33 articles tagged "Strait of Hormuz"
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Riyadh Turns to Moscow, Far East to Attain Self-Controlled Nuclear Fuel Cycle & Military Self-Sufficiency
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 25, 2015

Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s deal with Putin aimed at providing Saudi Arabia with a self-controlled nuclear weapons program and self-sufficiency in weapons.

Why Is The Gulf Certain US and Iran Faked Near-Collision at Sea?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 30, 2015

The Gulf believes in a US-Iranian conspiracy to divide control of the region’s seas and strategic straits between them, but Iran takes it one step further.

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz
Tens of thousands of Israeli troops in surprise Golan drill. Khamenei: No bending to the West
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 19, 2012

Israeli reservists drafted at no notice, Air Force, Central Command and other IDF units were flown to Israel’s northern Golan border early Wednesday, Sept. 19, for a surprise IDF exercise under the codename “National Asset.” Since early September, the Israeli Defense Forces have been in the midst of preparations which have the appearance of readiness for a real war rather than an exercise. Those preparations peaked Wednesday under the codename which indicated its goal: the defense of national assets.

Binyamin Netanyahu and Leon Panetta
US Multi-tasking to Destroy Iranian Missiles, Defend Saudi Oil & Hormuz
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 3, 2012

The US army is completed its planning for an Israeli war on Iran in October at the latest. Its tasks will be to destroy Iranian missiles geared for reprisals against US military sites and Israel, defend Saudi oil and keep the Strait of Hormuz open to oil traffic.

Tiny SeaFox submersibles for destroying mines
Two more US carriers, dozens of mini-subs rushed to Hormuz
DEBKAfile Special Report July 12, 2012

As Russia and NATO boosted their military strength in the E. Mediterranean, debkafile reports the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier and dozens of unmanned underwater craft for destroying mines are being rushed to the Persian Gulf. By August, five aircraft carriers will be on site - four American and one French. "If Iran starts spreading underwater mines in international waterways, i.e., the Strait of Hormuz, it will find American forces ready to dismantle them," said a Western military source.

The USS Ponce
US military strength beefed up at Hormuz as nuclear talks with Iran fade
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 3, 2012

The US is piling up military strength in the Persian Gulf against potential Iranian attempts to block the Gulf of Hormuz, or otherwise retaliate for the European oil embargo in force since July 1. As the Revolutionary Guards staged a missile exercise against “enemy air bases,” more than 40,000 US troops were massed on two strategic islands facing Iran. The drums of war came with curtains on nuclear diplomacy. Iran and six world powers met for the last time in Istanbul Tuesday. Oil topped $100 for the first time in three weeks.

F-22 Raptors
Saudis Preparing for US to Strike Iran in October
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 28, 2012

The Saudi royal house has set preparations in motion for a US attack on Iran in October. Its military is organizing defenses of government and oil terminals, as well as a counter-offensive if attacked by Iran. A new oil pipeline bypasses the Strait of Hormuz.

Gen. Ataollah Salehi
Tehran’s Unrelenting Buildup of Strategic Assets against the West
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 26, 2012


If Iran really can copy the captured US spy drone and plumb its secret codes, this will have far-reaching implications for a potential US or Israel strike against its nuclear sites.

Saudi Ras Tanura oil export terminal
Iran threatens Hormuz and world oil supply after trade links cutoff
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 18, 2012

Ali Falahian, Iran’s senior spokesman on sanctions, said Sunday, March 18: “I suggest that the West take seriously our threat to close the Strait of Hormuz.” This was Tehran’s first response to the SWIFT decision to sever ties with Iranian banks.
Four US and French nuclear aircraft carriers and a dozen or more minesweepers stand by on both sides of the Strait of Hormuz, through which 17 percent of the world’s daily oil supply passes, and Israeli naval vessels are deployed in the Red Sea.

Bold Alligator 2012 exercise
"Bold Alligator 2012" drills 20,000 troops on US East Coast for Persian Gulf action
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 7, 2012

Some 20,000 marines, seamen and air crews from six countries, a US nuclear aircraft carrier strike group and three US Marine gunship carriers are practicing an attack on a fictitious mechanized enemy division which has invaded its neighbor in the largest amphibian exercise seen in the West for a decade. "Bold Alligator 2012" simulates an Iranian invasion and a marine landing on the Iranian coast. debkafile: It is the prelude to the stationing of this aircraft carrier and marine force opposite Iran.

USS Ponce - future SEALs Persian Gulf platform
US foresees May as tentative date for clash with Iran. Floating SEALs base for Gulf
DEBKAfile Special Report January 29, 2012

A hurried decision not to de-commission the USS Ponce helicopter marine carrier after duty in Libya - but to refit it for deployment in the Persian Gulf by May as a floating base for SEAL commando teams - was confirmed by the US Pentagon and Navy Sunday, Jan. 29. This base will expand the commandos' range in coastal areas, especially against Iranian speedboats, and support counter-measures against mines which Iran threatens to plant in the Strait of Hormuz for the US-EU oil embargo. 

Strait of Hormuz
War of attrition brewing with Iran over Gulf oil routes
DEBKAfile Special Report January 26, 2012

Military tensions in the Persian Gulf shot up again Thursday, Jan. 26, after Dubai police commander Gen. Dhahi Khalfan said an imminent Gulf war cannot be ruled out and first signs are already apparent. "The world will not let Iran block Hormuz, but Tehran can narrow the strait to the maximum," he said.  Saudi Arabia and Dubai doubt  the US Navy and Gulf forces can keep Hormuz open at all times. A war of attrition is therefore expected to unfold from February to July.

Massive US Military Buildup on Two Strategic Islands: Socotra and Masirah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 26, 2012

By early March, the US will have amassed 100,000 troops within reach of Iran, roughly equal to the 2003 Iraq invasion force, and enough to back up Barack Obama's pledge to stop Iran acquiring a nuclear bomb with military force.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Washington and Iran Are Talking Along Three Secret Tracks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 26, 2012

The Obama administration saw in the unimpeded passage of the Abraham Lincoln carrier through the Strait of Hormuz a signal that Tehran may be amenable to nuclear talks. Preparatory feelers are going forward on three tracks via Baghdad, Ankara and Vienna between the emissaries of the US President and Iran's Supreme leader.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta aboard the USS Enterprise
The USS Abraham Lincoln transits Hormuz. Scene set for US-Iranian talks
DEBKAfile Special Report January 23, 2012

Three weeks after Tehran threatened action against any US aircraft carrier entering the Strait of Hormuz, Washington made two moves: US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta disclosed Sunday, Jan. 22, that the USS Enterprise Carrier Strike Group would steam through the strait in March; a few hours later, the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier transited Hormuz without incident. Defusing the Hormuz dispute set the scene for resumed US-Iranian nuclear talks and the suspension of tough sanctions as Israel was preparing to strike Iran's nuclear facilities.


Tehran Weighs Closing Strait of Hormuz, a Terror Campaign - Or Both
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 20, 2012

A detailed report to Washington by Saudi and Kuwaiti intelligence details Iran's preparations for sabotaging oil production in the Gulf emirates, striking US targets and blocking the Strait of Hormuz.

Strait of Hormuz passage in question
Iran is winning Hormuz faceoff. Israel, Saudis break away from US Iran policy
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly January 17, 2012

Three weeks ago, Iran threatened to forcibly bar the Strait of Hormuz to "enemy ships" i.e. the USS Stennis carrier. The US bowed to the threat by stopping sending aircraft carriers through the strait. Rather than confronting Tehran, the Obama administration is holding Israel back from striking Iranian nuclear sites. The latest  DEBKA-Net-Weekly out Friday will bared features of Israel's strike plan and also tracked Saudi Arabia's entry to the Middle East nuclear race with active Chinese assistance.
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Hillary Clinton and Saud al-Faisal
Hard Questions Remain after Their Confidential Marathon in Washington
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 12, 2012

Saudi Arabia demands a precise, unequivocal US declaration of intent to prevent a nuclear Iran by a military strike if necessary. Riyadh doesn't trust sanctions to do the job – or Barak Obama to stick to the course of a military strike on Iran's nuclear sites without wavering.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Only Ali Khamenei's Ouster Would De-Radicalize Iran's Military and Nuclear Policies
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 12, 2012

A US intelligence report has advised Barack Obama that Iran may be ripe for regime change owing to the bitter infighting at the top and a plunging economy which may herald famine at around election time in March. But Tehran will not budge on its radical military and nuclear policies so long as Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is in charge.

Prof. Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan
Senior Natanz executive slain in Tehran, US Navy, Air Force on Hormuz readiness
DEBKAfile Special Report January 11, 2012

Forty-eight hours after Iran launched advanced uranium enrichment at Fordo, Prof. Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, deputy director of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility, was killed early Wednesday, Jan. 11 by a sticky bomb planted on his car by two motorcyclists. It exploded near the Sharif technological university in northern Tehran. In Washington, US Navy and Air Force chiefs leveled on plans for unblocking Hormuz - part of President Obama's effort to persuade Saudi Arabia that the US was serious about military action against Iran.

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