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  • Iran shows off new cruise missile

    08/23/2011 9:06:13 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 08/23/2011 | NASSER KARIMI
    Iran shows off new cruise missile By NASSER KARIMI, Associated Press – 7 hours ago TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president claimed on Tuesday the country's military can cripple enemies on their own ground as Tehran put a new Iranian-made cruise missile on display, the latest addition to the nation's growing arsenal. The state TV reported that the new missile, showcased at a ceremony in Tehran, is designed for sea-based targets, with a range of 124 miles (200 kilometers) and is capable of destroying a warship. The TV said it can travel at low altitudes and has a lighter weight...
  • Iran: America Too Depleted to Attack Even if We Make the Bomb!

    07/21/2011 1:08:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | July 21, 2011 | Reza Kahlili
    Because of the Obama administration's weakness, the Revolutionary Guards think they can win.The Obama administration has criticized the Iranian regime and its policies while the United States and other countries have put tough sanctions on Iran. The question remains, however, how the Iranian rulers perceive the situation. In their speeches and writings, they argue that America is weak and crumbling. This is, in part, propaganda, but to a considerable degree it is also clear that they believe this to be true. An example of this is an article that has just appeared on Gerdab, a website run by the Iranian...
  • Iran's IRGC to test supersonic missiles at sea: commander

    07/05/2011 5:53:19 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Xinhua, China ^ | July 04, 2011
    Iran's IRGC to test supersonic missiles at sea: commander The Aerospace Commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said Iran plans to test-fire new "supersonic surface-to- sea missiles" as part of its war games in the Persian Gulf in the coming days, the English language satellite Press TV reported on Monday. Hajizadeh said that the new missiles have been designed to target ships and forces at sea, said the report. "Last year, we achieved (the technology of) new anti-ship missiles that can hit targets with multiple speed of sound," he was quoted as saying....
  • Iranian Commander: ‘We Have Infiltrated America and the UK’

    06/20/2011 6:40:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | June 20, 2011 | Reza Kahlili
    Also: "At this point in time, the United States and the evil British, who are always looking to bluff us, will be outwitted until the point where they no longer have any cards to play."According to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Fars News Agency, on Tuesday night — during a gathering of high-ranking members of the IRGC command and the Basij militia — Brigadier General Mohammad-Reza Naghdi announced: Today we are in a full-scale war with our enemies. During the last 32 years, the enemy has gone from pillar to post and from one angle to another in order to find...
  • Web certificate fraud bears Iranian fingerprints

    03/24/2011 6:22:11 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies
    Inquirer/AFP ^ | 3-25-11
    SAN FRANCISCO—Hackers from Iran are suspected of swiping authentication data from a US computer security firm in an attempt to impersonate popular Google or Yahoo! sites. "The incident got close to, but was not quite, an Internet-wide security meltdown," Electronic Frontier Foundation senior staff technologist Peter Eckersley said in a message posted at the group's website. Hackers using computers with addresses in Iran posed as a European affiliate of New Jersey-based Comodo on March 15 to get digital certificates allowing the creation of imitation Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft or Skype log-in pages. "The attacker was well prepared and knew in advance...
  • Iran's IRGC attacks anti-Assad protesters in Syria

    03/22/2011 5:17:51 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    World Tribune ^ | Mar. 21, 2011
    LONDON — Iran's elite military units have been deployed to attack protesters of the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Opposition sources said Iran has sent units of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to attack thousands of anti-Assad protesters in the city of Dera. They said IRGC transported hundreds of commandos via helicopter in what could mark the prelude to massive bloodshed. "The IRGC landed before the killings, which means this is an intentional operation to massacre wholesale the people of Dera," the Reform Party of Syria said. "If true, the Syrian security in Dera has been penetrated."
  • Iran Revolutionary Guards warn of possible "bloodshed" in furture elections

    03/05/2011 5:59:02 PM PST · by nuconvert · 24 replies
    A senior commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards warned the establishment that if the ninth parliament is not “healthy”, the coming year may be a year of “bloodshed.” FARS news agency reported that General Aubnoosh told a gathering of Guardian Council watchmen in Qazvin: “If the results of the parliamentary elections are not in line with our values, the coming year will be so dangerous it may even lead to bloodshed.” He recommended great care in choosing people who can run for election and thorough investigation before announcing candidate eligibility. The ninth parliamentary elections of Iran will take place next year,...
  • Iran's Revolutionary Guards appeal for restraint against demonstrators

    02/19/2011 9:45:36 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 11 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | February 19th, 2011 | Con Coughlin
    ... We turn to you, the IRGC commander, requesting that you use your authority over the Basij to order them to leave their truncheons at home next time. It goes without saying that we, who swore to defend the Islamic Revolution, are well acquainted with the highest Islamic values of tolerance and liberalism (in Persian – “Tasamukh va Tasahul”), and are familiar with the Islamic principles that “oppose the use of the whip or the club as a means of quelling dispute or dissension”. We promise our people that we will not shoot nor beat our brothers who are seeking...
  • Iran Seeking to Increase Speed of IRGC Vessels to 80-85 Knots

    02/06/2011 11:13:56 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    FARS News Agency ^ | 2011-02-06
    Iran Seeking to Increase Speed of IRGC Vessels to 80-85 Knots TEHRAN (FNA)- The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy plans to boost the high mobility of its vessels in the next few months, the IRGC Navy commander announced on Sunday, adding that IRGC experts are working on projects to increase the speed of missile-launching and fully armed vessels to 80-85 knots. "Increasing the speed of the vessels which carry arms and equipment to 80-85 knots sets the objective of the IRGC naval force for the next Iranian year (starts on March 21)," Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said, and stressed,...
  • Iranian soldier captured in Afghanistan

    12/23/2010 4:53:32 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 27 replies · 8+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12:21AM GMT 24 Dec 2010 | Barney Henderson
    The capture of the officer confirms that Iran is directly supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan. The officer, from the elite al-Quds force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, was captured by US special forces on December 18, a Nato spokesman said. Described as "a key Taliban weapons facilitator", he was arrested in Kandahar province. "The joint security team specifically targeted the individual for facilitating the movement of weapons between Iran and Kandahar through Nimroz province," a Nato statement said.
  • Iran to Get Money Back (for S-300)

    10/07/2010 10:45:09 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | 10/8/2010 | Reuters
    Russia plans to pay back a $166.8 million advance payment from Iran for S-300 air defense missiles after canceling the sale to comply with UN sanctions, a top Russian official said Thursday. President Dmitry Medvedev banned the delivery of the high-precision air defense system last month, saying it would violate sanctions adopted by the UN Security Council in June. The United States and Israel had urged Moscow to scrap the deal, fearing Iran could use the system to protect nuclear facilities that they suspect are part of a weapons program. "We received an advance on this contract of $166.8 million,"...
  • The War over the War (Iran-Iraq War)(Very interesting analysis)

    10/03/2010 6:12:40 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 1+ views
    AEI ^ | September 30, 2010 | Ali Alfoneh
    Thirty years after the end of the war between Iran and Iraq a fierce battle is being fought amongst statesmen, military commanders and scholars about the war. Three questions remain contested: Why did the war began in the first place? Why did the war continue after Iran's liberation of territories occupied by Iraq? And why did the war with Iraq end? -excerpt- Thanks to the Iraqi invasion of Iran, Grand Ayatollah Khomeini and the revolutionary regime managed to rally a fragmented nation around the revolutionary leadership. The revolutionary leadership also managed to keep the remains of the Imperial Army busy...
  • S. Korea announces independent sanctions on Iran

    09/08/2010 12:30:02 AM PDT · by Rabin · 10 replies
    Xinhua News Agency ^ | 2010-09-08 13:15:43 | Frank Chun
    Bank Mellat, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL), have facilitated hundreds of millions of dollars in transactions to help aid Iran's nuclear, missile, and defense entities.
  • The Hezbollah Connection

    08/27/2010 3:35:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 8/27/2010 | George H. Wittman
    The growth of Lebanon's Hezbollah (Party of God) has gained considerable impetus through its patron Iran's own desire to dominate strategically the entire Middle East region. Hezbollah fits in neatly with Tehran's effort to reinstate the Persian preeminence in the ancient world reaching back centuries.Ironically this is the same vision held by the late Shah Reza Pahlevi. His imperial objective was clear and for that reason feared by the kingdoms of the Gulf. With more than a little American encouragement, the deeply egocentric Shah more than once indicated he viewed himself as directly descended from the ancient kings of Persia.Today's...
  • 4 Rockets Fall In South; None Injured ["near Kibbutz Nahal Oz"]

    07/24/2010 11:40:54 PM PDT · by Cindy · 60 replies · 27+ views
    YNET NEWS.com ^ | Published: 07.24.10, 23:50 / Israel News | Shmulik Hadad
    SNIPPET: "Police are working to figure out the origin of the rocket that was fired from the Gaza Strip Saturday evening and exploded near Kibbutz Nahal Oz, without causing damage or injures. A total of four rockets and two mortar shells were fired at Israel on Saturday, causing no injuries. An initial examination revealed that the rocket fired at Nahal Oz was manufactured using professional means, most likely outside of the borders of the Gaza Strip. The rocket had a diameter of 115 millimeters, and police sappers were working to locate fragments of it to be tested."
  • Iranian Qods Force commanders linked to Taliban: US Treasury

    08/05/2010 11:47:49 PM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies
    LONG WAR JOURNAL.org ^ | August 6, 2010 | Bill Roggio
    SNIPPET: "The US Treasury department has added four Iranian Qods Force commanders to its list of specially designated global terrorists, two of whom are charged with directly providing support for the Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan." SNIPPET: "General Hossein Musavi is the commander Qods Force's Ansar Corps, "whose responsibilities include IRGC-QF activities in Afghanistan," the Treasury stated. "As Ansar Corps Commander, Musavi has provided financial and material support to the Taliban." Colonel Hasan Mortezavi is described as a senior Qods Force officer who "provides financial and material support to the Taliban." Qods Forces' Ansar Corps is the command that is assigned...
  • The Hikers, the Mullahs, and their Friends

    08/02/2010 7:32:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 3+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | August 1, 2010 | Michael Ledeen
    Last week the president spoke out on behalf of the three American hikers who have been held in Iran for nearly a year. During that time, they have been able to make only one telephone call — to their families back in the U.S. — and write no letter at all. Sarah, Shane, and Josh are in Tehran’s infamous Evin prison, and Sarah is locked in solitary confinement save for once a day when she goes to the prison yard and sees the others. “I want to be perfectly clear,” the president said.  And then he lapsed into incoherence.  “Sarah,...
  • Iran trading firm under investigation after director killed

    08/01/2010 5:02:41 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    Telegraph, UK ^ | Aug 1, 2010
    An Iranian trading firm with close links to the country’s revolutionary guards is under investigation in Austria after a director of the company was killed in a dispute over its future. Baghaollah Vossough, a former Tehran University lecturer, was killed last week at the offices of Cerag International, a company that has supplied Iran’s oil industry with equipment for years. A convicted fraudster and drug dealer, named only as Samad A, has been arrested for carrying out the gangland-style killing, which has brought Vienna’s shadowy world of Iranian middlemen into the spotlight. Viennese police are treating the investigation as a...
  • 'Convincing' Revolutionary Guards Who Support Green Movement 'Better Than Eliminating Them'

    07/27/2010 4:21:25 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty ^ | July 26, 2010 | Golnaz Esfandiari
    The commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps has officially acknowledged that some members have been supportive of the country's opposition movement. General Mohammad Ali Jafari said that it is better "to convince" guards who support the opposition than to get rid of them. "Many of the ambiguities have been resolved and they have been convinced that the move was wrong," Jafari was quoted by Fars as saying, according to Radio Farda. "This is better than to physically deal with them and eliminate them." Jafari's comments mark the first time an Iranian official has acknowledged publicly that some members of...
  • Suicide bombings targeting the Revolutionary Guards may signal a gathering storm in Iran.

    07/26/2010 6:22:42 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    PLanet Iran/Wall St Journal ^ | 7-24-10 | Potkin Azarmehr
    Late last week, two suicide bombings in southeastern Iran reduced a mosque to rubble, leaving 27 dead and nearly 300 injured. The explosions were the work of Jundollah—”Soldiers of Allah”—a rebel Sunni group opposed to the Shiite-controlled regime in Tehran. The Islamic Republic has always accused the United States of being Jundollah’s paymaster. The leader of Tehran’s government-controlled Friday Prayer even charged the U.S. with masterminding the attacks: “Since the U.S. has lost face in the case of Shahram Amiri [the Iranian nuclear scientist who allegedly spied for the U.S. against Iran] and the reputation of its intelligence has also...
  • Iran Backs Three Shia Terror Groups in Iraq: General Odierno

    07/23/2010 4:00:47 AM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 2+ views
    LONG WAR JOURNAL.org ^ | July 22, 2010 | Bill Roggio
    SNIPPET: "The top US general in Iraq has identified the three main Shia terror groups in Iraq that are backed by Iran. General Ray Odierno said Iran continues to back the League of the Righteous (or Asaib al Haq), the Mahdi Army spin-off Promised Day Brigade, and the Hezbollah Brigades (or Kataib Hezbollah). "The Iranians... continue to fund, train and provide weapons and ammunition to Shiite extremist groups," Odierno told reporters in Baghdad according to AFP. Qods Force, the special operations branch of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, has "gone to a more sophisticated program with a smaller set of...
  • IDF Strikes in Gaza In Response to Rocket

    06/24/2010 11:17:46 PM PDT · by Cindy · 24 replies
    YNET NEWS.com ^ | 06.25.10, 07:57 / Israel News | Hanan Greenberg
    IDF strikes in Gaza in response to rocket Air Force planes target weapons warehouse, two smuggling tunnels in Strip; no injuries reported Hanan Greenberg Published: 06.25.10, 07:57 / Israel News Israel Air Force aircraft bombed a weapons warehouse in northern Gaza and two smuggling tunnels in the southern Strip on Thursday night. The Israel Defense Forces said the targets were hit and that all planes returned safely to their base. There were no reports of injuries. The attack was a response to the firing of a rocket and mortar shells at western Negev communities on Thursday. The IDF stressed that...
  • Iran's Intelligence Ministry Urges Moving Away From Russia

    07/02/2010 1:36:45 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | 6/28/2010 | Golnaz Esfandiari
    Tehran is angry at Moscow's decision to freeze the sale of the S-300 missile-defense system.Iran's Intelligence Ministry has called for a "decrease" in ties with Russia, according to Hossein Ebrahimi, a parliament deputy and a member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee. Ebrahimi told the semiofficial ILNA news agency that the demand was discussed during a meeting between committee members and officials of the Intelligence Ministry. He said lawmakers favor reducing ties with Russia as well as China because of their support for the June 9 UN resolution that imposed new sanctions on the Islamic Republic over its...
  • Regime running terror weapons factory in Sudan?

    07/01/2010 5:40:43 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    The Sudanese newspaper Rai al-Shaab (Opinion of the People), owned and controlled by Sudanese opposition leader Hassan al-Turabi, recently published an article that potentially provides new and important insight into Sudan's terrorist ties to Iran. The article alleges that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a U.S.-designated terrorist organization, is operating a secret weapons factory in Sudan to funnel weapons to Iran-sponsored terrorist organizations in Africa and the Middle East. Several Arab bloggers circulated the article last week. Today, these blogs are the only evidence that the article ever existed. Soon after it was published, Sudanese authorities shut down the...
  • Report: Iran gives Syria new radar

    07/01/2010 1:00:48 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/01/2010 | Jpost.com Staff
    Iran has provided Syria with an advanced radar system which could provide it with early warning of an Israeli strike on its nuclear facilities, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, quoting Israeli and US officials. According to the report, information gathered by the radar could also be used by Hizbullah to increase its defenses and improve missile accuracy. Iran and Syria denied the occurrence of any radar transfer. "Iran is engaged in developing Syrian intelligence and aerial detection capabilities, and Iranian representatives are present in Syria for that express purpose," the IDF Spokesperson's Unit told the paper. "Radar assistance is...
  • Iran interior minister praises 'excellent' security ties with Turkey

    06/29/2010 2:00:49 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 1+ views
    GeoStrategy Direct.com ^ | 6/29/2010 | GeoStrategy Direct.com
    Iran is advancing a program for enhanced security cooperation with Turkey. "Our relations are excellent," Iranian Interior Minister Mustafa Najar said. On June 19, Najar said Iran and Turkey were preparing for their annual security cooperation session. The interior minister said the two countries would discuss counter-insurgency as well as efforts against drug traffickers and organized crime. In a meeting with Turkey's ambassador to Iran, Umit Yardim, Najar said the groundwork has been prepared for a significant expansion of cooperation between Ankara and Teheran. He cited the need for additional CI and anti-crime measures in an effort to improve border...
  • The Islamic Republic of Sudan? (Does Iran Have a New Terrorist Weapons Factory in Sudan?)

    06/10/2010 5:42:39 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 5 replies · 238+ views
    Foreign Policy ^ | JUNE 10, 2010 | JONATHAN SCHANZER
    A recent report in the Sudanese opposition media suggests that Iran may be operating a weapons factory near Khartoum. Have the two countries taken their military alliance to the next level? The Sudanese newspaper Rai al-Shaab (Opinion of the People), owned and controlled by Sudanese opposition leader Hassan al-Turabi, recently published an article that potentially provides new and important insight into Sudan's terrorist ties to Iran. The article alleges that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a U.S.-designated terrorist organization, is operating a secret weapons factory in Sudan to funnel weapons to Iran-sponsored terrorist organizations in Africa and the Middle...
  • CIA chief warns Iran could have nukes ready by 2012

    06/28/2010 1:08:06 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    Space Daily ^ | 6/27/2010 | AFB via Space Daily
    Iran has enough low-enriched uranium to make two weapons, which it could have prepared and ready for delivery as early as 2012, CIA director Leon Panetta warned Sunday. "We think they have enough low-enriched uranium for two weapons," Panetta told the ABC network's "This Week" program. Tehran would need a year to enrich it fully to produce a bomb and it would take "another year to develop the kind of weapon delivery system in order to make that viable," he said. Iran is under mounting international pressure over its suspect nuclear program, which the West fears masks a covert weapons...
  • Iran cracks down on Kurd villages with help from Turkish intelligence

    06/18/2010 8:55:13 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 223+ views
    GeoStrategy Direct. ^ | 6/19/2010 | GeoStrategy Direct.
    Iran has intensified its crackdown on Kurdish nationalists. Opposition sources said Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has been attacking Kurdish villages throughout northeastern Iran near the border with Turkey. "The terrorists are upset because our intelligence on their network has vastly improved over the last year because of our cooperation with Turkey," an Iranian source said. The sources said the crackdown has targeted the Iranian wing of the Kurdish Workers Party known as Free Life in Kurdisan, or PJAK. "The targets include anybody believed associated with PJAK," an opposition source said. The sources said IRGC, particularly the Basij militia, has...
  • Stealth Superpower

    06/14/2010 9:23:34 AM PDT · by a_Turk · 29 replies · 799+ views
    Middle East Online ^ | 6/14/2010 | John Feffer
    By all means, get that Lenovo computer, buy stock in Haier, and encourage your child to study Mandarin. China can’t help but be a twenty-first-century superpower. But if you want to really be ahead of the curve, pay close attention to that vital crossroads between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean. It won’t be long before we’ll all be talking Turkey, notes John Feffer. How Turkey Is Chasing China to Become the Next Big Thing The future is no longer in plastics, as the businessman in the 1967 film The Graduate insisted. Rather, the future is in China. If a...
  • Erdogan Invites Hizbullah Leader Nasrallah To Turkey

    06/12/2010 6:48:42 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 7 replies · 350+ views
    MEMRI ^ | June 11, 2010
    Hassan Huballah, Lebanese MP from Hizbullah, confirmed that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has invited Hizbullah secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah to Turkey, on the recommendation of Hamas political bureau head Khaled Mash'al. It was reported that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was examining the possibility of attending the meeting in order to emphasize the Iran-Turkey-Syria alliance with Hizbullah and Hamas. It was also reported that Hizbullah had made Nasrallah's visit conditional upon Turkish guarantees of Nasrallah's safety and the provision of security by Iran's Islamic Re volutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). According to Huballah, Erdogan will be invited to Dahiya to attend...
  • ANOTHER AID VESSEL TO ARRIVE FROM LEBANON

    06/05/2010 11:22:47 PM PDT · by Cindy · 45 replies · 789+ views
    YNET NEWS.com ^ | Published: 06.06.10, 07:44 / Israel News | Roee Nahmias
    SNIPPET: "Free Palestine Movement, Reporters with Borders say plan to send ship carrying dozens of activists, European MPs to Gaza as early as next weekend" SNIPPET: "The Turkish-owned Mavi Marmara ship and the Irish-owned Rachel Corrie ship are not alone: Two non-governmental Lebanese organizations announced Saturday that the plan to send an aid vessel of their own to the Gaza Strip as early as next weekend. In a press conference in Beirut, the Free Palestine Movement and Reporters without Borders organization announced that the ship, which will be carrying humanitarian aid, will include passengers interested in expressing their solidarity, as...
  • Iran Revolutionary Guards ready to escort Gaza ships

    06/06/2010 5:59:13 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 56 replies · 1,755+ views
    Iran Revolutionary Guards ready to escort Gaza ships 06 Jun 2010 12:40:35 GMT Source: Reuters TEHRAN, June 6 (Reuters) - Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards are ready to provide a military escort to cargo ships trying to break Israel's blockade of Gaza, a representative of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday. "Iran's navy forces are ready to escort the peace flotilla to Gaza with all their powers and capabilities," Ali Shirazi, Khamenei's representative inside the Revolutionary Guards, was quoted as saying by the semi-official Mehr news agency. Any intervention by the Iranian military would be considered highly provocative by...
  • North Korea Sinking Of South Korean Frigate Raises Arab Fear Of Nuclear Iran

    05/29/2010 2:42:28 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 289+ views
    The Eurasia Review ^ | 5/29/2010 | Riad Kahwaji
    The sinking of the South Korean frigate Cheonan last March 26 by a North Korean torpedo has prompted some Arab Gulf officials to wonder whether this would be a scenario that they would likely face with a nuclear-armed Iran in the future. North Korea, now equipped with nuclear arms, appears to have grown bolder in its provocations of its U.S.-allied neighbor in the south and other parts of East and Southeast Asia. An international team of investigators concluded that the warship was sunk by a North Korean torpedo. Seoul’s reaction has thus far been mild compared to its loss of...
  • Iran test-fires Fajr-5 missiles of type shipped to Hizbullah, Hamas

    05/28/2010 8:53:16 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 319+ views
    GeoStrategy Direct ^ | 5/26/2010 | GeoStrategy Direct
    Iran has reported the test-firing of long-range rockets said to have been allocated to its proxies in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip. The Iranian Army launched the Fajr-5 during its exercise near the borders of Afghanistan and Pakistan in May 2010. During the Velayat-89 exercise, army units fired the Fajr-5, which were said to have struck their targets. "These missiles are called Fajr-5 and belong to the Fajr-class missiles, and have not been tested in any previous exercise," Iranian Army deputy commander Gen. Kioumars Heidari said. "They were tested for the first time in Velayat-89 exercise zone." Fajr-5 was unveiled...
  • Hizbullah getting advanced Iran missiles from Syria 'on regular basis'

    05/21/2010 8:53:15 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 431+ views
    Geostrategy Direct ^ | 5/21/2010 | Geostrategy Direct
    The Israeli intelligence community has determined that Hizbullah received a shipment of solid-fuel rockets from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Officials said the solid-fuel rockets were said to have included the Fateh-110, with a range of more than 200 kilometers. "Hizbullah in 2010 is very different to Hizbullah in 2006 in terms of military capability, which has advanced a great deal," Brig. Gen. Yossi Baidatz, a senior Israeli military intelligence officer, said. "Hizbullah is now regarded by the Syrians as a component of their defense establishment." On May 4, Baidatz, head of military intelligence's research department, told the Knesset Foreign...
  • Iranian Revolutionary Guards Must Be Included in EU List of Terrorist Organizations

    05/18/2010 9:29:43 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 1 replies · 228+ views
    Hudson New York ^ | May 17, 2010 | Fiamma Nirenstein
    Considering the previous efforts made by the Italian Government, which in 2003, thanks to current Foreign Minister Frattini, successfully promoted the inclusion of Hamas in the EU list of terrorist organizations, it seemed right to turn to the Government -- through a parliamentary question submitted with the colleagues listed below, both from majority and opposition parties -- to ask about the possibility of including the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, whose activity is a major cause of instability in the Middle East, in the EU terror list.The Revolutionary Guards, with which the famous Basiji militias are affiliated, are the main tool...
  • Iran Risking Multi-Front War

    05/15/2010 7:45:11 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies · 634+ views
    The Diplomat ^ | 5/13/2010 | By Meir Javedanfar
    The idea that nuclear weapons will usher in an era of peace and security for the Islamic Republic is likely to prove to be nothing short of an illusion—even if Ayatollah Khamenei’s regime succeeds in averting a military strike against its nuclear installations before it reaches its military goals for its nuclear programme. History has shown that there are many countries against the idea of a powerful Islamic Republic. In 1979, the newly born Islamic Republic of Iran was armed to the teeth with sophisticated US military technology that had been purchased by the Shah, making it a regional military...
  • Hizbullah blocking Internet in Lebanon, importing advanced systems

    05/14/2010 9:43:10 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 307+ views
    Geostrategy Direct ^ | Geostrategy Direct
    The Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah was said to have blocked the flow of information on military deployment in Lebanon. A retired U.S. Army general said Hizbullah has been monitoring and preventing communications between Lebanon and the outside world, particularly regarding the arrival of advanced weapons. The general, Paul Vallely, said Hizbullah has sought to keep secret the flow of conventional and nonconventional weapons received from Iran in 2010. "The Internet has been locked down, very tightly controlled," Vallely said. "Anyone associated with any Israeli will be assassinated." The retired U.S. general, an author and military analyst for the U.S.-based Fox News, said...
  • DIA reports IRGC's unconventional forces number more than a million

    05/14/2010 9:08:36 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 259+ views
    Geostrategy Direct ^ | Geostrategy Direct
    The U.S. intelligence community has tracked the huge growth of IRGC's military over the last decade. Officials said IRGC has formed fully-fledged armies, navies and air force, organized to conduct both conventional and insurgency operations. "Iran's objective is to overwhelm enemy air defenses with mobile CDCMs [coastal defense cruise missiles], combined with multiple rocket launchers, coastal artillery, and ballistic missiles," an assessment by the Defense Intelligence Agency said. The DIA assessment, titled "Iran's Military Power," outlined the roles of Iran's conventional military and IRGC. The assessment, released to the Senate Armed Services Committee on April 15, asserted that the conventional...
  • Iran’s Navy Already a Threat to Oil Tankers, Moscow Analyst Concludes

    05/10/2010 9:54:57 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 338+ views
    The Georgian Daily ^ | 5/10/2010 | Paul Goble
    Despite its efforts over the last several years, Iran is not yet the naval power it hopes to become, according to a Moscow analyst, but Tehran already has sufficient capacity to disrupt shipments of oil in the Persian Gulf, an ability that already “represents a serious danger and requires an adequate response from the international community.” In an assessment of “The Naval Power of Iran: From Intention to Reality” prepared for the Moscow Near Eastern Institute, V.V. Yevseyev argues that most of what Iran has done in this sector to date represents “a cover” for plans to engage in “diversionary...
  • Iran Toughest Nut To Crack

    05/10/2010 9:28:01 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 163+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | 5/10/2010 | Colin Clark
    North Korea, bereft of friends and access to the outside world, sits isolated but for its great northern neighbor and its ports, so it can be fairly easily contained as a nuclear power. But Iran boasts Shiite followers in a wide arc of the Muslim world, produces oil with which it wins friends and influences people, is bound by eight neighbors and trades with them and many others. It fields and funds terrorists such as Hezbollah who do its bidding when needed. So Iran is not easily contained. That flexibility, and the fact that Iran learned from Iraq’s experience when...
  • Long-range Iranian missiles still a decade away

    05/10/2010 7:55:33 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 26 replies · 301+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 5/10/2010 | Julian Borger
    The International Institute for Strategic Studies has just published a new study on Iran's missile programme. Here are some of the main conclusions. * The Iranian government has diverted enormous resources to its ballistic missile programme and now surpasses North Korea in its capacity to produce missile components. Iran may soon establish a production line for making liquid-fuel engines, "if it has not done so already". *The solid-fuel Sajjil-2 missiles, with a 2,000 km range, first tested a year ago, may be a "hedge" after engineers realised that any future Iranian nuclear weapon would weigh over 1,000 kg, and any...
  • Iran warship tests home-built torpedo: report

    05/09/2010 9:34:05 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 469+ views
    Yahoo News.com ^ | 5/9/2010 | Yahoo News.com
    Iranian warship the Jamaran on Sunday test-fired a home-built torpedo for the first time as part of ongoing naval war games in the Gulf, state television's website reported. "This torpedo is anti-submarine and when it is fired from the warship, it automatically hunts for the submarine and destroys it," navy commander Arya Hassani was quoted as saying. The report said the torpedo was fired from the Iran-built Jamaran, which was deployed earlier this year. It has a displacement of around 1,400 tonnes and is equipped for electronic warfare. On Wednesday the Islamic republic's navy began eight days of manoeuvres in...
  • Iran practices tactics for driving US fleet from Gulf oil routes

    05/08/2010 8:29:07 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 639+ views
    Debka.com ^ | 5/8/2010 | Debka.com
    In Phases Two and Three of Iran's biggest sea exercise ever (May 6-7), debkafile's military sources report its Navy and Revolutionary Guards acted out a scenario for driving US naval forces out of the Persian Gulf after defeating them - as well as responding to potential retaliatory American WMD strikes. Thursday night, May 6, Iran's foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki meanwhile informed the 15 Security Council members he invited to dinner at UN headquarters, New York, that his government would "definitely continue its nuclear program." They all attended including a low-ranking US official. The eight-day war game, dubbed "The Last Prophet"...
  • Report: China, Iran, North Korea have formed strategic alliance

    05/07/2010 8:22:59 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 28 replies · 1,021+ views
    World Tribune ^ | 5/7/2010 | World Tribune
    China, Iran and North Korea have established a strategic alliance that focuses on missile and nuclear development, according to a new report. The report said that Beijing, Pyongyang and Teheran were helping each other in missile and nuclear programs. The report, titled "China, Iran and North Korea: A Triangular Strategic Alliance," by Israel's GLORIA Center said China and North Korea were the key suppliers of Scud-based ballistic missiles to Iran's military, the target of Western sanctions. "This flurry of activities underscored the growing proliferation threats posed by DPRK [North Korea] assistance to Iran's missile capabilities, which has also led to...
  • Iran holds war games in Gulf amid nuclear tension

    05/06/2010 2:37:22 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 208+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/06/2010 | Parisa Hafezi
    Iran began new naval war games in the Gulf on Thursday to show the Islamic state's "power to defend" itself against any attack, state television reported. was the second such display of military might in less than a month. The maneuvers by Iran's regular navy, due to last eight days in the waterway crucial for global oil supplies, coincided with rising tension in Tehran's long-running nuclear dispute with Western powers. The United States is lobbying U.N. Security Council members to back a fourth round of sanctions on Iran, to press it into curbing sensitive atomic work the West suspects is...
  • Iran starts production of air-defense systems

    05/04/2010 9:35:05 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 248+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 5/04/2010 | RIA Novosti
    Iran on Tuesday launched production of an indigenous short-range air-defense artillery system, codenamed Mesbah, the Defense Ministry said. "The Mesbah (Lantern) 1 air-defense system is designed to counter air attacks, different types of airplanes, cruise missiles, helicopters and other air threats at low altitudes," Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi was quoted by the Fars news agency as saying. He said the new system features "high destruction power" with capacity to fire up to 4,000 rounds per minute, "rapid reaction against threats," and high accuracy and precision. He added that the Mesbah 1 was also capable of tracking and...
  • Iran's navy to start eight day-war games in Gulf, Sea of Oman

    05/04/2010 1:25:34 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 332+ views
    World Bulletin ^ | 5/4/2010 | World Bulletin
    Iran's navy will on Wednesday start eight days of war games in the Gulf and the Sea of Oman, state television said, less than two weeks after the Islamic Republic's Revolutionary Guards held manoeuvres in the Gulf. Habibollah Sayari, commander of the navy, said the exercises would display its defence capability, Al Alam television, Iran's Arabic-language satellite television, reported on Tuesday. In exercises held in the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz between April 22 and 25, official media said the Guards tested missiles and a new speedboat capable of destroying enemy ships. Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman on Tuesday called...
  • Much of Iran's Air Force still limited to 1970s-era U.S. systems

    05/03/2010 10:10:46 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 577+ views
    Geostrategy Direct ^ | Geostrategy Direct
    Iran was said to have encountered difficulties in modernizing its Air Force. The U.S. intelligence community has determined that the Iranian Air Force was hampered in several areas of modernization of its 1970s-era U.S.-origin platforms. The Defense Intelligence Agency assessed that the Air Force was blocked in such areas as airborne early-warning and control as well as precision-guided munitions. "The IRIAF [Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force] remains largely dependent on 1970's-era U.S. aircraft like the F-4 Phantom II, the F-14A Tomcat, and the F-5E Tiger II," DIA said in a report titled "Iran's Military Power." The report, released to...