Sunday 26 May 2019

Iran may deploy 'secret weapons' against American warships

Iran can sink US ships with ‘new secret weapons’, senior military official warns

Iran can sink US ships with ‘new secret weapons’, senior military official warns

26 May, 2019

Iran is prepared to deploy ‘secret weapons’ against American warships, a military official in Tehran said, after the Pentagon sent three destroyers to the Persian Gulf amid a wave of increased tensions between the two states.
Without mincing words, General Morteza Qorbani, an adviser to Iran’s military command, cautioned that should Washington “commit the slightest stupidity, we will send these ships to the bottom of the sea along with their crew and planes.”
Iran, he promised, would do so “using two missiles or two new secret weapons.” He did not specify what type of “secret weapons” he was referring to.
The US earlier deployed three guided-missile destroyers, the USS McFaul, USS Gonzalez, USS Mason, to the Persian Gulf, with the last warship crossing the Strait of Hormuz this week. They joined the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, which has been cruising off the coast of Oman, near the Gulf, since early May.
The military buildup near Iranian waters coincided with the Pentagon announcing plans to send around 1,500 additional troops to Iraq, which borders Iran.
Although General Qorbani did not provide details of the weapons he mentioned, in recent months the nation has been showcasing its newest ships and submarines, as well as its naval firepower. In February, Tehran unveiled and successfully tested its new Hoveizeh long-range cruise missile, which is said to have a range of over 1,350 kilometers.
In the same month, Tehran launched the massive Velayat 97 naval drill, with maneuvers spanning from the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman to the northern Indian Ocean. During the drill, a midget Ghadir-class submarine fired an anti-ship cruise missile for the first time.
Relations between the US and Iran deteriorated dramatically after President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew America from the Iran nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA, and re-imposed sanctions on Tehran. The move was condemned by a number of nations, including Washington’s allies in Europe.
Meanwhile, in the US, dozens of retired top military brass and diplomats wrote an open letter to Trump, urging him to ditch the ‘stick’ approach and begin real talks with Iran. They warned that by failing to do so, the US risks not only making the situation in the Middle East worse, but also entering into “armed conflict at immense financial, human, and geopolitical cost.”

19 May, 2019
The leader of Iraq’s National Coalition, Ayad Allawi, stated this past weekend that an Israeli intelligence agency provided the U.S. with photos of Iranian ballistic missile launchers aimed at Israel.
During his interview with Al-Sharqiya TV, Allawi said Iranian ballistic launchers in Syria (area not specified) and Iraq (Basra) were pointed at not only Israel, but also, some of the Gulf States.
Allawi said he received this information after meeting with a U.S. official in Jordan. The U.S. official told him that these missiles were the reason Secretary of State Mike Pompeo canceled his visit to Germany in favor of traveling to Baghdad to meet with the Iraqi government.
The former Iraqi Vice President said that the U.S. officials “assured him” that the Israeli intelligence agencies were “closely monitoring Iranian ballistic missile systems” not only via satellite but also with “advanced ground systems for imaging and surveillance.”
Neither the U.S. nor Israel have corroborated Allawi’s claims regarding the Iranian ballistic launchers.
Prior to Allawi’s comments, U.S. national security adviser John Bolton alleged that Iran was planning to attack the American forces in the Middle East. Bolton then announced that the U.S. aircraft carrier, the USS Abraham Lincoln, was heading the Persian Gulf to send a message to Iran.
Since this announcement by Bolton, tensions have remained high in the Persian Gulf, with the U.S. and their allies placing their armed forces on high alert.
Iran has denied they have any such plans, adding that they are not looking to start a war with the U.S.

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