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Iran Deploys Troops, Ballistic Missiles To Eritrea
The Cutting Edge ^ | December 8, 2008

Posted on 12/09/2008 10:40:57 AM PST by Fennie

Iranian ships and submarines have deployed an undisclosed number of Iranian troops and weapons at the Eritrean port town of Assab, according to opposition groups, foreign diplomats, and NGOs in the area.

The city of Assab sits at the Horn of Africa in the Arabian Sea. As such, Assab offers a strategic position as the world nervously eyes the precarious routes through which a seaborne oil traverses daily.

Local sources have reported that Iran recently sent soldiers and a large number of long-range and ballistic missiles. The military basing came after Iran signed an accord with Eritrea to revamp the Russian-built refinery used by the Eritrean Oil Company, also known as Assab Oil Company.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Israel; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: africa; arabiansea; bombbombbombbombiran; china; djibouti; eritrea; geopolitics; hornofafrica; iran; iranianmissiles; iraq; islam; israel; jihad; missilecrisis; missiles; mullahcracy; russia; somalia; suezcanal; thirdworldwar; waronterror
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1 posted on 12/09/2008 10:40:58 AM PST by Fennie
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To: Fennie

This is it get ready


2 posted on 12/09/2008 10:43:16 AM PST by al baby (Hi mom IF DA BIRTH PLACE IS A LIE, BEING DA PRESIDENT AIN'T GONNA FLY!)
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To: Fennie

Notice how much closer this places their reach to Mecca....hint, hint.


3 posted on 12/09/2008 10:43:59 AM PST by rjp2005 (Lord have mercy on us)
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To: Fennie

“and a large number of long-range and ballistic missiles” = a large number of targets already in the mission planning computers.


4 posted on 12/09/2008 10:44:00 AM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur)
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To: Fennie

ping


5 posted on 12/09/2008 10:45:40 AM PST by unkus
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To: txflake; nuconvert

Pingaroo.


6 posted on 12/09/2008 10:45:45 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Fennie; All; NormsRevenge; Grampa Dave; SierraWasp; tubebender; Marine_Uncle; BOBTHENAILER; ...

Just damn!


7 posted on 12/09/2008 10:47:23 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: SJackson; tobyhill; Captain Ed; holdonnow

fyi


8 posted on 12/09/2008 10:49:26 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Fennie

Guess oil is too low?


9 posted on 12/09/2008 10:52:09 AM PST by elpinta (Insured by Walther, Glock, Smith & Wesson.)
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To: Fennie

The only strategic point I see in that region is its close to a choke point where the Red Sea meets the Gulf of Aden. Any missle layout would almost have to be long range since there are no targets nearby. Wonder how many anti-ship missiles they deployed.


10 posted on 12/09/2008 10:53:23 AM PST by CougarGA7 (Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.)
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To: Fennie
The military basing came after Iran signed an accord with Eritrea to revamp the Russian-built refinery used by the Eritrean Oil Company

Well, if Eritrea allows Iran to do this... but I don't get it... the agreement was to revamp a refinery... why do you need to bring in the military base? Is Eritrea at war with someone and the refinery is vulnerable?

11 posted on 12/09/2008 10:54:15 AM PST by John123 (The US may be going down the drain, but everyone else will drown first...)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

hmmmm...

The Horn of Africa .. one more twig on the bonfire to come


12 posted on 12/09/2008 10:55:26 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed)
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To: Fennie

We need to start immediate “talks!”

Maybe the EU can lead the way!


13 posted on 12/09/2008 10:56:11 AM PST by Red6
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To: Fennie; Cindy; Yehuda

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rlz=1T4RNWN_enUS293US293&sa=X&oi=spell&resnum=0&ct=result&cd=1&q=eritrea+shiite&spell=1

Eritrea and Shiite Islam


14 posted on 12/09/2008 10:57:27 AM PST by RaceBannon (We have sown the wind, but we will reap the whirlwind. NObama. Not my president.)
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To: Fennie

I just checked the CIA Factbook... apparently Eritrea and Ethiopia have some ongoing difficulties with the border... perhaps that’s it... or Iran is pushing it because they are a bunch of butt-heads and are trying to exacerbate the region to increase the price of oil again.


15 posted on 12/09/2008 11:00:38 AM PST by John123 (The US may be going down the drain, but everyone else will drown first...)
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To: Fennie


16 posted on 12/09/2008 11:02:50 AM PST by Diogenesis
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To: CougarGA7

How about a sea lane to Israel


17 posted on 12/09/2008 11:05:47 AM PST by kidd (Obama: The triumph of hope over evidence)
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To: Fennie

It begins....

Are they trying to control the Gulf of Aden AND the Persian Gulf? Are they surrounding the Arabian peninsula with missiles from all directions? Why Eritrea? That’s kinda strange...


18 posted on 12/09/2008 11:18:40 AM PST by G8 Diplomat (The Middle East: We put the OIL in TURMOIL!)
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To: G8 Diplomat

Thats easy - it controls the sea lanes coming out of the Red Sea. They could interdict US assets moving through
the Suez Canal, shipping moving into/out of Eilat, West Coast of Saudi and the port of Aquba. They could place AA missiles there which would make Israeli flights over the area impossible (how they got to Entebbe for the raid).

This is a very provacative move.


19 posted on 12/09/2008 11:27:31 AM PST by rahbert
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To: G8 Diplomat
Iran now has a military presence on both sides of the Arabian peninsula -- on the Red Sea and on the "Persian" Gulf. The Saudis must be feeling the squeeze.
20 posted on 12/09/2008 11:30:10 AM PST by Snickersnee (Where are we going? And what's with this handbasket?)
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To: Fennie
They paved paradise. And put up a parking lot ... Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket
21 posted on 12/09/2008 11:31:14 AM PST by SouthernmostFreeper (Change is all you will have left... Pocket Change)
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To: Fennie; John123

Lots going on in the Horn of Africa.

Pirates operating out of Somalia (some of them captured an Iranian ship carrying radioactive materials for some unknown purpose).

Al Qaeda was driven out of Mogadishu (Somalia) by Ethiopian troops who are still occupying it. Ethiopians were supposed to withdraw but are suddenly increasing their troop levels apparently.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5g7OaI4_kjeHA-o4UhlmP7vlWmrrwD94V83180

We have a major special forces base in Djibouti, right next door to Eritrea.

Eritrea is of course at war with Ethiopia and has been for years.

And Eritrea is at a choke point on the Red Sea. From there they could choke off sea traffic to the Saudis’ Red Sea ports, while simultaneously closing down the Persian Gulf to oil traffic.

Somewhere in there is the answer to what Iran is doing in Eritrea.


22 posted on 12/09/2008 11:33:50 AM PST by marron
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; Grampa Dave; Issaquahking; AuntB

Meanwhile... Back at the US ranch... The MSM fixated on the Palin campaign wardrobe cost!!!


23 posted on 12/09/2008 11:35:19 AM PST by SierraWasp (With PROOF, there's no need for CONsensus which is merely religion anyway!!!)
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To: rahbert
This is a very provocative move.

Remember how the "last straw" in the June 1967 "Six Days War" was the bottling up of the Gulf of Aqaba/Eilat by the Egyptians at Sharm-el-Sheikh?

24 posted on 12/09/2008 11:35:51 AM PST by Snickersnee (Where are we going? And what's with this handbasket?)
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25 posted on 12/09/2008 11:36:26 AM PST by RaceBannon (We have sown the wind, but we will reap the whirlwind. NObama. Not my president.)
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To: Fennie

Just north of Djibouti, Djibouti.

Mind like a steel trap.

26 posted on 12/09/2008 11:39:58 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: marron

After long being a part of the Kingdom of Ethiopia, in 1995/6 Eritrea received it’s independence, pressure being applied by the Saudis and Pakistani to coerce the USG and Ethiopia to accept the creation of virtually the last new nation in the world.

Last year, there were persistent reports of Pakistan’s ISI financing and arming groups that were part of Somalia’s Islamist councils, overthrown temporarily by the Ethiopians.

Eritrea, in it’s short existence has proved to be the vanguard and the tip of the spear of the WorldWide Jihad.


27 posted on 12/09/2008 11:41:06 AM PST by swarthyguy (*Bush Promised us Osama, instead we're getting Obama*)
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To: Snickersnee; FARS; Yehuda; tet68; Lancey Howard; MudPuppy; usmcobra; Dutchy; nutmeg; AnnaZ; ...

good point

a 2 pronged assault on carriers both in the Gulf and Suez simultaneously

Knowing their deployment, we now have two bottlenecks where they can shoot from with the least time of flight for airborne millie assaults against our ships

Also, there may be enough range to attack Israel from that point, too. Due to most of Israel’s deployment of Patriots in the northeast to deflect inbound from that direction, this would necessitate a splitting of forces to defend from the south, too

THis is a two-fer for an aggressive state. And definitely a cause for pre-emptive action by the US or Israel. There is NO legitimate reason for Iran to do such a thing

UNLESS they are doing it to create an excuse to fire upon us, a lose lose situation, one they can exploit and act innocent while we bomb outside their nation, they ‘respond’ within ours and Israel, their plan all along


28 posted on 12/09/2008 11:42:47 AM PST by RaceBannon (We have sown the wind, but we will reap the whirlwind. NObama. Not my president.)
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To: RaceBannon

Lets not forget Iran has plans to build and assist the Venezuelans with projects. Could be another cover to get troops equipment into our hemisphere.....


29 posted on 12/09/2008 11:49:51 AM PST by Vlaxo
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To: SierraWasp

Seems like the standard test pattern of a new president’s Radical islam reception. America seems to have the world’s shortest memory ...


30 posted on 12/09/2008 11:52:02 AM PST by Issaquahking (Obama won the election, and America lost!)
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To: Vlaxo

also lets not forget Venezuelas relationship with cuba. They are one in the same.


31 posted on 12/09/2008 11:52:23 AM PST by Vlaxo
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To: CougarGA7
The only strategic point I see in that region is its close to a choke point where the Red Sea meets the Gulf of Aden.

Actually, by doing this they would effectively control the Suez canal. And, of course, the tanker traffic that goes through it.

Couple that with control of the Straits of Hormuz, and you end up with Iran having a stranglehold on a significant amount of the world's oil.

Always assuming, of course, that this story is even remotely accurate.

32 posted on 12/09/2008 11:54:54 AM PST by r9etb
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To: All

One air route from Israel was along the west coast of Saudi Arabia now they can monitor bombing sorties from. Israel


33 posted on 12/09/2008 12:00:41 PM PST by Flavius (war gives peace its security)
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To: r9etb; kidd

Yeah. Like I said the choke point is the only advantage I see here.


34 posted on 12/09/2008 12:01:20 PM PST by CougarGA7 (Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.)
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Bookmark


35 posted on 12/09/2008 12:02:52 PM PST by Repeal The 17th
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To: Vlaxo

Question: Why are there Iranian natinals on Chinese oil wells in the GUlf off Cuba?


36 posted on 12/09/2008 12:06:02 PM PST by RaceBannon (We have sown the wind, but we will reap the whirlwind. NObama. Not my president.)
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To: SierraWasp
Back at the US ranch... The MSM fixated on the Palin campaign wardrobe cost!

Dude - they are so way past that. Now it's what dress Michelle is going to wear to the inaugural.

37 posted on 12/09/2008 12:11:18 PM PST by green iguana
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To: F15Eagle

And the fun begins...





38 posted on 12/09/2008 12:13:57 PM PST by G8 Diplomat (The Middle East: We put the OIL in TURMOIL!)
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To: r9etb; Fennie
“Always assuming, of course, that this story is even remotely accurate.”

Good point; I scouted around looking for a mainstream source and couldn't find one. Found this:

http://www.eritreadaily.net/News0208/article0811291.htm

39 posted on 12/09/2008 12:19:11 PM PST by marron
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To: G8 Diplomat

Oh wow. Thanks for the ping.

Obama is such a doofus.


40 posted on 12/09/2008 12:19:11 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: swarthyguy
Eritrea, in it’s short existence has proved to be the vanguard and the tip of the spear of the WorldWide Jihad.

Ethiopia's forces are divided, which probably reduces the pressure on Eritrea.

Last year, there were persistent reports of Pakistan’s ISI financing and arming groups that were part of Somalia’s Islamist councils

Depressing.

41 posted on 12/09/2008 12:22:40 PM PST by marron
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To: Fennie
The chess pieces are all falling into place. I just hope my family doesn’t have too suffer much for the ignorant people who voted for the one I whom dare not speak his name. All I can say is, “Come Lord Jesus soon, we are about to commit global suicide.”
42 posted on 12/09/2008 12:22:40 PM PST by kagoots (Soon we will envy the dead)
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To: r9etb
I just read an excellent book from WW2 on this region, Under the Red Sea Sun, by Cdr E. Ellsberg, USN. He was a salvage guy who was sent to the Eritrean port of Massawa to open it up in 1942 after the Italian/British fighting had left it unusable. It was important because it was feared at the time that Rommel was going to take both Alexandria and the Suez Canal; and that Massawa was going to be the main Allied base from which to retake Egypt and the Eastern Med. Left me with no doubt whatever about the strategic importance of that end of the Red Sea.
43 posted on 12/09/2008 1:02:36 PM PST by Snickersnee (Where are we going? And what's with this handbasket?)
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To: Snickersnee

The Shi’ite is about to hit the fan..


44 posted on 12/09/2008 1:15:03 PM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

One could expect even closer cooperation between the US and Saudis in the days to come. If required increased air surveillance on their side will be established, both in ground radar and airborne assets. Perhaps more F16 fighter bomber configurations may be sold to them. Lots of things we can see them that could help quickly neutralize any land to sea attacks on the shipping channel.


45 posted on 12/09/2008 1:21:52 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Duncan Hunter was our best choice.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Whoops. see = sell.


46 posted on 12/09/2008 1:22:42 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Duncan Hunter was our best choice.)
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To: G8 Diplomat

Excellent !


47 posted on 12/09/2008 1:30:05 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Marine_Uncle

The Saudi’s need to shut down the Wahabbi Schools....worldwide...I’m sure “the One” will ask them for that!!! ..../s


48 posted on 12/09/2008 1:34:00 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

MUSLIM OBAMA IS. IS HE SHIA OR SUNNI?

It won’t take long to find out, if he does manage to set foot in the Oval Office, just watch his foreign policy decisions.

So far, I have him ID’d as shia...probably the Allawah Sect followed by the majority of Omani muslims; who settled in East Africa. Zanzibar and Kenya. (Arab Slavers.)


49 posted on 12/09/2008 3:05:38 PM PST by Fred Nerks (FAIR DINKUM)
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To: Fred Nerks

Things are really looking ugle today...got to take a break and go pay some bills and get grub for the lean to!...see my Black Hole post...


50 posted on 12/09/2008 3:44:47 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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