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Iran’s President Rouhani is spewing when he says the confrontation between the US and Iran will bring the “Mother of all wars”. Unfortunately for Iran, predictions hold that Iran will last as long as did Iraq’s then-President Saddam Hussein in 1991, when he called for the “Mother of all battles“, Um al-Mar’rik. The attack on Iraq lasted 100 hours before being called off, there was almost no response.
I would so love to be a planner on this operation as I was before and during the invasion of Afghanistan while working at SOCCENT. I learned so much more than I ever thought possible. This operation will have a sea and air attack/defend aspect which complicates things, but as in dominos, things are taken one step at a time. The really neat thing is that almost no US movements have been revealed, other than one squadron of F-22s. The OPSEC is being well executed, the F-22 movement was purposefully well advertised.
A lot of inflammatory rhetoric from Tehran, now escalated to the “Mother of All Wars” – if the“Mother of All Wars”is to be a bigger media spectacle than the “Mother of All Battles”, then we can expect Iran to collapse under a deluge of PGMs a lot faster than Saddam did almost three decades ago …..
IRGC Navy baits the USN. Tehran MoD presents new PGMs, all of which look remarkably similar to a number of known Chinese PGMs.
UK joins US coalition to protect shipping.
Miscellaneous analyses and OpEds.
The statement comes amid increasing tensions between Washington and Iran, as US President Donald Trump authorised sanctions in June on officials associated with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Hosseini Khamenei. The decision was followed by the US slapping sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.
President Rouhani warned that conflict with Iran would be “the mother of all wars” as Tehran further raised tensions in the Persian Gulf by agreeing to joint naval patrols with Russia. Tehran has signed a military deal with Moscow that will see the two countries’ navies hold joint military exercises
He again warned that shipping could not be safe in the Strait of Hormuz
IRAN has sent a thinly-veilled warning to Britain and the US saying they risk “the mother of all wars” as an Anglo-American task force begins to patrol the Straits of Hormuz to protect the free movement of oil tankers.
On Monday, London announced that it would be joining the US-led maritime mission in the Persian Gulf, in spite of the UK’s earlier promises to forge ahead with a ‘European-led’ security coalition instead.
Iran’s defence ministry unveiled what it described as three precision guided air-to-air missiles on Tuesday, after President Hassan Rouhani warned of the ‘mother of all wars’ if the country is attacked.
The British government said the decision came after London struggled to build a European maritime coalition to safeguard ships in the region.
Great Britain will reportedly join the U.S.-led mission to police the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz against perceived Iranian aggression.
The United Kingdom announced on Monday it is joining the Pentagon’s proposed joint mission to protect vessels traveling through the Persian Gulf amid soaring tensions with Iran.
Britain will form a maritime coalition in the Gulf with the United States in order to protect international shipping amid growing tensions with Iran, the Government has announced.
Britain on Monday joined the United States in a maritime security mission in the Gulf to protect merchant vessels travelling through the Strait of Hormuz after Iran seized a British-flagged vessel.
Britain shifts away from plans of European-led mission proposed by former foreign secretary
Iraq has denied any connection to an oil tanker seized by Iran for allegedly smuggling fuel, in the latest escalation of a diplomatic crisis gripping the Gulf. It is the third foreign tanker that Iranian forces have detained in less than a month near to or in the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
Defence Minister Ben Wallace has said the UK will work with the United States to find an ‘international solution to the problems in the Strait of Hormuz.’
The statement comes shortly after Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif told reporters on Monday that the US, which is “alone in the world” had failed to create an allied naval coalition in the Persian Gulf.
The US is seeking to pull Australia into its escalating row with Tehran, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting Canberra’s help to secure shipping routes against “unprovoked attacks” in the Strait of Hormuz.
Alongside Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Defence Minister Linda Reynolds, Mr Pompeo said the time was right for the US and Australia to do much more in the region.
Defence Minister Linda Reynolds confirms Australia is considering a serious and complex request from the United States to help protect oil shipments against Iranian interference in the Persian Gulf.
Germany’s refusal to join the US-led naval coalition to escort ships through the Strait of Hormuz underscores how the Land of the Free is losing its influence on foreign nations, Mohammad Marandi, an expert on American studies and postcolonial literature who teaches at the University of Tehran, told Sputnik.
The United States is struggling to piece together an international coalition to protect cargo ships travelling through the Strait of Hormuz, with allies concerned about being dragged into conflict with Iran. Tensions have risen in the Gulf since the United States decided in May 2018 to withdraw from
TEHRAN, Aug. 05 (MNA) – Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Mon. that B-team is shrinking in members, adding that Iran welcomes neighboring countries leaving the team of ‘wickedness’.
The United Kingdom will join the United States in protecting oil tankers in the Persian Gulf after a series of recent incidents disrupted oil flows through the Gulf and the narrow Strait of Hormuz
Iran in recent days captured the third foreign tanker in the Persian Gulf in less than a month, Iranian state media reported over the weekend.
The Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said Sunday it had seized an Iraqi boat carrying 700,000 liters of fuel the Iranian army said was being smuggled
Iraq’s oil ministry said on Sunday it has no connection with an oil tanker seized by Iran in the Gulf for smuggling fuel, Iraqi News Agency reported.
China may continue to send oil to Iran even once it goes beyond 20% uranium enrichment
If the United States is not willing to countenance Iran and its aims, it will have to respond forcefully to the latter’s provocations.
Tensions between Iran and the United States have heightened concerns about the threat to critical infrastructure in the Persian Gulf, including in Saudi Arabia. This report argues that while Saudi Arabia has vulnerabilities in its oil, desalination, electricity, SCADA, shipping, and other systems, Iran has thus far adopted a calibrated approach. Tehran has conducted irregular attacks to infrastructure using offensive cyber weapons, naval ships to impede oil tankers, and partners like the Houthis in Yemen. The United States should focus on deterring further Iranian escalation, refraining from actions that threaten the regime’s survival, and providing a political “off ramp” for Iran to de-escalate.