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Iran Escalation (41)


US Marines provide security to their Light Marine Air Defense Integrated System aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge as it passes the Mubarak Peace Bridge in the Suez Canal, January 12, 2019. US Marine Corps/Cpl. Aaron Henson

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May I draw your attention to the reporting on the EW system that “destroyed” the Iranian drone?  I love it!  The only heartburn I have is that, according to reporting, they allowed the drone within 1,000 meters of the ship.  That’s poor OPSEC in that they published the engagement range or they just published the effective range for that particular system.  I also find it interesting that the system was mounted on a vehicle… 

I would also like to read about how the “Light Marine Air Defense Integrated System ” affected the USS Boxer’s systems.  Can anybody help me?

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Tehran’s escalation game continues, harassing LHD-4 during transit, this culminating in a close approach by an RPV that resulted in some inventive gyrenes disabling it with an MRZR LMADIS EW system on the deck of the LHD (or so reported).

Tehran produces, as with the tanker hijacking, at least two different stories to create confusion about what happened.

Tanker updates. Much political commentary and analysis.

Looking at the comments emanating from Muscovy and Tehran, both regimes seem convinced that starting a war with the US and its allies would be a good idea, likely based on the conviction that Tehran could inflict sufficient losses on the US to force POTUS to reverse direction. Most of this is patently wishful thinking – wars tend to acquire a life of their own. Tehran is in no position to win this game.


Donald J. Trump on Twitter: “I want to apprise everyone of an incident in the Strait of Hormuz today, involving #USSBoxer, a U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship. The BOXER took defensive action against an Iranian drone…. https://t.co/Zql6nAUGxF” / Twitter

Trump Says U.S. Ship Downed Iranian Drone in Strait of Hormuz – WSJ

President Trump said the U.S. Navy destroyed a drone that was flying too close to a U.S. warship in the Strait of Hormuz, hours after Iranian forces said they had seized a foreign tanker, the latest in a series of incidents that have ratcheted up tensions in a vital oil shipping route.

The US shoots down an Iranian drone, and Trump draws a red line

Lamenting Iran’s escalation, we should be glad the USS Boxer-led Amphibious Ready Group downed an Iranian drone on Thursday. That drone came within one kilometer of the Boxer before being destroyed.

Trump: US warship destroyed Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz | Fox News

President Donald Trump says a U.S. warship destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions between the two countries.

USS Boxer ‘destroyed’ drone, Trump says – CNNPolitics

President Donald Trump said Thursday that the USS Boxer downed an Iranian drone that came within 1,000 yards of the Navy ship and ignored “multiple calls to stand down” — marking yet another escalation in the already tense situation playing out between Washington and Tehran.

UPDATED: USS Boxer Downs Iranian Drone in ‘Defensive Action’ – USNI News

This post has been updated with additional details on the downing of the Iranian drone. Amphibious warship USS Boxer (LHD-4) took down an Iranian drone that U.S. officials say threatened the ship as it entered the Persian Gulf on Thursday. At about 10 a.m. local time, Boxer was transiting Strait of Hormuz when an Iranian fixed-wing drone approached the ship, a defense official told USNI News. “A fixed-wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) approached Boxer and closed within a threatening range. The ship took defensive action against the UAS to ensure the safety of the ship and its crew,” a Pentagon spokesman said in a Thursday afternoon statement provided to USNI News. The statement did not detail the method in which Boxer downed the drone. The ship is armed with RIM-7 Sea Sparrow short-range anti-ship missiles, and the RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) and Phalanx CIWS point defense weapons systems. Additionally, the Navy and the Marine Corps have begun to field a wide variety of non-kinetic systems capable of downing a drone by other means. Photographs released by the Navy in January, show Marines operating the MRZR-mounted, anti-UAS Marine Air Defense Integrated System on the deck of Kearsarge as part of the ship’s force protection regime as it transited the Suez Canal. USNI News understands the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard Boxer also deployed with the system and that it’s the likely weapon that was used to splash the Iranian drone.

Here’s the new Marine Corps weapon that destroyed an Iranian drone – Business Insider

“The United States reserves the right to defend our personnel, our facilities and interests,” President Donald Trump said.

U.S. Navy shoots down Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz – Washington Times

The U.S. Navy shot down a “threatening” Iranian drone over international waters in the Strait of Hormuz Thursday, President Trump and Pentagon officials said, adding fresh fuel to already simmering tensions between the two nations.

American warship destroys Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz

A U.S. warship on Thursday destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after it threatened the ship, President Donald Trump said.

EW: U.S. says Navy ship ‘destroyed’ Iranian drone in Gulf – To Inform is to Influence

I’m not quite certain the US “destroyed” the Iranian drone, but it did disable it, and the drone then crashed into the Persian Gulf.  This little gem was hidden in the bottom of the article. “A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the drone on Thursday was brought down through electronic jamming.” Therefore,…

Closer to War: U.S. Troops Aboard Amphibious Assault Ship Force Down Iranian Drone

U.S. troops aboard an amphibious assault ship on July 18, 2019 forced down an Iranian drone over the Strait of Hormuz, U.S. president Donald Trump announced.The downing comes just a few weeks after Iranian forces downed an American drone in the same area. The mutual shoot-downs could escalate the already

Iran drone: US was ‘provoked into shooting it down’ | News | The Times

The shooting down of an Iranian drone claimed by President Trump last night followed repeated harassment of US warships by the Revolutionary Guard, according to a first-hand account of the confrontation.The USS Boxer, an amphibious assault craft, destroyed the drone after it came within 1,000 yards

Marine jamming jeep sends unknown drone to the deep

A counter-UAS tool jammed a fixed-wing drone out of the sky over the Strait of Hormuz

Iran deputy FM hints US downed own drone ‘by mistake’ – Daily Nation

Iranian deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi says US could have downed their own drone “by mistake.”

IRGC to release footage disproving US claim of downing Iranian drone – Mehr News Agency

TEHRAN, Jul. 19 (MNA) – The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has rejected the “ridiculous” claim that the USS Boxer has shot down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz, saying the force will soon release footage captured by the drone after the claimed time of the shooting.

US says Iran drone shot down but Iran says Trump is wrong

The country’s Revolutionary Guards say they will soon release

Iran claims US shot down its own drone by mistake

Iran has denied President Donald Trump’s claim that a US Navy ship had &quot;destroyed&quot; an Iranian drone.

Iran dismisses Trump report that US Navy downed ‘provocative’ drone – Reuters

Iran on Friday denied President Donald Trump’s assertion that the U.S. Navy has destroyed one of its drones, saying all of its unmanned planes were accounted for, amid growing international concern that both sides could blunder into a war in the Gulf.

Iran says it has photographic proof U.S. didn’t down its drone – Middle East – Jerusalem Post

Trump said on Thursday that the drone had flown to within 1,000 yards (914 meters) of the U.S. warship Boxer and had ignored “multiple calls to stand down”.

US drone attack imperils Trump’s Iran outreach – POLITICO

The US president is trying to entice Iran to the negotiating table to discuss its nuclear program.

Drone downing imperils Trump’s Iran outreach – POLITICO

The president is trying to entice Iran to the negotiating table to discuss its nuclear program, while also pushing back against Tehran’s dangerous behavior.

Moscow on Reports of Downed Iranian Drone: Conflict Outbreak Possible in Persian Gulf – Sputnik International

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Moscow believes that any incidents are possible in the Persian Gulf region, given the high concentration of different forces there, and stresses the need to prevent a conflict outbreak, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Friday, commenting on reports about an Iranian drone being downed by the United States.

Gibraltar extends detention of Iranian tanker for a month – Reuters

Gibraltar was granted the power on Friday to detain Iran’s Grace 1 oil tanker for another month, keeping the vessel at the center of a big-power quarrel between Iran and the United States and its allies.

Iran makes ‘substantial’ nuclear offer in return for US lifting sanctions | World news | The Guardian

Tehran says it would allow enhanced, permanent inspections of its nuclear programme as foreign minister Zarif says: ‘It’s not about photo ops’

Rand Paul Should Be Wary of John Kerry’s Experience With Iran – Bloomberg

The Kentucky senator should be careful in his planned negotiations with Iran’s foreign minister.

Iran Changes Story: ‘Fuel-Smuggling’ Tanker Was Seized After All – To Inform is to Influence

Iran has changed it’s story, twice.   First, “a” tanker was missing. No distress call. No tugboats in the area.   Then, Iran rescued a floundering ship, Iran “Finds”, “Saves” Lost Oil Tanker. Iran responded to a distress call and used their tugboats to rescue the vessel.  This was an Iranian official press release. Now…

After seizure of oil tanker, Gantz calls on Europe to ‘wake up’ – Israel National News

‘Sometimes things need to be forcefully stopped in their tracks. This is one of those times,’ says Blue & White head after Iran seizes ship.

Allies play hard to get on U.S. proposal to protect oil shipping lanes – Reuters

The United States is struggling to win its allies’ support for an initiative to heighten surveillance of vital Middle East oil shipping lanes because of fears it will increase tension with Iran, six sources familiar with the matter said.

U.S. demands Iran free seized ship, vows to protect Gulf oil lifeline – Middle East – Jerusalem Post

“Iran must cease this illicit activity and release the reportedly seized crew and vessel immediately.”

Iran admits seizure of foreign tanker, 12 crew members in Strait of Hormuz; US warship enters Persian Gulf | Fox News

Iran’s state television said Thursday the regime forces captured a foreign tanker with a crew of 12 accused of smuggling oil.

Iran denies US shot down Iranian drone; Ilhan Omar’s anti-Israel resolution sparks outrage | Fox News

What the US downing of an Iranian drone really means Tensions between the U.S. and Iran have been gradually rising for weeks, and President Trump’s announcement Thursday that a U.S. Navy ship downed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz only further strained relations between the two countries. Trump said the USS Boxer took defensive action after the drone closed to within 1,000 yards of the warship and ignored multiple calls to stand down — an act the president called “provocative and hostile.”

Iran Says Its Revolutionary Guard Seized Foreign Oil Tanker In Strait Of Hormuz : NPR

Iran alleges that the small tanker was smuggling some 264,000 gallons of fuel. The vessel reportedly was seized south of Larak Island, less than 20 miles off the Iranian mainland

Iran’s Zarif says Saudi Arabia, not Iran, is to blame for Middle East instability

Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif says Saudi Arabia is the source of “malign activity” in the Persian Gulf, not Tehran.

U.S. Air Force details historic F-22 Raptor Qatar deployment – Defence Blog

The U.S. Air Force has revealed details of historic F-22 Raptor fighter jets deployment to Qatar. In a historic deployment, Airmen and F-22 Raptors have been sent to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar for the first time in order to defend American forces and interests in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. This deployment is a total force effort consisting of Airmen from the 1st Fighter Wing and 192nd Wing, with the support of the 633rd Air Base Wing, who train and deploy alongside one another, providing a ready force for the United States Air Force. “I am incredibly proud of the 1st Fighter Wing over the last four weeks. Our nation called and we responded to a short-notice deployment sending F-22’s to Qatar for the first time in history,” said Col. David Lopez, 1st Fighter Wing commander. “It was a herculean effort by our Airmen and families working tirelessly behind the scenes. There was heavy lifting across the board from our Low Observable team and maintainers loading tanks, from airfield operations coordinating airspace to our pilots planning flight routes through locations we hadn’t been before. It was truly a team effort across the installation with significant support from the 633rd Air Base Wing as we all worked around the clock to get our aircraft and Airmen out the door on a condensed timeline.” The 1 FW trains for this type of short-notice deployment through multiple exercises. Whether it’s an adaptive basing exercise where fighter squadrons practice deploying small teams and aircraft to an unfamiliar location, or the Phase I Exercise in March, the 1 FW consistently demonstrates its readiness and ability to deploy. According to Col. David L. Seitz, 1st Maintenance Group commander, Airmen’s lessons learned during the exercises proved valuable in making this deployment a success. “There’s no doubt the Phase I exercise in February sharpened our readiness and responsiveness,” said Seitz. “The exercise showed we had lots of work to do in the C3 execution [command/control/communication] – but the team proved that’s not the case now.” Seitz explained that a short-notice deployment, such as this one, brought to light some interesting challenges that the 1 FW was able to overcome. “The biggest challenge in these situations is always communication – especially when multiple squadrons from multiple wings must stop what they’re doing and align competing priorities and agendas,” said Seitz. “This tasking literally threw dozens of seemingly unsolvable problems at them in the first day alone – but they all came together and crushed it.” The 1 FW is a stellar example of how proper preparation and thorough training enables members of our Air Force to handle challenges at a moment’s notice and always be ready to accomplish the mission.

Jim Hanson: US downing of Iranian drone is a warning to stop aggression and support for terrorism | Fox News

When a U.S. Navy ship downed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz Thursday it sent an important message to the mullahs who rule the Islamic Republic: aggression has consequences and America will strike back when provoked.

James Jay Carafano: Iran’s leaders expect Trump will be reelected – That could prompt them to make a new deal | Fox News

Guess who’s probably betting President Trump gets re-elected? The high-rolling mullahs of Iran.

Iran is off their game: Gen. Jack Keane | Fox Business

Is Iran getting desperate over sanctions?

Iran: The Case Against War | by Steven Simon | The New York Review of Books

There is no plausible reason for the United States to go to war with Iran, although the Trump administration appears to be preparing to do so. In mid-May, the Pentagon presented the White House with plans for deploying up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East to respond to Iranian attacks on US forces or the acceleration of Iran’s nuclear weapons program. To be sure, the Iranian government is guilty of genuine transgressions against American interests and values. It backs Syria’s brutal dictator, Bashar al-Assad. It undermines the security of Israel by organizing and sustaining Shia militias in Syria, supporting the Palestinian extremist group Hamas, and arming the Lebanese Shia militia Hezbollah. By serving as Iran’s proxy on Israel’s border, Hezbollah exposes Lebanon—long a fragile state—to the risk of Israeli retaliation. Iran has also supported Shia militias in Iraq that in theory answer to the Iraqi prime minister through a special commission, but in practice are outside the national military command structure, which compromises the cohesion and authority of the Iraqi state.

Strait of Hormuz is drone and tanker battleground, yet oil prices unfazed | Fox Business

Drone shoot downs and seized tankers escalate in the Strait of Hormuz.

Iran tensions: What a failed deal would mean for oil prices

Regional stability, oil prices and potential for war will all depend on what Iran does with its nuclear program in the event of the deal’s termination.

Trump has found himself in a mess with Iran. But one Republican senator could save us all | The Independent

A new development may have emerged in the stand-off between Washington DC and Tehran this week. Republican Senator Rand Paul is said to have asked Donald Trump’s blessing to reach out to Iran on the president’s behalf. Senator Paul proposed to have a meeting with Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif, and President Trump signed off on the idea, Politico has reported.

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  1. Joel, you know I disagree with you. You are a good man who wish that America has a gloria and that your people follows their hearts. And you are absolutely right, they do. But big politics usually does not regard moral sentiments. But it also differs from person to person also among congressmen. I acknowledge that. However people like John Bolton and Mike Pompeo tend to get the final word. And yes the theocracy in Iran seems to be looking to start the coming war anyway they can. They really are that stupid. However, the US has a pragmatic stake in the coming war. I myself don’t have a problem with pragmatism combined with keeping my concience alive. It seems like the republic has had its greatest days and the new Roman empire has begun. I hope you won’t take this the wrong way? I am in no way defending the Iranian theocracy. I support even the American empire since every possible other state hegemony is far worse than an American empire. I know this and I try to adjust to the new times.

    I don’t like our situation here in Sweden and I cannot afford not being pragmatic. Not even the US can afford not being pragmatic.

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