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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; missiles; mullahcracy; russia; somalia; suezcanal; thirdworldwar; waronterror
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To: Army Air Corps

AFAIK - US has a permanent Marine base in Djibouti

I haven’t seen this story anywhere else yet, so I’m a bit skeptical about the details. OTOH, they could be putting guys closer to the Gulf of Aden to deal with piracy problems.
Let’s see if anyone else picks it up.


51 posted on 12/09/2008 3:54:37 PM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Fennie; Quix
For later read.

Someone in the islamic side actually knows strategy. This, the attacks on our supply columns, the Pak/Indian war, all spell a disaster for our guys if we don't have a back up plan.

Unfortunately, the US Generals are all political and have shown little evidence that they know any grand strategic vision. We could be in deep trouble very quickly.

52 posted on 12/09/2008 4:29:48 PM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Fred Nerks; george76; ...
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.
Thanks Ernest. What could possibly go wrong? ;')
53 posted on 12/09/2008 6:02:36 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, December 6, 2008 !!!)
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Eritrea:
CIA - The World Factbook -- Eritrea
Djibouti:
CIA - The World Factbook -- Djibouti

54 posted on 12/09/2008 6:03:11 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, December 6, 2008 !!!)
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Yemen -- notice the proximity of Somalia. :'o
CIA - The World Factbook -- Yemen

55 posted on 12/09/2008 6:22:21 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, December 6, 2008 !!!)
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To: Fennie

It will be easier for them to coordinate their activity with the pirates from Eritria.


56 posted on 12/09/2008 9:17:28 PM PST by rfreedom4u (Political correctness is a form of censorship!)
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To: nuconvert
see this:

Djibouti emerges as new US base

Last updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2008

57 posted on 12/09/2008 9:43:30 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: rjp2005

And to Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa, based in Djibouti, just under 2,000 US troups, about 100 miles away


58 posted on 12/10/2008 4:18:55 AM PST by SJackson (The American people are wise in wanting change, 2 terms is plenty, Condi Rice)
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59 posted on 11/15/2010 3:30:27 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: SunkenCiv

This stuff is REALLY scary. Good info, though. Still reading, thanks:)


60 posted on 11/15/2010 3:39:13 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: John123
Is Eritrea at war with someone and the refinery is vulnerable?

Eritrea has had conflicts with Ethiopia.

61 posted on 10/30/2011 5:00:21 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (Civilization is unnatural. It is a whim of circumstance. Barbarism must always ultimately triumph.)
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A map of the Sahel region showing where Al Qaeda operates (AFP/Graphic)

A map of the Sahel region showing where Al Qaeda operates (AFP/Graphic)

62 posted on 11/20/2011 6:55:08 PM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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63 posted on 02/12/2012 8:44:56 AM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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A re-ping. Thanks Fennie.
64 posted on 08/01/2012 6:25:35 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Blueflag

I don’t trust Hussein to do the right thing to defend the civilized world against Islam.


65 posted on 08/18/2013 9:17:23 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Blueflag

I don’t trust Hussein to do the right thing to defend the civilized world against Islam.


66 posted on 08/18/2013 9:17:27 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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