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Old 15th Feb 2024, 02:01
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Touche, artee. I didn't realize it either.
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https://www.politico.com/news/2024/0...-iran-00141460

UAE restricts US ability to launch retaliatory airstrikes against Iran proxies

Other Arab countries are restricting operations as well, according to people familiar with the matter.

Some Arab countries, including the United Arab Emirates, are increasingly restricting the U.S. from using military facilities on their soil to launch retaliatory airstrikes on Iranian proxies, according to four people familiar with the issue.….

The news that some countries are restricting access is based on information from a U.S. official, a congressional aide and two Western officials, all of whom were granted anonymity to discuss a sensitive security issue.

Amid a rising civilian death toll in Gaza, several Arab countries, particularly those “attempting a detente with Iran,” are “increasingly restricting” the U.S. and partners from conducting self-defense operations from their soil, according to the U.S. official. This includes limits on retaliatory strikes against attacks in Iraq, Syria, and the Red Sea, the official said.….

Certain Arab countries are restricting access to basing and overflight for the assets participating in these retaliatory strikes, the official said. It’s not clear how many countries are taking this action.

The reason the UAE in particular is doing this, per one of the Western officials, is “they don’t want to appear like they’re against Iran and they don’t want to appear too close to the West and Israel for public opinion reasons.”

The UAE has in recent years also raised concerns about increasing attacks from the Houthis in Yemen. The rebel group has previously launched missiles into the UAE.

The UAE is home to Al Dhafra Air Base, which hosts dozens of U.S. aircraft involved in operations across the region, including fighter aircraft and reconnaissance drones such as MQ-9 Reapers.

In October, U.S. F-16 fighter jets carried out retaliatory strikes against two facilities in eastern Syria used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its proxies. Although the Pentagon at the time did not disclose where the aircraft came from, Al Dhafra is one of the closest facilities in the region that typically hosts F-16s.

One Defense Department official disputed the premise that there is tension between the U.S. and the Emirates over U.S. military basing, pointing out that A-10 attack aircraft and armed MQ-9 drones have recently operated out of Al Dhafra in support of operations to protect shipping in the Arabian Gulf.

But soon after the October strike, the Pentagon stopped publicly disclosing many of the aircraft types used in subsequent retaliatory operations against Iranian proxies.

Meanwhile, strikes on the Houthis since January have been conducted by U.S. Navy F/A-18 fighter jets from the nearby aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, which is in international waters.

And after an Iran-backed proxy attack killed three American soldiers at a small U.S. outpost in Jordan in January, the U.S. flew long-range B-1 bombers from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, the Pentagon said…..
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Originally Posted by ORAC
https://www.politico.com/news/2024/0...-iran-00141460

UAE restricts US ability to launch retaliatory airstrikes against Iran proxies

Other Arab countries are restricting operations as well, according to people familiar with the matter.

Some Arab countries, including the United Arab Emirates, are increasingly restricting the U.S. from using military facilities on their soil to launch retaliatory airstrikes on Iranian proxies, according to four people familiar with the issue.….

The news that some countries are restricting access is based on information from a U.S. official, a congressional aide and two Western officials, all of whom were granted anonymity to discuss a sensitive security issue.

Amid a rising civilian death toll in Gaza, several Arab countries, particularly those “attempting a detente with Iran,” are “increasingly restricting” the U.S. and partners from conducting self-defense operations from their soil, according to the U.S. official. This includes limits on retaliatory strikes against attacks in Iraq, Syria, and the Red Sea, the official said.….

Certain Arab countries are restricting access to basing and overflight for the assets participating in these retaliatory strikes, the official said. It’s not clear how many countries are taking this action.

The reason the UAE in particular is doing this, per one of the Western officials, is “they don’t want to appear like they’re against Iran and they don’t want to appear too close to the West and Israel for public opinion reasons.”

The UAE has in recent years also raised concerns about increasing attacks from the Houthis in Yemen. The rebel group has previously launched missiles into the UAE.

The UAE is home to Al Dhafra Air Base, which hosts dozens of U.S. aircraft involved in operations across the region, including fighter aircraft and reconnaissance drones such as MQ-9 Reapers.

In October, U.S. F-16 fighter jets carried out retaliatory strikes against two facilities in eastern Syria used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its proxies. Although the Pentagon at the time did not disclose where the aircraft came from, Al Dhafra is one of the closest facilities in the region that typically hosts F-16s.

One Defense Department official disputed the premise that there is tension between the U.S. and the Emirates over U.S. military basing, pointing out that A-10 attack aircraft and armed MQ-9 drones have recently operated out of Al Dhafra in support of operations to protect shipping in the Arabian Gulf.

But soon after the October strike, the Pentagon stopped publicly disclosing many of the aircraft types used in subsequent retaliatory operations against Iranian proxies.

Meanwhile, strikes on the Houthis since January have been conducted by U.S. Navy F/A-18 fighter jets from the nearby aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, which is in international waters.

And after an Iran-backed proxy attack killed three American soldiers at a small U.S. outpost in Jordan in January, the U.S. flew long-range B-1 bombers from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, the Pentagon said…..
That certainly supports the case for aircraft carriers. Even "friendly" nations can have priorities that aren't aligned with "ours".
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How about ballistic missiles? Minimum overflight.
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https://www.forbes.com/sites/brianbu...official-says/

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard On The Ground In Yemen To Assist Houthis, U.S. Official Says

In a bombshell revelation, a U.S. Navy official revealed on CBS News’ “60 Minutes” that Iranian Revolutionary Guard troops are working on the ground with Houthi rebels in Yemen, providing assistance to the group that has escalated attacks on U.S. military targets in the region and shipping vessels in the Red Sea, as U.S. forces step up counter-measures amid fears of an escalating Middle Eastern conflict.

U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Brad Cooper confirmed in an interview with “60 Minutes” correspondent Norah O’Donnell that members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps are on the ground in Yemen “serving side-by-side” with the rebel group and providing advice and target information….
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https://www.forbes.com/sites/brianbu...official-says/

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard On The Ground In Yemen To Assist Houthis, U.S. Official Says

In a bombshell revelation, a U.S. Navy official revealed on CBS News’ “60 Minutes” that Iranian Revolutionary Guard troops are working on the ground with Houthi rebels in Yemen, providing assistance to the group that has escalated attacks on U.S. military targets in the region and shipping vessels in the Red Sea, as U.S. forces step up counter-measures amid fears of an escalating Middle Eastern conflict.

U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Brad Cooper confirmed in an interview with “60 Minutes” correspondent Norah O’Donnell that members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps are on the ground in Yemen “serving side-by-side” with the rebel group and providing advice and target information….
1. Taking a page out of our book. (See Afghanistan in the 80's).
2. There were about 200 Iranian agents in Bosnia during the 90's. This overt support to the Houthis should not surprise anyone.
Iran, a predominantly Shia country, was one of the first Muslim countries to provide support for the Bosnian Muslims (Bosniaks, who are mainly Sunni Muslim) in the war. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) sent more than five thousand tonnes of arms to the Bosnian Muslims.[3] IRGC also supplied trainers and advisers for the Bosnian military and intelligence service.[3] Several dozen Iranian intelligence experts joined the Bosnian Muslim intelligence agency.[4] The Iranian Ministry of Intelligence-supported mujahideen units trained selected Bosnian army units.[5] The Hezbollah (Lebanese Shia), supported by Iran, also sent fighters to the war.[6] In 1992, Iran with the help of Turkey smuggled arms to the Bosnian Muslims.[7] Reports of "hundreds of tons of weapons" shipped from Iran over a period of months appeared in the media in early 1995.[8] Iranian arms were shipped through Croatia.[9]
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That certainly supports the case for aircraft carriers. Even "friendly" nations can have priorities that aren't aligned with "ours".
They are the host nation. Their sensibilities need to be taken into account in order to remain in their country. I remember a few operations where our aircraft were based out of Diego Garcia where we had to consult, in detail, with the Brits before getting a green light. That's been a while ago. Man, I am getting old. And yes, it's another point on the value of aircraft carriers (particularly of the CATOBAR kind), organic tanking assets, and organic EW assets.
(Tom Sharpe has a recent article in the Telegraph covering that general theme).
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The US Coast Guard seized a big cache of weapons bound for Houthi rebels, including ballistic missile components and explosives

Story by [email protected] (Kwan Wei Kevin Tan)

US Central Command© US Central Command
  • The US Coast Guard said it seized over 200 packages of weapons meant for Houthi rebels in Yemen.
  • Ballistic missile components originating from Iran were found on a vessel in the Arabian Sea.
  • Houthi rebels have been attacking ships in Red Sea as a response to the Israel-Hamas war.
Over 200 packages of illegal weapons and military components bound for Yemen have been seized by the US Coast Guard, the US Central Command said in a statement on Thursday. The shipment was seized from a vessel in the Arabian Sea on January 28, per the statement. The US Central Command said the weapons had originated in Iran and were en-route to be delivered to Houthi rebels in Yemen. A vast assortment of weapons were found on the vessel, ranging from medium-range ballistic missile components, explosives, and anti-tank guided missile launcher assemblies.
I have a great idea: send that stuff to Ukraine. I am sure they could use it.

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So international treaties don't allow military bases, but what the hell, they might as well try something.

Iran Says It Owns Antarctica, Wants To Establish Military Presence (msn.com)
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I'll get the popcorn.
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Originally Posted by Lonewolf_50
I have a great idea: send that stuff to Ukraine. I am sure they could use it.
US Coast Guard! I had no idea they operated so far from home.
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So international treaties don't allow military bases, but what the hell, they might as well try something.

Iran Says It Owns Antarctica, Wants To Establish Military Presence (msn.com)

madness...............................
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Originally Posted by havoc
So international treaties don't allow military bases, but what the hell, they might as well try something.

Iran Says It Owns Antarctica, Wants To Establish Military Presence (msn.com)
Sounds like something the Chinese would try. Wait…they've started down that path already.
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The Chinese have established bases under the Antarctic Treaty - China has 4 bases - the same as the UK. The Chinese have no claims on Antarctica - the UK does..................
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The Chinese have established bases under the Antarctic Treaty - China has 4 bases - the same as the UK. The Chinese have no claims on Antarctica - the UK does..................
Give it time.
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Yemen’s Houthi rebels shot down a U.S. drone and damaged a Belize-flagged, British cargo ship in their latest assault against commercial vessels, their spokesperson claimed Monday.

The Iranian-backed group, which has been targeting commercial shipping since the outbreak of the conflict between Israel and Hamas, said they hit the cargo ship Rubymar in the Gulf of Aden.

“The ship suffered catastrophic damage and came to a complete halt,” a Houthi spokesperson said. “As a result of the extensive damage the ship suffered, it is now at risk of potential sinking in the Gulf of Aden.”

The U.K. Maritime Trade Operations agency said an explosion “in close proximity of the vessel” damaged it. The crew abandoned ship and is safe, the agency added.



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Give it time.
even the USA has never claimed acreage in Antarctica -
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Video of Rubymar going down?
Houthi-hyökkäys Punaisellamerellä upottaa brittiläisen aluksen ja osuu Yhdysvaltojen droneen - 動画 Dailymotion
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Houthi Lethal Underwater Drones Adds New Threat to Red Sea
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Quite clever ship, if it can go down stern-first, then come up again, to go down bow-first
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