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Iran trying to stir up the hornets nest? Source reliablity?

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http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=129275&sectionid=351020101

Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has expressed readiness to escort aid convoys seeking to pierce the three-year Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip.

The announcement comes nearly one week after Israeli navy commandoes killed nine activists onboard the Turkish flagship of the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla, a convoy of nine ships carrying aid to the impoverished Palestinians trapped inside the enclave since 2007.

"In the wake of (last week's) unfair attack, it is Iran's duty to defend the innocent people of Gaza," Mehr News Agency, quoted Ali Shirazi, the Leader's representative in the IRGC naval forces, as saying on Sunday.



Food for thought.
 

maninblack

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#3
I think that you will find that many of the pro-Gaza groups will avoid being associated with the Iranian Republican Guard.

They are politically astute and now have much of the world behind them. One trip in with those idiots riding shotgun and even Libya will drop them like a hot turd.
 
#4
Is Iran trying to stir up the hornets nest?
Hm.
Off the top of my head.
With a due amount of wild guesswork.
Supposition.
Stab in the dark........
FERKING YESSSS!
:?
 
#6
Unless Middle eastern geography has changed since I last visited, the Revolutionary Guard naval element can only get to the Mediterranean by 3 routes: east via S.America, west around Africa, or through the Suez Canal.

Call me suspicious, but all those routes are open to interdiction by the Israelis (or others not keen on Iran) ? :?
 
#7
oscar1whisky said:
Unless Middle eastern geography has changed since I last visited, the Revolutionary Guard naval element can only get to the Mediterranean by 3 routes: east via S.America, west around Africa, or through the Suez Canal.

Call me suspicious, but all those routes are open to interdiction by the Israelis (or others not keen on Iran) ? :?

I feel that when Iran says it wants to 'escort' the ships, we may need to loosely interpret their message. I wouldn't be surprised if they place armed plain-clothed agents aboard the ships....or train Arabs who would be placed aboard, rather than use their own ships.
 
#9
Alternatively, weapons can be smuggled overland - although that won't be that easy since most Arab nations dislike Iran. Now where did Hezbollah get those anti ship missiles from in 2006?
 
#10
Alternatively, weapons can be smuggled overland - although that won't be that easy since most Arab nations dislike Iran. Now where did Hezbollah get those anti ship missiles from in 2006?
Via Syria overland.

Iran are making noises as they have lost some of their "anti-Israel" leadership position to the stunt arranged by the Turks last week. This is one way (if it indeed comes to fruition) where they can re-gain a top spot as the leader in all things anti-Israel.
 
#12
oscar1whisky said:
Unless Middle eastern geography has changed since I last visited, the Revolutionary Guard naval element can only get to the Mediterranean by 3 routes: east via S.America, west around Africa, or through the Suez Canal.

Call me suspicious, but all those routes are open to interdiction by the Israelis (or others not keen on Iran) ? :?
They could always take some RN boats. They've not had a problem in the past.

:twisted:
 
#15
Thought Hamas had told the IRGC to feck off with it's blockade run about a week back. They appear to be sulking that Bibi is easing it slightly, was the best thing they had going for them.

Meanwhile a wealthy chap with HA association are sending in The Ladies. The beardy boys have added some caveats:
...
The group is comprised of Christian and Muslim women under purported Hezbollah aegis, funded by a major Hezbollah financier. Hezbollah banned Lebanese model and pop star Haifa Wehbe from boarding the female-only ship headed for Gaza, according to Kuwaiti daily Al-Seyassah on Friday. Hezbollah sources asserted, her “nudity … and immodest dress will harm the reputation of all women participating in the trip.”
...
Shame.
 
#16
Alsacien said:
The Iranian navy only has 13k blokes and is for coastal/port security only, not likely to worry Israel.....

My money's on the Iranians, one of their anti ship missiles deployed by the IRGC in Beruit took out INS Hanit during the Izzies Summer War fiasco in Lebanon.
 
#17
I think the INS is much more likely to bring its game face for a scrap with the Iranian navy, though I dont really see how they are going to actually meet being seperated by a large amount of land. Unless they want to transit Suez....
 

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