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US General: UAE's air force could take out Iran's
ynet ^ | 12/18/09 | ynet

Posted on 12/18/2009 2:59:05 PM PST by Flavius

Centcom commander Gen. David Petraeus tells Bahrain conference calls in Mideast countries to join forces in order to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions

WASHINGTON - The United Arab Emirates, a key US ally in the Persian Gulf, has the capability to overpower Iran's Air Force, US Centcom commander Gen. David Petraeus said last week.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bahrain; davidpetraeus; iran; israel; nukes; petraeus; uae

1 posted on 12/18/2009 2:59:07 PM PST by Flavius
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To: Flavius
UAE's air force could take out Iran's

All in favor, say "AYE!"

2 posted on 12/18/2009 3:01:07 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Flavius

That is very interesting...


3 posted on 12/18/2009 3:05:58 PM PST by texmexis best
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To: texmexis best

Yes, but why telegraph it NOW?


4 posted on 12/18/2009 3:07:43 PM PST by battlecry
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To: battlecry

Get Amadamnutjob to freak out and say something crazy. If he can take a pause between saying crazy things.


5 posted on 12/18/2009 3:09:30 PM PST by FreeAtlanta (There is no "O" in Transparency.)
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To: Flavius

The UAE and Saudi Air forces will provide cover for the IAF when it takes out the Iranian facilities

Possibly Kuwait as well


6 posted on 12/18/2009 3:13:25 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Lukenbach Texas is barely there)
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To: bert

That’s what I’m thinking too. Israel made that strike against Syria earlier this year and Egypt and Saudi Arabia didn’t say a peep about it.

Something has to be done about Iran soon, and the region knows it.


7 posted on 12/18/2009 3:16:01 PM PST by RinaseaofDs
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To: Flavius

And the UAE will do this because....?


8 posted on 12/18/2009 3:17:40 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: 1COUNTER-MORTER-68; Candor7; jhpigott; blam; muawiyah; onyx; Nachum; SunkenCiv; SJackson

*PING*


9 posted on 12/18/2009 3:23:59 PM PST by hennie pennie
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To: texmexis best
They have 80 F-16s with Amraams and Sidewinders, 60 Mirgage 2000s configured for strike, and 30 Apaches. Air to ground weapons include over 1000 Mavericks, 400 Hellfires for the Apaches, 160 HARMs to suppress enemy radar, and 50 Harpoons for naval strike.

Considering the state of the Iranian air force, I'd say the general is entirely correct. They couldn't destroy the entire Iranian armored force on the ground single handed, but they'd make a hell of a dent. (Iran has about 3500 major ground AFVs, counting tanks, APCs, self propelled artillery, etc).

10 posted on 12/18/2009 3:24:33 PM PST by JasonC
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To: Secret Agent Man
I think the general was just pointing out that Iran talks big but its military is mostly 2 generation old Soviet era junk, and being a US ally able to buy the latest equipment from us is what actually makes for modern military power.

He picked the UAE to show what weight class Iran is in and that it isn't very high. It is a good sales pitch for F-16s and good diplomacy...

11 posted on 12/18/2009 3:26:49 PM PST by JasonC
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To: Secret Agent Man
Because they view Iran as more of a threat to their security than Israel. Arabs and Persians detest each other (and have for a couple of thousand years) despite some commonality of Islam.Arabs are no fans of the Turks as well.
12 posted on 12/18/2009 3:27:08 PM PST by Apercu ("A man's character is his fate" - Heraclitus)
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To: Secret Agent Man; Sparky1776; militant2; TaMoDee; freedumb2003
And the UAE will do this because....?

Iran is constantly threatening Hormuz shipping traffic.

F-16 ping.


13 posted on 12/18/2009 3:32:14 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Flavius
Prove it!


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

14 posted on 12/18/2009 3:34:33 PM PST by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: Flavius

Well when Gen. David Petraeus gets done with all this can he be our president?


15 posted on 12/18/2009 3:40:08 PM PST by BARLF
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To: texmexis best

Not really. UAE has a modern Air Force and Iran’s is decrepit. But honestly, the way they fight over there the Honduran Air Force could whip Iran.


16 posted on 12/18/2009 3:40:13 PM PST by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: hennie pennie; AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...
US Centcom commander Gen. David Petraeus said last week
Thanks hennie pennie. Obama will now relieve Petraeus.
17 posted on 12/18/2009 5:32:45 PM PST by SunkenCiv (My Sunday Feeling is that Nothing is easy. Goes for the rest of the week too.)
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To: Flavius
How competent are their pilots and ground crews? How much flying do they do? Do they understand the capabilities of their weapons? Can they coordinate with the Saudis and Israelis and vice-versa?

I'manutjob has nothing to fear from US, but if the Saudis et al and the Israelis decide to work together, there will be some serious ass-kicking applied where it hurts him the most.

18 posted on 12/18/2009 5:45:27 PM PST by stboz
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To: battlecry
Yes, but why telegraph it NOW?

Perhaps this ?

Military Mutiny in Iran?

Cheers,

knewshound

http://www.knewshound.blogspot.com/
19 posted on 12/18/2009 5:53:44 PM PST by knews_hound (Credo Quia Absurdium--take nothing seriously unless it is absurd. E. Clampus Vitus)
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To: battlecry
“Yes, but why telegraph it NOW?”

To provoke the Iranians into attacking first.

20 posted on 12/18/2009 6:45:50 PM PST by GAB-1955 (I write books, love my wife, serve my nation, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: GAB-1955

Honestly, I wouldnt be surprised if zero orchestrates just such an attack to keep the Israelis from having to do it.

The UAE, the Saudis and the Kuwaitis could all get together and have at it. The USAF could give them AWACS support as well as supplying them with bombs and missles if they run low.


21 posted on 12/18/2009 6:49:10 PM PST by Armedanddangerous (The dead night tiger made whole by the Master of Sinanju)
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To: Armedanddangerous
I hope not. Obama and Company running a war is like Dan Snyder running the Redskins.
22 posted on 12/18/2009 6:53:37 PM PST by GAB-1955 (I write books, love my wife, serve my nation, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: Flavius

If the UAE is truly capable, why not have them do it and save Israel the retaliation from Syria, Hamas, & Hezbollah? Iran’s military is a joke, but the Emiratis on the other hand have been buying Western military equipment like crazy over the past few years. So have the Saudis, but I can’t see them actually standing up and fighting. They’ll come running to us like they did with Saddam.


23 posted on 12/19/2009 5:58:06 AM PST by G8 Diplomat
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To: battlecry

“Yes, but why telegraph it NOW?”

That actually is very straight forward.

Iran is backing the Houthi rebels that are a making incursions into Saudi Arabia and the message to Iran is that any more problems and Iran will be handling more than one Gulf nation.

I suspect that air over flight rights would be granted swiftly to the Israelis just for the asking. Iran is surrounded by nations that want them dead.


24 posted on 12/19/2009 11:56:21 AM PST by texmexis best
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