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Iran Deploys Troops, Ballistic Missiles To Eritrea
The Cutting Edge ^ | December 8, 2008

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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1 posted on 12/09/2008 10:40:58 AM PST by Fennie
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To: Fennie

This is it get ready


2 posted on 12/09/2008 10:43:16 AM PST by al baby (Hi mom IF DA BIRTH PLACE IS A LIE, BEING DA PRESIDENT AIN'T GONNA FLY!)
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To: Fennie

Notice how much closer this places their reach to Mecca....hint, hint.


3 posted on 12/09/2008 10:43:59 AM PST by rjp2005 (Lord have mercy on us)
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To: Fennie

“and a large number of long-range and ballistic missiles” = a large number of targets already in the mission planning computers.


4 posted on 12/09/2008 10:44:00 AM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur)
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To: Fennie

ping


5 posted on 12/09/2008 10:45:40 AM PST by unkus
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To: txflake; nuconvert

Pingaroo.


6 posted on 12/09/2008 10:45:45 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Fennie; All; NormsRevenge; Grampa Dave; SierraWasp; tubebender; Marine_Uncle; BOBTHENAILER; ...

Just damn!


7 posted on 12/09/2008 10:47:23 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: SJackson; tobyhill; Captain Ed; holdonnow

fyi


8 posted on 12/09/2008 10:49:26 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Fennie

Guess oil is too low?


9 posted on 12/09/2008 10:52:09 AM PST by elpinta (Insured by Walther, Glock, Smith & Wesson.)
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To: Fennie

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.


10 posted on 12/09/2008 10:53:23 AM PST by CougarGA7 (Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.)
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To: Fennie
The military basing came after Iran signed an accord with Eritrea to revamp the Russian-built refinery used by the Eritrean Oil Company

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?

11 posted on 12/09/2008 10:54:15 AM PST by John123 (The US may be going down the drain, but everyone else will drown first...)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

hmmmm...

The Horn of Africa .. one more twig on the bonfire to come


12 posted on 12/09/2008 10:55:26 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed)
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To: Fennie

We need to start immediate “talks!”

Maybe the EU can lead the way!


13 posted on 12/09/2008 10:56:11 AM PST by Red6
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To: Fennie; Cindy; Yehuda

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rlz=1T4RNWN_enUS293US293&sa=X&oi=spell&resnum=0&ct=result&cd=1&q=eritrea+shiite&spell=1

Eritrea and Shiite Islam


14 posted on 12/09/2008 10:57:27 AM PST by RaceBannon (We have sown the wind, but we will reap the whirlwind. NObama. Not my president.)
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To: Fennie

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.


15 posted on 12/09/2008 11:00:38 AM PST by John123 (The US may be going down the drain, but everyone else will drown first...)
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To: Fennie


16 posted on 12/09/2008 11:02:50 AM PST by Diogenesis
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To: CougarGA7

How about a sea lane to Israel


17 posted on 12/09/2008 11:05:47 AM PST by kidd (Obama: The triumph of hope over evidence)
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To: Fennie

It begins....

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...


18 posted on 12/09/2008 11:18:40 AM PST by G8 Diplomat (The Middle East: We put the OIL in TURMOIL!)
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To: G8 Diplomat

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.


19 posted on 12/09/2008 11:27:31 AM PST by rahbert
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To: G8 Diplomat
Iran now has a military presence on both sides of the Arabian peninsula -- on the Red Sea and on the "Persian" Gulf. The Saudis must be feeling the squeeze.
20 posted on 12/09/2008 11:30:10 AM PST by Snickersnee (Where are we going? And what's with this handbasket?)
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