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The winds of war may be blowing towards Persia ever so quietly. The United States has been deploying Patriot PAC-3 missile batteries tacitly in the Persian Gulf region over the last year. The US Navy Aegis anti-missile ships have been deployed in the Eastern Mediterranean to cover Israel against an Iranian missile bombardment in the event of a strike on Iran. Ten US warships plus an Israeli and German battle vessel transited the Suez Canal June 18th in route towards the Persian Gulf. This armada is being led by the USS Harry S. Truman carrier and its Strike Group of 60 fighter-bombers and 6,000 seamen and marines. This all comes on the heels of the recent announcement by Saudi Arabia that reiterates it’s agreement with Israel in regards to flyover rights for the Israeli Air Force.
In early June US, French and UK warships practiced simulated marine force attacks on ground targets with close air support supplied by the USS Harry S. Truman and the Charles de Gaulle. This simulated attack on Iran and our military movements has apparently alarmed the regime in Iran to respond with military movements of their own. According to DEBKAfile, The Republic of Iran has declared a “state of war” on it’s Northwestern border with Azerbaijan and has mobilized the Revolutionary Guard, which are being massed in the Caspian Sea region. Tehran claims the United States and Israel are concentrating military forces on Azerbaijan army and airbases. Iranian Brig Gen. Mehdi Moini was quoted as saying, “The mobilization is due to the presence of American and Israeli forces on the Western border.”
Iranian sources are reporting that Israel has secretly transferred a large number of bomber jets to Azerbaijan via Georgia. I don’t know what kind of relationship Azerbaijan and Israel have but I do know that Georgia and Israel are somewhat close. The Israelis are done with Obama’s failed Iranian policy and have started to put the final pieces together for a strike on Iran. I will give the Obama Administration a little credit for beefing up our offensive and defensive capabilities in the region in anticipation of an Israeli strike. Although President Obama still hasn’t given Israel landing rights in Iraq but hopefully that will change when an Israeli strike becomes a fait accompli.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
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