Massive US Military Buildup on Two Strategic Islands: Socotra and Masirah

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posted on Jan, 28 2012 @ 10:54 AM
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Massive US Military Buildup on Two Strategic Islands: Socotra and Masirah







While quietly casting lines to draw Tehran into talks on their nuclear dispute, President Barack Obama is reported exclusively by DEBKA-Net-Weekly’s military and Washington sources to have secretly ordered US air, naval and marine forces to build up heavy concentrations on two strategic islands – Socotra, which is part of a Yemeni archipelago in the Indian Ocean, and the Omani island of Masirah at the southern exit of the Strait of Hormuz.




they are witnessing the heaviest American concentration of might in the region since the US invaded Iraq in 2003.

Up to 100,000 US troops present by early March

Then, 100,000 American troops were massed in Kuwait ahead of the invasion. Today, those sources estimate from the current pace of arrivals on the two island bases, that 50,000 US troops will have accumulated on Socotra and Masirah by mid-February. They will top up the 50,000 military already present in the Persian Gulf region, so that in less than a month, Washington will have some 100,000 military personnel on the spot and available for any contingency.
US air transports are described as making almost daily landings on Socotra and Masirah. They fly in from the US naval base of Diego Garcia, one of America's biggest military facilities, just over 3,000 kilometers away. The US military presence in the region will further expand in the first week of March when three US aircraft carriers and their strike groups plus a French carrier arrive in the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea: They are the USS Abraham Lincoln, USS Carl Vinson, USS Enterprise and the Charles de Gaulle nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.
A fourth US carrier will be standing by in the Pacific Ocean, a few days' sailing time from the water off Iran's coast.



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Here are the videos that were posted here, too. If this news are accurate, then we now know were they're headed







This isn't really a good sign and shows that we're not that far away from the attack on Iran.
The USA will follow everything Israel dictates them, despite that they have no business there, let alone the right to act on Iran or any sovereign country for that matter.



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posted on Jan, 28 2012 @ 11:26 AM
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So I'm guessing that his promise of bringing troops home is actually just a pretext to re-deployment on the new war front.

Who didn't see the next big lie coming?

Peace



posted on Jan, 28 2012 @ 11:39 AM
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Yeah it's just like the change he promised . He just never said that the change would be for the worst.

The troops are coming home. It's just that home is on these two islands.


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posted on Jan, 28 2012 @ 11:44 AM
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The camo of the vehicles of the train is unsuitable for the desert terrain around the persian gulf.



posted on Jan, 28 2012 @ 11:52 AM
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Originally posted by H1ght3chHippie
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The camo of the vehicles of the train is unsuitable for the desert terrain around the persian gulf.



I think that depends on the location of their assignment.

But true of course.



posted on Jan, 28 2012 @ 11:59 AM
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Just more signs of what is to come.
It reminds me of before the gulf war when people started to notice all of these odd military movements. I have been reading all over ATS about seeing AH64 helicopters etc flying in the skies. About a week ago some military aircraft went over where I am, but I never saw what it was, just heard it go by. No doubt it was military as I have heard these noises before, right before the gulf war.



posted on Jan, 28 2012 @ 12:01 PM
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And Socotra just happens to be near the Gulf of Aden..."enter theories for profit < here >."
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posted on Jan, 28 2012 @ 12:13 PM
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Originally posted by jude11
So I'm guessing that his promise of bringing troops home is actually just a pretext to re-deployment on the new war front.

Who didn't see the next big lie coming?

Peace


Very valid point!

Regarding the lie, well that really was expected.



posted on Jan, 28 2012 @ 12:49 PM
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"Whoever attains maritime supremacy in the Indian Ocean would be a prominent player on the international scene." (US Navy Geostrategist Rear Admiral Alfred Thayus Mahan (1840-1914))


Yemen and The Militarization of Strategic Waterways
Securing US Control over Socotra Island and the Gulf of Aden

by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky

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posted on Jan, 28 2012 @ 01:14 PM
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The very last article is the kicker........

Dubai police chief foresees imminent Gulf-Iran war of attrition over oil routes


26 Jan. Military tensions in the Persian Gulf shot up Thursday, Jan. 26, when Dubai police commander Gen. Dhahi Khalfan said on Al Arabiya television that an imminent Gulf war cannot be ruled out and first signs are already apparent. "The world will not let Iran block Hormuz but Tehran can narrow the strait to the maximum," he said. debkafile: The Iranian operating formula says that as the oil embargo on Iran tightens, the Revolutionary Guards will gradually narrow the oil tankers' shipping lane through the Strait of Hormuz. There is much skepticism in Saudi Arabia and Dubai about the ability of the American navy and Gulf forces to keep the Strait of Hormuz open at all times. The expectation is that between February and July, a war of attrition will develop between the US, Saudi Arabia and Iran.


This is the worst of all possible scenarios in the sense that it will disrupt the flow of oil for an extended period.
This will absolutely no doubt stall or reverse any progress at recovery except of course in the military weapons industry.........Debka isnt exactly a source known for its neutrality however......
I think anything they source must have some merit, depending on the source...(not sorcha )
This dubai police chiefs estimation may be the nearest thing to what will really kick in soon, as neither side wants full scale war for the obvious reasons...They are both banking on the others lack of resolve in the face of protracted sparring.
The advantage goes to Iran in this instance for now, but by july there will be expanded special forces troops
available to do hit and run harrassment....as well as set up inside Iran itself with the co operation of the resistance, or PKK or other revolutionary groups in Iran.
It is also possible that Sunni irregulars will be hired to enter Iran for operations...(the bitterness of the Iran-Iraq war is still fairly fresh in some circles.)
Isreal too has spec ops forces in or around Iran...(training the Kurds for sure)
Turkey and Iran are increasingly at odds these days as well.....
Incirlik air base is a good place to launch black ops from as well as other airports around Iran which host US forces.
The danger of protracted hostilities of a low key nature is that the Iranis will engage in a crash program to produce and deploy the bomb.(or obtain some from underground sources....ie N Korea, or the former russian muslim countries.or PAKISTANI MUSLIMS!
Should there be an eruption of fighting , it would be best if the allies were to roll up tehran with overwhelming force,destroy their ability to defend their airspace, and lay waste to all the atomic facilities they can before this aim can be accomplished.
Witnout support of the Russian or Chinese forces, i believe that the aim may yet be accomplished.
BUT NOT WITHOUT THE USE OF SOME NUCLEAR WEAPONS.......
Regardless of who starts the conflict, i have absolutely no doubts that nukes will be used.
What the consequences of would be is pretty obvious to all........
There is no way we can cripple and or destroy Irani facilities with the bunker buster bombs in stock according to the defence sec of the US.
Without nukes, they would be obliged to attack these facilities in waves of planes, dropping bunker bisters down the same hole the first started, then following it up with a nuke of some description....probably tactical....
This would reduce fallout, and also contaminate the site for future use , but maybe only temporarily.
There is noreason that Iran has not already developed a bomb on the sly....we have no idea how far along they are...
Perhaps they couldnt missilize one, but they may be able to get one as far as Hormuz......



posted on Jan, 28 2012 @ 01:14 PM
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The very last article is the kicker........

Dubai police chief foresees imminent Gulf-Iran war of attrition over oil routes


26 Jan. Military tensions in the Persian Gulf shot up Thursday, Jan. 26, when Dubai police commander Gen. Dhahi Khalfan said on Al Arabiya television that an imminent Gulf war cannot be ruled out and first signs are already apparent. "The world will not let Iran block Hormuz but Tehran can narrow the strait to the maximum," he said. debkafile: The Iranian operating formula says that as the oil embargo on Iran tightens, the Revolutionary Guards will gradually narrow the oil tankers' shipping lane through the Strait of Hormuz. There is much skepticism in Saudi Arabia and Dubai about the ability of the American navy and Gulf forces to keep the Strait of Hormuz open at all times. The expectation is that between February and July, a war of attrition will develop between the US, Saudi Arabia and Iran.


This is the worst of all possible scenarios in the sense that it will disrupt the flow of oil for an extended period.
This will absolutely no doubt stall or reverse any progress at recovery except of course in the military weapons industry.........Debka isnt exactly a source known for its neutrality however......
I think anything they source must have some merit, depending on the source...(not sorcha )
This dubai police chiefs estimation may be the nearest thing to what will really kick in soon, as neither side wants full scale war for the obvious reasons...They are both banking on the others lack of resolve in the face of protracted sparring.
The advantage goes to Iran in this instance for now, but by july there will be expanded special forces troops
available to do hit and run harrassment....as well as set up inside Iran itself with the co operation of the resistance, or PKK or other revolutionary groups in Iran.
It is also possible that Sunni irregulars will be hired to enter Iran for operations...(the bitterness of the Iran-Iraq war is still fairly fresh in some circles.)
Isreal too has spec ops forces in or around Iran...(training the Kurds for sure)
Turkey and Iran are increasingly at odds these days as well.....
Incirlik air base is a good place to launch black ops from as well as other airports around Iran which host US forces.
The danger of protracted hostilities of a low key nature is that the Iranis will engage in a crash program to produce and deploy the bomb.(or obtain some from underground sources....ie N Korea, or the former russian muslim countries.or PAKISTANI MUSLIMS!
Should there be an eruption of fighting , it would be best if the allies were to roll up tehran with overwhelming force,destroy their ability to defend their airspace, and lay waste to all the atomic facilities they can before this aim can be accomplished.
Witnout support of the Russian or Chinese forces, i believe that the aim may yet be accomplished.
BUT NOT WITHOUT THE USE OF SOME NUCLEAR WEAPONS.......
Regardless of who starts the conflict, i have absolutely no doubts that nukes will be used.
What the consequences of would be is pretty obvious to all........
There is no way we can cripple and or destroy Irani facilities with the bunker buster bombs in stock according to the defence sec of the US.
Without nukes, they would be obliged to attack these facilities in waves of planes, dropping bunker bisters down the same hole the first started, then following it up with a nuke of some description....probably tactical....
This would reduce fallout, and also contaminate the site for future use , but maybe only temporarily.
There is noreason that Iran has not already developed a bomb on the sly....we have no idea how far along they are...
Perhaps they couldnt missilize one, but they may be able to get one as far as Hormuz......


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posted on Jan, 28 2012 @ 01:15 PM
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From another perspective....
I guess it doesn't matter anymore that Socotra was recognised by the UNESCO as a world natural heritage site
wiki on Socotra

Socotra is (I'm sorry WAS) place of exceptional beauty,
but beauty must die in the war, right?




posted on Jan, 28 2012 @ 01:17 PM
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Thats a rightous looking place!
Shame it may be destroyed.



posted on Jan, 28 2012 @ 01:30 PM
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Originally posted by stirling
The very last article is the kicker........

Dubai police chief foresees imminent Gulf-Iran war of attrition over oil routes


26 Jan. Military tensions in the Persian Gulf shot up Thursday, Jan. 26, when Dubai police commander Gen. Dhahi Khalfan said on Al Arabiya television that an imminent Gulf war cannot be ruled out and first signs are already apparent. "The world will not let Iran block Hormuz but Tehran can narrow the strait to the maximum," he said. debkafile: The Iranian operating formula says that as the oil embargo on Iran tightens, the Revolutionary Guards will gradually narrow the oil tankers' shipping lane through the Strait of Hormuz. There is much skepticism in Saudi Arabia and Dubai about the ability of the American navy and Gulf forces to keep the Strait of Hormuz open at all times. The expectation is that between February and July, a war of attrition will develop between the US, Saudi Arabia and Iran.


Since i believe the saudi's must be the biggest pussies in the middle east and if it wasn't for their oil and the backing from the U.S. and Russia they would have long gone into the pages of the history books. As for the dates the so called high profiled Gen announced perhaps he should have gone slightly further and actually pointed out as to how he come about this information since we already now that........ oh yes read bellow..!


19/1/2012
Chiefs of Defence (CHODs) from sixty-seven NATO member and Partner countries have concluded two days of meetings at NATO Headquarters. Chaired by General Knud Bartels, Chairman of the Military Committee (CMC), NATO's highest-level military officers gathered in Brussels to discuss key security issues, in anticipation of the Defence Ministerial on 2-3 February 2012 and in light of the Chicago Summit in May. Discussions focused on Partnerships, Smart Defence and NATO operations in Afghanistan and Kosovo.

www.jfcnaples.nato.int...



posted on Jan, 28 2012 @ 01:48 PM
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So before we all start triping out regarding whats going to happen and how many troops are being deployed and as to were i will more or less say that Iran is not the target here, although it may be grazed and bruised but it will definitely not be over run as all the western media have hyped up its citizen to believe. Not that anyone cares or follows but i felt i should point something out to everyone here. The following was made public and was as expected put down as an event for many many reasons.


MOSCOW, January 28 (Itar-Tass) —— Russia will start supplying S-400 Triumf air defence systems to Belarus and Kazakhstan after 2015 when its own new plants launch serial production of Almaz-Antey-designed S-400 and S-500 systems for the Space Defence Troops, a source in the government’s Military-Industrial Commission said.
www.itar-tass.com...

Yes people, they are not expecting iran to begin launching nukes at israel or at europe or at america, they simply want to make sure that they wont be flanked when it begins. Now i guess you might be wondering which nation am i referring to, well i guess you can take a wild guess and see we go.
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posted on Jan, 28 2012 @ 01:50 PM
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Up to 100,000 US troops present by early March

And in March what happens?

NDAA comes into force AND the Enterprise is going to the middle-east for it's last tour ever.

And you add to that, there's 15 000 troops in Kuwait and 100 000+ in Afghanistan...

Yeah this ain't gonna end well.
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posted on Jan, 28 2012 @ 01:55 PM
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Does the Military–industrial complex take VISA?
Cuz I'm sure that we don't have the cash for this.

Any other US tax payers concerned that we each owe well over $120,000 just for being an American taxpayer? Owing more than many houses are worth before owning a house is certainly a setback for most.



posted on Jan, 28 2012 @ 01:57 PM
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Originally posted by Vitchilo


Up to 100,000 US troops present by early March

And in March what happens?

NDAA comes into force AND the Enterprise is going to the middle-east for it's last tour ever.

And you add to that, there's 15 000 troops in Kuwait and 100 000+ in Afghanistan...

Yeah this ain't gonna end well.
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March nothing, but you can bet your two jewls you have or what ever jewls you have that around September is when we should see fireworks unless, someone pushes the date ahead of plan based on the upcoming NATO meeting to be held (see bellow)


19/1/2012
Chiefs of Defence (CHODs) from sixty-seven NATO member and Partner countries have concluded two days of meetings at NATO Headquarters. Chaired by General Knud Bartels, Chairman of the Military Committee (CMC), NATO's highest-level military officers gathered in Brussels to discuss key security issues, in anticipation of the Defence Ministerial on 2-3 February 2012 and in light of the Chicago Summit in May. Discussions focused on Partnerships, Smart Defence and NATO operations in Afghanistan and Kosovo.
www.jfcnaples.nato.int...

P.S. What other event coinsides in or around the month i for-mentioned ? , something about Palestine...perhaps..! Oh doesn't the puzzle fit rather nicely now, from an isolated incident with an apparent one nation as the evil person we can suddenly have two or even three nations. Whats that saying we say, kill two birds with one stone, the problem is, who is holding the stone and who are the birds.
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posted on Jan, 28 2012 @ 02:04 PM
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Originally posted by Dasher
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Does the Military–industrial complex take VISA?
Cuz I'm sure that we don't have the cash for this.

Any other US tax payers concerned that we each owe well over $120,000 just for being an American taxpayer? Owing more than many houses are worth before owning a house is certainly a setback for most.


Oh dont worry about the debt, there is always the IMF, Fed, China and the good old blue collar worker than can work extra hours to support his nation....what...did i just here you say to hell with that... "knock" "knock", sir we are from Department of Home Land Security and we would like to ask you afew questions regarding a particular post you made within an internet website, relating your support to U.S. foreign policy ( Welcome to Google)



posted on Jan, 28 2012 @ 02:13 PM
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it can't be that strategic if we know about it LOL....

why is everyone so dumb





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