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Iran Threatens to Close Strait of Hormuz

Old 11th Jan 2012, 15:55
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Those Iranian scientists are so careless.. They should service their cars more often and then perhaps they won't keep blowing up. (the cars, that is)
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Old 11th Jan 2012, 17:39
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Interesting timing albeit

Nothing like chuckin' a cup of gasoline on to a smouldering fire
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Old 11th Jan 2012, 17:56
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re timing, that was my thought as well when I read it.

I'm surprised after the number of times this has happened that the Iranian's aren't taking more care with information, routes, etc etc etc, not that any system is perfect.

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Old 11th Jan 2012, 18:33
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Any British citizens who are very clearly not of Israeli descent been in Iran in the last 48 hours???
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So, today the Pakistani PM sacks his Defence Minister, and the army threatens "very serious ramifications with potentially grievous consequences for the country"
With a court action against the PM pending for corruption, another military coup is on the cards (will it happen before Musharraf returns.?)
With the army and ISI seemingly being pro-Taliban, and a faked (???) memo circulating which implicates the government in plans to invite the USA to help in controlling the Pakistan army's pro-Taliban tendancies, , then life in Afghanistan jut got even more confusing.
What are the odds on a military pro-fundamentalist takeover?
Another thread in the web being spun by the Iranians
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Old 11th Jan 2012, 22:08
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I don't know what your problem is, but what you're doing (for whatever reason) is wrong and violates the rules.

There are lots of people here that have a valid point to make and that wish to do so without having their identity revealed. None of us know who COCL2 is and it doesn't matter. Just stick to the discussion.

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Old 11th Jan 2012, 22:11
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Old 12th Jan 2012, 15:05
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Iran paper demands retaliation for scientist death

(Reuters) - A hardline Iranian newspaper with links to the country's top authority called on the clerical establishment on Thursday to take retaliatory measures against Israel for the killing of a nuclear scientist in Tehran.

Iran blamed its arch-enemies, Israel and the United States, for a blast which killed the nuclear scientist in his car on Wednesday, insisting the incident would not change the country's nuclear course.

The U.S. and its allies say Iran's nuclear program is aimed at producing weapons. Iran says the program is for peaceful purposes only.

"We should retaliate against Israel for martyring of our young scientist," wrote Hossein Shariatmadari, the editor-in-chief of the Kayhan newspaper, who was appointed by the country's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

"These corrupted people (Israelis) are easily identifiable and readily within our reach ... Assassinations of the Zionist regime's (Israel) military men and officials are very easy," he added, in an apparent call for Iran to assassinate Israelis.
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Old 12th Jan 2012, 16:41
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oh dear!

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Old 12th Jan 2012, 16:49
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the country's top authority called on the clerical establishment on Thursday to take retaliatory measures against Israel
What will they do, cast spells??? Talk about backwards... Maybe we should sent The Inquisition, they'd appreciate that.
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Old 12th Jan 2012, 17:43
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Bring on the comfy chair!
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Old 12th Jan 2012, 17:53
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No No, not the Comfy Chair!
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Old 12th Jan 2012, 18:12
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"What will they do, cast spells"
Is there a muslim equivalent of the Kaballah?
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Old 13th Jan 2012, 00:18
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Ahmadinejad is in Cuba this week
Whats the chances they are discussing missile basing?
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Old 13th Jan 2012, 01:31
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Whats the chances they are discussing missile basing?
I'm wondering what the chances of those missiles reaching Cuba are considering Iran can't even protect their scientists...
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Old 13th Jan 2012, 01:36
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I'm sure the Russians would oblige wth freight if it helped to secure their oil supplies
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Old 13th Jan 2012, 02:12
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... and they'll get how far off the dock? Just far enough for the Russian ship(s) to remain undusted?

The current "person in Chief" does not have the balls Kennedy did to go face to face with Russia, especially with Putin behind the whole thing. Putin would eat Obama in one sitting. The US's only chance is to take them first if this were to occur.
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Old 13th Jan 2012, 02:56
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Have you given any thought whatsoever to the the Russian need for foreign oil? Just what interest do you think Russia has in this situation?

I thought it was American's who were the ones with an inability to understand the modern world and its politics, geography, and economics.
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Old 13th Jan 2012, 08:49
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In 2009 Russia imported 42,750 barrels per day of crude oil.
Demand is growing as Russia modernises

See this press release from December 18th:
Russia, Iran to sign $700 mln oil contract - TV | World | RIA Novosti

"Tatneft, one of Russia's top ten crude oil producers, and the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) plan to sign a $700 million contract on Sunday on the extraction of heavy oil at the Zagheh oilfield in south Iran, the Iranian Press TV channel reported.
Under the contract, the Zagheh oilfield in the Bushehr province will produce 7,000 barrels per day of heavy crude in the first phase of its development. The output will be increased to 55,000 bpd in the second phase, Press TV said"

That one contract guarantees Russia its current oil import requirements. No wonder Russia are so against oil sanctions against Iran.
The quantities are not a lot in the general scale of things, but it does give Russia a degree of stability

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Old 13th Jan 2012, 16:22
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Are we now seeing the United States moving another two carrier battle groups into the Arabian Sea?

The Stennis Group was allegedly due to return home once its replacement took up station but the rumour mill is suggesting this might not be the case however:

Originally Posted by Pentagon spokesperson Captain Kirby
I don't want to leave anybody with the impression that we're somehow (speeding) two carriers over there because we're concerned about what happened, you know, today in Iran. It's just not the case,
The Abraham Lincoln Group is heading toward that area from the Far East and is expected to be shortly joining up with the Vinson Group which is the new on station carrier.

Three carrier groups in one area is a message that cannot fail to get attention, could that armada actually enforce a 'No Fly Zone?'

Two's company but three is a ...............
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