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The US is sending an amphibious assault group and a couple of thousand US Marines to the Persian Gulf. With another US carrier making its way to Iran’s doorstep, US military still insist that this is a “regularly scheduled deployment”.

­The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group is comprised of amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima, amphibious transport dock USS New York, and amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall. It is also reinforced with an atomic submarine and a marine helicopter squadron.

The group, which is “a versatile sea-based force that can be tailored to a variety of missions,” left port on Tuesday and is heading to the Gulf, the US Navy says.

Over 2,000 US Marines are to come on board Iwo Jima when the group makes a stop in North Carolina.
Many of those marines are veterans of ground combat in Iraq and Afghanistan making their first shipboard deployment, dailypress.com points out.

The US already has an amphibious group with an expeditionary marine unit in the Gulf region. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group was deployed there in January, after Iran’s threat to close the Strait of Hormuz, a crucial route that allows the delivery of around 20 per cent of the world’s oil.

Iran has repeatedly reiterated this threat over the last six month, while the US and its NATO partners kept increasing their naval presence in the region.

The US is aware that Iran has enough resources to mine the strait within a relatively short period of time. General Michael Dempsey, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said earlier that the US must be prepared to reopen the Strait of Hormuz by force.

In March, the US sent another four minesweepers to join those already deployed there, bringing the overall number in the region to eight.

Two US aircraft carrier battle groups, headed by the USS Carl Vinson and USS Abraham Lincoln, are patrolling the waters around the strait. Another carrier, USS Enterprise, is expected to join them next month.

Although many US officials, including President Obama, still insist on using diplomacy and sanctions, they admit that “all options are on the table” to force Iran to drop its nuclear program.

Meanwhile, Israel – the closest US ally in the region – considers nuclear Iran to be “an existential threat,” which needs to be dealt with as soon as possible. Last week, Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak, spoke of a three-month deadline for Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions or face imminent attack.

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  • Anon

    This Naval front could be a decoy with the US military boosting forces for an attack from Afghanistan.

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    • Nexus789

      No chance. They would need well over a million men under arms and all their heavy equipment to even attempt to invade Iran. They would have to introduce conscription.

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    • Kelly

      :roll: I don’t think so. Why would they threaten the most powerfull Ship in the world unless they had an alterior motive for themselves. Has the thought of them colabarating with russia for the power of the world ever cross the minds of anyone? (of course they would be russias maid but not their slave)

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  • Nexus789

    The Americans have lost the plot. They are going to start something they cannot finish given their record elsewhere. Sod them…they are likely to end up killing us all with their stupidity.

    The only reason the US wants to attack Iran is to prevent Iran trading oil in currencies other than dollars as his threatens the hegemony of the dollar (this is what Saddam was doing and Libya was doing deals with the Chinese and wanted to trade oil and gas in other currencies). Nukes, nuke power stations and bombs are irrelevant but are being used to scare the gullible.

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