Skip to comments.Thousands of US troops land in Israel. Aircraft carrier coming soon
Posted on 01/07/2012 11:47:20 AM PST by NYer
Thousands of US troops began descending on Israel this week. Senior US military sources told debkafile Friday, Jan. 6 that many would be staying up to the end of the year as part of the US-IDF deployment in readiness for a military engagement with Iran and its possible escalation into a regional conflict. They will be joined by a US aircraft carrier. The warplanes on its decks will fly missions with Israeli Air Force jets. The 9,000 US servicemen gathering in Israel in the coming weeks are mostly airmen, missile interceptor teams, marines, seamen, technicians and intelligence officers.
The incoming American soldiers are officially categorized as participants in Austere Challenge 12, the biggest joint US-Israeli war game ever held.
The maneuver was originally designated Juniper Stallion 2012. However, the altered name plus the comment heard from the exercise's commander, US Third Air Force Lt. Gen. Frank Gorenc, during his visit two weeks ago, that the coming event is more a "deployment" than an "exercise," confirmed that Washington has expanded its mission. The joint force will now be in place ready for a decision to attack Iran's nuclear installations or any war emergency.
Our sources disclose that it was decided at the last minute in Washington and Jerusalem to announce the forthcoming Austere Challenge 12 on Thursday night, Jan. 5, ahead of the bulletin released by Tehran about another Iranian naval exercise at the Strait of Hormuz to take place in February, although its 10-day drill in the same arena only ended Monday, Jan. 2.
The early release was decided in consultations among US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and the two army chiefs, US Gen. Martin Dempsey and Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz.
British Defense Minister Phillip Hammond, on a visit to Washington, was brought into the discussion.
The handout circulated to US correspondents from Hammond's talks in the US capital affirmed that Britain stands ready to strike Iran if the Strait of Hormuz is closed.
However, that phrase was omitted from the British minister's remarks at a news conference, following a last-minute request from Panetta, signifying the Obama administration's interest of keeping a low profile on plans for attacking Iran.
Tehran too is walking a taut tightrope. It is staging military's maneuvers every few days to assuring the Iranian people that its leaders are fully prepared to defend the country against an American or Israeli strike on its national nuclear program. By this stratagem, Iran's ground, sea and air forces are maintained constantly at top war readiness to thwart any surprise attack.
The joint US-Israeli drill will test multiple Israeli and US air defense systems against incoming missiles and rockets, according to the official communiqué.
debkafile's military sources add that they will also practice intercepting missiles and rockets coming in from Syria, Hizballah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
It will not be the first time a US aircraft carrier docks in Israel for joint operations with the Israeli Air Force. On June 9, 2010, the USS Truman dropped anchor opposite Israel to test a joint deployment against Iran and its allies. The carrier and its air and naval strike force then staged joint firing practices with the Israeli Air Force over the Negev in the South.
Washington and Jerusalem are doing their utmost to present a perfectly synchronized military front against Iran: American officers are stationed at IDF command centers and Israeli officers posted at the US European Command-EUCOM. At the same time, debkafile's military sources disclose that full consensus has not been reached on every last particular of shared operation against Iran, should one go forward.
Why am I thinking that Hussein sent them there and gave Iran their oordinates?
IT’S DEBKKA...sigh...enuff said.
What a schmuck. All along barry has been doing everything AGAINST Israel....NOW he wants to “protect” them?
He’s like a 2 year old child who closes his/her eyes and thinks we can’t “see them”.
WE STILL SEE YOU BARRY!
Someone I know in the Marines said last week he was heading to the Middle East. He hoped to get stationed in Israel.
Obama’s way to win in 2012.
WP is saying the same.
Ok so it is, but I would think someone in the MSM would ask zer0 what He’s up too.
Something else is going on....
That’s nearly identical to what I was thinking.
More likely that Hussein’s “October surprise” will be an attack on iran to try and ensure that he is re-elected.
He is absolutely up to using the military and their lives in that fashion for himself...when if he was going to do it for the good of the nation it would have already ahppened long ago.
However, it would not surprise me that Obama would be more than happy to have Iran field test their first nuke on Israel while our troops were stationed there.
As silly as this sounds, it would fit perfectly into the plans of those who are determined to destroy our Representative Republic.
Is this satire?
Hello, the source is Debka. Does that tell you anything?
A war with Iran will immediately launch oil above $200/barrel, sinking the US economy, leading to more calls for the Federal Govt to do something. They’ll do something alright........seize whats left of a free economy. The tools are there to designate political opponents as “enemies of the state” subjecting them to arrest and detainment. Everyone assumes there will be an election in October; I don’t. Heil Obama!!!
Odd, nothing on the DoD, U.s. Navy, USMC, or U.S. Army websites about this.
Rather than being there to defend against Irn, who is to say they are not there to suppress and attack by Israel. Something like, “Hey, Israel, you’re not going to attack Iran, ever. To make you feel a little better, we’ll put some guys over there to maybe shoot down some missiles if they head your way.”
In Korea, it was rumored that our US military presence was not so much to deter the Norks, but to stop the SK from heading north and drawing us into another Chinese conflict.
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