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  • The Maersk Tigris game change: Iran’s big little maneuver in the Strait of Hormuz

    05/03/2015 9:32:17 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 8 replies ^ | May 03,2015 | J.E. Dyer
    The game of international power dynamics has just shifted in a major way. It will take a little time for the consequences to be visible to the public eye. But I don’t think it will take that much time. We’re talking months, at most, if not weeks. Iran is getting no pushback from the “international community,” and is moving quickly now.
  • U.S. Sends Ships to Strait of Hormuz to Shield Vessels After Iran Seizure

    05/01/2015 5:20:43 AM PDT · by thackney · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | APRIL 30, 2015 | MATTHEW ROSENBERG and DANNY HAKIM
    The Navy on Thursday began deploying warships to protect American commercial vessels passing through the Strait of Hormuz against any interference from Iran, which this week seized a cargo ship in the narrow waterway, though which about 20 percent of the world’s oil passes. Military officials said American warships and aircraft would maintain a presence in and around the strait and stay in contact with some American cargo ships traversing the sea lane, which separates the Persian Gulf from the Arabian Sea. But the officials drew a distinction between the new effort, which they characterized as “accompanying” commercial vessels, and...
  • First on CNN: Navy to escort U.S. commercial ships near Iran

    04/30/2015 12:05:24 PM PDT · by McGruff · 24 replies
    Commie News Network ^ | April 30, 2015 | Barbara Starr
    CNN has learned that U.S. Navy warships will now accompany every U.S.-flagged commercial vessel that passes through the Strait of Hormuz due to concerns that ships from Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps navy could try to seize a U.S. cargo ship. The classified plan was approved by the Pentagon Thursday, according to a senior defense official.
  • Arab intelligence: Iran's military is ready to close Strait of Hormuz if nuclear talks fail

    04/05/2015 12:55:40 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 62 replies
    Twitter ^ | 4/5/15 - 2:50pm | IsraelBreaking
    Arab intelligence agencies tell European countries that Irans military is ready to close Strait of Hormuz if nuclear talks fail. - Ch. 10
  • Five Terror Suspects Flown to US from Britain

    10/06/2012 4:00:03 AM PDT · by Cindy · 14 replies
    VOA News - VOICE OF AMERICA ^ | Posted October 6th, 2012 at 5:35 am (UTC-4) | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Two U.S. planes have flown radical Muslim preacher Abu Hamza al-Masri and four other suspected terrorists to the United States, hours after Britain's High Court cleared the way for their extradition. The planes departed a Royal Air Force base immediately after the British High Court rejected last-minute appeals by Hamza and the others. The five had raised legal questions about human rights and prison conditions they expected to face in the United States. In rejecting the appeals, the British court cited an “overwhelming public interest” in seeing the extraditions carried out. Hamza is wanted on U.S. charges that include...
  • The US Navy And Allies Just Showed Iran Who Really Controls The Strait Of Hormuz

    09/29/2012 6:36:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/28/2012 | Robert Johnson
    The US Navy and allies just completed a 12-day mine clearing exercise in the Strait of Hormuz. While the military avoided mentioning the standoff with Iran, the message was clear. The allied nations were here and would do anything it takes to keep this critical 21-mile channel open. It was August when I put up a post saying I wanted to attend this week's Persian Gulf mine clearing exercise. After reporting Iran's incessant threats to mine the Strait of Hormuz and choke the global oil supply, I wanted some reality. I thought the words out of Iran would have a...
  • Iran Planning To Attack U.S. Warships In The Persian Gulf

    09/08/2012 9:46:04 AM PDT · by Fennie · 54 replies
    Examiner ^ | September 7, 2012
    A senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) said the US navy is deeply fearful of Iran's naval power in the Persian Gulf, and added that Iran will not leave the US warships undamaged in case of a military move against the country. "I assure you that if the US warships do a foolish action, they won't leave the area (regional waters) unhurt," Commander of the IRGC Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said in a gathering in Iran's Northeastern holy city of Mashhad on Wednesday.
  • UAE starts up pipeline to bypass Strait of Hormuz

    07/16/2012 5:49:45 AM PDT · by thackney · 24 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 15, 2012 | Associated Press
    The United Arab Emirates on Sunday inaugurated a much-anticipated overland oil pipeline that bypasses the Strait of Hormuz, giving the OPEC member insurance against Iranian threats to block the strategic waterway. The 380-kilometer (236-mile) Abu Dhabi Crude Oil Pipeline snakes across western desert dunes and over the craggy Hajar mountains to the city of Fujairah on the UAE’s Indian Ocean coast, south of the strait. Until now, all Emirati exports were loaded in the Gulf and then sailed out through Hormuz. Once it is running at full capacity, the pipeline could allow the country, OPEC’s third biggest exporter, to ship...
  • US Quietly Bolstering Presence In Persian Gulf

    07/03/2012 4:03:53 AM PDT · by edpc · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 3 July 2012 | JPost Staff
    The United States has quietly increased its military presence in the Persian Gulf to deter Tehran from attempting to shut the Strait of Hormuz, according to a New York Times report published Tuesday. Linking the Persian Gulf with the Indian Ocean, the Strait is used to transport about a fifth of the world’s oil on a daily basis, and the popular assessment within the IDF is that Iran – which borders the channel to the north and east – has the ability to shut it down if it so chooses.
  • Iran lawmakers prepare to close Hormuz Strait

    07/02/2012 5:15:21 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 19 replies
    RT ^ | 7/3/2012 | RT
    Iranian lawmakers have drafted a bill that would close the Strait of Hormuz for oil tankers heading to countries supporting current economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic. ­"There is a bill prepared in the National Security and Foreign Policy committee of Parliament that stresses the blocking of oil tanker traffic carrying oil to countries that have sanctioned Iran," Iranian MP Ibrahim Agha-Mohammadi told reporters. "This bill has been developed as an answer to the European Union's oil sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran."
  • Rethinking the Strait of Hormuz

    05/21/2012 9:21:36 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 37 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | May 2012 | CDR Daniel Dolan, USN
    If hostilities break out over any disruption of traffic through this busy sea lane, the Navy had better look long and hard at Iran’s anti-access/area-denial capabilities. In 2010, Dr. Shmuel Bar, director of studies at the Institute of Policy and Strategy in Herzliya, Israel, wrote the following:
  • Iran Announces Blockade Of Strait Of Hormuz And Claims U.S. Is Complying

    04/24/2012 7:04:50 AM PDT · by Fennie · 25 replies
    World Tribune ^ | April 22, 2012
    NICOSIA -- In the first such claim, Iran said it was imposing a blockade on unauthorized ships in the Strait of Hormuz. A senior commander for Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps said all ships, including those from the U.S. Navy, must undergo inspection before proceeding through the strait. "The alien vessels which enter the Persian Gulf via the Strait of Hormuz always provide the needed answers and information to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps units," IRGC deputy navy commander Rear Adm. Alireza Tangsiri said.
  • US Navy deploys 2nd aircraft carrier to Gulf

    04/09/2012 10:41:46 AM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 118 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4/08/2012 | Associated Press
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Navy said Monday it has deployed a second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions with Iran over its disputed nuclear program. The deployment of the nuclear-powered USS Enterprise along with the Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group marks one of the few times the Navy has had two aircraft carriers operating in waters near the Persian Gulf, said Cmdr. Amy Derrick-Frost of the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet. The two carriers will support the American military operations in Afghanistan and anti-piracy efforts off Somalia's coast and in the Gulf of Aden,...
  • John Paul Jones, Baranof Rescued 24 Filipino Mariners

    03/19/2012 10:50:48 AM PDT · by ThirdMate · 10 replies
    U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs ^ | Mar. 15, 2012 | U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs
    Mar. 15, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Release #036-12 John Paul Jones, Baranof Rescued 24 Filipino Mariners By U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs ARABIAN GULF – Guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) and U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Baranof (WPB 1318) rescued 24 Filipino mariners in Arabian Gulf, March 15. At approximately 2 a.m., local time, John Paul Jones, assigned to Combined Maritime Forces’ Commander, Task Force 152, responded to a distress call from the Liberian-flagged motor vessel Stolt Valor, operating within international waters 48 nautical miles southeast of Farsi Island, Iran. Once on scene, John Paul Jones...
  • Aircraft Carrier Enterprise Sets Off On Final Journey - Direction Iran

    03/12/2012 10:51:12 AM PDT · by Fennie · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Zero Hedge ^ | March 11, 2012 | Tyler Durden
    Today, at noon Eastern, the storied aircraft carrier Enterprise, aka CVN-65, left its home port of Naval Station Norfolk one final time for its final voyage with a heading: Arabian Sea, aka Iran. There in a week it will join CVN 72 Lincoln and CVN 70 Vinson, as well as LHD 8 Makin Island, all of which are supporting any potential escalation of "hostilities" in the Persian Gulf region.
  • SHIPPING CEO: Iran Could Send Oil To $440/Barrel

    03/05/2012 6:10:14 AM PST · by blam · 63 replies
    TBI ^ | 3-5-2012 | Gus Lubin
    SHIPPING CEO: Iran Could Send Oil To $440/Barrel Gus LubinMarch 5, 2012US Navy The scariest Iran scenario yet comes from Bob Bandos, CEO of marine logistics and services company GAC North America. Bandos tells Pierre Bertrand of the International Business Times: [T]ankers can haul 1.8 million barrels of oil a day through the strait. If that supply is choked off, the effect would be similar to the fuel shortages of the 1970s - but more extreme, Bandos said. "That would be nothing compared to this," Bandos said, who added the shortage would be global. If the 1973 embargo experience repeats...
  • Bombs target Israeli diplomats in India, Georgia; 2 injured

    02/13/2012 7:50:41 AM PST · by Eyes Unclouded · 11 replies · 2+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Monday, February 13, 2012 | Simon Denyer and Joel Greenberg
    NEW DELHI –The wife of an Israeli diplomat in New Delhi and her driver were injured on Monday when the car they were traveling in was bombed, officials said. A second attempted bombing was defused outside the Israeli embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia, at about the same time. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately blamed Iran, which has vowed revenge for the recent assassinations of several scientists involved in Iran’s nuclear program. Hezbollah, which receives funding and strong support from Iran, also had promised to avenge the assassination of one...
  • Iran Conducting More Exercises in Straits of Hormuz

    02/04/2012 1:45:42 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/2/12 | David Lev
    Iran is conducting yet more military exercises in the Straits of Hormuz. Iranian officials said that the exercises were in response to a European boycott of Iranian oil, and that Iran would not “submit” to Western pressure against it. The new exercises, the official said, were aimed at preparing Iran for a battle against a “hypothetical enemy.” The Straits of Hormuz are considered an important strategic asset; 20% of the world's production of oil passes through it on oil tankers bound for the West, and Iran has threatened to close the Straits if its nuclear facilities are attacked. Iranian television...
  • This New Commando 'Mothership' Is Being Rushed To The Middle East

    01/28/2012 3:49:44 PM PST · by blam · 73 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-28-2012 | Robert Johnson
    This New Commando 'Mothership' Is Being Rushed To The Middle East Robert Johnson January 28, 2012The Pentagon is wasting no time in modifying its forces to meet the needs of a more specialized and commando-based military. The Washington Post reports the Pentagon is fast-tracking the conversion of the 1960s warship USS Ponce to use as a "commando mothership" base for special forces teams in the Middle East. The re-christened Ponce will hold small Combat Rubber Raiding Craft (Zodiac style boats), and helicopters routinely employed by the SEAL teams that are now becoming famous for their successful clandestine operations. The news...
  • Top US General Stresses 'Mutual Commitment' During Visit

    01/20/2012 1:51:41 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/1/12 | Gavriel Queenann
    US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey on Friday stressed "mutual commitment" ahead of a round of meetings with Defense Minister Ehud Barak and his counterpart, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz. "My presence here, I hope, reflects the commitment we have for each other," Dempsey said. "I'm here to assure you that's the case." Gantz, who greeted Dempsey, said "Both our countries share the same interests, the same values, and I'm sure that we can somehow work it out, together." U.S. and Israeli officials have described Dempsey’s visit as a routine consultation between allies, dismissing speculation...
  • Iran Threatens To Torpedo US Carriers In The Persian Gulf

    01/19/2012 10:28:22 AM PST · by Strategy · 44 replies
    Business Insider ^ | January 18, 2012
    Underscoring its desire to keep U.S. aircraft carriers from the Persian Gulf, a senior Iranian military commander today announced his possible plan to ambush the American fleet. Chalk this one up to more bluster, or part of a mounting back and forth rhetoric headed nowhere good, either way - Tehran plans to rely on its subs. Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Army's Self-Sufficiency Jihad, Rear Admiral Farhad Amiri told Fars that Iran has the finest electic diesel submarines in the world, and that while the U.S. has focused on Tehran's "astonishing surface capabilities," it has forgotten about the underwater threat....
  • No-kidding red lines: U.S. response to an Iranian nuke...

    01/17/2012 6:17:17 AM PST · by arthurus · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | Jan 17, 201 | Frank Gaffney
    Others point, however, to evidence that the Israelis are concealing key military movements from our intelligence assets as an indicator that they are going for it and want to keep us from interfering. At a minimum, Jerusalem would have to worry that an American administration that is holding secret negotiations with Tehran in Turkey at the level of Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns would seek to curry favor with the mullahs by compromising any information it obtains about Israel's intentions.
  • Iran received U.S. letter on Hormuz Strait

    01/15/2012 3:59:27 PM PST · by TWhiteBear · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jan 15 2012' | Reporting by Hossein Jaseb; Writing Robin Pomeroy
    Iran said on Sunday it had received a letter from the U.S. government about the Strait of Hormuz, Foreign Ministry spokesman ...was quoted ... as saying Tehran had not yet decided if it would reply to the letter, the contents of which he did not detail. "America's message over the Strait of Hormuz reached us through three channels. It was given to our U.N. representative, the Swiss ambassador conveyed it to the Foreign Ministry and also Iraqi President Jalal Talabani gave the message to Iran,"
  • Iran Warns Gulf Countries Not To Replace Its Oil

    01/15/2012 6:07:23 AM PST · by edpc · 27 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 15 Jan 2012 | Reuters
    Iran's Gulf Arab neighbors should not raise their production to replace Iranian oil if the European Union goes ahead with a ban on Iranian crude imports, Iran's OPEC governor said on Sunday. The EU has agreed in principle to ban imports of Iranian oil, while the United States has pressured Asian buyers to reduce imports to starve Iran of revenue for its disputed nuclear program.
  • The Navy Is Depending on Dolphins to Keep the Strait of Hormuz Open

    01/13/2012 8:11:23 PM PST · by traumer · 34 replies
    If Iran closes the Strait of Hormuz, the U.S. Navy has a backup plan to save one-fifth of the world's daily oil trade: send in the dolphins. The threat of Iran closing the strait has reached a fever pitch, reports today's New York Times, with U.S. officials warning Iran's supreme leader that such moves would cross a "red line" provoking a U.S. response. Iran could block the strait with any assortment of mines, armed speed boats or anti-ship cruise missiles but according to Michael Connell at the Center for Naval Analysis, “The immediate issue [for the U.S. military] is to...
  • US, Iranian ships involved in incidents in Strait of Hormuz

    01/13/2012 6:51:45 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 56 replies · 2+ views ^ | January 13, 2012 | Jennifer Griffin and Justin Fishel and the Associated Press
    Iranian ships recently taunted two U.S. Navy vessels as part of escalating tensions in and around the Persian Gulf's Strait of Hormuz. The incidents in the strait, one of the world's most important oil routes, occurred last week and involved the USS New Orleans, an amphibious transport dock, and the Coast Guard Cutter Adak, the military said Friday in releasing videos of the incidents. Iranian speed boats are seen in one of the videos approaching the USS New Orleans within about 500 yards last Friday. "The Iranian boats did not respond to whistle signal or voice queries from the New...
  • INSIGHT: Problems Will Occur If Conflict Happens in Strait of Hormuz

    01/09/2012 9:43:01 AM PST · by thackney · 40 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 09, 2012 | INSIGHT|
    INSIGHT, a top international provider of supply chain planning solutions for the world's foremost companies, believes that substantial supply chain problems will result if conflict breaks out in the Strait of Hormuz, through which 20 percent - 30 percent of the world's oil supply passes on a daily basis. Of more immediate concern to supply chain managers is the impact on global oil markets. While the consequences of military action in the Strait would be severe, even the threat of conflict has resulted in significant crude oil price increases in the past few weeks. Iran threatened last week to stop...
  • U.S. Top Officer: Closing Hormuz would be Red Line

    01/08/2012 2:18:25 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 39 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/1/12 | Gil Ronen
    Iran has the ability to temporarily block the Strait of Hormuz but the U.S. “would take action and reopen” it, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman General Martin Dempsey said Sunday, making clear to Iran that in threatening to close the straits, it is literally playing with fire. . “They’ve invested in capabilities that could, in fact, for a period of time block the Strait of Hormuz,” Dempsey said in an interview for CBS's “Face the Nation." “We’ve invested in capabilities to ensure that if that happens, we can defeat that.” Blocking the strategic shipping lane linking the Gulf of Oman...
  • Iran renews warning to US Navy in Gulf ["As a result ... the United States must leave the region."]

    01/04/2012 4:56:31 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies
    Iran renews warning to US Navy in Gulf AFPBy Marc Burleigh | AFP – 4 hrs ago Iran on Wednesday renewed its warning to America against keeping a US naval presence in the oil-rich Gulf, underlining a threat Washington has dismissed as a sign of "weakness." Meanwhile, diplomats said the European Union was on target to impose a threatened embargo on oil imports from Iran, which France said could come by the end of January and which drew US praise. "The presence of forces from beyond the (Gulf) region has no result but turbulence. We have said the presence of...
  • Is Iran Following in Qaddafi's Footsteps?

    01/03/2012 12:19:40 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 24 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/1/12 | Gavriel Queenann
    An Iranian parliamentarian said Tuesday that all foreign warships will soon be unable to pass through the Strait of Hormuz unless they first receive permission from the Iranian Navy ships deployed in the region. "If the military vessels and warships of any country want to pass via the Strait of Hormoz without coordination and permission of Iran's Navy forces, they should be stopped by the Iranian Armed Forces," Nader Qazipour told FNA. Nader said the plan will be presented to the parliament's presiding board next week. Iran's navy is drawing up a strategic plan to enforce the decision should it...
  • Closing the Strait of Hormuz is Iranian bluster

    12/31/2011 9:11:55 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 21 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/31/2011 | Jim Emerson
    In reaction to proposed sanctions over its nuclear program, Iran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz cutting off the flow of crude from the Middle East. Iran’s Chief of the Navy, Admiral Habibollah Sayyari boasted that “Closing the of Hormuz for Iran’s armed forces is really easy.” He was overhyping the capability of his navy in advance of a planned 10 day Iranian navel exercise in the strait. Iran did state that “it would stop the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf if sanctions were imposed on its crude exports.” This was the...
  • Iran to test-fire missiles in key oil waterway (part of ongoing war games)

    12/30/2011 12:01:42 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/30/11 | AFP
    Tehran said it will test-fire missiles in the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday, a move likely to stoke tensions with Washington already running high over Iran's threats to close the strategic oil waterway if sanctions are enforced. "Shorter- and longer-range, ground-to-sea, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles will be tested on Saturday," the ISNA news agency quoted Iran's navy spokesman, Commodore Mahmoud Mousavi, as saying on Friday. Iran, which has been carrying out war games in the Strait of Hormuz over the past week, has said that "not a drop of oil" would pass through the strait if Western governments follow through...
  • Paul: Iran justified in closing Strait of Hormuz

    12/30/2011 11:44:42 AM PST · by Nachum · 40 replies
    CNS News ^ | 12/30/11 | Richard Goodenough
    As Iran ratcheted up its rhetoric Thursday about closing the Strait of Hormuz, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul revisited his earlier criticisms of Western policy towards Tehran, adding that Iran would be justified in cutting off the strategic waterway in response to sanctions. ... At a campaign event in Iowa Thursday, Paul called Western sanctions imposed against Iran over its nuclear activities “horrendous” and “acts of war,” while repeating earlier assertions that Iran would understandably want to develop a nuclear weapons capability, the Los Angeles Times reported.
  • War Imminent in Straits of Hormuz? $200 a Barrel Oil?

    12/29/2011 9:16:44 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 31 replies ^ | 29/12/2011 | John C.K. Daly
    The pieces and policies for potential conflict in the Persian Gulf are seemingly drawing inexorably together. Since 24 December the Iranian Navy has been holding its ten-day Velayat 90 naval exercises, covering an area in the Arabian Sea stretching from east of the Strait of Hormuz entrance to the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Aden. The day the maneuvers opened Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari told a press conference that the exercises were intended to show "Iran's military prowess and defense capabilities in international waters, convey a message of peace and friendship to regional countries, and test...
  • Brian Suits on KFI - discussing Ron Paul and Strait of Hormuz

    12/29/2011 8:31:46 PM PST · by doug from upland · 40 replies
    Brian is sitting in for Tim Conway, Jr. Paulbots call in and refuse to give an answer about what Ron Paul would do if Iran closed the Strait of Hormuz. They simply go through the talking points of all the bad things we have done. LISTEN ONLINE TO KFI
  • 29 Dec 4Iran Is Stronger, More Emboldened…All Thanks To Obama’s Horrible Foreign Policy

    12/29/2011 10:42:06 AM PST · by Starman417 · 9 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-29-11 | Curt
    The Obama debacle continues on... Iran has threatened to halt traffic through the strait if the West moves to toughen sanctions including an oil embargo to pressure Iran to abandon its nuclear program. The strait is the passageway for about a third of the world’s seaborne-traded oil last year, according to US Energy Department data. “Iran has total control over the strategic waterway,” Iranian Naval Commander Admiral Habibollah Sayari told Iran’s Press TV yesterday as the Iranian navy conducted a 10-day exercise in international waters. “Closing the Strait of Hormuz is very easy for Iranian naval forces.” “The free flow...
  • EDITORIAL: Tehran’s moment of truth

    12/28/2011 6:13:57 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 28, 2011 | Editorial
    The mullahs are playing with fire in Strait of HormuzThe leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran continue to rattle their scimitars, threatening a crisis in the Strait of Hormuz. Bring it on. Iran is under increasing pressure to abandon its nuclear program. The United States is about to ban commerce with Iran's central bank. The European Union is considering a new round of economic sanctions and joining the U.S. oil embargo against Iran. Saudi Arabia has decided to increase production to fill the gap should Europeans stop buying Iranian oil. In response, Tehran is threatening to stop all Persian...
  • Calling Iran’s bluff ( On closing the Strait of Hormuz)

    12/28/2011 12:49:08 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Dec. 28, 2011, 2:44 p.m. EST
    Commentary: Oil traders put a lid on Iran’s threats to shut HormuzSAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Whom are you going to believe? Reuters Iranian Navy Commander Habibulah Sayari points to a map during a Dec. 22 news conference in Tehran. Iran is once again making lots of noise about shutting the Strait of Hormuz, the gateway to the Persian Gulf that carries about a third of the world’s oil-tanker traffic. Iran’s vice president claims the Iranians might have to clear shipping from the channel while they conduct a 10-day naval exercise there, a little flexing of military muscle to make the...
  • Iranian Lawmaker: 'These War Games Are a Warning to the Western Countries'

    12/27/2011 10:57:55 PM PST · by neverdem · 24 replies ^ | December 27, 2011 | Patrick Goodenough
    Iranian state and semi-official media lined up behind the regime this week in a show of nationalistic pride as Iran’s navy began 10 days of war games designed to showcase its “regional dominance” and display its ability to shut off the crucial Strait of Hormuz if threatened. Naval spokesmen were quoted as saying the “Velayat 90” maneuvers, the biggest ever of their kind, were being held across a vast area from the Gulf of Oman to the Gulf of Aden – waters stretching between Somalia in the west, the Indian subcontinent in the east, and Oman and Yemen to the...
  • Iran: We Will Cut Oil Flow If West Imposes Economic Sanctions

    12/27/2011 2:34:36 PM PST · by edpc · 46 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 27 Dec 2011 | Reuters
    Iran's first vice-president warned on Tuesday that the flow of crude will be stopped from the crucial Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf if foreign sanctions are imposed on its oil exports, the country's official news agency reported. "If they (the West) impose sanctions on Iran's oil exports, then even one drop of oil cannot flow from the Strait of Hormuz," IRNA quoted Mohammad Reza Rahimi as saying. About a third of all sea-borne oil was shipped through the Strait in 2009, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), and U.S. warships patrol the area to ensure safe passage.
  • Iran threatens to cut off Mideast oil

    12/27/2011 2:04:21 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    JTA ^ | 12/27/11 | staff
    (JTA) -- Iran will close the Strait of Hormuz if its oil exports are subjected to foreign sanctions, the Islamic Republic's official news agency reported. "If they impose sanctions on Iran's oil exports, then even one drop of oil cannot flow from the Straits of Hormuz," IRNA quoted Mohammad Reza Rahimi, Iran's first vice-president, as saying, referring to Western countries. Oil from Persian Gulf countries travels through the Straits of Hormuz on its way to oil-importing countries around the world. The strait is the Persian Gulf's only outlet and is bordered by Iran, Oman and the United Arab Emirates.
  • Iran Launching "Massive" Ten Day War Game Tomorrow In Close Proximity To CVN-74 John Stennis

    12/23/2011 9:11:23 AM PST · by JohnKinAK · 7 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/23/2011 | Tyler Durden
    As the rest of the world enjoys Festivus or whatever celebration one indulges in, Iran is launching a "massive" 10 day war games naval exercise right in the belly of the beast. From Xinhua: "Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari on Thursday announced the upcoming launch of ten-day massive naval exercises in the international waters, the local satellite Press TV reported. Sayyari said at a press conference on Thursday that the naval maneuvers dubbed Velayat 90 will start on Saturday and will cover an area of 2,000 (1,250-mile) km stretching from the east of the Strait of Hormuz in...
  • US Sends Aircraft Carrier Into The Strait Of Hormuz, As Iran Beats Its Chest

    12/29/2011 7:33:48 AM PST · by blam · 143 replies · 1+ views
    TBI ^ | 12-28-2011 | Robert Johnson
    US Sends Aircraft Carrier Into The Strait Of Hormuz, As Iran Beats Its Chest Robert Johnson Dec. 29, 2011, 7:56 AM USS John C. Stennis Iran has announced it located a U.S. aircraft carrier moving into the Strait of Hormuz during Iranian wargame exercises. The AFP reports Commodore Mahmoud Mousavi, spokesman for the exercises, says the carrier was spotted by an Iranian reconnaissance plane that took photos and video. A spokesperson for the U.S. Fifth Fleet confirmed the carrier is the USS John C. Stennis, a nearly 1,100 foot nuclear powered craft with unlimited range and 3 million gallons of...
  • Iran Warns of Closing Strategic Hormuz Oil Route

    12/28/2011 11:53:26 PM PST · by Liberty Valance · 11 replies
    Fox News via AP ^ | December 28, 2011 | Published December 28, 2011 | Associated Press
    Iran's navy chief warned Wednesday that his country can easily close the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, the passageway through which a sixth of the world's oil flows. It was the second such warning in two days. On Tuesday, Vice President Mohamed Reza Rahimi threatened to close the strait, cutting off oil exports, if the West imposes sanctions on Iran's oil shipments. Read more:
  • US Navy won't allow Iran to close strait: report

    12/28/2011 11:44:41 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 41 replies
    Market Watch ^ | Dec. 28, 2011, 10:30 a.m. EST | Val Brickates Kennedy
    BOSTON (MarketWatch) -- The Bahrain-based U.S. Fifth Fleet said it will not allow Iran to disrupt oil shipping through the Strait of Hormuz, Reuters reported Wednesday. "The free flow of goods and services through the Strait of Hormuz is vital to regional and global prosperity," said a fleet spokesman quoted by Reuters. "Anyone who threatens to disrupt freedom of navigation in an international strait is clearly outside the community of nations; any disruption will not be tolerated," the spokesman added. Iranian officials have repeatedly said they would close the Strait of Hormuz to oil traffic if the U.S. and its...
  • U.S. Navy won't tolerate 'disruption' through Strait of Hormuz

    12/28/2011 9:46:35 AM PST · by ColdOne · 115 replies · 1+ views ^ | 12/28/11 | Barbara Starr
    (CNN) -- The U.S. Navy said Iran's threat to block the strategically and economically important Strait of Hormuz is unacceptable. "The free flow of goods and services through the Strait of Hormuz is vital to regional and global prosperity," Navy 5th Fleet in Bahrain spokeswoman Cmdr. Amy Derrick Frost told reporters on Wednesday. "Anyone who threatens to disrupt freedom of navigation in an international strait is clearly outside the community of nations; any disruption will not be tolerated." The 34-mile-wide shipping channel leads in and out of the Persian Gulf between Iran and Oman. It is strategically important because tankers...
  • US FIFTH FLEET: Disruptions In The Strait Of Hormuz Will Not Be Tolerated

    12/28/2011 8:16:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 12/28/2011 | Robert Johnson
    Iranian naval chief Habibollah Sayyari said Wednesday that "Closing the Strait of Hormuz for Iran's armed forces is really easy ... or as Iranians say it will be easier than drinking a glass of water." Parisa Hafezi of Reuters reports Sayyari then topped this off by saying that while his forces could do this at any time, there was currently no need, as they control the Sea of Oman and therefore all shipping through the strait. Iran's threats Tuesday to close the strait sent oil prices up close to 2%, but it won't last. Oil analyst Thorbjoern bak Jensen, with...
  • Iran: We’ll stop the flow of Gulf oil if sanctions are imposed (Threatens to close Hormuz)

    12/28/2011 6:14:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/28/2011 | Tina Korbe
    Iran today threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz if the United Nations imposes sanctions on Iranian oil as a response to Iran’s sketchy uranium enrichment program, according to a report from Reuters. Iran has defiantly expanded nuclear activity despite four rounds of U.N. sanctions meted out since 2006 over its refusal to suspend sensitive uranium enrichment and open up to U.N. nuclear inspectors and investigators.Many diplomats and analysts believe only sanctions targeting Iran’s lifeblood oil sector might be painful enough to make it change course, but Russia and China - big trade partners of Tehran – have blocked such...
  • Iran warns it might close Hormuz strait, stop oil

    12/27/2011 2:05:44 PM PST · by SmithL · 16 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 12/27/11
    Iran's official news agency on Tuesday quoted a top official as saying Iran will close the Strait of Hormuz, cutting off oil exports, if the West imposes sanctions on Iran's oil shipments. According to the IRNA report Tuesday Vice President Mohamed Reza Rahimi said Iran does not want hostilities but . . .
  • [Iranian] Military To Practice Blocking Straits Of Hormuz

    12/13/2011 8:53:04 AM PST · by edpc · 35 replies ^ | 13 December 2011 | Unknown
    A MEMBER of the Iranian parliament’s national security committee has said the military is to practise its ability to close the Gulf to shipping at the narrow Strait of Hormuz, the most important oil transit channel in the world. Parviz Sarvari told student news agency ISNA yesterday: “Soon we will hold a military manoeuvre on how to close the Strait of Hormuz. If the world wants to make the region insecure, we will make the world insecure.” Iran’s military declined to comment on the claim. Iran’s energy minister told Al-Jazeera television last month that Tehran could use oil as a...