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Iran threat: Proxies have WMD, ‘will certainly target Tel Aviv’

Hizbullah is receiving WMDs from the IRGC, according to an Iranian defector.

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Iran is said to have supplied weapons of mass destruction to proxies in the Middle East. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard said its supporters have been given WMD assets. IRGC, in an analysis on its website, did not elaborate, but said WMD would be used in any war against Israel. “Groups [...]

August 17th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Hizbullah,Iran,Israel,Mideast,Syria,Top Stories | Read More »

Senior Israeli: ‘Home front is ready as never before’ in country’s history

Israeli Home Front Minister Matan Vilnai:

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel has assessed that it must prepare for a month-long war with Iran and its proxies. Officials said the Israeli military and intelligence community have discussed a range of scenarios of war between Iran and the Jewish state. They said the discussions included how Iran and its proxies would [...]

August 16th, 2012 | Posted in Daily Brief,Exclusives,Iran,Israel,Mideast,Top Stories | Read More »

Cold War in the Mideast: Regime change epidemic raises stakes in Iran-Saudi rivalry

Syrian President Bashar Assad meets with Iran's Supreme National Security Council secretary, Saeed Jalili, on Aug. 7.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Fariborz Saremi, FreePressers.com The so-called Arab Spring, a series of pro-democracy and anti-regime protests that in some cases has ended in regime change and revolution, has stoked the long running political rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia. The uprisings forced both countries to review their regional priorities in the aftermath of [...]

August 14th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Iran,Mideast,Saudi Arabia,Syria,Top Stories | Read More »

U.S. sanctions Syrian firm for supplying gasoline to Iran

Syrian oil storage tanks festooned with propaganda near the Iraqi border.  /Richard Messenger/Flickr

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has imposed sanctions on Syria for supplying gasoline to Iran. The State Department targeted Syria’s state-owned Sytrol, accused of delivering $36 million worth of gasoline to Iran in April. This marked the second set of sanctions on Syrtol in as many years. “Though these sanctions are a [...]

August 13th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Iran,Mideast,Stateside,Syria,Top Stories,U.S. Intelligence | Read More »

Barak: U.S. intel confirms Israeli assessment on Iran nuke threat


Special to WorldTribune.com JERUSALEM — The U.S. intelligence community was said to have drafted an assessment that cited an intensive Iranian nuclear weapons program. Officials said the U.S. intelligence community has completed a National Intelligence Estimate on Iran that was presented to the White House. They said the study confirmed Israeli assessments that Iran was [...]

August 10th, 2012 | Posted in Daily Brief,Exclusives,Iran,Israel,Mideast,Top Stories | Read More »

Russian, Iranian advisors spotted in Syria by opposition

An ID document puported to have been issued by Syria to Russian Gen. Vladimir Kojaiv.

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Syria has been using senior officers from Iran and Russia to help quell the Sunni revolt against President Bashar Assad. The Syrian opposition has identified senior Iranian and Russian officers assigned to help the Assad regime. The Free Syrian Army said Iran and Russia were helping the Syrian Army and [...]

August 9th, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Daily Brief,Exclusives,Iran,Mideast,Russia,Syria,Top Stories | Read More »

Israeli Army training commandos for guerrilla tunnel wars

An Israeli soldier from the Yahalom unit takes part in a tunnel-hunting drill in near Tel Aviv on March 7.  /Reuters/Nir Elias

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — The Israel Army has trained units and developed weapons to defeat underground threats. Military sources said the Army has established units meant to detect and capture underground enemy facilities. The sources said such Iranian proxies as Hamas, Hizbullah and Syria were building bunkers and tunnels to surprise Israeli ground [...]

August 8th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Hamas,Hizbullah,Iran,Israel,Mideast,Terrorism,Top Stories | Read More »

Intel: Israel could strike Iran before U.S. election


Times247 By Bill Gertz U.S. intelligence analysts watching for indicators of Israeli military action recently reported that there are signs the Jewish state plans an attack against Iran in October. … The Obama administration, meanwhile, is preparing to provide logistical support for a military strike but is pressing Israel to delay any action until the [...]

August 8th, 2012 | Posted in Daily Brief,Iran,Israel | Read More »

Obama intel officials challenge Israeli assessment on Iran

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Fox News.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The U.S. intelligence community is warning against relying on Israel for information on Iran. A former senior CIA official has warned that Israel could be skewing intelligence as part of its campaign for a U.S.-led strike on Iran. The former official, Ray McGovern, said Israel could be pressuring President Barack [...]

August 7th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Iran,Israel,Mideast,Top Stories,U.S. Intelligence,U.S. Politics | Read More »

Selection of new Saudi intel chief: Regional power bid and act of desperation

Prince Bandar bin Sultan is known to have had a warm relationship with President George W. Bush.

Special to WorldTribune.com Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com WASHINGTON — The role of intelligence, long a means for projecting power in Mideast dictatorships, is changing. Saudi Arabia’s new intelligence chief could reverse the decline of the Gulf Arab oil power amid the threat from neighboring Iran, a report said. And, in Egypt, the intelligence service [...]

August 7th, 2012 | Posted in Egypt,Exclusives,Intel Brief,Iran,Mideast,Saudi Arabia,Stateside,Top Stories,U.S. Intelligence | Read More »

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