq in return for them being allowed to carry on with their nuclear program -- 'We stop killing you in Iraq, stop undermining the political process there, you allow us to carry on with our nuclear program without let or hindrance," said John Sawers, now the British ambassador to the United Nations, in the documentary, "Iran and the West: Nuclear Confrontation." (...) [it] prompted a warning from the United States that such behavior by Tehran "would be regarded by us as enemy action," Philip Zelikow, a State Department counselor, told the BBC. Then, Iran began shopping its offer around Europe, Sawers said. (...) >>>

Feb 22, 2009
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FT: "Iran holds enough uranium for bomb"

Iran has built up a stockpile of enough enriched uranium for one nuclear bomb, United Nations officials acknowledged on Thursday. In a development that comes as the Obama administration is drawing up its policy on negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear programme, UN officials said Iran had produced more nuclear material than previously thought. They said Iran had accumulated more than one tonne of low enriched uranium hexafluoride at a facility in Natanz. If such a quantity were further enriched it could produce more than 20kg of fissile material – enough for a bomb. “It appears that Iran has walked right up to the threshold of having enough low enriched uranium to provide enough raw material for a single bomb” (...) >>>

Feb 21, 2009
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WSJ: "How Europe's Companies Are Feeding Iran's Bomb", by Benjamin Weinthal

While the U.S. has ratcheted up its efforts to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear arms, the Islamic Republic is reaping a windfall from European companies. These firms' deals aid a regime that is bent on developing nuclear weapons and which financially supports the terror organizations Hamas and Hezbollah. The Austrian oil giant OMV is itching to implement a €22 billion agreement signed in April 2007 to produce liquefied natural gas from Iran's South Pars gas field; at last May's annual shareholder meeting, Chief Executive Officer Wolfgang Ruttenstorfer said OMV was only waiting for "political change in the U.S.A."

Raiffeisen Zentralbank, Austria's third-largest bank, is active in Iran and, according to a story by the Journal's Glenn Simpson last February, has absorbed the transactions of key European banks that shut down their operations in Iran. And in late January Paolo Scaroni, CEO of Italian energy corporation Eni SpA, told the Associated Press that his firm will continue to fulfill its contractual obligations in Iran and feels no external pressure to sever ties with Iran's energy sector. (...) Yet because of the sheer volume of its trade with Iran, Germany, the economic engine of Europe, is uniquely positioned to pressure Tehran. Still, the obvious danger of a nuclear-armed Iran has not stopped Germany from rewarding the country (...) >>>

Feb 9, 2009
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Haaretz: "Greece holding ship bound for Iran over missiles on board", by Barak Ravid and Anshel Pfeffer

Greece has been holding a ship bound for Iran for more than a month because its cargo was found to contain components for surface-to-surface missiles. (...) the Susanna arrived at a port near Athens on December 10 and has been held ever since due to suspicions that it was carrying components for ballistic missiles. (...) The Susanna departed from Slovenia in November, and its final destination was Bandar Abbas in Iran. (...) A search of the ship found 80 tons of CK22 steel, which can be used to make warheads or fuel pods for surface-to-surface missiles. Moreover, the cargo manifest indicated that this material was destined for an Iranian firm that is under UN Security Council sanctions due to its involvement in Tehran's missile program. (...) >>>

Feb 6, 2009
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PJM: "Sanctions? What Sanctions? German-Iranian Trade Booms", by Matthias K√ľntzel

While the United States reacts to reports that Iran had enriched enough uranium for a nuclear weapon with concern and calls for tighter sanctions, in Germany it is business as usual. Today, many of the leading lights of German-Iranian trade will be meeting at a conference in Hamburg in order to discuss how further to promote the “success” of German business with Iran. The title of the conference is “Iran Sanctions: Practical Consequence for German Firms.” The organizer is the Hamburg-based German-Iranian Chamber of Commerce, which was founded in 1936 and resumed its activities in 1952 with largely the same personnel as before. The Chamber of Commerce continues to work with the Iranian Saderat Bank: a bank that was blacklisted by the United States in September 2006 on account of its relations with terrorist groups like Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad. (...) The list of conference participants reads like a “Who’s Who” of German-Iranian trade relations. (...) “The ‘Made in Germany” label has an excellent reputation and the demand for German capital and consumer goods remains strong,” the brochure for the Frankfurt seminar proudly announces: “In January 2008, Germany shipped 13% more goods to Iran as in the same period last year.” (...) >>>
Nov 27, 2008

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... Iran equivalencing Israel's nuclear program ... if they wanted to "wipe Iran off the map" they could have done it ten times over ... what equivalence? (the UN would provide a platform) ... CNN has a double heading; the email reads: "Iran leads attack over Israeli atomic program"; the charge? proliferation (if you have 'em, I must have 'em - thought the Iran nuclear program was about fuel) ...

CNN: "Israel criticized indirectly for refusing review of atomic program"

A U.N. nuclear conference of 145 nations indirectly criticized Israel on Saturday for refusing to put its atomic program under international purview.But the Jewish state managed to evade being targeted by Islamic countries pushing for a vote to link it to nuclear proliferation in the Middle East. Iran, Israel's most outspoken foe, spearheaded the verbal attack on the Jewish state, as it has done at past general conferences of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Israel is widely considered to have nuclear arms, but has a "no tell" policy on the issue. Chief Iranian delegate Ali Ashgar Soltanieh said Israel's nuclear capabilities represent a "serious and continued threat to the security of neighboring and other states." He took the United States and other Western backers of Israel to task for their "shameful silence" on what he said was the menace posed by Israel's atomic arsenal. (...) >>>

5th Oct 2008
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... another oil giant in need of nuclear energy ("me too") - for peaceful purposes of course - (watch the traitor trolls take the position this should be okay "since we also have nukes", whereas the building of new nuclear power plants will be fiercely protested out of environmental concerns (can't believe this is not seen for what it is: a dialectic crow bar)) ... the KGB is laughing their heads off (they love a game of global chess) ...

CNN: "Chavez interested in nuclear help from Russia"

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Sunday said he was interested in working with Russia to develop a civilian nuclear power program. His statement at a televised political rally in Caracas, Venezuela, followed a trip to Russia, where he met with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev."We certainly are interested in developing nuclear energy, for peaceful ends of course -- for medical purposes and to generate electricity," Chavez said, noting that Brazil and Argentina have such programs. He said Russia offered to help Venezuela develop a nuclear program, though CNN could not immediately verify his claim. (...) >>>

29th Sep 2008
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NewsMax: "Dutch Paper: U.S. Will Attack Iran in Weeks"
The largest newspaper in the Netherlands, De Telegraaf, reported this past weekend that its nation's intelligence agency has been working closely with the CIA to help prepare the U.S. in a planned air attack on Iran. The front-page story in De Telegraaf, published Friday and headlined "Attack on Iran Imminent," claimed that U.S. military strikes on Iran's nuclear and weapons facilities would happen in weeks.
The paper indicated Holland's military intelligence service (Algemene Inlichtingen-en Veiligheidsdienst, or AIVD), has pulled back from its operations inside Iran helping the U.S. to identify targets. De Telegraaf reports that the decision has already been made by the U.S. to attack Iran using unmanned aircraft, hence the Netherlands' decision to remove its agents. (...) >>>

The Telegraaf article specifies the targets as nuclear industrial complexes as well as general military installations, mapped by AIVD spooks and shared with CIA. Also various deliveries of parts for rockets and rocket launchers have been sabotaged.

Updated: 2nd Sep 2008
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Reuters: "Iran says 4,000 atomic centrifuges working: report"

Iran has 4,000 working nuclear centrifuges, an official said in remarks published on Friday, in line with a number verified by the U.N. atomic watchdog but lower than a figure cited by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Iran says it is installing centrifuges to enrich uranium so it can make fuel for nuclear power plants. (...) >>>

Updated: 29th Aug. 2008
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CNN: "EU tightens Iran nuclear sanctions"
The European Union on Friday tightened trade sanctions against Iran (...) The new sanctions expand existing limits on trade with Iran beyond the United Nations Security Council's three sets of limited sanctions that monitor trade and banking. But they do not go as far as sanctions on Iran's oil and gas trade which EU ministers threatened in June. EU countries will inspect airplanes and ships traveling to and from Iran to check that they are not carrying contraband goods to the country. (...) >>>

Updated: 9th Aug. 2008
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NewsMax: "U.S. Intel: Iran Plans Nuclear Strike on U.S.", by Kenneth R. Timmerman

Iran has carried out missile tests for what could be a plan for a nuclear strike on the United States (...) successful efforts to launch a Scud missile from a platform in the Caspian Sea. (...) Another troubling group of tests involved Shahab-3 (...) Iranian military journals “explicitly discuss a nuclear EMP (electro-magnetic pulse) attack (...) “The only plausible explanation we can find is that the Iranians are figuring out how to launch a missile from a ship and get it up to altitude and then detonate it,” (...) If even a crude nuclear weapon were detonated anywhere between 40 kilometers to 400 kilometers above the earth, in a split-second it would generate an EMP that would cripple military and civilian communications, power, transportation, water, food, and other infrastructure, the report warned. While not causing immediate civilian casualties, the near-term impact on U.S. society would dwarf the damage of a direct nuclear strike on a U.S. city. Furthermore, if Iran launched its attack from a cargo ship (...) U.S. investigators might never determine who was behind the attack (...) The United States “needs a missile defense that is so strong, in all the different phases we need to defend against . . . that countries will decide it’s not worth coming up against us (...) >>>

Updated: 29th July 2008
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... the latest roundup contains a list of what Iran Pres. Ahmadinejad has said over the years on the subject of Israel ...

Atlas Shrugs: "Annihilist Iran admits to 6,000 nuclear enriching centrifuges"

6,000. You only need half that to enrich uranium.Iran: West has accepted limited U-enrichment (Hindu).The entire global chessboard will change on a dime. Nothing happens for decades, and then decades happened in a day. Iran Ends Cooperation with UN Nuclear Arms Probe
Report: Iran now has 6000 centrifuges for uranium

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president said Saturday his country now possesses 6,000 centrifuges, a significant increase in its nuclear program that is certain to further rankle the United States and others who fear Tehran is intent on developing weapons.
The new figure is double the 3,000 uranium-enriching machines Iran had previously said it was operating. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's announcement, reported by the semi-official Fars news agency, comes a week after the U.S. reversed course in negotiations over Iran's nuclear program by sending a top American diplomat to participate in talks between Tehran and world powers. (...) Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in his Own Words 2008 (...) "You should know that the criminal and terrorist Zionist regime (...) >>>

Updated: 27th July 2008
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Reuters: "Iran to get new Russian air defenses by '09: Israel"

Iran is set to receive an advanced Russian-made anti-aircraft system by the end of the year that could help fend off strikes against its nuclear facilities, senior Israeli defense sources said on Wednesday. First delivery of the S-300 missile batteries was expected as soon as early September, one source said, though it could take six to 12 months for them to be deployed and operable. (...) >>>

Updated: 24th July 2008
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... yesterday our firm conviction was that the talks in Geneva must be ... had to be ... a cover for a final ultimatum to Tehran - Melanie Phillips sees developments in a different light - she may be right:

The Spectator: "America's Chamberlain"

Some months ago I worried here that the quiet in Iraq might be at least in part the result of a deal made between America and Iran: in exchange for Tehran’s calling off the bombers in Iraq to help put another Republican into the White House, the Bush administration would undertake not to attack Iran. Yesterday’s Guardian story that America is to station diplomats in Iran for the first time since the Islamic Revolution of 1979 and intends to send a senior official, William Burns (pictured above), to discuss Iran’s nuclear program with Iranian officials can only deepen that fear. Unless this is all an elaborate bluff, the suspicion must be that what the Bush administration is now focused upon is not safeguarding the survival of Israel and the freedom of the world but on winning the presidency for the Republicans. After all, Bush has now effectively stolen Obama’s line of talking to Iran without preconditions. (...)

History teaches us, after all, that war is the inevitable outcome of appeasement because, instead of preventing bad people from doing bad things, it galvanises them further to do so. When the Americans talked to the Japanese, the result was Pearl Harbour. When Chamberlain talked to Hitler, the result was the invasion of Poland. And when Britain tried to appease the Arab Nazis in 1930s Palestine by offering to reward them for their terrorist intransigence by giving them half the land promised to the Jews, the result was the Arab war of annihilation against the reborn Jewish state -- a war which continues to this day. Moreover, Iran is as strong as it is today only because of the astounding fact that America has refused to fight back in the war that Iran has been prosecuting against it now for almost three decades (...) >>>

Updated: 20th July 2008
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Yahoo!News: "In talks, Iran says no to suspending enrichment"

Tehran on Saturday ruled out freezing its enrichment program, casting doubt over the sense of key nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers less than an hour after they began. The talks — with the U.S. in attendance for the first time — had raised expectations of possible compromise on a formula that would have had Iran agree to stop expanding its enrichment activities. (...) But the comments from Keyvan Imani, a member of the Iranian delegation, appeared to indicate that Tehran was not prepared to budge on enrichment — at least going into the talks. "Suspension — there is no chance for that" (...) The presence of Undersecretary of State William Burns at the talks (...) shows that Washington may accept "freeze-for-freeze" — something less than full suspension, at least as a first step. "Freeze-for-freeze" envisions a six-week commitment from both sides. Preliminary talks meant to lead to formal nuclear negotiations would start, Iran could continue enrichment but only at its present level, and the U.S. and its allies would stop pushing for new U.N. sanctions. (...) >>>

Updated: 19th July 2008

CNN: "Iran describes nuke talks as 'constructive'"

Iran's top nuclear negotiator called talks Saturday with European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana "constructive" (...) European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana (...) said he expects to receive an answer from Iran in two weeks. "We still didn't get the answer we are looking for," Solana said, adding that Iranians are being given an opportunity "to interact with the international community." (...) >>>

Updated: 20th July 2008
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Memri: "Iranian Threats in Anticipation of Western Attack"

In recent weeks, spokesmen for the Iranian regime, both political and military, have escalated their statements, apparently out of fear of a military attack on Iran. Tension in the region spiked following the publication of the May 2008 IAEA report, which expressed "deep concern" over the apparently military characteristics of Iran's nuclear program, and following the third wave of sanctions on Iran. Additional factors escalating the tension were Iran's refusal to freeze uranium enrichment for six weeks during the nuclear negotiations as demanded by the 5+1, and Iran's comprehensive "Great Prophet III" naval and ground maneuvers, as well as simultaneous maneuvers by the U.S., in the Gulf. According to Iranian reports, nine mid-range and long-range ballistic missiles, including upgraded Shihab 3 missiles, were tested during the maneuvers. The threats voiced by Iranian leaders and military commanders ranged from closing the Strait of Hormuz, thereby causing oil prices to spike to "unforeseeable heights," to attacking U.S. targets in the region, including in the Persian Gulf states, as well as U.S. interests worldwide and targets in Israel. Iran also threatened to employ "revolutionary Muslim" fighters in South Lebanon in a direct clash with the U.S. Following are excerpts from threats by Iranian political and military figures (...) >>>

Updated: 16th July 2008
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CNN: "Iran test fires missiles in riposte to U.S., Israel"

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards test-fired nine long and medium range missiles Wednesday during war games officials say are in response to U.S. and Israeli threats, state television reported. (...) State television said the missiles fired included a new version of the Shahab-3 missile, which officials said has a range of 2,000km (1,250 miles). The Shahab-3 is equipped with a conventional warhead weighing one ton, it said. The missile tests come less than a day after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed fears that Israel and the U.S. could be preparing to attack his country, calling the possibility a "funny joke." (...) >>>

Updated: 9th July 2008
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Newsmax: "Experts: Iran Has ‘Resumed’ A-Bomb Project"

Intelligence information received by Western diplomats reports that Iran has resumed building equipment used for constructing atomic weapons. According to the London-based Daily Telegraph, the latest intelligence indicates that the work is aimed at developing a bomb according to a blueprint provided by Pakistani scientist Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, father of the Pakistanian nuclear program who sold information on building atom bombs to Iran in the early 1990s. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, along with senior officials from its Atomic Energy Agency, is reportedly directing the clandestine project that has been concealed from United Nation’s inspection teams. (...) >>>

Updated: 8th July 2008
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Atlas Shrugs: "Iran Aims Shahab-3B ballistic missiles at Heart of Israel"

Iran has moved ballistic missiles into launch positions, with Israel’s Dimona nuclear plant among the possible targets, defence sources said last week. The movement of Shahab-3B missiles, which have an estimated range of more than 1,250 miles, followed a large-scale exercise earlier this month (...) Iran sets up 31 martial districts, prepares 320,000 graves for war dead (...) >>>

Updated: 30th June 2008
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Pajamas: "Did Israel Sent a Warning to Iran? Did Iran Get the Message?," by Meir Javedanfar

The news that the Israeli Air Force staged a long range aerial exercise, similar to a possible attack on Iran has not been well received in Tehran. Ahmadinejad’s close allies, such as government spokesman Ghomreza Elham, called it “impossible“. (...) Iran’s recent refusal to accept the EU’s newly offered incentives package to halt uranium enrichment is convincing more countries that Iran is not interested in any kind of a deal over its nuclear program. Furthermore, Ahmadinejad’s continuous threats against Israel are persuading more people and officials in the West that a nuclear Iran would be a grave danger to stability in the Middle East. (...) such an atmosphere could provide justification for an attack against his country. This view is being supported by some of Iran’s news agencies, such as Tabnak, who tried to calm frail nerves in Tehran, by translating an article published in Haaretz into Farsi, in which it is said that the recent simulations do not necessarily mean that there is going to be a war soon. The message of the Haaretz article is so important to Tabnak, that it tried its best to give the newspaper full credibility by calling it a “credible” newspaper. This is a change from the norm. Iranian press usually label Israel’s press as “Zionist propaganda”. (...) >>>

Updated: 23rd June 2008
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Newsmax: "Israeli Warplanes Practice for Raid on Iran Nukes"

A large Israeli military exercise this month may have been aimed at showing Jerusalem's abilities to attack Iranian nuclear facilities. In a substantial show of force, Israel sent warplanes and other aircraft on a major exercise in the Eastern Mediterranean early this month, Pentagon officials said Friday. Israel's military refused to confirm or deny that the maneuvers were practice for a strike in Iran. Russia's foreign minister Friday warned against the use of force on Iran, saying there is no proof it is trying to build nuclear weapons with a program that Tehran says is for generating power. U.S. officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the sensitive matter for the record. (...) >>>

Updated: 20th June 2008
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Newsmax: "Former German Diplomat: Israel Readying Strike on Iran"

(...) Israel is likely to attack Iran's nuclear facilities before President Bush leaves office. The threat of another military confrontation hangs like a dark cloud over the Middle East," declared Joschka Fischer, who was Germany's foreign minister and vice chancellor from 1998 to 2005.

Writing in the Beirut-based English-language newspaper The Daily Star, Fischer notes (...) several factors (that) indicate Israel could be readying a strike on Iran: When President Bush recently visited Israel as the country celebrated its 60th birthday, it (...) has been speculated that during his visit, Bush gave Israel the green light for an attack on Iran. Political pressure is mounting in Israel for action to halt the Iranian threat.

The outgoing commander of the Israeli air force has said that the air force is capable of any mission, no matter how difficult, to protect Israel's security. With the Bush presidency approaching its end and uncertainty about his successor's policy toward Israel and Iran, the "window of opportunity" for an Israeli attack is potentially closing (...) Israel won't stand by and wait for matters to take their course." As Newsmax reported in December, Bruce Riedel, a former CIA official and senior adviser to three presidents, said after talks with Israeli officials that the Jewish state would launch an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities on its own if the rest of the world does not take action. (...) >>>

Updated: 7th June 2008
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... "Funny," wrote Spook86 on 17th Dec last year, "we never knew that Iran’s ruling mullahs were B-school graduates," - it now turns out my grandmother's technical insight surpasses that of the Iranian imp ... "He (imp) (also) alleged the names of the people killed in the attacks on New York's World Trade Center had never been published. And he added: "How is it possible that with the best radar systems and intelligence networks the planes could crash undetected into the towers?"
BBC: "Iran 'installing new centrifuges' "

Iran has begun installing 6,000 new centrifuges at its main nuclear plant in Natanz, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said. (...) Iran is already thought to have some 3,000 centrifuges - which are used to enrich uranium - at its Natanz plant. (...) Later, Mr Ahmadinejad claimed Iran had tested on Tuesday advanced new equipment - thought to be a reference to a possible new generation of centrifuges. (...) "The capacity of these new machines... is five times greater than the current machines," he told a televised event in Tehran. (..) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov instead suggested a new package of incentives to encourage Iran to halt uranium enrichment. >>>

Updated: 8th Apr 2008
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Dr Sanity: "Incorrigible Regimes, False Hopes and Psychological Denial"

(...) Psychological denial about the consequences of nuclear weapons in the hands of fanatical regimes which could ultimately lead to wholesale slaughter and destruction on a grand scale, is bad enough; but when that denial is also used to 'make nice' with those same incorrigible and psychpathic regimes, while pretending they are simply 'misunderstood', it surpasses even the usual level of psychopathology and willful blindness (...) >>>

Updated: 19th Jan. 2008
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Politeia: "Mohamed ElBaradei: Useful Idiot or Trojan Horse?", by Jack DM1294

ElB: (...) I suggest that uranium enrichment should be submitted to multilateral control, even for Western countries. Western super powers have to understand that if they want a long-term system, it must be fair. Comments: (...) tell me how a country would feel more secure with ONLY a CIVILIAN nuclear program?

ElB: Sure! If a country doesn't feel secure, acquiring nuclear weapons - or at least an uranium enrichment program - is a means of protection. We can't go on living in a world divided between states which have nuclear weapons and states which don't have it.

ElB: If we don't change our system, yes. There are still many nuclear weapons on the planet. Maybe you'll awake one morning to discover that half the planet has vanished. Because of a computer bug, perhaps. Nobody realizes that we live in a very precarious world.
Comment: Wow! This one is gross ... If someone still had a doubt that you're a dishonest and biased individual, this should clear his mind. (...) >>>

Updated: 7th January 2008
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... Funny, writes Spook86, we never knew that Iran’s ruling mullahs were B-school graduates. ...
Pajamas: "Three More Reasons To Reject the NIE on Iran ", by Spook 86

1. What About the Missile Program? (...)

2. Did We Forget About Arak? (...)

3. How Did We Get it Right—and Everyone Else Get it Wrong? (...)

Better yet, the raw intelligence data used in the NIE should be submitted to an analytical “Team B,” comprised of U.S., British and Israeli experts. >>>

Updated: 17th Dec. 2007
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Pajamas: "For Iran, the NIE Report Is the Gift that Keeps On Giving", by Meir Javedanfar

Less than eight days after it was first published, the NIE report on Iran has delivered its third diplomatic victory for Tehran (...) >>>

Updated: 15th Dec. 2007
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The Corner: "Mullahs Good, Bushitlercheney Bad", by Michael Ledeen

(...) And apologists for the NIE–a group that more or less coincides with those who still believe in the likelihood of a “grand bargain” with the mullahs ... >>>

Updated: 11th Dec. 2007
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EUX TV: "Bolton terms Iran all-clear a "quasi-coup"

LA Times: "Bolton calls report on Iran 'quasi-putsch'"
Updated: 8th Dec. 2007
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Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs: "Decoding the U.S. National Intelligence Estimate on Iran's Nuclear Weapons Program" by Gerald M. Steinberg
Updated: 6th Dec. 2007
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The New York Times:"In Iran We Trust", by Valerie Lincy and Gary Milhollin
(Updated: 6th Dec. 2007)

Washington Post: The Flaws in the Iran Report", by John R. Bolton
Updated: 6th Dec. 2007
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Pajamas Media: "Iran Celebrates the NIE Report", by Meir Javedanfar
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Los Angeles Times: "Report on Iran fuels Arab fears"
Updated: 6th Dec. 2007
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Middle East Forum: "Iran's nuke news shows danger of trusting this regime", by Michael Rubin
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Yahoo News: "Rice won't respond directly to Ahmadinejad" (AP)
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CNS News: "U.S. Report on Iran Nukes May Weaken World's Resolve"
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NewsMax: "U.S. Intel Possibly Duped by Iran", by Ken Timmerman
Updated: 4th Dec. 2007
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Pajamas Media: "The Great Intelligence Scam", by Michael Ledeen (recommended reading)
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Pajamas Media: "A Warning to the West - Iran's Larijani Resigns"
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