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Iran sends warships to Gulf of Aden - navy

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by JBond, May 25, 2009.

  1. JBond

    JBond Well-Known Member

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    Iran sends warships to Gulf of Aden - navy

    http://in.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idINIndia-39868320090525

    TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran has sent six warships to international waters, including the Gulf of Aden, to show its ability to confront any foreign threats, its naval commander said on Monday.

    Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, quoted by the ISNA news agency, made the announcement five days after Iran said it test-fired a surface-to-surface missile with a range of 2,000 km (1,200 miles), putting Israel and U.S. bases in the area within reach.

    Iran said on May 14 it had sent two warships to the Gulf of Aden to protect oil tankers from the world's fifth-largest crude exporter against attacks by pirates but ISNA did not make clear whether they were among the six Sayyari talked about.

    Iranian waters stretch along the Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz and the Sea of Oman. Iran has threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, through which about 40 percent of the world's traded oil is shipped, if it were attacked over its nuclear programme.

    "Iran has dispatched six ... warships to international waters and the Gulf of Aden region in an historically unprecedented move by the Iranian Navy," Sayyari told a gathering of armed forces officials, IRNA reported.

    Sayyari said that preserving Iran's territorial integrity in its southern waters called for the "perseverance and firmness" of the navy.

    The move to dispatch the warships "is indicative of the country's high military capability in confronting any foreign threat on the country's shores," Sayyari said.

    The ISNA report did not mention the threat of pirate attacks, which, fuelled by large ransoms, have continued almost unabated despite the presence of an armada of foreign warships patrolling the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden.

    In January, pirates released an Iranian-chartered cargo ship carrying 36,000 tonnes of wheat to Iran from Germany that was seized in November. In March, a regional maritime official said Somali villagers had detained another Iranian vessel.

    Nearly 20,000 ships pass through the Gulf of Aden each year, heading to and from the Suez Canal. Seven percent of world oil consumption passed through the Gulf of Aden in 2007, according to Lloyd's Marine Intelligence Unit.

    On May 20, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran had tested a missile that defence analysts say could hit Israel and U.S. bases in the Gulf, a move likely to fuel concern about Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

    The United States and its allies suspect the Islamic Republic is seeking to build nuclear bombs, a charge Tehran denies, but President Barack Obama has offered a new beginning of diplomatic engagement with Iran if it "unclenches its fist".
  2. MetalHead

    MetalHead Benched

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    Once your enemy knows your leader is weak,they will act up and do things they thought they could not do before.

    Hope and Change.
  3. Jon88

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    Yes we can.
  4. CowboyFan74

    CowboyFan74 Cowboys Analyst

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    History repeating itself.
  5. masomenos

    masomenos Less is more

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    Remember, more than a year ago, when boats from the Iranian navy harassed U.S. warships? At one point they even said "You will blow up within minutes".

    That was when Bush was in office. So, either Bush was weak (he wasn't) or this has nothing to do with Obama (it doesn't).
  6. Jon88

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    They should have been blown up.

    I don't understand it. They've been training insurgents and making bombs since we've been in Iraq and we've just played along with it.
  7. masomenos

    masomenos Less is more

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    That wasn't really my point, but whatever. :D

    We can't fight the whole world at the same time though, we're in a two front war as it is. Sometimes the best option is to monitor the situation and hope for political stability. It just wouldn't be feasible for us to be in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, N. Korea and Venezuela all at the same time.
  8. Bob Sacamano

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    oh noes! the Iranian NAVY!!!
  9. Ren

    Ren Well-Known Member

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    Iranian war ships are no match for the US navy, if they decide to act stupid Iran will have 6 less war ships, unless you hand cuff the Navy's ability to act when threatened
  10. Bob Sacamano

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    we've had a nuclear powered Navy since the '50s, and these neophytes think they can take us on? LMAO:lmao2:

    stupid towlies
  11. MetalHead

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    Don't say Joe Biden did not warn you.
  12. masomenos

    masomenos Less is more

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    You mean what Biden said about Obama being tested? Wouldn't you say that every modern President is "tested" in one way or another? Domestic and international issues are always testing the President, it's the nature of the job.

    It's also important to note that Biden didn't say that Obama would be tested and that he would fail. Why should we assume failure?
  13. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    Well the initial signs are not good are they?

    Frankly BUsh listened to Powel and the rest of the "moderates" way too much.
    And look where that has gotten us as regards NK and Iran. We did what the Europeans and the rest of the weak kneed types wanted- we talked and talked and negotiated. Where has that gotten us?
  14. Jon88

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    [IMG]

    He's weak and he's embarassing us.
  15. masomenos

    masomenos Less is more

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    You don't really think that the bowing incident has anything to do with Iran sending out boats, do you? Or do you just think that the ill-advised bow is evidence that Obama will fail?
  16. Jon88

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    I was speaking in general.
  17. JBond

    JBond Well-Known Member

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    Kinda what I was thinking. That is the least of our worries right now. I just found it interesting all these seemingly unrelated things are all happening in a very short time span. I have zero worries about the Iranian navy capabilities wise.
  18. JBond

    JBond Well-Known Member

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    It does clearly show what a complete *** Obama is. Between his apology tour and kissing up to Chavez on top of the foolish bowing incident there are legitimate reasons to question some of his actions.

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