Iran and Gulf nations prepare for war. Sudden reshuffle in Iran’s top army, naval commands

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir on Monday, Nov. 6 accused Iran of an “act of war” in reference to the Iranian-backed Yemeni Houthi missile attack on Riyadh airport Saturday.

On Sunday, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei secretly ordered a significant reshuffle in the high commands of the Iranian army and navy. Brig. Gen. Mohammad Hossein Dadras was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff, with orders to boost the intelligence and operational preparedness of the Army. He came from the post of commander of ground forces.
In a separate notice, Khamenei promoted Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi to commander of the Navy, replacing Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, who was elevated to Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army for operational coordination.
DEBKAfile’s military sources add: Sayari spent the last ten years developing the combat doctrine practiced by the Iranian Navy and Revolutionary Guards in the Gulf, which hinges on special forces, especially marines, for naval and ground warfare. He was responsible for the tactics and harassment that Iranian forces directed at US warships and warplanes operating in the Gulf.
Sayari hands these functions over to Rear Admiral Khanzadi, while himself joining the Army’s General Staff as head of operations of Iran’s armed forces.

Khamenei emphasized that all these appointments were approved by the chief of staff, Maj.-Gen Abdolrahim Mousavi.
This major reshuffle occurs at a time of high tension between Saudi Arabia and the UAE, on the one hand, and Iran, on the other. This week it rose to eve-of-war pitch.
Saud Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir accused Iran of orchestrating an “act of war” and asserted that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had the right to defend itself. He went on to say: “The Iranians can’t interfere in the affairs of countries in the region and expect to get a free pass. There is no doubt that missiles and suicide boats are coming from Iran to the Al Houthis.

“We want to avoid war [with Iran] at all costs,” he said, but Iran continues to violate “every international law and every international norm.” Iran is waging a war through its regional proxies, Hezbollah in Lebanon and Al Houthis in Yemen, Jubair said, adding, “we must say enough is enough” to Iran.

The coming DEBKA Weekly out on Friday, Nov. 11, sheds light, with insights, on the mostly secret preparations underway in Iran, the Gulf Emirates and other parts of the region in the expectation of a flare-up of armed hostilities, that may infect other parts of the Middle East.
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48 thoughts on “Iran and Gulf nations prepare for war. Sudden reshuffle in Iran’s top army, naval commands

  • Nov 6, 2017 @ 22:19 at 22:19

    Which side would Pakistan support if it comes to a direct military conflict? It’s bank or its neighbor?

    • Nov 7, 2017 @ 8:46 at 8:46

      It’s bank probably. But I’m not sure they would give any support to any side.

    • Nov 7, 2017 @ 14:36 at 14:36

      Pakistani army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif has reiterated that any threat to Saudi Arabia’s territorial integrity will would evoke a sharp response. He said Pakistan would “wipe Iran off the map.”

    • Nov 7, 2017 @ 15:22 at 15:22

      None , they will be neural. It’s not their war and it is no joke to be involved against Russia , Iran etc

      • Nov 9, 2017 @ 0:40 at 0:40

        Pakistan is predominately Sunni and has is bound to protect Saudi Arabia and the holy sites there. Pakistan has no great love for the Iranians they would nuke Iran into the stone age.

    • Nov 7, 2017 @ 17:02 at 17:02

      the saudi’s will lose badly, USA will have to come to their rescue. most saudi’s just want to sit around and smell each others flatulence and abuse little boys.

      • Nov 7, 2017 @ 21:06 at 21:06

        Very true but you forgot that they love their camel piss.

  • Nov 6, 2017 @ 22:38 at 22:38

    “Such carnal/natural/fleshly/soulish PRINCIPALITIES that speak through both ISHMAEL ?leaders? …. countries, that exhibits one towards each other hate that will destroy you BOTH.
    I WILL to rip you both apart from each other, and I’ll do it through you in an instant”…….

  • Nov 6, 2017 @ 23:03 at 23:03

    Have you been watching the massacre of innocent church goers in Texas on you HDTV?

  • Nov 6, 2017 @ 23:20 at 23:20

    Long life to the Jomhuri-ye Eslami-ye Iran and to his great Supreme Leader Ali Hoseini-Khamenei!

    Let’s say, not more than february or march next year, and then hopefully there will be a true democracy, without clerics power, kaghebistic fancy revolutionary guards and sharia bullstift. That’s it, no sharia bullshtift!

    But, what about a Marshall plan after the complete destruction? Other than guards and ayatollahs, there are people there, they need an economy, infrastructure, and also simple basic things like bars and internet.

    • Nov 6, 2017 @ 23:28 at 23:28

      A little bit of porn helps too. But hijab is too eccentric, must go.

  • Nov 7, 2017 @ 3:14 at 3:14

    Every time there’s a shake up in the middle east, Iran gets to capitalize and expand its power of influence. That’s a fact no one can deny. So, should we continue this strategy betting the most valuable asset, I.e. Saudi Arabia? After that, what will be left? Israel? Hmmm…

  • Nov 7, 2017 @ 5:32 at 5:32

    Poor Saudi Arabia. If it comes to a war. Remember Iraq and Saddam Hussein. This country is not Shia so it will be completely destroyed by Iran army. America is afraid for war so he sends the dumb Arabs. What a joke. Even if the whole world go against Iran. Iran will defeat the world. Watch that on your HD. Hahahaha

    • Nov 7, 2017 @ 8:38 at 8:38

      ” Iran will defeat the world.”

      Just to note: Germany tried that and look what that got them in 1945!

      • Nov 7, 2017 @ 9:38 at 9:38

        city annihilation holocaust super bombing of working class housing? everyone has them, this time.

    • Nov 7, 2017 @ 9:43 at 9:43

      POOR HABIB! Clearly, someone has spike your ghormeh sabzi with some seriously good dope. America, contrary to what your propaganda shows you of the weak pussified American male (unfortunately with a plethora of good examples to feed your delusion) is not as bankrupt of resolve as you suppose. Iran can chant like Little Ali all they want but if Iran thinks they can just wage war on Saudi Arabia while Uncle Sam just sits on the sideline with his thumb in his mouth, pissing his pants because Iran may overwhelm us with its military might, you are sadly mistaken. The truth is Americans are as ambiguous to Persians as are Persians to Americans. We are not traditional enemies but we have a huge gap in understanding each other. The Ayatollah thinks because we don’t hang people in the middle of the city streets we are weak. We just find displaying dead bodies of people hanging from a light pole barbaric. You think because we didn’t avenge our humiliation in the hostage crisis that we are pathetic. I do concede these are logical conclusion to make, but you have underestimated us. But trying and get your head around this. Saudi Arabia, if attacked by Iran, will have far more assistance than Saddam Hussien ever got from the US. Unlike like Iraq vs Iran where we instituted bloody stalemate (largely because Iranian leadership was too stupid to take a ceasefire earlier in the conflict), We will finally have our excuse and revenge. Spit on our flag, threaten our civilization with extinction all you want. But like the fool, Inal Jagh, who cut the head off the Mongolian emissary, you have once again overestimated yourselves and underestimated us.

      • Nov 7, 2017 @ 15:29 at 15:29

        You are out of point here
        It is Saudi Arabia that wants to wage war on It’s and not Iran on Saudi’s.

        And as sure as the sun sets, when these two fight, you guys with US would be gleefully just supply arms at high costs to the Sauds as Saddam Hussain did before. Let them Muslims kill each other
        . The more merrier.

        After as expected , the Saudi’s would lose and pay their bills

    • Nov 7, 2017 @ 14:00 at 14:00

      Iran cant even defeat Israel, so no chance against the rest of the world. All we hear is lots of talk from Iran yet very LITTLE action.

      • Nov 7, 2017 @ 15:31 at 15:31

        What nonsense are you talking about. Isreal panics even small Hez at your border.

        Outside. Nukes. Really your bravado is lame

        • Nov 8, 2017 @ 1:32 at 1:32

          Thats funny your prophet was a sheep master

    • Nov 7, 2017 @ 21:09 at 21:09

      Iran? Ya right! Hahahahahaha!!!!!

  • Nov 7, 2017 @ 5:59 at 5:59


    Iran will soon be devastated by bunker buster bombs on their nuclear installations. It is a good thing that they built them in the desert where the fallout will be minimal on the population centers. After that the Iranian people, who are mostly very nice and friendly, will revolt and take back their country with a little help from their friends in high places. The rest of the Arab world will fall in line and the world will eventually have peace.

    • Nov 7, 2017 @ 14:58 at 14:58

      Just nuclear installations? They are most vulnerable in their Persian Gulf petroleum installations more than anything and this would not need nuclear bombs.

  • Nov 7, 2017 @ 7:44 at 7:44

    I hope peace conquer the war in middle east the bloodshed should stop

  • Nov 7, 2017 @ 8:43 at 8:43

    Saudi Arabia going to war against Iran is like Japan shooting down missiles flying over their territory from North Korea!

  • Nov 7, 2017 @ 9:25 at 9:25

    Iran is the Hell ,

  • Nov 7, 2017 @ 9:41 at 9:41

    Not a wise idea for any of them

  • Nov 7, 2017 @ 9:46 at 9:46

    Ha Ha! Zionist desperation is obvious. Days numbered for the golden calf of Zionism and the idolatrous territorial national lie.

    • Nov 7, 2017 @ 14:07 at 14:07

      Nothing idolatrous about supporting Zion in and of itself, King David did the same.

      The first political Zionists were Christians decades before Herzl or Pinsker, see Shaftesbury, Bickersteth and his Jewish friends Joseph Frey, Ridley Herschell and Philip Hirschfeld etc etc, and the long Puritan and pre-Reformation Christian tradition of looking for and supporting Jewish Restoration.

      • Nov 7, 2017 @ 15:01 at 15:01

        Cyrus the Great of Persia was a big Zionist in the ancient world in that he had the Jews return back to the holy land from Babylon.

      • Nov 7, 2017 @ 18:08 at 18:08

        Japeth, son’s of GOMER = REV 2:9. What don’t you understand about that? They will inhabit the tents of Shem….. Illegally. These are the men who call themselves Jews and are not but are the synagogue of Satan. You know, the US dollar, fiat currency, military industrial complex and the list goes on. When you begin to see that biblical historical truth is prophetic of what will happen to the seed of Abraham, in the last days, you will see who are those MEN who run this global new world order, this Colonial, THIS NEW AIDS SYSYEM. KISSINGER, BRZEZINSKI, all answering to the Jesuit General the black pope, and that most definitely goes on as well. Do you really think 911 was done by islamists in order to take down a financial center? Wake up and smell the coffee, specifically discern the last vestiges of their empire. Even the Puritans, in the 17th century, had the common sense not to celebrate the vatican’s Christmas. It’s obvious you went to the public school system in the United States.

    • Nov 7, 2017 @ 21:11 at 21:11

      Hahahahaha! Yo moozlums are funny!

  • Nov 7, 2017 @ 11:46 at 11:46

    “Yisroel! Betach baHashem… Hu yelachem lachem ve’atem tacharishun!”

    • Nov 7, 2017 @ 23:32 at 23:32

      كن يو سپيك اينگليش اسهول

  • Nov 7, 2017 @ 13:23 at 13:23

    ayaytolah kakameni your days are numbered.Soon you will be with seventy two goats in the Iranian paradise

  • Nov 7, 2017 @ 14:30 at 14:30

    This is the plan :
    Half november untill half december the kickoff of the great middle east war. Israel will ben severly damaged. Damascus will ben al ruine. Jerusalem will be divided aan. East for palestinians and west for israeli’s. Implementation of VN resolution 242. (Political trap set up by America.)
    This will be end fulfillment of Isaiah 17 and partial fulfillment of Jerimiah 30.
    The bible is totally true ?.
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    You can find it with search words :
    The great middle east war fall 2017

  • Nov 7, 2017 @ 14:49 at 14:49

    It’s not a matter of if Iran invades Saudi Arabia, but more about when it does since according to Shiite prophecy: Shiites believe half of the true believers will travel from Yemen carrying white flags to Mecca while the other half will travel from Karbala, Iraq, carrying black flags to Mecca. Already there are Shiite religious fanatical military groups in both Yemen and Iraq that are under Iranian influence that are ready to invade Saudi Arabia in order to take over Mecca.

  • Nov 7, 2017 @ 16:53 at 16:53

    Do you have the documents we sent to channel 10?

  • Nov 7, 2017 @ 19:29 at 19:29

    Why do the top Iranians all look like desperados in disguise and on the run from Dodge City?

  • Nov 7, 2017 @ 20:10 at 20:10
    We should not be concerned with what the principalities, the powers, the rulers of darkness, the spiritual wickedness in high places are doing THROUGH these insane ISLAMISTS right now.
    What ALL need to concentrate on is what YHWH ELOHIM is about ready to do throughout the ZERA/SEED of Abraham scattered in the nations.

  • Nov 7, 2017 @ 21:03 at 21:03

    be afraid
    Sparta will burn to the ground
    Thousand nations of persian empire descent upon you
    our missiles will blot out the sun

    • Nov 7, 2017 @ 23:54 at 23:54

      Then we will fight in the shade…

  • Nov 7, 2017 @ 21:07 at 21:07

    Hope so.

  • Nov 7, 2017 @ 23:47 at 23:47

    1) The first thing to happen for sure will be massive European attempts to calm passions down. 2) The US will formally join the quire but there will be careful calculations under the blanket. 3) Saudis will try to get all support they need from both and from all the Sunni states. 4) Neither party is powerful enough to win an all out war. If it breaks out it could be something along the same lines as Iran-Iraq war. 5) There are differences though. Iran is much more prepared and powerful these days while Saudis will definitely enjoy full US support. That is, the war, _if_ it starts promises to be much more bloodier. 6) The major difference in the possible war will be third parties involved: A. Syria won’t get as much support as she had had and thus rebellion will get a boost; B. Consequently Kurds will take some matters in their hands in Syria and Iraq; C. That will bring Turkey in; D. Russia, financially exhausted already will have to increase their involvement in Syria and Northern Iraq; E. Hezbollah will be called to support Iran directly and, for this end, will be supplied with more of advanced weaponry; F. Which brings Israel on the stage. 7)
    all above calculations do not take a lot of intelligence or extensive knowledge, they are pretty obvious. So, we coming back: Europeans will go beyond themselves to prevent such a flare. 8) What about US? There may huge benefits come out of the conflict: A. Iran will be put down, for sure. Their nuclear program will shut down. Their support of terrorism al over will shut down. B. Russia will collapse. C. North Korea, seeing two major allies coming to dogs will become shy and much more agreeable. That is, tree major headaches of the Administration will be healed automatically and, in fact, by hands of others. 9) Taking all the benefits into account White House will be tough in talks with Europe while Europe while seeing all the same by no mens would agree to have all that on their doorstep. Just think about refugee problem, which is barely bearable today but in case of the major war will intensify maybe tenfold. 10) So, the most probable scenario is big diplomatic change and some kind of concerted Western real tough action along diplomatic and economic lines — on Iran.

  • Nov 8, 2017 @ 0:14 at 0:14

    just today the Egypt President SISI said
    Egypt not considering measures against Lebanon’s Hezbollah

    they don ot war trouble with iran.
    Isrel/Saudi must go alone to war

  • Nov 8, 2017 @ 15:42 at 15:42

    İf selman wins all middle east loses
    İf selman loses just saudi loses

  • Nov 9, 2017 @ 21:19 at 21:19

    Here’s a military assessment. Neither Iran nor SA can project sufficient military force with its Naval or Air Force. But they each have formidable missile inventories. Saudis have the advantage of sizeable quantities of intermediate range missiles currently targeted at Israel. Easily reprogrammed to reach Iran. In contrast the Iranians would have to forward deploy their shorter range missiles. There is always the likelihood errant missiles would fall on Israel. If not successfully destroyed near recently their could be retaliatory measures.

    Rather than a frontal assault the Iranians would seek to close the Persian Gulf and imperil Saudi oil shipments. Such actions would likely involve the US Navy inasmuch niether the Saudis nor the Gulf States have adequate naval resources available.

    So the likely outcome is a military confrontation initiated by the Saudis that involves the US and Iran.
    That could easily escalate into pre-emotive attacks on Iran’s weapons factories and electric grid. The Iran Deal would have been reversed. Iran could not count on active support from the Russians. But they could demand their surrogates heat up the atmosphere by launching modest attacks on Israel. In whch case the damage down to Iran would last for a decade.

    So the Saudis here are the “trigger” and most likely would not escalate without US approval.

    Of course there are more nuances here. But the above framework is a well established assessment.

  • Jul 9, 2018 @ 17:53 at 17:53

    This time the donkey-brained ayatollahs will be caught with their “skirts up” even above the ears,
    exposing their seldom washed, but always LYING a^*holes…

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