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Iran canceled air show when Russia warned Israel planned to destroy all 140 warplanes
DEBKAfile ^ | April 24, 2009 | DEBKAfile

Posted on 04/24/2009 8:08:42 AM PDT by pelican001

DEBKAfile's Iranian and intelligence sources disclose that Moscow warned Tehran Friday April 17 that Israel was planning to destroy all 140 fighter-bombers concentrated at the Mehr-Abad Air Force base for an air show over Tehran on Iran's Army Day the following day. The entire fleet was accordingly removed to remote bases and the display cancelled.

In the first week of April, Tehran announced it would stage its biggest air show ever to dramatize a ceremonial military parade in the capital on April 18. Iran would show the world that it is capable of fighting off an Israeli attack on its nuclear facilities. Instead only four aircraft flew over the saluting stand. Iranian media explained that the big show was cancelled due to "bad weather and poor visibility," when in fact Tehran basked in warm and sunny weather.

Moscow had informed the Iranians that its spy satellites and intelligence sources had picked up preparations at Israeli Air Force bases to destroy the 140 warplanes, the bulk of the Iranian air force, on the ground the night before the display, leaving its nuclear sites without aerial defense. A similar operation wiped out the entire Egyptian air fleet in the early hours of the 1967 war.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Israel; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: debka; globaljihad; iaf; iran; iraq; islam; israel; itsjustdebka; nuclear; russia
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If this is true, the implications would include (1) that there is no doubt that Israel is planning to go ahead with an attack sometime soon, and (2) that there are effective spies for Russia/Iran within the IDF. Stay tuned.
1 posted on 04/24/2009 8:08:42 AM PDT by pelican001
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To: pelican001

Russia called later and asked Iran if their refrigerator was running.


2 posted on 04/24/2009 8:10:50 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: pelican001
It's the US and Israel against evil in the world.

And now with zer0bama as CIC, I'm not sure about US anymore.

3 posted on 04/24/2009 8:12:27 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is an EVIL like no other, and must be ERADICATED)
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To: AppyPappy

hhahahahaaa ok,, YOUR comment made my day. ROFLMAO


4 posted on 04/24/2009 8:13:18 AM PDT by DesertRhino (Dogs earn the title of "man's best friend", Muslims hate dogs,,add that up.)
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To: pelican001

If this is true, Netanyahu is seething right now.

I predict Mossad will be busy this week.


5 posted on 04/24/2009 8:13:52 AM PDT by benjibrowder (I keep praying for hope and change, but I open my eyes and Obama is still President.)
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To: pelican001

My favorite avatar from another website is a Star of David with the words “SIX DAYS, BITCHES” emblazoned across it.


6 posted on 04/24/2009 8:13:56 AM PDT by snowrip (Liberal? YOU ARE A GUTLESS SOCIALIST LOSER WITH NO RATIONAL ARGUMENT.)
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To: pelican001

The Russians spoiled all the fun. I never liked ruskies.


7 posted on 04/24/2009 8:14:31 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Proud Veteran - Sworn to Defend The Constitution! - Caution: That makes me a Right-Wing Extremist.)
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To: FatherofFive

Zero could have his own Bay of Pigs...


8 posted on 04/24/2009 8:14:32 AM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is the 4th of July, democrats believe every day is April 15)
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To: FatherofFive

I’m sorry to say that Odumbo’s USA is now part of the evil. Israel is all alone in this. I just hope that the Usurper in Chief doesn’t order a shoot-down of the Israeli attack force.


9 posted on 04/24/2009 8:15:09 AM PDT by pelican001
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To: pelican001

Likely given the numbers of Russians in Israel.


10 posted on 04/24/2009 8:15:35 AM PDT by rahbert
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To: pelican001
or, Russia had bad intel and the IDF pulled off a colossal joke
11 posted on 04/24/2009 8:15:58 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Crucify ! Crucify ! Crucify him!!)
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To: AppyPappy
Photobucket Iran's' latest domestically built air craft!
12 posted on 04/24/2009 8:16:28 AM PDT by ontap (Just another backstabbing conservative)
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To: pelican001
If this is true

It is Debka. Nothing is true. Wean yourself from it.

13 posted on 04/24/2009 8:16:54 AM PDT by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: pelican001

If only this came from anyone besides DEBKA...


14 posted on 04/24/2009 8:17:52 AM PDT by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts.....)
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To: pelican001
I just hope that the Usurper in Chief doesn’t order a shoot-down of the Israeli attack force.

Would that be a "lawful" order?

15 posted on 04/24/2009 8:18:12 AM PDT by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., how many girls did you drown today?" TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: pelican001
That would have been one heck of an air show.

and (2) that there are effective spies for Russia/Iran within the IDF.

They don't necessarily have to be within the IDF. If the satellite pictures were there it would be a pretty clear warning. I don't know how visible the air fields are from the near the bases, but Israel is so small that I doubt they can afford miles of space between the fences and the runways. If so, it wouldn't be hard to see a lot of aircraft being prepped for a very big mission. Even keeping track of businesses around the base could show a rush - similar to keeping track of late night pizza deliveries to the Pentagon would show when something big is about to happen.

16 posted on 04/24/2009 8:19:10 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (No free man bows to a foreign king.)
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To: pelican001
The story is obvious nonsense. The Russians would never warn the Iranians. Never.

If the Iranian Air Force was destroyed on the ground the Russians could make money selling them new planes.

17 posted on 04/24/2009 8:20:16 AM PDT by Cheburashka (Lesson #1 from Battlestar Galactica: Never turn your back on your toaster.)
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To: pelican001
If this is true,

It's DEBKA. It's not true.

18 posted on 04/24/2009 8:20:33 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: KarlInOhio

“One heck of an Air Show”, with Dean Wormer in the reviewing stand watching the IDF fly away and he says “I hate those guys”.


19 posted on 04/24/2009 8:23:10 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: pelican001
Oh man, if this wouuld only happen on July 4:

And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air...


20 posted on 04/24/2009 8:23:53 AM PDT by Jonah Hex ("Never underestimate the hungover side of the Force.")
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To: pelican001

Would have been one hell of an airshow by the IAF....


21 posted on 04/24/2009 8:24:38 AM PDT by Kozak (USA 7/4/1776 to 1/20/2009 Requiescat In Pace)
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To: massgopguy

The only safe place for an Iranian fighter is buried in the sand..ala Iraq. They sure won’t be safe on the ground or in the air.


22 posted on 04/24/2009 8:25:09 AM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: massgopguy

"OK, the Iranians are now on DOUBLE secret probation."


23 posted on 04/24/2009 8:26:18 AM PDT by Jonah Hex ("Never underestimate the hungover side of the Force.")
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To: pelican001

More likely the Iranians canceled the air show when they realised they have 140 planes and only ten pilots capable of flying them.


24 posted on 04/24/2009 8:31:54 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: AppyPappy

25 posted on 04/24/2009 8:35:15 AM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: pelican001; a fool in paradise

DEBKA knows everything!


26 posted on 04/24/2009 8:37:26 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: pelican001

>>>and (2) that there are effective spies for Russia/Iran within the IDF.

Probably so but such preparations would have been visible by spy satellite, watching the flight lines, bomb trains, etc. Adding two and two.


27 posted on 04/24/2009 8:55:49 AM PDT by tlb
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To: ontap

Wow. They have made some serious advances!

Can’t get a gun or missile lock on balsa!

Maybe they can get a quote on some RAF mosquitoes!


28 posted on 04/24/2009 8:57:09 AM PDT by ILikeBourbon
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To: pelican001
If this is true

Come on. It's Debka. What are the odds of that?

29 posted on 04/24/2009 8:57:59 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: Revolting cat!

That’s where Baghdad Bob is working...


30 posted on 04/24/2009 9:01:31 AM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: KarlInOhio

Hmm... Israelis have payday loan outlets outside their bases
too?


31 posted on 04/24/2009 9:10:28 AM PDT by rahbert
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To: pelican001

“that there are effective spies for Russia/Iran within the IDF”

My future county has lots of russian immigrants.


32 posted on 04/24/2009 9:11:50 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Beware Obama's Reichstag Fire.)
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To: ILikeBourbon

Inexpensive and stealthy too. Best of both worlds!!


33 posted on 04/24/2009 9:12:32 AM PDT by ontap (Just another backstabbing conservative)
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To: AppyPappy
Russia called later and asked Iran if their refrigerator was running.

LOL!!!

34 posted on 04/24/2009 9:12:45 AM PDT by MarineBrat (The New York Times is a Communist Kamikaze.)
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To: pelican001
"(2) that there are effective spies for Russia/Iran within the IDF."

Don't forget about the traitors who are now running the USA.

35 posted on 04/24/2009 9:12:59 AM PDT by lormand
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To: snowrip
Buy the shirt:


36 posted on 04/24/2009 9:14:27 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Beware Obama's Reichstag Fire.)
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To: ontap
Of course, with the rubber band power plant, you've got about 20 seconds of flight time and no ordinance capability.

The WWII Mosquito would be more practical.

:)

37 posted on 04/24/2009 9:17:12 AM PDT by ILikeBourbon
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To: pelican001

The basic facts seem to be true, if you google for “April 18 air show Iran.”

Several credible sources say that a massive air show was scheduled. And I can’t read Iranian, but one blog that links to the Iranian site reports that it says that the show was cancelled because of bad weather.

http://uskowioniran.blogspot.com/2009/04/iriaf-air-show-cancelled.html

I don’t know what the weather in Iran was on the 18th, but maybe someone could check that.

I agree that Debka is unreliable, but sometimes they seem to hear inside rumors. So this is at least POSSIBLE.

Or, who knows, maybe it was Gates and Obama who spotted the Israeli preparations and warned Iran. I wouldn’t put it past them.


38 posted on 04/24/2009 9:17:35 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: ILikeBourbon

Planes has got to posses the ability to be built domestically.


39 posted on 04/24/2009 9:21:08 AM PDT by ontap (Just another backstabbing conservative)
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To: Moonman62
If this is true, It's DEBKA. It's not true.

Dear Penthouse - you're not going to believe this, but...
40 posted on 04/24/2009 9:26:56 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (We've gone from Jefferson to the Jeffersons)
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To: Cheburashka

“The story is obvious nonsense. The Russians would never warn the Iranians. Never.”

Why?

Russia gets a great deal of money from Iran on trade agreements.


41 posted on 04/24/2009 9:29:05 AM PDT by edcoil (Democracy is two wolves and a lamb deciding what to have for dinner Liberty is a well-armed lamb)
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To: bert

“IDF pulled off a colossal joke”

Consider the intelligence gained by the IAF. Plant this story and make the Iranians bug out. If they didn’t already know where all these aircraft were based, they do now.


42 posted on 04/24/2009 9:36:11 AM PDT by NerdDad (Aug 7, 1981, I married my soul mate, CDBEAR. 27 years and I'm still teenager-crazy in love with her.)
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To: pelican001
Israel was planning to destroy all 140 fighter-bombers concentrated at the Mehr-Abad Air Force base for an air show over Tehran on Iran's Army Day

It takes a really cunning foe to come up with this kind of military strategy.

I heard next week, their heads of state will cram into a convertible limousine and parade around Tehran for a few hours.

43 posted on 04/24/2009 9:39:47 AM PDT by dragnet2 (When seconds count, the police are only minutes away)
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To: pelican001

The Iranians are know to “inflate” the number and type of aircraft that they have. In fact they post swiped web pictures of Israeli and even plastic models on their Air Forces web site.

What better way not to have show what they actually have. Blame it on Israel...


44 posted on 04/24/2009 9:45:46 AM PDT by LBJay
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To: AppyPappy; DesertRhino

Do you have Sir Walter Raleigh in a can?


45 posted on 04/24/2009 9:47:50 AM PDT by cowtowney
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To: benjibrowder
If this is true, Netanyahu is seething right now.

No, he is happy. Imagine if Russia warned Iran after the planes were in the air! If true, this is a big boon to Israel that the Russians have tentacles into Mossad or are using advanced electronic intercepts. Israel now has the time to eliminate these leaks, and Iran will be worse off when the real attack comes, as they will be deprived of Russian intel.

46 posted on 04/24/2009 9:57:52 AM PDT by FreepShop1 (www.FreepShop.com)
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To: pelican001

Israel gets one shot at this. They aren’t going to be able to destroy the Irainian air force and then strike at their leisure.

Any attack needs to be a combined mission to neutralize the anti-air while knocking out as much of the nuclear infrastructure as possible.

Bombing the air force without an integrated plan is like kicking a hornets’ nest.


47 posted on 04/24/2009 9:59:23 AM PDT by MediaMole
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To: reagan_fanatic

Is this related to lubricant shortage in Iran lately?


48 posted on 04/24/2009 10:03:02 AM PDT by dmitriy
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To: pelican001

Russian spy chief sacked by Medvedev

Apr 24, 2009 10:03 AM

MOSCOW – President Dmitry Medvedev has dismissed the head of Russia’s powerful military intelligence service, the Kremlin said today.

The Kremlin said Medvedev had signed a decree to dismiss Valentin Korabelnikov, a 63-year-old spymaster at the helm of the military intelligence service since 1997. The Kremlin gave no reason for the dismissal.

Alexander Shlyakhturov was appointed as his replacement, it said.

Russia’s military intelligence service, the GRU, is the country’s biggest spy agency, with agents all over the world. It is controlled by the military general staff.


49 posted on 04/24/2009 10:18:18 AM PDT by Realism (Some believe that the facts-of-life are open to debate.....)
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To: pelican001

I’d buy a ticket for that!


50 posted on 04/24/2009 10:27:46 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault ( Obama, you're off the island!)
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