US begins military manoeuvres aimed at Iran

Oct 18, 2011 12:00 AM

by Paul Joseph Watson

The United States will commence huge military manoeuvres aimed at Iran, with a massive air fleet patrolling middle eastern skies ready to land at any time, in response to Iran’s involvement in an alleged assassination plot that experts have labelled dubious, amidst fears that US and Israeli targets could be hit by attacks.
As we reported earlier, during US Defence Secretary Leon Panettas October 3 Tel Aviv visit, Israeli hawks attempted to persuade Panetta to give the green light for a military strike on Iran. Within ten days, details of an alleged assassination plot against a Saudi ambassador emerged and the foiled attack was blamed on Iran. Innumerable experts immediately voiced their doubts about the authenticity of the plot, with 21-year CIA veteran Robert Baer labelling the story a truly awful Hollywood script.

The US military will respond with a series of significant military manoeuvres designed to threaten Iran, including, an American air fleet in Middle East skies ready to land at any moment for any contingency. The United States launches a large-scale exercise over the Middle East deploying 41 giant transports of the 22nds Airlift Squadron Oct. 17, states the report, adding that the aircraft will be packed with fully equipped, battle ready troops.
A further seven warships from the Stennis Battle Group will also provide ground troops with combat support and strike land and sea targets.

The Israeli, Egyptian and Saudi armies have also been placed on maximum preparedness, echoing reports that US troops being sent to the region have also been put on full alert.
The manoeuvres are also linked to the scheduled release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit by Hamas, an event that US intelligence officials fear could set off a chain of attacks in the region against US and Israeli targets. Should embassies be targeted, US troops will be in place to react swiftly.

Geopolitical experts have been consistent in their warnings that Israel was preparing to strike Iran this autumn. Back in July, CIA veteran Baer told that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was planning an attack on Iran in September to coincide with the Palestine bid for UN membership.
Whether the manoeuvres are merely designed to be an act of belligerence against Iran or represent preparations for an actual military strike in support of Israel remains to be seen, but as Gulf News reporter Patrick Seale pointed out, the window of opportunity for an attack on Iran is closing. Some western military experts have been quoted as saying that the window of opportunity for an Israeli air attack on Iran will close within two months, since the onset of winter would make such an assault more difficult, writes Seale, adding that the Israelis eagerness to launch the attack has caused considerable alarm in Washington and in a number of European capitals.

Both Republican and Democratic US lawmakers have issued strong statements against Iran recently, with several all but calling for war.
Earlier, New York Republican Peter King called on the Obama administration to put troops on standby, labelling the alleged Iranian assassination plot an act of war. Democrat Dianne Feinstein, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, warned that the US and Iran were on a collision course.

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