US-Iranian armed showdown impending

Armed hostilities between the US and Iran are dangerously close – more so even than the six-to-eight months widely predicted. By posting a Keep Out sign over the Persian Gulf for the USS Stennis, Tehran is goading the Obama administration into action sooner rather than later.   In our coming issue out Friday, DEBKA-Net-Weekly assesses the nail-biting face-off generated by US military pressure on Iran and Tehran's tactics for throwing it back in America's face. Israel is weighing how far to join US action against the cost of Iranian retaliation.

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