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MANAMA: Israel is massing warplanes in the Caucasus for an attack on Iran, it was revealed yesterday.
Preparations are underway to launch the military attack from Azerbaijan and Georgia, reports our sister paper Akhbar Al Khaleej, quoting military sources.
Israel was, in fact, training pilots in Turkey to launch the strike and was smuggling planes into Georgia using Turkish airspace, they said.
Organizers of an Iranian flotilla to Gaza announced Thursday that they would not set sail due to “Israeli threats.” The flotilla was to launch on Sunday. Two Iranian ships said they planned to challenge Israel at sea with the help of volunteer marines. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had expressed hope that the marines would “teach Israelis a lesson.”
Originally posted by InvisibleAlbatross
What puzzles me about the first article is, Israel and Turkey are supposefly squabbling right now. Why would Turkey allow the use of its airspace?
Originally posted by Gorman91
reply to post by JanusFIN
Not a war. A raid.
It's an old strategy. Used in Germany and black ops mission sin Russia.
Dark truth to it? If no one gets captured, you cannot technically blame another nation, as there is no proof to it.
Difference? Iran won't give a crap.
Worse? Iran cannot successfully invade any nation because it is boxed in with US allies and the US itself. That is why they are upset.
The only way to win? If the US and Israel do not invade. Or more accurately, if the US does not invade (lol, Israel invading?) then nothing will change. Iran will attack, the US will respond.
If the US invades, they win. If they invade, they lose. because Iran is a cultural heat of the region. You can't just walk into a free nation with thousands of years of dominate history in the region and expect victory. You get a God-awful long war to nowhere. 20 years at minimum.
The Chairman of the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL), Mohammad Hossein Dajmar, says Tehran will retaliate if its cargo ships come under inspection.
"To protect its national interests, Iran would be sure to use its legal rights to retaliate if any Iranian ships are inspected," Dajmar said in an interview with IRNA on Sunday.
"According to numerous international rules, all countries have the right to protect their waters," he said, arguing further that Iran "can inspect suspicious ships to confront those countries which support the resolutions."
The UN Security Council passed a US-sponsored anti-Iran resolution on June 9 that imposes restrictions on the country's shipping industry in addition to other sectors.
A top US military officer has arrived in Tel Aviv for talks with Israeli officials on military cooperation between the two armies.
Chairman of US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen made the unannounced visit to Israel on Sunday on his way back to the US from meetings in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
He is scheduled to meet Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak at around midday and is also expected to negotiate with the Israeli military and defense officials during his short visit.
"This is a very short visit -- he will meet with Defense
Minister (Ehud) Barak and with (Chief of Staff) Gaby Ashkenazi and a few others from the defense establishment," a US embassy spokesman told AFP.
An Israeli military spokesman said the meeting would focus on
"Cooperation between the two armies and the challenges they have to face."
Originally posted by ShadowRamesses
Then I was thinking, Iran says it needs electricity so they are building nuke reactors, why can't they build oil refineries too so they don't need nuclear power?
World leaders "believe absolutely" that Israel may decide to take military action against Iran to prevent the latter from acquiring nuclear weapons, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said Saturday.
“Iran is not guaranteeing a peaceful production of nuclear power [so] the members of the G-8 are worried and believe absolutely that Israel will probably react preemptively,” Berlusconi told reporters following talks with other Group of Eight leaders north of Toronto.