30
Jul 19

Left and Right hand

Russia and Iran to carry out joint exercises

Iran, Russia to carry out joint military drill in Indian Ocean region: Khanzadi

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/148230/Iran-Russia-to-carry-out-joint-military-drill-in-Indian-Ocean

 

TEHRAN, Jul. 29 (MNA) – Commander of the Iranian Army's Navy Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi announced on Monday that Iran and Russia have agreed to conduct another joint military exercise in some specific areas of the Indian Ocean by the year end.

TEHRAN, Jul. 29 (MNA) – Commander of the Iranian Army's Navy Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi announced on Monday that Iran and Russia have
agreed to conduct another joint military exercise in some specific areas of the Indian Ocean by the year end.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Russia and the UK to carry out joint exercises

Iran crisis: Britain could ask Russia and China to join fight as tensions rocket in the Gulf
Boris Johnson was last night under mounting pressure to join the European-led maritime coalition to safeguard tankers from Iranian attacks.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1158686/iran-crisis-britain-war-fears-russia-china-boris-johnson

A New strategy?

Is this a new strategy?  We get the Russians to join Iran and the UK.  Then we get the Russian ships to sink each other? It is quite possible that we have reached new levels of idiocy.

Cartoon left-right hand

Cartoon left-right hand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fill up your petrol tank

 

 

 

 

24
Jul 19

Update

Good article:

Eye for an Eye: UK Caught as Trump's "Useful Idiot" in Dangerous Iran Policy

https://moneymaven.io/mishtalk/economics/eye-for-an-eye-uk-caught-as-trump-s-useful-idiot-in-dangerous-iran-policy-xwSe7G7eXUe1Dr-RH-389w/

Guardian Graphic Hormuz incident

Guardian Graphic Hormuz incident

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

European response

UK: Europe-led mission will protect vital shipping in Gulf
https://www.apnews.com/65890b80d403489c8b1b249cdc954857

Iranian response

IRAN TO SECURE STRAIT OF HORMUZ, "NOT ALLOW DISTURBANCE IN SHIPPING IN THIS SENSITIVE AREA"- IRANIAN DEP FOREIGN MINISTER CITED BY STATE MEDIA

https://news.yahoo.com/iran-secure-strait-hormuz-not-200039776.html

https://af.reuters.com/article/commoditiesNews/idAFL8N24O7AV

Iran will "not allow disturbance in shipping in this sensitive area" Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi was quoted as saying in state media, while leading a delegation to Paris, Reuters reports. However, it's unclear at this point how far Iran is willing to go in this escalating game of chicken with the US and UK - both of which have warships and other military assets in the gulf region.

Warning - put off buying your condo in Trumpville

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 P.M.) – Syria’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Dr. Bashar Al-Jaafari, stated at a U.N. session on Tuesday that the occupied Golan Heights is an integral part of Syria and its liberation is a high priority.

Liberating occupied Golan Heights from Israel high priority: Jaafari

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/liberating-occupied-golan-heights-from-israel-high-priority-jaafari/

 

In the meantime

Israel attacks Iranian stronghold in Syria - report
Last month the Syrian army said it had shot down a number of Israeli missiles targeting the location
https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Israel-attacks-Iranian-stronghold-in-Syria-report-596624

It is a good thing no other rogue nations have nuclear weapons

 


We possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets
and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps
even at Rome. Most European capitals are targets for our air
force. Let me quote General Moshe Dayan: 'Israel must be like
a mad dog, too dangerous to bother.' I consider it all hopeless
at this point. We shall have to try to prevent things from
coming to that, if at all possible. Our armed forces, however,
are not the thirtieth strongest in the world, but rather
the second or third. We have the capability to take the
world down with us. And I can assure you that that will happen
before Israel goes under.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samson_Option

 

 

 

20
Jul 19

Iran seizes two Tankers

Seizures Unacceptable

Iran crisis: British oil tanker seized in Strait of Hormuz as UK shipping warned to avoid area in Gulf
Mr Hunt said he was attending a Cobra meeting to determine the UK’s response and what could be done to secure their release, adding that the seizures were “unacceptable”.

 

 

Crucially, all of this comes just as UK officials have announced authorities in Gibraltar will detain the tanker ‘Grace 1’ - first seized early this month by UK Royal Marines - for another 30 days.

Resources

 

Must Read - Moon of Alabama:

https://www.moonofalabama.org/2019/07/britain-pirates-iranian-ship-grace-1-iran-responds-takes-british-tanker-hostage.html#comments

https://www.moonofalabama.org/2019/07/a-us-led-naval-coalition-in-the-persian-gulf-will-raise-the-threat-of-war.html

 

Another interesting site:

https://www.fort-russ.com/2019/07/delusional-netanyahu-says-israel-is-the-only-army-in-the-world-prepared-to-fight-against-iran/

Iran to release images taken from US ship by IRGC

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/iran-to-release-images-taken-from-us-ship-by-irgc/

“We will soon release the images and footage recorded by the IRGC Aerospace Force drone from the USS Boxer to expose Americans’ baseless claims to the public opinion of the world,” the public relations department of the IRGC announced today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19
Jul 19

Phantom drone and tanker

The Drone is destroyed (because I said so)

 

Operators of the drone refused calls to stand down, after which it was;

"immediately destroyed"


Bam, bam, boom...gotcha

Ba Ba boom shoot that drone

Ba Ba boom shoot that drone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where is the film evidence?  The grainy video? The parts retrieved from the sea?  The sailors dancing a jig and celebrating?  Perhaps it was an Iranian boy flying a kite?

“We have no information about losing a drone today,” 
Zarif told reporters at the United Nations before
a meeting with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-iran-tanker-zarif/iranian-foreign-minister-zarif-no-information-about-losing-drone-idUSKCN1UD32H

Iranians seize tanker

Ghost Tanker

Ghost Tanker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) says it has seized a foreign vessel with 12-crew members carrying one million barrels of oil. In an official Iranian media statement early on Thursday, the country's military asserted the tanker was caught "smuggling" the fuel through the Strait of Hormuz.

 

The ship’s registered owner, Dubai-based Prime Tankers LLC, told the AP it had sold the ship to another company called Mouj Al-Bahar. A man who answered a telephone number registered to the firm told the AP it didn’t own any ships. The Emirati official said the ship was “neither UAE owned nor operated” and carried no Emirati personnel, without elaborating.  If they were smuggling that would explain why there wasn't any distress signal and why the UAE has forsworn any knowledge or responsibility for the vessel. 

 

So, does it belong to the UAE or to Panama (even the UK has been suggested)?

A phantom drone and a phantom ship up to no good....who would have thunk it?

https://www.apnews.com/14bcf671b33b40baa297676bf436ed23

https://www.rt.com/news/464513-us-navy-downs-iranian-drone/

Believe nothing

It is better not to believe any of it.  The war drums are beating and as long as they can paint a picture of a lawless, aggressive Iran that is believed by 80% of the public they will have done a good job of preparing public sentiment for the need to intervene and make the world safe for us all.