Skip to comments.Iran Deploys Troops, Ballistic Missiles To Eritrea
Posted on 12/09/2008 10:40:57 AM PST by Fennie
Iranian ships and submarines have deployed an undisclosed number of Iranian troops and weapons at the Eritrean port town of Assab, according to opposition groups, foreign diplomats, and NGOs in the area.
The city of Assab sits at the Horn of Africa in the Arabian Sea. As such, Assab offers a strategic position as the world nervously eyes the precarious routes through which a seaborne oil traverses daily.
Local sources have reported that Iran recently sent soldiers and a large number of long-range and ballistic missiles. The military basing came after Iran signed an accord with Eritrea to revamp the Russian-built refinery used by the Eritrean Oil Company, also known as Assab Oil Company.
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This is it get ready
Notice how much closer this places their reach to Mecca....hint, hint.
“and a large number of long-range and ballistic missiles” = a large number of targets already in the mission planning computers.
Guess oil is too low?
The only strategic point I see in that region is its close to a choke point where the Red Sea meets the Gulf of Aden. Any missle layout would almost have to be long range since there are no targets nearby. Wonder how many anti-ship missiles they deployed.
Well, if Eritrea allows Iran to do this... but I don't get it... the agreement was to revamp a refinery... why do you need to bring in the military base? Is Eritrea at war with someone and the refinery is vulnerable?
The Horn of Africa .. one more twig on the bonfire to come
We need to start immediate “talks!”
Maybe the EU can lead the way!
Eritrea and Shiite Islam
I just checked the CIA Factbook... apparently Eritrea and Ethiopia have some ongoing difficulties with the border... perhaps that’s it... or Iran is pushing it because they are a bunch of butt-heads and are trying to exacerbate the region to increase the price of oil again.
How about a sea lane to Israel
Are they trying to control the Gulf of Aden AND the Persian Gulf? Are they surrounding the Arabian peninsula with missiles from all directions? Why Eritrea? That’s kinda strange...
Thats easy - it controls the sea lanes coming out of the Red Sea. They could interdict US assets moving through
the Suez Canal, shipping moving into/out of Eilat, West Coast of Saudi and the port of Aquba. They could place AA missiles there which would make Israeli flights over the area impossible (how they got to Entebbe for the raid).
This is a very provacative move.
Lots going on in the Horn of Africa.
Pirates operating out of Somalia (some of them captured an Iranian ship carrying radioactive materials for some unknown purpose).
Al Qaeda was driven out of Mogadishu (Somalia) by Ethiopian troops who are still occupying it. Ethiopians were supposed to withdraw but are suddenly increasing their troop levels apparently.
We have a major special forces base in Djibouti, right next door to Eritrea.
Eritrea is of course at war with Ethiopia and has been for years.
And Eritrea is at a choke point on the Red Sea. From there they could choke off sea traffic to the Saudis’ Red Sea ports, while simultaneously closing down the Persian Gulf to oil traffic.
Somewhere in there is the answer to what Iran is doing in Eritrea.
Meanwhile... Back at the US ranch... The MSM fixated on the Palin campaign wardrobe cost!!!
Remember how the "last straw" in the June 1967 "Six Days War" was the bottling up of the Gulf of Aqaba/Eilat by the Egyptians at Sharm-el-Sheikh?
Just north of Djibouti, Djibouti.
Mind like a steel trap.
After long being a part of the Kingdom of Ethiopia, in 1995/6 Eritrea received it’s independence, pressure being applied by the Saudis and Pakistani to coerce the USG and Ethiopia to accept the creation of virtually the last new nation in the world.
Last year, there were persistent reports of Pakistan’s ISI financing and arming groups that were part of Somalia’s Islamist councils, overthrown temporarily by the Ethiopians.
Eritrea, in it’s short existence has proved to be the vanguard and the tip of the spear of the WorldWide Jihad.
a 2 pronged assault on carriers both in the Gulf and Suez simultaneously
Knowing their deployment, we now have two bottlenecks where they can shoot from with the least time of flight for airborne millie assaults against our ships
Also, there may be enough range to attack Israel from that point, too. Due to most of Israel’s deployment of Patriots in the northeast to deflect inbound from that direction, this would necessitate a splitting of forces to defend from the south, too
THis is a two-fer for an aggressive state. And definitely a cause for pre-emptive action by the US or Israel. There is NO legitimate reason for Iran to do such a thing
UNLESS they are doing it to create an excuse to fire upon us, a lose lose situation, one they can exploit and act innocent while we bomb outside their nation, they ‘respond’ within ours and Israel, their plan all along
Lets not forget Iran has plans to build and assist the Venezuelans with projects. Could be another cover to get troops equipment into our hemisphere.....
Seems like the standard test pattern of a new president’s Radical islam reception. America seems to have the world’s shortest memory ...
also lets not forget Venezuelas relationship with cuba. They are one in the same.
Actually, by doing this they would effectively control the Suez canal. And, of course, the tanker traffic that goes through it.
Couple that with control of the Straits of Hormuz, and you end up with Iran having a stranglehold on a significant amount of the world's oil.
Always assuming, of course, that this story is even remotely accurate.
One air route from Israel was along the west coast of Saudi Arabia now they can monitor bombing sorties from. Israel
Yeah. Like I said the choke point is the only advantage I see here.
Question: Why are there Iranian natinals on Chinese oil wells in the GUlf off Cuba?
Dude - they are so way past that. Now it's what dress Michelle is going to wear to the inaugural.
Good point; I scouted around looking for a mainstream source and couldn't find one. Found this:
Ethiopia's forces are divided, which probably reduces the pressure on Eritrea.
Last year, there were persistent reports of Pakistans ISI financing and arming groups that were part of Somalias Islamist councils
The Shi’ite is about to hit the fan..
One could expect even closer cooperation between the US and Saudis in the days to come. If required increased air surveillance on their side will be established, both in ground radar and airborne assets. Perhaps more F16 fighter bomber configurations may be sold to them. Lots of things we can see them that could help quickly neutralize any land to sea attacks on the shipping channel.
Whoops. see = sell.
The Saudi’s need to shut down the Wahabbi Schools....worldwide...I’m sure “the One” will ask them for that!!! ..../s
MUSLIM OBAMA IS. IS HE SHIA OR SUNNI?
It won’t take long to find out, if he does manage to set foot in the Oval Office, just watch his foreign policy decisions.
So far, I have him ID’d as shia...probably the Allawah Sect followed by the majority of Omani muslims; who settled in East Africa. Zanzibar and Kenya. (Arab Slavers.)
Things are really looking ugle today...got to take a break and go pay some bills and get grub for the lean to!...see my Black Hole post...
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