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U.S., Iran Poised For Mine Warfare In The Persian Gulf

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 28, 2012

If the tense confrontation with Iran ignites into war, strategists say they expect Iran will strike with thousands of deadly sea mines to try to halt oil tanker traffic and take out American warships.

In the shallow, crowded waters of the Persian Gulf, mines pose a sobering challenge. When the U.S. Navy has faced a massive mine threat there in the past, it has failed to protect even its own ships.

Now, both Iran and the United States seem poised to fight it out again. Iran has acquired a stockpile of 2,000 to 3,000 mines, including “smart” Chinese-built mines that could track and target U.S. warships, according to a report by Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington.The 660-pound warhead carried by one such mine could puncture the hull of a U.S. aircraft carrier, the report says.

But the Navy says this time it’s prepared for a mine war, with a four-ship fleet of high-tech counter-mine vessels patrolling the Gulf, along with airborne sensors, robot submarines, a squadron of mine-hunting dolphins and sea lions on standby — and two decades worth of operational experience off the coast of Iran.

The United States holds air and naval superiority across the region. Nevertheless, mine warfare in the Persian Gulf could be a lengthy, nerve-wracking conflict, putting at risk the steady flow of oil tankers and the ships and sailors of the U.S. Fifth Fleet. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘US government does not seek confrontation over the Strait of Hormuz, but…’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 4, 2012

The US says its warships will continue their mission in the Persian Gulf, in defiance of Iran’s warning to keep the aircraft carriers well away from its waters.

Iran has been holding naval exercises in the Strait of Hormuz since December 23, and has threatened to close the key oil supply route if new US sanctions hit its exports. It later backed down. However, in an escalating war of words, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said today that closure of the Strait would not be tolerated.

Tensions rose as the USS John Stennis passed through an area where Iran was holding 10-days of naval war games. The drill also saw a number of missiles tested which were said to be long-range, though the Russian military says Iran does not have the capacity to produce inter-continental ballistic missiles.

“Such regularly scheduled movements are in accordance with longstanding US commitments to the region’s security and stability, and in support of ongoing operations,” Little told reporters, speaking of USS John Stennis’ route. Read the rest of this entry »

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Iran: ‘Keep Aircraft Carrier Out Of Gulf’ Tehran Warns US, As France Calls For Fresh Sanctions

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 3, 2012

Iran has warned the United States not to return an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf after Tehran conducted 10 days of military exercises conducted by Tehran.

On Monday Iran said it had completed successful tests of surface-to-sea cruise missiles, as well as shorter range and surface-to-surface missiles.

It also conducted a series of military tests and exercises in the Strait of Hormuz, a key ‘choke point’ for oil tankers in the region through which 20% of the world’s oil travels.

Following the exercises Major General Ataollah Salehi said that Iran “advises, recommends and warns” the US to keep the USS John C Stennis away from the Gulf, adding that “Iran is not used to repeating its warnings”. The ship had left the region for Dubai during the military exercises.

Quoted by the Fars news agency, General Salehi said it would not make “any unreasonable” retaliatory action, but warned it was “ready to counter any threat”.

The US Navy has not commented on the warnings.

Meanwhile, Tehran has denied that US economic sanctions designed to counter its nuclear programme were not behind its currency falling to record lows.

On Saturday US President Barack Obama signed a bill designed to attack Iran’s central bank when it comes into force in six months’ time.

The Iranian rial has since lost 12% in value, and Reuters previously quoted officials as saying it had suspended trading.

The US has imposed the new sanctions along with the UK and Canada following a report in November by the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which stated that the country had carried out development tests related to nuclear weapons

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The Fabrication of Bahrain’s Shiite-Sunni Divide

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 17, 2011


This is another problem. People are dividing and dividing.
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