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  • Emirates seek F-35 as U.S. bolsters allies

    05/31/2010 12:31:12 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 364+ views
    UPI via Space War ^ | 5/28/2010 | UPI via Space War
    The United Arab Emirates is pressing Washington about buying the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. So is Israel. That's part of the United States' dilemma as it seeks to bolster the military forces of its Arab allies to counter Iran. The Americans also want their Arab friends, particularly the Persian Gulf states that neighbor Iran, to take more responsibility for their own defense at a time when the U.S. military is tied down in Afghanistan and Iraq. The F-35 program headed by Lockheed Martin of Maryland has fallen badly behind schedule. On March 11, the Pentagon admitted to a 2-year lag...
  • U.S. general, defense majors at Gulf missile defense conference

    05/30/2010 1:36:19 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 190+ views
    GeoStrategy Direct ^ | 5/26/2010 | GeoStrategy Direct
    The United Arab Emirates plans to host a four-day parley that would focus on air and missile defense. The second annual conference, titled "Annual Air and Missile Defence Summit," was scheduled to begin on May 30 in Abu Dhabi and include senior U.S. and other military commanders. "With the Middle East region being key to the global security, this summit aims to bring together all the key players to discuss the roadmap towards an integrated air defence strategy." conference director Grace Chng said. Organizers said the conference would focus on technology, interconnectivity and interoperability between military and industry. They said...
  • Gulf states acquiring fast boasts, tightening maritime security

    05/30/2010 1:27:25 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 414+ views
    Geostrategy Direct ^ | 5/26/2010 | Geostrategy Direct
    The Persian Gulf States have launched efforts to protect their territorial waters amid tension with neighboring Iran and threats from Al Qaida. Over the last two years, several Gulf Cooperation Council coast guards or navies have acquired or ordered fast patrol boats. They included Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Officials said the Gulf Arab countries were investing to expand their coast guards. "There is concern that terrorists could sneak into the area and carry out a major attack on energy installations," a GCC source said. The enhanced maritime security has resulted in confrontations between fishermen and...
  • North Korea Sinking Of South Korean Frigate Raises Arab Fear Of Nuclear Iran

    05/29/2010 2:42:28 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 289+ views
    The Eurasia Review ^ | 5/29/2010 | Riad Kahwaji
    The sinking of the South Korean frigate Cheonan last March 26 by a North Korean torpedo has prompted some Arab Gulf officials to wonder whether this would be a scenario that they would likely face with a nuclear-armed Iran in the future. North Korea, now equipped with nuclear arms, appears to have grown bolder in its provocations of its U.S.-allied neighbor in the south and other parts of East and Southeast Asia. An international team of investigators concluded that the warship was sunk by a North Korean torpedo. Seoul’s reaction has thus far been mild compared to its loss of...
  • Obama starts massive US Air-Sea-Marine build-up opposite Iran

    05/23/2010 6:17:23 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 47 replies · 1,683+ views
    Debeka ^ | 5/20/2010 | Debeka
    debkafile's military sources report a decision by the Obama administration to boost US military strength in the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf regions in the short term with an extra air and naval strike forces and 6,000 Marine and sea combatants. Carrier Strike Group 10, headed by the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier, sails out of the US Navy base at Norfolk, Virginia Friday, May 21. On arrival, it will raise the number of US carriers off Iranian shores to two. Up until now, President Barack Obama kept just one aircraft carrier stationed off the coast of Iran, the USS...
  • Iran’s Navy Already a Threat to Oil Tankers, Moscow Analyst Concludes

    05/10/2010 9:54:57 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 338+ views
    The Georgian Daily ^ | 5/10/2010 | Paul Goble
    Despite its efforts over the last several years, Iran is not yet the naval power it hopes to become, according to a Moscow analyst, but Tehran already has sufficient capacity to disrupt shipments of oil in the Persian Gulf, an ability that already “represents a serious danger and requires an adequate response from the international community.” In an assessment of “The Naval Power of Iran: From Intention to Reality” prepared for the Moscow Near Eastern Institute, V.V. Yevseyev argues that most of what Iran has done in this sector to date represents “a cover” for plans to engage in “diversionary...
  • Iran practices tactics for driving US fleet from Gulf oil routes

    05/08/2010 8:29:07 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 639+ views
    Debka.com ^ | 5/8/2010 | Debka.com
    In Phases Two and Three of Iran's biggest sea exercise ever (May 6-7), debkafile's military sources report its Navy and Revolutionary Guards acted out a scenario for driving US naval forces out of the Persian Gulf after defeating them - as well as responding to potential retaliatory American WMD strikes. Thursday night, May 6, Iran's foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki meanwhile informed the 15 Security Council members he invited to dinner at UN headquarters, New York, that his government would "definitely continue its nuclear program." They all attended including a low-ranking US official. The eight-day war game, dubbed "The Last Prophet"...
  • Iran holds war games in Gulf amid nuclear tension

    05/06/2010 2:37:22 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 208+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/06/2010 | Parisa Hafezi
    Iran began new naval war games in the Gulf on Thursday to show the Islamic state's "power to defend" itself against any attack, state television reported. was the second such display of military might in less than a month. The maneuvers by Iran's regular navy, due to last eight days in the waterway crucial for global oil supplies, coincided with rising tension in Tehran's long-running nuclear dispute with Western powers. The United States is lobbying U.N. Security Council members to back a fourth round of sanctions on Iran, to press it into curbing sensitive atomic work the West suspects is...
  • Iran's navy to start eight day-war games in Gulf, Sea of Oman

    05/04/2010 1:25:34 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 332+ views
    World Bulletin ^ | 5/4/2010 | World Bulletin
    Iran's navy will on Wednesday start eight days of war games in the Gulf and the Sea of Oman, state television said, less than two weeks after the Islamic Republic's Revolutionary Guards held manoeuvres in the Gulf. Habibollah Sayari, commander of the navy, said the exercises would display its defence capability, Al Alam television, Iran's Arabic-language satellite television, reported on Tuesday. In exercises held in the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz between April 22 and 25, official media said the Guards tested missiles and a new speedboat capable of destroying enemy ships. Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman on Tuesday called...
  • Iran Navy plane 'was filming US carrier'

    05/04/2010 1:11:31 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 65 replies · 1,337+ views
    Press TV ^ | 5/4/2010 | Press TV
    Iran's navy commander has confirmed the flight of an Iranian aircraft near a US warship in the waters of the Persian Gulf. On Tuesday, CNN quoted a senior US military officer as saying that an F27 aircraft of the Iranian Navy flew as low as 300 feet near the USS Eisenhower on April 21. "US warships tread the free waters of the Gulf of Oman and it is Iranian navy's duty to conduct routine surveillance flights in the region," Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, the Iranian Navy commander, said in a Tuesday news conference. "The F27 plane of the navy flew above...
  • Iran leadership has learned not to worry about a U.S. attack

    05/02/2010 8:01:12 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 299+ views
    Geostrategy Direct ^ | 5/02/2010 | Geostrategy Direct
    Leading U.S. military officers and strategists have assessed that Iran no longer fears a military attack by Washington. A symposium by U.S. Central Command and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy concluded that the leadership in Teheran does not fear the prospect of an American military strike. The participants in the joint conference asserted that the Iranian concern over a U.S. attack dissipated in 2005 when Washington was seen as heavily engaged in neighboring Afghanistan and Iraq. "From 2002 to 2005, Iran sought to prevent UN Security Council action on the issue, believing that resolutions or similar measures would...
  • Report: United Arab Emirates Air Force could repel Iran air attack

    04/30/2010 6:28:39 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 492+ views
    Geostrategy-Direct(subscription) ^ | 4/30/2010 | Geostrategy-Direct(subscription)
    The United States has determined that the United Arab Emirates could repel any Iranian air campaign. A report on a conference sponsored by U.S. Central Command asserted that the UAE Air Force was powerful enough to counter any Iranian attack. The January 2010 conference, also sponsored by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said the UAE has accumulated an advanced combat air fleet that could strike Iran. "In addition, Gulf aircraft such as the Mirage-2000, F-15, and F-16 are all capable of threatening Iranian targets, and the UAE Air Force is deemed quite capable of holding its own against...
  • 'Iranian fighters may fly over US forces'

    04/29/2010 6:46:44 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 28 replies · 881+ views
    Press TV ^ | 4/30/2010 | Press TV
    A senior Iranian Air Force officer does not rule out reports that an Iranian fighter jet might have flown over a US aircraft carrier last week in the Arabian Sea. The incident was first reported by CNN on Tuesday. According to the report, a plane belonging to the Iranian Navy was flying as low as 300 feet near the USS Eisenhower on April 21. The Eisenhower was in the northern Arabian Sea when the Iranian maritime patrol aircraft flew within 1,000 yards of the vessel, US military officials claimed. Mohammad Alavi, deputy commander of the Iranian Air Force said that...
  • Iran Shows Off Its Weapons

    04/27/2010 9:46:59 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 479+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 4/26/2010 | David A. Fulghum, Douglas Barrie, Alon Ben-David
    Pentagon officials judge Iran’s Army Day parade to be part posturing and part concept demonstration. But they also contend that Tehran is making progress in its weapon programs that have armed the country with a force of 1,000 ballistic missiles with ranges of 90-1,200 mi. “Both the surface-to-air missile equipment and stealth aircraft mockups [in the April 18 display] are judged to be bogus,” says a senior Pentagon official. “During the parade they displayed two stealth aircraft mockups, one manned and one remotely piloted aircraft. They are likely [variants of] the Safreh Mahi (Flatfish or Stingray) design, which Iran announced...
  • Iran expected to begin Gulf exercises

    04/21/2010 10:32:38 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 265+ views
    CNN ^ | 4/22/2010 | Barbara Starr
    The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps is expected to begin air, land and sea exercises in the Persian Gulf, perhaps as soon as Thursday, according to Iran's IRIB news agency. A U.S. military official separately confirmed to CNN that the United States has observed in recent days Iran is "relocating surface and air assets" for what appears to be a major exercise. The official did not want to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issue. The exercise could last five days, according to Iranian media reports. Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami, deputy chief of the Revolutionary Guard, is quoted in...
  • US has limited options in stopping Iranian nukes

    04/20/2010 8:55:23 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 406+ views
    AP ^ | 4/21/2010 | Robert Burns and Anne Gearan
    If diplomacy fails and Iran gets a nuclear bomb, the U.S. would still have ways to discourage Tehran from using these terrifying weapons. But there are limits on what even the world's sole superpower can do to contain a nuclear-armed Iran and blunt its influence in the volatile Middle East. U.S. officials insist they are not resigned to a nuclear Iran and are pressing negotiations to prevent it from joining the world's club of nuclear-armed nations. At the same time, though, the administration and the Pentagon are clearly anxious to avoid a military confrontation with Tehran. So Washington has set...
  • Fifth Fleet ready for Iran attack, experts say

    04/19/2010 4:42:17 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 32 replies · 1,080+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 4/19/2010 | Jeff Stein
    Military experts say the Fifth Fleet has come a long way since Iranian gunboats crippled it within hours in a notorious war game five years ago. In fact, says John Pike, president of the Alexandria, Va.-based Global Security Web site, the Navy was well on its way to solving the challenge of fending off the swarming swift boats before the war game began. In that test, an enemy "red team" headed by retired Martine Corps Gen. Paul Van Riper deployed the gun boats and propeller-driven suicide planes to paralyze the Fifth Fleet, based in Bahrain in the Persian Gulf. It...
  • Gulf official says Mossad deployed spy network spanning region

    04/16/2010 7:46:05 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 561+ views
    Israel is said to have deployed intelligence agents throughout the Gulf region. A senior Gulf Cooperation Council official asserted that Israel's Mossad has established an espionage network in Gulf Arab states. The official said the Israeli agents operate under the cover of European executives. "If we arrest any one of them, though, it could be a major breakthrough," Lt. Gen. Dahi Khalfan, a senior security official in the United Arab Emirates, said. Khalfan, police chief of the UAE city of Dubai, confirmed an Israeli newspaper report that the Mossad has long been working in the Gulf region. The report said...
  • Super-Falklands Base in the Gulf

    04/11/2010 7:13:29 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 539+ views
    New Wars ^ | 4/8/2010 | April 8, 2010
    Several times I pointed out how the airbase of Mount Pleasant on the British Falklands Islands is so important to the defense of the small South Atlantic Dependency. As such it is an amazingly economical aircraft carrier substitute, with a mere 4 air defense fighters and the potential for many more in a crisis. Andrew Oh-Wilekke, the Washington Park Prophet, would like to see the US build a similar type airbase somewhere in the Gulf, but on a grander scale, to take the place of its shrinking numbers of enormously expensive Big Decks: There is a very good chance that...
  • Iran speedboat threatens U.S. carrier?

    04/05/2010 9:50:27 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 24 replies · 1,219+ views
    Space Daily ^ | 4/05/2010 | Staff Writers
    Iran's reported acquisition of a record-breaking British speedboat has raised fears it plans to arm it with high-speed Russian torpedoes to sink a U.S. aircraft carrier in hit-and-run raids if Iran is attacked because of its nuclear program. The Financial Times reported Sunday that Iran has got its hands on the 51-foot craft, the Bradstone Challenger, despite U.S. and British efforts to prevent it from obtaining the high-performance boat. The boat was designed by Lorne Camopbell of Britain and is powered by U.S. Caterpillar engines. It was built by ICE Marine of Britain. The project was partly financed by Navatek,...
  • Iran offers missile and nuclear help to 'weak states' in region

    04/02/2010 11:36:35 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 343+ views
    GeostrategyDirect.com ^ | 4/03/2010 | GeostrategyDirect.com
    Iran has offered its Gulf Arab neighbors cooperation in ballistic missile development and control. Iran has briefed the six Gulf Cooperation Council states on the prospect of military cooperation with Teheran. Officials said Teheran was ready to replace the United States as the guarantor of regional stability. "We welcome our neighbors," Iranian professor Abu Mohammed Asgharani said. "On ballistic missiles and nuclear energy, we would be happy to see you establish a regional laboratory to work on both conventional and peaceful energy." In an address to a nuclear technology conference in Manama, Asgharani said Teheran was willing to brief GCC...
  • U.S. assessment: Gulf states are resigned to a nuclear Iran

    04/02/2010 11:27:33 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 476+ views
    GeoStrategyDirect.com ^ | 4/3/2010 | GeoStrategyDirect.com
    The U.S. intelligence community has determined that Saudi Arabia and its allies in the Gulf Cooperation Council are quietly accepting the prospect that Iran would acquire nuclear weapons. Officials said the Persian Gulf states and other Arab League members would learn to accommodate Teheran's domination of the region. "This assessment has been shared with Israel, which today is the only country in the Middle East that wants to stop the Iranian nuclear program," an official said. Officials said the assessment has formed a major element in the strategy toward Iran by the administration of President Barack Obama. They said Israel...
  • Russia pushes for Gulf naval sales

    03/30/2010 11:00:04 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 372+ views
    Space War ^ | 3/30/2010 | Space War
    Russia arms industry is pushing hard for a major breakthrough into the lucrative Gulf market at the Doha International Maritime Defense Exhibition in Qatar, the only navy-oriented defense showcase in the Middle East. Qatar's Peninsula newspaper reported that defense analysts are "saying that market demand for maritime defense in the region is expected to reach more than $30 billion in the next 20 years." Saudi Arabia is looking for new frigates but it has been buying them from France for decades and is likely to do so again. Like the United Arab Emirates, it has been building up its naval...
  • New Littoral Combat Ship seen capable of handling Iran swarm attack

    03/29/2010 11:03:50 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 1,458+ views
    Geostrategy Direct ^ | 3/29/2010 | Geostrategy Direct
    A new platform ordered by the U.S. Navy could play a key role in any war against Iran. The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments said the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) could play a major role in U.S. Navy operations in the Gulf. The center, in a report by Martin Murphy, said LCS could conduct such operations as interception and boarding, convoy protection and attack missions. "The LCS's tactical speed allows for rapid interception of potentially threatening Iranian boat swarms before they can close within weapons range of shipping in wider areas of the Gulf and the southern approaches to...
  • Iran intel, and its proxies, zoom in on U.S. presence in Gulf

    03/28/2010 10:47:38 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 483+ views
    GeoStrategy Direct ^ | 3/27/2010 | GeoStrategy Direct
    Iran has focused its intelligence efforts on the U.S. military presence in the Gulf. The U.S. intelligence community has determined that Iran was bolstering intelligence operations against the American military presence in Iraq and Gulf Cooperation Council states. The community said Teheran was also using its proxies to spy on American troops. "Iran is enhancing its focus on U.S. intelligence activities and relies on foreign intelligence partnerships to extend its capabilities," the intelligence community said in a report. The Teheran regime has been expanding intelligence operations through such proxies as Hamas, Hizbullah and Venezuela. The report, titled "Annual Threat Assessment,"...
  • Israel Gets Ready To Strike At Iran's Nuclear Sites - Media

    03/28/2010 6:37:43 PM PDT · by Strategy · 53 replies · 3,262+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | March 29, 2010
    Israeli air force have practiced simulated strikes at Iran's nuclear facilities using airspace of at least two unidentified Arab countries, a newspaper published in east Jerusalem reported. According to Al Manar paper, several Israeli combat jets carried out in late February bombing drills "targeting" known Iranian nuclear sites "in two Arab countries in the Persian Gulf, which are close territorially with the Islamic republic and cooperate with Israel on this issue." Al Manar said Israel had received the permission to use the airspace from the top leadership of these countries and Washington "gave a blessing" to Tel Aviv to conduct...
  • Israel urged to support U.S. arming of Persian Gulf states

    03/21/2010 1:49:08 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 328+ views
    GeoStartegy Direct ^ | 3/10/2010 | GeoStrategy Direct
    Israel has been urged to support U.S. arms exports to the Gulf Cooperation Council. A report by the Institute for National Security Studies asserted that Israel could benefit from U.S. defense exports to the six GCC states. Authored by researcher Yiftah Shapir, the report said Israel could better intercept ballistic missiles from Iran if similar defense systems were sold to Gulf Arab militaries. "Information from such systems deployed in the Persian Gulf may contribute to early warning about missiles launched at Israel," the report, titled "The United States and the Buildup of Military Force in the Persian Gulf," said. The...
  • Israeli banks urge Americans to close investments in Israel

    00:31 Israeli banks urge Americans to close investment accounts in Israel (TheMarker)
  • The Secret History Part I: The C-802 Cruise Missile: Iran’s Threat in the Persian Gulf

    03/06/2010 3:37:18 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies · 608+ views
    DC Bureau ^ | 03/05/2010 | Joseph Trento
    The Secret History Part I: The C-802 Cruise Missile: Iran’s Threat in the Persian Gulf 05 March 2010 Written by Joseph Trento Scores are still being settled from the Iran Iraq War in the 1980s. It is no wonder. If anyone has any doubt about Iran’s ruthless use of all its human resources at the Mullahs’ disposal, let me describe for you what I witnessed on the marshes in the swamps along the Shatt Al Arab near Al Qurna, Iraq, in February 1984 when CNN sent me to cover the Iran Iraq War. As I approached the front on an...
  • Iran making new smart bombs

    03/03/2010 8:28:55 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies · 426+ views
    Space Daily ^ | 3/3/2010 | UPI vis Space Daily
    With defense and acrimony building in the Persian Gulf, Iran announced plans to test a new laser-guided bomb. Iran's Fars News Agency reported that a prototype of the 2,000-pound smart bomb would be tested "in the near future," the country's air force commander Brig. Gen Hassan Shahsafi said. He said the smart bomb, dubbed Qassed-2, had a longer range and better vision than its earlier version, the Qassed-1. That weapon made its debut four years ago and has since then been in mass production. Qassed is interpreted as "messenger." It was not immediately clear how advanced the prototype is and...
  • Iran And The Killer Klones

    02/21/2010 5:15:13 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 652+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 1/21/2010 | The Strategy Page
    The Iranian Navy sent its first domestically built destroyer, the Jamaran, to sea today. Apparently this is the "destroyer" that Iran announced it was building three years ago. No further details were given at the time, or since. It was known that Iran had launched a clone of their British made Vosper Mk 5 frigates in 2002. That 1,500 ton ship has been fitting out ever since. Four Vosper frigates were delivered in the early 1970s, and at least three are still in service. Actually, these are considered "corvette" type ships, as destroyers tend to displace over 7,000 tons. The...
  • US seeks to rally Arabs against Iran's nuclear project

    02/15/2010 10:40:36 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 295+ views
    Dawn.com ^ | 1/16/2010 | Dawn.com
    President Barack Obama has launched a wave of high-stakes US diplomacy in the Middle East as Washington seeks to ratchet up pressure on Iran over its nuclear program. Obama has enlisted his top deputies in the diplomatic drive to isolate Tehran and impose stricter sanctions on the regime, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, chief military officer Admiral Mike Mullen and senior diplomats travelling to the region this week and Vice President Joe Biden due next month. Clinton signaled the administration's tougher tone during a visit to the Gulf, warning on Monday that Iran was turning into a “military dictatorship”...
  • Exclusive: A U.S. Intelligence Breakthrough in the Persian Gulf? (Pure BS!)

    02/14/2010 2:08:01 PM PST · by tobyhill · 24 replies · 939+ views
    Newsweak ^ | 2/14/2010 | Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball
    U.S. intelligence officials appear to have obtained access to what could turn out to be a significant trove of phone numbers, photographs and documents detailing the links between Al Qaeda's leaders in northwest Pakistan and the terror group's increasingly menacing affiliate in Yemen, two counter-terrorism sources tell Declassified. In late January, an Al Qaeda operative headed from Pakistan on his way to Yemen was arrested in the Persian Gulf country of Oman, a U.S. counter-terrorism official confirmed. There has been no public announcement of the arrest. But in a possible indication of the operative's importance, just a few days later,...
  • 2 Israeli Navy ships passed through Suez Canal

    02/07/2010 11:35:20 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 699+ views
    Ynet.news ^ | 02/06/2010 | Roee Nahmias
    Two Israeli missile boats reportedly passed through the Suez Canal Thursday morning, according to Arab media reports over the weekend. Egyptian authorities reportedly adopted strict security measures to ensure the ships' safety. According to the reports, the two Navy ships traveled through the canal en route to the Red Sea.The sources did not provide the exact ultimate destination of the missile boats. However, Egyptian maritime sources quoted in the Arab media estimated that both ships were headed to the Persian Gulf and may reach it within four days. The veracity of these estimates is unclear. The sail through the Suez...
  • Report: Israeli Warships On Way To Persian Gulf

    02/07/2010 3:53:34 AM PST · by Strategy · 76 replies · 3,246+ views
    Press TV ^ | February 7, 2010
    As Israel keeps threatening the regional countries with war, Egyptian maritime sources say the Israeli navy has deployed two missile ships to the Persian Gulf. Citing the sources, Yediot Ahronot reported Saturday that two Israeli missile ships passed through the Suez Canal en rout to the Red Sea on Thursday morning. The sources said the ships are expected to reach the Persian Gulf within the next four days. According to the report, Cairo adopted tight security measures to ensure the safe passage of the Israeli ships through the canal.
  • Iran opens two new missile plants

    02/06/2010 12:21:45 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 20 replies · 1,240+ views
    AFP ^ | 02/06/2010 | AFB
    Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi opened two new missile production plants on Saturday, just three days after Iran fired a rocket carrying live animals into space, state television reported. The plants will produce a ground-to-air missile dubbed the Qaem (Rising) and a surface-to-surface missile dubbed Toofan 5 (Storm), state television reported. The Qaem is designed to target helicopters at low and medium altitudes, it added. Iran unveiled the new plants as part of its celebrations for the 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution later this month. On Wednesday, Iran launched a capsule carrying turtles, rats and worms aboard its Kavoshgar 3...
  • Bahrain urges Iran to see new Gulf measures

    02/03/2010 10:02:39 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 134+ views
    AFP via Khaleej Times ^ | 1/4/2010 | AFP via Khaleej Times
    WASHINGTON - Bahrain’s foreign minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa acknowledged that Gulf military defenses were being upgraded but urged Iran not to see them as plans for attack. During a press conference with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Shaikh Khalid did not specify what security measures were being taken but appeared to confirm reports about a stronger US military presence in the region. US newspapers said the Obama administration is placing ships with missile-targeting capabilities off Iran’s coast, and anti-missile systems in at least four Gulf states — Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE. The reported moves...
  • U.S. surrounds Iran with missile defenses

    01/31/2010 12:08:59 AM PST · by myknowledge · 70 replies · 4,152+ views
    UPI ^ | January 30, 2010
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- The United States has speeded movement of anti-missile defenses to the Persian Gulf to put pressure on Iran, government officials say. Four countries in the region have accepted U.S. missile defense systems, and Aegis cruisers have been deployed, The New York Times reported Saturday. The move began under President George W. Bush but has recently been accelerated by President Obama. Gen. David Petraeus, head of U.S. Central Command, discussed the deployment in a rare public forum at the Institute for the Study of War in Washington on Jan. 22. He did not name the countries...
  • Iran cites buildup, questions intent of more than 90 foreign warships

    01/29/2010 3:37:19 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 504+ views
    Geostrategy Direct ^ | 2/01/2010 | Geostrategy Direct
    Iran has reported a naval buildup in the Gulf. Officials said Western and allied forces have deployed scores of warships in the Gulf and Arabian Sea. They said nearly 100 warships have been conducting operations, many of which appear to be directed against Iran. "The Westerners know well that the existence of these warships in the Persian Gulf serve as the best operational targets for Iran if they should want to undertake any military action against Iran," Iranian Defense Minister Ahmed Vahidi said. Vahidi, in an address on Jan. 19, said more than 90 foreign warships were detected in the...
  • Iran To Hit Warships If Attacked

    01/19/2010 12:33:51 PM PST · by Fennie · 39 replies · 1,466+ views
    The Epoch Times ^ | January 19, 2010 | By Stephen Jones
    Iran has warned that it will strike Western warships stationed in the Gulf if it is attacked over its nuclear program. The country's defense minister, Ahmad Vahidi said that the 90 warships stationed in the Persian Gulf -- a waterway crucial for world oil supplies -- would become targets if Iran was attacked. Vahidid said that the vessels included submarines, aircraft carriers and destroyers, according to comments published by the semi-official Fars news agency.
  • Iran says may hit Western warships if attacked

    01/19/2010 11:50:51 AM PST · by WellyP · 19 replies · 863+ views
    Reuters ^ | 1 Jan. 2010 | Reuter source
    "TEHRAN, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Iran's defence minister warned on Tuesday that the Islamic Republic could strike back at Western warships in the Gulf if it were attacked, the semi-official Fars news agency reported..." http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LDE60I0ZI.htm
  • Islamic Games canceled over 'Persian Gulf' logo

    01/17/2010 9:32:20 PM PST · by ColdOne · 30 replies · 978+ views
    Taiwan News ^ | 2010-01-17 11:24 PM | Associated Press
    A sporting event meant to strengthen ties among Muslim nations has been canceled because of a dispute between Arab countries and Iran over the name of the waterway dividing them, organizers said Sunday.
  • Arabian Nightmare For Iran

    12/24/2009 12:16:50 AM PST · by myknowledge · 15 replies · 1,418+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | December 22, 2009
    The commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East made an observation that the Gulf Arab nations wished he hadn't. General David Petraeus noted that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Air Force, and it's 80 F-16E fighters could probably quickly destroy the entire Iranian Air Force. The Gulf Arabs would prefer the Iranians to believe their own propaganda, that the Iranian military is much more powerful than it actually is. The Iranian Air Force is mainly a mighty force only in terms of Iranian propaganda. The Gulf Arabs don't want the Iranians to make a strong effort to upgrade their...
  • Arabian Nightmare For Iran

    12/23/2009 12:04:05 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 1,058+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 12/22/2009 | The Strategy Page
    The commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East made an observation that the Gulf Arab nations wished he hadn't. General David Petraeus noted that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Air Force, and it's 80 F-16E fighters could probably quickly destroy the entire Iranian Air Force. The Gulf Arabs would prefer the Iranians to believe their own propaganda, that the Iranian military is much more powerful than it actually is. The Iranian Air Force is mainly a mighty force only in terms of Iranian propaganda. The Gulf Arabs don't want the Iranians to make a strong effort to upgrade their...
  • Tehran's tricks for squeezing saudis

    11/12/2009 2:37:47 AM PST · by Scanian · 3 replies · 474+ views
    NY Post ^ | November 12, 2009 | Amir Taheri
    For almost a decade, Arab regimes have worried about alleged Iranian plans to create a "Shiite crescent" from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean, encompassing Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and a yet-to-be liberated Palestine. Now fresh fears have grown that the "crescent" may take another shape as well -- from the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Aden, and including chunks of Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Since January, for instance, Iran has intensified pressure on Bahrain, where a Shiite majority has grievances against the Arab Sunni ruling elite. An archipelago connected with the Saudi mainland by a bridge, Bahrain provides the...
  • Iran downs UFO in Persian Gulf. (time and location undisclosed)

    09/23/2009 8:15:44 PM PDT · by SCPatriot77 · 44 replies · 1,651+ views
    PressTV.ir ^ | Tue, 22 Sep 2009 09:02:58 GMT | MJ/SC/DT
    Iran downs strange bright craft over Persian Gulf Tue, 22 Sep 2009 09:02:58 GMT Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has targeted and downed an unidentified shining object after sighting it over Persian Gulf waters. "Glowing objects were sighted over the Persian Gulf. IRGC air defense targeted one of the objects successfully, forcing it to plummet and sink in the seas off Boushehr (Province)," said top regional commander, Brigadier Ali Razmjou. "The three bright objects were detected by our radars when flying over the Persian Gulf Islands of Khark and Khargou," he added, according to a Monday report posted on...
  • Star Wars: The Next Generation

    08/19/2009 5:43:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies · 1,492+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 19, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Defense: The Air Force airborne laser program successfully completes a simulated kill from a plane able to find, track and destroy a live ballistic missile. We can shoot down enemy missiles. Instead, we're shooting down the laser program.The Aug. 10 effort was the third such test — sort of like a sniper sighting the target with the red dot of a laser without actually pulling the trigger. In early June, the airborne laser (ABL) program engaged two un-instrumented missiles. This was the first in-flight test against an instrumented target missile. A modified Boeing 747-400F aircraft took off from Edwards Air...
  • Ex-S.D. [San Diego] sailor allegedly linked to terror suspect [may have passed secrets to Jihadis]

    08/07/2004 10:14:21 AM PDT · by John Jorsett · 15 replies · 826+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | August 7, 2004 | James W. Crawley
    Investigators are trying to determine whether a San Diego sailor passed Navy secrets about security weaknesses and warship movements to a British man accused of having terrorist links, according to court documents unsealed yesterday. E-mail messages from the unnamed sailor, sent in late 2000 and 2001 before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, were found in December in computer files belonging to Babar Ahmad, who was detained Wednesday in London, according to the 31-page arrest affidavit. The computer files contained details about security arrangements and movements of the San Diego-based Constellation carrier battle group, which included the destroyer Benfold, on which...
  • Another Bull's-Eye For Missile Defense

    08/05/2009 5:30:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies · 597+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 5, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    SDI: If you missed the news, which isn't hard given how poorly these things are covered, our "unproven" missile defense proved itself again last week, when a U.S. warship downed a simulated North Korean missile in flight.The test, conducted in Hawaiian waters by the Navy and the Department of Defense's Missile Defense Agency (MDA), was the 23rd firing by ships equipped with the Aegis ballistic missile defense system. It was the 19th success, including the shoot-down of a dead U.S. spy satellite last year. A short-range ballistic missile simulating a missile like North Korea's Nodongs or Scuds was fired from...
  • Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Syria to Link Their Power Networks

    05/29/2009 2:53:03 PM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies · 434+ views
    Blog: Note: The following blog entry is a quote: Blog Details Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Syria to Link Their Power Networks Iran, Iraq, and Turkey yesterday signed an agreement for power and energy cooperation and for linking their power networks with that of Syria. The memorandum of understanding was signed by Iran's Minister of Energy Parviz Fattah and his Iraqi and Turkish counterparts at the end of the first regional power conference, held in Baghdad. Under the agreement, power networks of the Persian Gulf Arab states, Central Asian republics and regional countries will in the long run be connected to those...