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  • U.S. Coast Guard vessel fires at Iranian boat in Persian Gulf

    08/28/2014 7:04:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    CBS News ^ | 08/28/2014
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - A U.S. Coast Guard vessel fired in self-defense on an Iranian boat in the Persian Gulf, the Navy said Wednesday, an encounter that could exacerbate tensions between the two countries as they work to hammer out a lasting deal over Iran's nuclear program. Cmdr. Kevin Stephens, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, said personnel on a small boat dispatched from the U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat Monomoy fired a single shot when it saw crew on a nearby Iranian dhow training one of its two .50-caliber machine guns on them and preparing...
  • US Warships With Tomahawk Missiles Move Into Persian Gulf

    06/14/2014 5:35:16 AM PDT · by Strategy · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 13, 2014
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Friday he is weighing a range of options for countering the violent Islamic insurgency in Iraq, but he warned government leaders in Baghdad the U.S. will not take military action unless they move to address deep political troubles. "We're not going to allow ourselves to be dragged back into a situation in which, while we're there we're keeping a lid on things, and after enormous sacrifices by us, after we're not there, people start acting in ways that are not conducive to the long-term stability and prosperity of the country," Obama said from the...
  • The Pasdaran have published on Twitter how they would attack a U.S. ship in the Strait of Hormuz

    05/22/2014 8:41:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | May 22, 2014 | By David Cenciotti
    The Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution have used the social network to make public their plan to attack enemy ships in the Strait of Hormuz. The IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps), the branch of Iran’s military whose role is to protect Tehran’s Islamic system, have published on Twitter an interesting drawing showing how they imagine an attack to an enemy warship entering the Persian Gulf. The plan is use several different weapons systems in a coordinated attack opened by high speed boats, used to create a diversion. According to Good Morning Iran blog, that translated the text...
  • The List: The World’s Largest Untapped Oil Fields

    12/01/2008 4:50:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies · 2,878+ views
    Foreign Policy ^ | December 2008 Issue | Jerome Chen
    In a world running low on oil, several countries are still sitting on massive supplies. If only they could get to them. The Ferdows, Mound, and Zageh Fields Location: The Persian Gulf, off the coast of southern Iran Estimated Reserves: 38 billion barrels Details: Discovered in 2003, these three interconnected fields are among the largest oil deposits ever found. Ferdows is the largest, with 30.6 billion barrels. This figure may seem astounding, but it’s usually not possible to extract all the oil from a field due to technological and financial constraints. Plus, assessing how much oil these deposits can actually...
  • Bishop hopes to create new home for Catholics in Arabia

    03/17/2014 5:02:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | March 17, 2014 | Adelaide Mena
    Bishop Camillo Ballin, Vicar Apostolic of Northern Arabia. Credit: Addie Mena/CNA. Awali, Bahrain, Mar 17, 2014 / 04:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in the Arabian peninsula look forward to building a new cathedral in Bahrain, creating a permanent home for the Church and a place to help support Catholics coming to the region. “Our mission is to form a better society, to witness with our love that God loves all,” said Bishop Camillo Ballin, Vicar Apostolic of Northern Arabia, in a March 13 interview with CNA. The Northern Arabia vicariate apostolic serves Catholics in Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia....
  • The Great American Oil & Gas Boom & the Future of Iran

    01/07/2014 8:43:59 PM PST · by ckilmer · 9 replies
    The Great American Oil & Gas Boom & the Future of Iran No country, No Nation, has ever added oil production capacity – yes ever – like the United States has in the past few years. America has gone from producing 5 Million barrels of oil per day in 2011 to over 7.5 Million barrels this past year; and will soon surpass 10 Million barrels of oil production domestically. It’s an incredible oil boom that will have a profound impact on the lives of ordinary Americans. By the time Obama leaves office, he will have presided over a country that...
  • US Removing Navy From Mid-East As Russia Enters

    11/09/2013 6:33:41 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 30 replies ^ | November 09, 2013 | Ari Yashar
    The American aircraft carrier USS Nimitz was recalled from the Persian Gulf on Friday, along with the destroyer USS Graveley from the Mediterranean Sea. The move comes less than a week after Russia sent its most powerful warships to the Mediterranean. Al Jazeera reports the Nimitz moved through the Suez Canal into the Red Sea, and is anticipated to reach the US in late December. It was scheduled to return in August but was left in the region for a military presence. The US ships were assigned to the region months ago as US President Barack Obama considered a military...
  • Swordfish Kills Saudi Swimming in Sea

    10/05/2013 1:56:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, October 05, 2013
    Police say man had torch which attracted the fishA Saudi man died after ‘colliding’ with a pointed a fish resembling a swordfish while he was swimming in the Gulf sea, a newspaper reported on Saturday. Police said the fish had apparently been attracted by a searchlight carried by the victim while he was swimming in a banned area on the eastern coastline of the Gulf Kingdom. The incident took place on Thursday night and is reminiscent of the death of famous Australian wildlife expert Steve Irwin, who was killed six years ago by a stingray. Irwin, who died at the...
  • Was Israel’s Latest ‘Air’ Attack on Syria from a Submarine?

    07/21/2013 7:04:34 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 22 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | July 20, 2013 | By Tom Gross
    An attack two weeks ago that destroyed an advanced Russian missile shipment delivered to Syria’s Assad regime should also serve as a warning to Iran – and to those complacent Western diplomats who have (dangerously in my view) reconciled themselves to the idea of allowing Iran to go nuclear and then trying to contain it. For it seems that the July 5 attack on an arms depot near the Syrian naval base of Latakia, which has been attributed to Israel, came not from the air (as CNN and the New York Times reported last weekend) but from under the water....
  • Iran Confronts U.S. Drone Over Persian Gulf

    03/14/2013 2:22:10 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies ^ | March 14, 2013 | Barbara Starr
    Iranian military aircraft targeted a U.S. Predator drone over the Persian Gulf this week, administration officials said. It was the latest in Iranian efforts to thwart the U.S. military's airborne intelligence collections efforts in the region. Three administration officials have separately confirmed details of the incident, although the Pentagon has not publicly acknowledged it.
  • BOB WOODWARD: A 'Very Senior' White House Person Warned Me I'd 'Regret' What I'm Doing

    02/27/2013 8:08:22 PM PST · by blam · 48 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-27-2013 | Brett LoGiurato
    BOB WOODWARD: A 'Very Senior' White House Person Warned Me I'd 'Regret' What I'm Doing Brett LoGiuratoFebruary 27, 2013, 6:53 PMWikimedia/Bektour Bob Woodward said this evening on CNN that a "very senior person" at the White House warned him in an email that he would "regret doing this," the same day he has continued to slam President Barack Obama over the looming forced cuts known as the sequester. CNN host Wolf Blitzer said that the network invited a White House official to debate Woodward on-air, but the White House declined. "It makes me very uncomfortable to have the White House...
  • US to cut carrier fleet in Persian Gulf to 1

    02/06/2013 10:39:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 6, 2013 6:36 PM EST | Lolita C. Baldor
    The Pentagon is cutting its aircraft carrier presence in the Persian Gulf region from two carriers to one, the Defense Department said Wednesday, in a move that represents one of the most significant effects of budget cuts on the U.S. military presence overseas. The decision comes as Washington struggles to find a way to avoid sharp automatic spending cuts set to strike the Pentagon and domestic programs next month. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has approved keeping just one carrier in the Persian Gulf region. The U.S. has maintained two aircraft carrier groups in the Gulf for most of the last...
  • Desert Storm Victor Stormin' Norman Schwarzkopf R.I.P.

    12/28/2012 4:20:05 PM PST · by raptor22 · 10 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | December 28, 2012
    Leadership: The hero of Desert Storm gave America a taste of victory after the wasted sacrifice of Vietnam and demonstrated that only the sometimes-unwise decisions of politicians can keep us from victory over our enemies. Schwarzkopf, called "Stormin' Norman" because of his reportedly explosive temper, led America to two sorely needed military victories: a small one in Grenada in 1983 and a big one as de facto commander of allied forces in the Gulf War in 1991. Grenada was the first step in a recovery from the legacy of Vietnam, where defeat was snatched from the jaws of victory in...
  • Kerry Has Investments in Companies Accused of Violating Iran Sanctions

    12/21/2012 10:50:39 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 22 replies
    Kerry Has Investments in Companies Accused of Violating Iran Sanctions Daniel Halper December 21, 2012 12:59 PM John Kerry, who will be nominated later today to be the next secretary of state, is the richest member of the U.S. Senate. His estimated net worth is, at minimum, $198.65 million, according to disclosure forms. Kerry's disclosure forms also reveal that he has invested in companies accused of doing business with Iran. One of the companies Kerry is invested in is called Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras (Petrobras), it's a Brazilian-based oil and gas corporation. Disclosure forms reveal that Kerry has between $150,000...
  • US Navy ship collides with oil tanker in Gulf

    08/12/2012 8:40:19 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 109 replies
    NBC News ^ | August 12, 2012
    An oil tanker collided with a U.S. Navy destroyer near the Strait of Hormuz on Sunday but no one was hurt and shipping traffic in the waterway, through which 40 percent of the world's seaborne oil exports pass, was not affected, officials said. "Both vessels are okay and the Strait of Hormuz is not closed, and business is as usual there," an Oman coast guard official told Reuters, declining to be named under briefing rules. The collision nevertheless left a gaping hole in the starboard side of USS Porter, a guided-missile destroyer suffered, but no one was injured on either...
  • U.S. Navy ship fires at boat in Persian Gulf

    07/16/2012 9:32:06 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | Barbara Starr,
    A U.S. military supply ship fired Monday at a small boat in the Persian Gulf after it came too close, apparently killing one person on board, two U.S. officials said. The USNS Rappahannock, a fuel resupply ship, fired on what the officials called a "small, white pleasure craft" 10 miles from the Dubai port of Jebel Ali. The small boat appeared to be headed for that port, the officials said, adding that their information was preliminary. The U.S. ship verbally warned the smaller boat when it was 1,200 yards away and fired at least one warning shot before the decision...
  • Official: US Ship Fires on Boat off Dubai, 1 Dead

    07/16/2012 9:05:00 AM PDT · by mojito · 52 replies
    AP/ABC ^ | 7/16/2012 | ADAM SCHRECK
    An American vessel fired on a boat Monday off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, killing one person and injuring three, according to a U.S. consular official in Dubai. The official gave no further details, but it appeared the boat could have been mistaken as a threat in Gulf waters not far from Iran's maritime boundaries. Dozens of police and other Emirati officials crowded around the white-hulled boat, which sat docked after the incident in a small Dubai port used by fishermen and sailors. The boat appeared to be a civilian vessel about 30 feet (9 meters) long and...
  • U.S. moving submersibles to Persian Gulf to oppose Iran [anti-mine drones, not manned subs]

    07/11/2012 3:48:27 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 11 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 11, 2012 | 12:47 pm | David S. Cloud
    The Navy is rushing dozens of unmanned underwater craft to the Persian Gulf to help detect and destroy mines in a major military buildup aimed at preventing Iran from closing the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the event of a crisis, U.S. officials said. The tiny SeaFox submersibles each carry an underwater television camera, homing sonar and an explosive charge. The Navy bought them in May after an urgent request by Marine Gen. James Mattis, the top U.S. commander in the Middle East. Each submersible is about 4 feet long and weighs less than 100 pounds. The craft are intended...
  • U.S. Navy expands 5th Fleet's gulf base

    06/09/2012 12:12:53 PM PDT · by Jean S · 46 replies
    UPI ^ | 6/9/12 | UPI
    MANAMA, Bahrain, June 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy is doubling the size of its Persian Gulf naval base at Manama, which officials say will greatly enhance the capabilities of the U.S. 5th Fleet, which has headquarters in the island state. Officials are reluctant to link the $580 million expansion to the confrontation with Iran across the gulf.They say the project has been in the works since 2003 in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. But it coincides with a sharp increase in Iranian naval activity in the gulf in recent weeks.Work on the upgrade began late in...
  • Iran Army Ready For Action On Disputed Gulf Island

    04/19/2012 5:21:26 PM PDT · by Fennie · 6 replies
    Statesman ^ | April 19, 2012
    TEHRAN, IRAN -- Iran's ground forces commander warned that should diplomacy fail, the military is ready for action over a disputed Gulf island controlled by Iran but also claimed by the United Arab Emirates, state TV reported Thursday.
  • 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.
  • Abu Dhabi plans to build stealth ships

    03/07/2012 4:17:06 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Khaleej Times, UAE ^ | 7 March 2012 | Haseeb Haider
    Abu Dhabi plans to build stealth ships Haseeb Haider 7 March 2012 ABU DHABI - A new joint venture shipyard in Abu Dhabi will construct stealth vessels and in the future plans to build upgraded marine engines in collaboration with Italy’s Fincantieri, which builds naval and merchant ships. Etihad Ship Building (ESB), in a joint venture deal with Abu Dhabi’s Al Fattan Ship Industries, weapons suppliers Melara Middle East of Dubai and Italy’s Fincantieri, will construct, refit and carry out maintenance of stealth vessels for the UAE Navy and regional navies. Initially, the joint venture shipyard will install the Rolled...
  • In event of an Iran-Israel showdown, what would US military do?

    03/06/2012 9:08:13 PM PST · by U-238 · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 3/5/2012 | Anna Mulrine
    How would the US military respond if Iran attacked US interests – in retaliation for, say, an Israeli strike on its nuclear facilities? What would a US counterattack look like? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Washington Monday to meet with President Obama – which comes in the midst of increasingly vocal warnings from Pentagon officials urging caution on any military action in the region – has brought these questions into sharp focus this week. These questions, too, were at the heart of one of the largest US military war-game exercises in a decade, meant to mirror the conditions...
  • Tactics and Strategy at the Strait of Hormuz

    03/05/2012 1:14:59 AM PST · by U-238 · 9 replies
    The Oil Drum ^ | 3/4/2012 | Luis de Sousa
    Afonso de Albuquerque arrived at the Indian Ocean in 1506 commanding a squadron of five war vessels integrated in Tristăo da Cunha's Armada. In the summer of 1507, after the conquest of Socotra, the Armada's main objective, Afonso de Albuquerque departed on his own commanding a fleet of six vessels and 500 marines to take the easternmost island at the entrance of the Persian Gulf, called by local folk Hormuz. Defeating a garrison of 15,000 men with his artillery, Albuquerque took Hormuz and commissioned the construction of a fortress. This island would eventually lend its name to one of the...
  • Scandinavian Ancestry -- Tracing Roots to Azerbaijan

    12/15/2001 2:43:28 PM PST · by spycatcher · 55 replies · 3,406+ views
    Azerbaijan International ^ | Summer 2000 | Thor Heyerdahl
        Summer 2000 (8.2) Scandinavian Ancestry Tracing Roots to Azerbaijan by Thor Heyerdahl Above: Thor Heyerdahl with Peruvian children who still construct traditional boats made of reeds, the principle material that enabled early migrations on trans-oceanic voyages. Courtesy: Thor Heyerdahl. Archeologist and historian Thor Heyerdahl, 85, has visited Azerbaijan on several occasions during the past two decades. Each time, he garners more evidence to prove his tantalizing theory - that Scandinavian ancestry can be traced to the region now known as Azerbaijan. Heyerdahl first began forming this hypothesis after visiting Gobustan, an ancient cave dwelling found 30 miles ...
  • Key General: White House Briefed on Iran Target Options

    02/29/2012 6:38:38 PM PST · by U-238 · 26 replies · 1+ views
    U.S. News and World Report ^ | 2/29/2012 | John T. Bennett
    The Air Force has provided the White House with options for a strike against Iran's nuclear weapons sites, but a former top Pentagon official is warning America and Israel lack the weaponry to halt Tehran's atomic arms program. Iran's defiant pursuit of nuclear weapons "has the attention of the [Joint] Chiefs and other national security officials," Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz told reporters Wednesday. "Our obligation is to provide options" to the defense secretary and the president, Schwartz said, "and we have done that." President Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta have said for months they will...
  • Iran prepares for kamikaze attacks

    02/26/2012 7:18:11 PM PST · by U-238 · 44 replies
    WND ^ | 2/24/2012 | Reza Kahlili
    Even as it continued to talk with the U.N. nuclear watchdog, Iran continued to prepare for war over its nuclear weapons program, training for kamikaze attacks in the Persian Gulf with both planes and speedboats, sources within the Iranian armed forces report. Ads by GooglePeople Search-Search Free 1) Enter Any Name & Search Free! 2) Get Phone, Address, Age & More. www.intelius.comA 9mm is False Protection Discover What Survivalist Masters & The Army Don't Want You To Know www.CloseCombatTraining.comTuesday the International Atomic Energy Agency called its recent talks with Iran a failure. And just days before, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah...
  • 'Iran ready to wipe Israel off the map'

    02/26/2012 3:31:57 AM PST · by F15Eagle · 35 replies ^ | Published: 02.24.12, 23:32 | Dudi Cohen
    Tehran's deputy defense minister warns Jerusalem against strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, says 'any action by Zionist regime will bring about its destruction' As speculations over a possible strike on Iran's nuclear facilities grow, the Islamic Republic is exacerbating its rhetoric. Deputy Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi on Friday warned Israel against mounting such an attack: "Any act by the Zionist regime against Iran will bring about its destruction." Hezbollah, he added, "Is at the forefront of the fight against Israel and it is growing stronger by the day."
  • U.S. Bulks Up Iran Defenses

    02/24/2012 10:28:56 PM PST · by U-238 · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/22/2012 | Fox News
    The Pentagon is beefing up U.S. sea- and land-based defenses in the Persian Gulf to counter any attempt by Iran to close the Strait of Hormuz. The U.S. military has notified Congress of plans to preposition new mine-detection and clearing equipment and expand surveillance capabilities in and around the strait, according to defense officials briefed on the requests, including one submitted earlier this month. The military also wants to quickly modify weapons systems on ships so they could be used against Iranian fast-attack boats, as well as shore-launched cruise missiles, the defense officials said. The readiness push is spearheaded by...
  • Marines 'assault' US beaches in amphibious drill(with Iran in mind? OP Bold Alligator)

    02/07/2012 9:52:42 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 27 replies
    AFP ^ | 02/07/12 | Paul Richards
    Marines 'assault' US beaches in amphibious drill By Paul Richards (AFP) – 1 day ago CAMP LEJEUNE, North Carolina — With beach landings, 25 naval ships and an air assault, the United States and eight other countries are staging a major amphibious exercise on the US East Coast this week, fighting a fictional enemy that bears more than a passing resemblance to Iran. After a decade dominated by ground wars against insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan, the drill dubbed Bold Alligator is "the largest amphibious exercise conducted by the fleet in the last 10 years," said Admiral John Harvey, head...
  • 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....
  • ‘Iran stealth subs could lie in wait to hunt hostile aircraft carriers’

    01/18/2012 11:37:11 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 61 replies
    Tehran Times ^ | 18 January 2012
    ‘Iran stealth subs could lie in wait to hunt hostile aircraft carriers’ TEHRAN – The deputy commander of the Armed Forces has said that Iranian stealth submarines are able to lie in wait in the Persian Gulf to target hostile aircraft carriers that are moving near them. “If an ordinary submarine submerges in the Persian Gulf, it could be the worst threat to the enemy. It is one of the Americans’ fears because our submarines are covered with coatings that do not allow sound to travel through them and do not reflect sound waves sent by (enemy vessels’) sonar systems,”...
  • 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...

    01/07/2012 9:41:30 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    AFPC Eurasia Security Watch ^ | 1/5/2012 | Jeff M. Smith, ed.
    The oil minister of the United Arab Emirates has announced that a new oil pipeline bypassing the Strait of Hormuz is nearly complete. The Abu Dhabi Crude Oil Pipeline project would ship crude from the UAE’s main oil producing region to the port of Fujairah on the country’s eastern coast, bypassing the vital Strait. The timing of the announcement could not be more prescient; Iranian officials have recently made their most threatening remarks to date about “closing” the Strait of Hormuz as fresh U.S. and international sanctions have put the regime on the defensive. In recent weeks alone, the head...
  • Report: Iran Tells Departed US Carrier To 'Stay Out Of Persian Gulf'

    01/03/2012 4:15:20 AM PST · by edpc · 51 replies · 1+ views
    YNet ^ | 3 Jan 2012 | News Agencies
    Iran's army chief told the United States that a US aircraft carrier which left the area because of Iranian naval exercises should not return to the Gulf, the state news agency reported on Tuesday. "Iran will not repeat its warning ... the enemy’s carrier has been moved to the Sea of Oman because of our drill. I recommend and emphasize to the American carrier not to return to the Persian Gulf," Ataollah Salehi told IRNA.
  • Iran Announces Long-Range Missile Test Amid Strait Of Hormuz Row With U.S.

    12/30/2011 8:36:23 AM PST · by edpc · 17 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 30 Dec 2011 | DPA
    Amid a verbal row with the United States over blocking the Strait of Hormuz, a vital oil shipping route, Iran proclaimed on Friday that it will start testing long range missiles in the Persian Gulf. "On Saturday morning the Iranian navy will test several of its long-range missiles in the Persian Gulf," navy deputy commander Admiral Mahmoud Moussavi told Fars news agency.
  • 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...
  • Commander Reports 40 Armed Confrontations Between Iran, US In Persian Gulf

    10/08/2011 6:59:15 AM PDT · by Fennie · 6 replies
    Fars News Agency ^ | October 7, 2011
    TEHRAN (FNA) - Senior Iranian commanders revealed on Friday that the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy and the US navy ships have entered several armed clashes and confrontations in the Persian Gulf since 1986. "During the 8-year long sacred defense (against the Iraqi invasion from 1980 to 1988) we were defending against the Iraqis who were the endpoint of the arrow of the world arrogance (the US), but in the last one and a half years of the war, we were in vast and direct confrontation with the Americans in the Persian Gulf," IRGC Navy Commander General Ali Fadavi...
  • Ahmadinejad Calls For Western Navies To Leave Gulf

    09/24/2011 5:44:24 AM PDT · by Fennie · 63 replies
    AFP ^ | September 24, 2011
    NEW YORK - Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Friday called on NATO naval forces to withdraw from the Gulf, calling them a threat to security.
  • Iran Plans to Equip Submarines with Advanced Missile-Launchers

    05/01/2011 7:10:04 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Iran Plans to Equip Submarines with Advanced Missile-Launchers TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior commander of the Iranian Army's naval force announced on Sunday that the country plans to equip its submarines and other underwater vessels with home-made missile-launching systems. Due to submarines' limitations for firing torpedoes, "we have decided to equip our submarines with missile-launching systems, which of course needs a highly complicated technology and know-how," Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Army Rear Admiral Farhad Amiri told FNA. "To fire a missile from a submarine, the target and missile-launch specifications should be sent to the submarine very fast, and this communication...
  • Tiny Qatar Flexes Muscles In No-Fly Libya Campaign

    03/28/2011 11:40:53 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | March 28, 2011
    Tiny Qatar Flexes Muscles In No-Fly Libya Campaign by The Associated Press SOUDA BAY AIR BASE, Greece March 28, 2011, 10:49 am ET In Libya's skies, Qatar is punching above its weight. From an air base in Crete, the tiny Persian Gulf nation has started its biggest, farthest combat deployment — including a third of its fighter-jet fleet — and given the first Arab face to the Western-led coalition hoping to protect Libyan civilians from Moammar Gadhafi's firepower. For the oil- and gas-rich country that brought the world Al-Jazeera TV and recently won the right to host the 2022 World...
  • Fighter market heats up in the Gulf

    02/21/2011 8:02:38 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    IHS Janes ^ | Sunday, 20 February, 2011 | David Donald
    Fighter market heats up in the Gulf David Donald Sunday, 20 February, 2011 In recent times, the focus of the world’s fighter manufacturers has been distracted away from the Gulf region to the major competitions in Brazil and India. However, the announcement towards the end of last year of a huge potential order by Saudi Arabia served as a reminder that the Middle East remains a market offering enormous potential, as several Gulf States seek to further modernise their fighter forces. Last October, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) released details of a proposed sale of vast proportions to...
  • 'Iran navy to build new destroyers'

    01/14/2011 10:57:46 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Press TV, Iran ^ | Jan 14, 2011
    'Iran navy to build new destroyers' An Iranian destroyer (file photo) Iranian Navy's Deputy Commander Rear Admiral Gholam-Reza Khadem Bigham says the navy aims to build new destroyers with state-of-the-art design and defense systems. “The assembly line for the production of missile-launching frigates with advanced systems and modern features have been set up,” IRNA quoted Rear Admiral Bigham as saying on Friday. He hailed the country's first domestically-build and developed guided missile destroyer Jamaran and said, “The military capabilities … need to meet our defense requirements to protect the Islamic Republic's interests against aerial, surface and sub-surface threats.” Last February,...
  • Christmas 2010 (Oliver North)

    12/23/2010 11:07:59 AM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 23, 2010 | Oliver North
      "Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel, God with us. ... Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." — George Frideric Handel, "Messiah" WASHINGTON — This magnificent musical work penned by Handel in 1741 is heard all around the world in this season. His powerful lyrics are drawn directly from the Bible and remind us all to be thankful for the birth, sacrifice and resurrection of the Lamb of God.In our family Christmas tradition, Handel's oratorio is performed at our Christmas Eve...
  • U.S. Challenges Iran, Equipping Gulf States with More Ballistic Missiles

    11/11/2010 9:23:28 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Defense Update ^ | 11/11/2010 | Defense Update
    Bahrain and Dubai are expecting to get more MGM-164 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) manufactured by Lockheed Martin. Last week the Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified the U.S. Congress about the planned sale of 130 ATACMS missiles carrying Unitary Warheads T2K (MGM-164), equipping the two gulf states with medium range ballistic missile capability for the first time. According to the agency, the United Arab Emirates’ Army will get 100 ATACMS missiles while Bahrain buy additional 30. The recent announcement includes only missiles, but no launchers, as both countries already have the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) in service.
  • French warship to join US fleet in Persian Gulf

    10/28/2010 9:24:48 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 52 replies · 1+ views
    Press TV ^ | 10/28/2010 | Press TV
    France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier is now en route to the region and will arrive there at the end of October, when a quarter of the world's nuclear aircraft carriers will gather in the stratgeic waters. The French carrier is accompanied by two frigates, an attack submarine, a re-fuelling tanker, 3,000 sailors and 27 aircraft. "The force would help allied navies fight piracy off the coast of Somalia and send jets to support NATO in the skies above Afghanistan," said the commander of the group, Rear Admiral Jean-Louis Kerignard. This is while new opinion polls show that a vast...
  • US Deploys Second Aircraft Carrier In Persian Gulf With 60 Warplanes

    10/20/2010 10:12:47 AM PDT · by Fennie · 26 replies
    DebkaFile ^ | October 20, 2010 | Special Report
    The United States has posted a second aircraft carrier, the USS Abraham Lincoln, in the Persian Gulf and northern Arabian Sea. The announcement came from the Pentagon Tuesday, Oct. 19, two days after the vessel put into port at Fifth Fleet headquarters in Manama, Bahrain. DEBKAfile's sources note that this is the first time in two years that Washington had deployed two aircraft carriers at same time - not just one - in waters opposite Iran and Afghanistan.
  • Militants claim suicide bomb attack on Japan tanker

    08/05/2010 4:58:37 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 17 replies
    AFP ^ | Wed Aug 4, 5:10 am ET
    TOKYO (AFP) – Militant jihadists have claimed that a suicide bomber blew himself up on a Japanese oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz last week, the US monitoring group SITE said. Mitsui OSK Lines had previously reported that one of its tankers, the M Star, appeared to have been hit by an explosion July 28 in the waterway between Iran and Oman. SITE said the Brigades of Abdullah Azzam claimed in a message on jihadist websites that it had placed a suicide bomber on the tanker, identifying him as Ayyub al-Taishan. It said the attack was carried out in...
  • 'No US, coalition vessels near Japan tanker'

    07/29/2010 3:47:29 AM PDT · by fenderfeeder · 10 replies
    Khaleej Times Online ^ | 29 July 2010, 2:23 PM
    There were no U.S. Navy or maritime coalition vessels near a Japanese supertanker damaged in an incident in the Strait of Hormuz, a Fifth Fleet spokesman said. Asked if there were any U.S. navy or coalition vessels close to the supertanker at the time, he said: “No, there were none close to the ship ... none of our vessels were involved.”
  • Japanese tanker damaged off Oman, cause unclear

    07/28/2010 5:11:27 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 56 replies · 4+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jul 28, 6:41 am ET | by Yoko Nishikawa, Osamu Tsukimori, James Topham, Alejandro Barbojosa and Luke Pachymuthu
    MUSCAT/TOKYO (Reuters) – A Japanese oil tanker damaged in an explosion in the Strait of Hormuz, one of the world's most important shipping lanes, was being diverted to a port in the UAE on Wednesday. One of the 31 crew aboard was injured but no oil leaked from the M Star very large crude carrier (VLCC), according to the Japanese transport ministry. It said an explosion occurred onboard at around 00:30 a.m. local time (2030 GMT Tuesday), but the cause was unclear. "A crew member saw light on the horizon just before the explosion, so (ship owner Mitsui O.S.K.) believes...