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Keep watching the U.S.-Israeli Juniper Cobra exercises. The one-week delay to the exercises and the manner in which Israel denied that there was ever a delay is still bothering us. We need a better understanding of what units and systems the United States sent in and, more important, if and when the personnel and equipment are returning home. We need to be open to the possibility that these exercises could be a cover for the insertion of U.S. forces in preparation for a military operation against Iran.
The U.S. administration has been acting extremely confident lately in dealing with the Russians.
Is Washington's confidence stemming from its intelligence on the true state of Russian power? There are a lot of questions to be answered still, but we need to re-examine all our previous assumptions on the U.S.-Russian-Iranian nexus given the changes we're seeing within the Kremlin.
DEBKAfile's US intelligence sources report indications of impending war preparations against Iran after Tehran's rejections of the UN-brokered proposal to ship its enriched uranium overseas for further enrichment. These sources reveal that the administration is seeking congressional authorization to open America's Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). Furthermore, the US-Israeli joint US-Israel Juniper Cobra ballistic exercise is in full swing. Finally, US and Israel officials have been instructed to warn Moscow that the military option is still on the table if Iran's nuclear program is not halted by diplomatic means.
The US SPR which contains 727 million barrels of petroleum is only opened in time of war. Under an agreement signed with Israel in 1975, Washington undertakes to supply Israel with its fuel needs for five years in an emergency.
Word of these apparent war preparations appeared Saturday Oct. 31, the day after Iran's senior nuclear negotiator delivered a counter-proposal to the UN-brokered plan to the IAEA in Vienna which excised its main object, which was to reduce the enriched uranium stocks in hand for Iran to make a nuclear bomb.
The joint US-Israeli military exercise which ends Tuesday, Nov. 3, moved to the Tel Aviv arena last Tuesday with US forces drilling defensive action against a prospective Iranian missile attack or a seaborne strike from the Mediterranean on Israel's central conurbation.
For the last three days, Moscow has had nothing to say about the Iranian rejection of a plan which would have sent Iranian uranium to Russia for reprocessing, although Tehran previously indicated to the Kremlin that the international plan would sail through. DEBKAfile's Moscow sources regard the rebuff as Tehran's response to the suspension of Russian S-300 missile defense batteries after they had already been packed for delivery to Iran.
if the Iranian people raise up on the 4th will anyone rush to their support???
Originally posted by LeaderOfProgress
IF they were inserting teams of US anything, it would have been the new AGEIS anti missle team. They were on standby in the fall of last year but their orders were cancelled at the last minute.
The transformation of America’s security architecture for eastern Europe has thrown Romania into the spotlight as a key strategic location for defence against the threat of medium-range ballistic missiles.
US vice president Joe Biden made the first moves into this direction when, on a recent visit to Bucharest, he welcomed Romania’s “embrace” of the new US proposals for combating short and medium range airborne weaponry.
But it was unclear whether this could translate into Romania hosting either a land-based anti-missile defence system or whether the Black Sea itself could support US or US-allied ships bent on defending the region against a missile assault.