Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Iran security news roundup

It is good to see Russia showing spine over Iran, and one should expect
China, India, and the rest of the non-anglo World to follow Russia's
lead. Notice with this news about what nato plans to do also justifies
Russian actions, for nato has no business dealing with Iran and Syria,
let alone that part of the World, in the first place.
Peter Khan Zendran

News - English
News numbre: 9010174656
2012-02-13 - 14:14

Russia Renews Opposition to Military Option against Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian top diplomat Sergei Lavrov reiterated his
country's strong opposition to using military force against Iran, and
urged a negotiated end to the differences between Iran and the West.

Lavrov said on Monday that his country will not accept use of military
force against Iran.

Stressing his country's stance against any probable military action
against Iran, Lavrov said in a press conference with his Emirati
counterpart Abdullah bin Zayed Al- Nahyan in Moscow that Iran's nuclear
issue must be resolved through political means.

He said Russia is concerned about developments on Iran's nuclear
programs and believes that the only way to solve it is through peaceful
means, and taking any the military action must be completely removed
from the agenda.

"Russia is interested in establishing peace and stability in the Middle
East region and is ready to negotiate with all UN Security Council
members to reach a consensus on establishment of security in the Persian
Gulf," the Russian foreign minister said.

The Russian foreign ministry had earlier rapped the Zionist regime for
its war rhetoric against Iran, and cautioned that the approach will
increase tensions and have dire consequences.

On Wednesday, Mikhail Ulyanov, the head of Security and Disarmament
Department at Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, denounced Tel Aviv's
hawkish rhetoric on Iran over its nuclear program as "inventions" that
"are increasing the tension and could encourage moves towards a military
solution with catastrophic consequences."

The top Russian official also described the speculations over Iran's
nuclear program as "noise" and reiterated that such allegations "have
political and propaganda objectives, which are far from being

The US and its close ally Israel have recently intensified their war
rhetoric against Iran. The two arch foes of the Islamic Republic accuse
Iran of seeking a nuclear weapon, while they have never presented any
corroborative document to substantiate their allegations. Both
Washington and Tel Aviv possess advanced weapons of mass destruction,
including nuclear warheads.

Iran vehemently denies the charges, insisting that its nuclear program
is for peaceful purposes only. Tehran stresses that the country has
always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of
Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

Iran has, in return, warned that it would target Israel and its
worldwide interests in case it comes under attack by the Tel Aviv.

The United States has long stressed that military action is a main
option for the White House to deter Iran's progress in the field of
nuclear technology.

Iran has warned that in case of an attack by either the US or Israel, it
will target 32 American bases in the Middle East and close the strategic
Strait of Hormuz.

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Iranian mosquitoes to bite US Navy hard

14.02.2012 16:34
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US Vice Adm. Mark Fox, the commander of the 5th Fleet, fears that Iran
may use mini submarines in case of the conflict in the Persian Gulf.
"They have increased the number of submarines ... they increased the
number of fast attack craft," Vice Admiral Mark Fox told reporters.
"Some of the small boats have been outfitted with a large warhead that
could be used as a suicide explosive device. The Iranians have a large
mine inventory," he added. Fox believes that the Islamic Republic
constantly increases its naval presence in the region. Moreover, Fox
added, Iran can block the Strait of Hormuz - the water artery used to
transport nearly 40 percent of world's crude.

According to US intelligence, the Iranian Navy has ten "suicide boats."
Fox added that US troops would be able to prevent the attempts to block
the strategically important strait. However, he says that the US should
not ignore the Iranian threats. According to him, Iran's use of mini
submarines can cause very serious problems in the region, which will be
very hard to cope with for the US.

The Islamic Republic has been developing its "mosquito fleet" during the
recent years. Iran builds missile and torpedo boats, as well as the
fleet of mini subs. It is worthy of note that during the times of the
Cold War, the majority of analysts were certain that "mosquito forces"
would not be able to play an important role in global conflicts.

They particularly referred to the WWII experience saying that multiple
torpedo boats were one of the least efficient weapons. The boats were
presumably used for auxiliary missions, such as intelligence operations,
building minefield obstacles and landing commandoes.

Few positive things were said about mini submarines too. Soviet and
Western experts believed that such subs did not play a decisive role in
WWII. Small submarines were of small range for their operations, let
alone their low technical performance.

Nevertheless, fast boats and small submarines pose a serious danger to
combat vessels. It would be enough to say that there was a speedy
inflatable boat used to attack the USS Cole off Yemen in 2000.

Nowadays, the Iranian Navy has up to 1,500 speedy boats. Nearly all of
them can be used for suicide attacks.

As for the possible use of small submarines, this is a relatively new
way of struggle for Iran. The Islamic Republic owns both Iranian and
North Korean 90-110 tonnage midget subs. The Iranian subs are based on
the well-known Italian minisubs.

Konstantin Sivkov, the Vice President of the Academy for Geopolitical
Problems, said in an interview with Pravda.Ru that Iran's suicide subs
would not be as efficient as it may seem.

"The variants of the torpedoes like those used by the Japanese during
WWII proved to be inefficient. That was mostly because of low technical
characteristics. First off, they could not operate autonomously too far
from the basic forces of the navy. In addition, the equipment of such
torpedoes reduced their speed. To crown it all, if they were detected,
it was very easy to destroy them. Common submarines can fully replace
midget subs.

"Modern underwater commando forces can indeed cause considerable damage
to the enemy. However, it can only happen in case of unexpected attacks
against naval bases or against the vessels traveling at low speeds. This
is not going to work in the Persian Gulf, because the Americans defend
their bases well, and their vessels travel at high speeds. The Iranian
midget subs are slow and quite noisy.

"I'd be more concerned about common diesel-powered submarines, which
Iran has. They are known as "black holes" because of their very low
noise level. It is very hard to detect such submarines even with the
help of modern equipment," the expert said.

We would also like to mention here that the development of missile
weapons after WWII has increased the opportunities of the mosquito
fleet. The boats equipped with anti-ship missiles can obviously conduct
highly efficient attacks.

The events of 1984-1989, known as the Tanker War, showed that such
vessels could be efficient. The Iranians managed to strike more than 400
targets without the use of suicide attackers. Those were not only
tankers, but also oil rigs. They even paralyzed navigation in the
Persian Gulf for a while.

The administration of the Islamic Republic was perfectly aware of the
fact that it would not be able to have the navy comparable to that of
the US. They used the "mosquito fleet" instead. Will the Americans be
able to protect huge Saudi tankers?

Sergei Balmasov


Read the original in Russian
Дмитрий Судаков

NATO launches radar in Turkey to target Russia, Iran and Syria

18.01.2012 17:35

Turkey has recently launched the early warning radar station - a part of
NATO's missile system, which the USA has been building near Russia's
borders. The radar station will be controlled from Germany. The station
is located in the town of Malatya, which 500 kilometers to the
south-east from Ankara and some 700 kilometers from the border with
Iran. Turkish and US servicemen will serve at the object.

Turkey agreed to deploy the radar station on its territory in September
2011. Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan stated back then that the
deployment of the radar in Turkey would be an important step for the
whole region.

The data from the station will be transferred to command posts in the
United States and to the ships equipped with AEGIS systems (sea-based
missile defense systems). NATO officials stated that the radar station
was deployed in Turkey in connection with the growing threat for Iran to
use small and medium range missiles in the Middle East.

Several local politicians stood up against the deployments of the
elements of NATO's missile defense system in Turkey. They believe that
the West would thus get Turkey involved in a possible conflict with

Needless to say that Iran was strongly against the deployment of the
missile defense system in Turkey. Iranian officials claimed that such a
move could only exacerbate tension in the region. Turkish officials
responded with saying that the deployment of the missile defense system
elements was not aimed against any other country.

The deployment of the radar station raised concerns among other
countries of the region indeed. The distance from the station to Syria,
for example, is a bit more than 200 kilometers. Syrian President Bashar
Assad pays a lot of attention to his missile potential. His generals are
certain that hundreds of Syrian short-range missiles would guarantee no
aggression against Syria. Syrian officials earlier stated that their
country would shower Turkey and Israel with missiles in case of

Moreover, many Syrian analysts say that the deployment of the radar
station in Turkey proves the preservation of the military alliance
between Ankara and Tel Aviv. Israel will also be receiving the data from
the Turkish radar.

Russia was not thrilled with the news either. NATO invited Russia to
take part in the project, but the talks came to a standstill. Russia
also tried to obtain legal guarantees saying that the system would not
be aimed against her, but the US refused to do it.

NATO's Secretary General Rasmussen set out a hope that the adequate
political agreement with Moscow could be achieved before the Russia-NATO
summit, which is to take place in Chicago in the spring of the current
year. However, chances for that are slim, because Russia will only be
able to play the role of a silent observer. NATO can only offer Russia
to sit and watch its strength growing.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (read article) stated in November 2011
that Russia would take a complex of measures in response to the
deployment of the missile defense system in Europe. However, Konstantin
Sivkov, the first vice president of the Academy of Geopolitical
Problems, told Pravda.Ru that Russia had practically nothing to respond
to the threat from NATO.

"As for Iskander systems, they can be used against the objects of
missile defense in Poland. Iskanders would have to be deployed either in
Russia's Kaliningrad region or in Belarus. However, it will be
impossible to hit the targets in Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey. The
radius of Iskander complexes is 280 kilometers. In addition, the
Americans believe that they will be able to neutralize this virtual
threat with the help of ATACMS missile complexes.

"Russia will not be able to use nuclear weapons in this situation. We
have our aviation, but I seriously doubt that the Russian combat
aviation will be able to win a battle just because of the enemy's
considerable superiority in the air.

"We can use cruise missiles. However, Russia does not have enough
vessels to patrol NATO's coasts. There are also strategic aircraft that
can launch cruise missiles and remain invulnerable to the enemy.
However, the Russian arsenal of cruise missiles is not enough either.
Our missiles can not be compared to the Tomahawks that can strike
targets at distances of up to 2,500 kilometers," the expert said.

Sergei Balmasov


Read the original in Russian
Дмитрий Судаков


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