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US Military Drills Day One After Strike On Iran, Deploys F-22s To Gulf ^ | May 4, 2012 (Middle East) |

Posted on 05/03/2012 2:01:27 PM PDT by Iam1ru1-2

US Navy, Air Force, ground, intelligence and special forces units based at home, in Europe and the Middle East, took part this week in a special exercise ordered by President Barack Obama to simulate reactions to a potential US-Israel strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, debkafile’s exclusive military and Washington sources report.

Sunday, April 22, the US also transferred a number of advanced stealth F-22 fighter bombers, believed to be from the 302nd Fighter Squadron 302, from the joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska to the Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates.

According to our sources, the F-22 jets will join the F-15s of the Massachusetts Air National Guard’s 104th Fighter Wing which were transferred to the Al Udeid base a month ago.

Their mission will be to destroy the Iranian air force and air defense batteries so as to clear the way for US and Israeli bombers to go into action against Iran’s nuclear sites and the strategic infrastructure of its army and Revolutionary Guards Corps.

This unprecedented US buildup of air might - supplementing the aircraft on the decks of the USS Abraham Lincoln and USS Enterprise, to be joined by a third carrier as soon as the offensive gets underway – shows Tehran that the Obama administration is serious about using military means as extra pressure on Iran to give way in diplomatic negotiations – both with the six powers and with the US through clandestine channels.

Both moves took place as the United States and five other world powers prepares for the second round of talks with Iran scheduled for next month to rein in its nuclear program.

The comment Israel’s chief of staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz made to AP on April 26 about “other countries” having readied their armed forces for a potential strike “to keep Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons” referred to the deployment of the F-22 stealth jets. He did not name the other countries.

His comment was received in Washington as Israel’s strongest message till now that it will not be alone in attacking Iran but will have partners, presumably the US - and possibly also Britain, France, German, Holland or Italy.

At the end of the US exercise simulating Day One of this attack, debkafile reports that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lt. Gen. Martin Dempsey submitted to the White House three conclusions:

1. Iran’s response to a military strike will be “measured,” both to limit the damage to the regime and to conserve military resources for a possible follow-up attack;

2. The Iranians will go back to work on building a nuclear weapon within a short time;

3. The destruction of core elements of its nuclear program is expected to change Iran’s attitude in negotiations, making it less cocky and more submissive to international demands.

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 104thfighterwing; debka; f15; f22; iran; israel; massachusetts; waronterror

1 posted on 05/03/2012 2:01:35 PM PDT by Iam1ru1-2
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To: Iam1ru1-2

Debka. Color me skeptical.

2 posted on 05/03/2012 2:06:07 PM PDT by Thunder90 (Romney barely won in OH with a 12-1 money advantage, he can't beat Obama that way.)
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To: Iam1ru1-2

Why is this being leaked? Election year perhaps? naaaaa...

3 posted on 05/03/2012 2:06:35 PM PDT by Da Bilge Troll (Defeatism is not a winning strategy!)
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To: Iam1ru1-2

October Surprise? I wouldn’t put it past him. Wouldn’t that be a game changer.

4 posted on 05/03/2012 2:07:12 PM PDT by albionin
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To: albionin

“October Surprise? I wouldn’t put it past him. Wouldn’t that be a game changer.”

You don’t suppose this fascist douchebag would attack Iran without provocation and without Congressional authorization just to try and sway an election he must already know he’s going to lose otherwise, so you?

5 posted on 05/03/2012 2:12:14 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Iam1ru1-2
Where I live this morning it sounded as if the entire air wing took off. Who knows?
6 posted on 05/03/2012 2:16:34 PM PDT by aegiscg47
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To: Da Bilge Troll

See the first comment - it’s DEBKA - never right.

7 posted on 05/03/2012 2:22:02 PM PDT by fremont_steve
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To: aegiscg47

Give us some fuzzy idea of where you are at?

8 posted on 05/03/2012 2:25:14 PM PDT by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: Iam1ru1-2

One could only wish, but this “source” is DEBKA, afterall.

9 posted on 05/03/2012 2:41:08 PM PDT by carriage_hill (((.)))
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To: Michael Barnes
Hill AFB, Utah. The 388th TFW is stationed here. Lots of activity this morning.
10 posted on 05/03/2012 2:44:25 PM PDT by aegiscg47
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To: Iam1ru1-2
So if OBummer issues a strike on Iran will all the loony nut cases at MSNBC suddenly be for war?? This would be interesting because they all believe that Odufus can do no wrong. Could be political too, probably thinks he can get war lusty republicans to come to his side.
11 posted on 05/03/2012 2:54:34 PM PDT by 3rdcoastislander
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To: Iam1ru1-2

Obama will never side with Israel against another moslem nation. If anything, it’s Iran and Syria against the Moslem Brotherhood, the Arab Spring and Obama arrayed against the Shia populations. Sunni vs. Shia until one side utterly destroys the other. That’s exactly what mohammad wanted them to do as their religious obligation.

12 posted on 05/03/2012 2:59:53 PM PDT by STD ([You must help] people in the communityÂ…feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless)
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Moslems side against each other all the time. Saudi sided with us against Hussein in Desert Storm. Obama is a Saudi supplicant and wouldn't hesitate to smack non-Arab Shiite Iran to curry favor with his Arab Sunni masters.

This is inside Moslem politics being played out in Washington DC. Nauseating but true.

13 posted on 05/03/2012 4:24:12 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lt.(sic) Gen. Martin Dempsey

Dempsey has been a four star since 8 Dec 2008.

Good ole Debka, always effing up the facts.

14 posted on 05/03/2012 5:53:12 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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