Readying for war, Russia is massing troops on Iran's border

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Is a U.S. war against Iran imminent?

The U.S. Navy has deployed to the Persian Gulf two aircraft carriers (the USS Abraham Lincoln and the USS Enterprise) with supporting vessels, as well as, reportedly, four more minesweepers and minesweeping helicopters.
Now, F. Michael Maloof reports for the Business Insider, April 9, 2012, that Russia is massing troops on Iran’s Northern border, preparing for a Western attack:

WASHINGTON – The Russian military anticipates that an attack will occur on Iran by the summer and has developed an action plan to move Russian troops through neighboring Georgia to stage in Armenia, which borders on the Islamic republic, according to informed Russian sources.
Russian Security Council head Viktor Ozerov said that Russian General Military Headquarters has prepared an action plan in the event of an attack on Iran.
Dmitry Rogozin, who recently was the Russian ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, warned against an attack on Iran. “Iran is our neighbor,” Rogozin said. “If Iran is involved in any military action, it’s a direct threat to our security.” Rogozin now is the deputy Russian prime minister and is regarded as anti-Western. He oversees Russia’s defense sector.

Russian Defense Ministry sources say that the Russian military doesn’t believe that Israel has sufficient military assets to defeat Iranian defenses and further believes that U.S. military action will be necessary.
The implication of preparing to move Russian troops not only is to protect its own vital regional interests but possibly to assist Iran in the event of such an attack. Sources add that a Russian military buildup in the region could result in the Russian military potentially engaging Israeli forces, U.S. forces, or both.
Informed sources say that the Russians have warned of “unpredictable consequences” in the event Iran is attacked, with some Russians saying that the Russian military will take part in the possible war because it would threaten its vital interests in the region.
The influential Russian Nezavisimaya Gazeta newspaper has quoted a Russian military source as saying that the situation forming around Syria and Iran “causes Russia to expedite the course of improvement of its military groups in the South Caucasus, the Caspian, Mediterranean and Black Sea regions.”
This latest information comes from a series of reports and leaks from official Russian spokesmen and government news agencies who say that an Israeli attack is all but certain by the summer.
Because of the impact on Russian vital interests in the region, sources say that Russian preparations for such an attack began two years ago when Russian Military Base 102 in Gyumri, Armenia, was modernized. It is said to occupy a major geopolitical position in the region.
Families of Russian servicemen from the Russian base at Gyumri in Armenia close to the borders of Georgia and Turkey already have been evacuated, Russian sources say.
“Military Base 102 is a key point, Russia’s outpost in the South Caucasus,” a Russian military source told the newspaper. “It occupies a very important geopolitical position, but the Kremlin fears lest it should lose this situation.”
With Vladimir Putin returning to the Russian presidency, the prospect that he again would order an attack on Georgia as he did in August 2008 also has become a possibility, these informed sources say.
The Russians believe that Georgia would cooperate with the United States in blocking any supplies from reaching Military Base 102, which now is supplied primarily by air. Right now, Georgia blocks the only land transportation route through which Russian military supplies could travel.
Fuel for the Russian base in Armenia comes from Iran. Russian officials believe this border crossing may be closed in the event of a war.
“Possibly, it will be necessary to use military means to breach the Georgian transport blockade and establish transport corridors leading into Armenia,” according to Yury Netkachev, former deputy commander of Russian forces in Transcaucasia. Geography of the region suggests that any such supply corridor would have to go through the middle of Georgia approaching Georgia’s capital of Tbilisi given the roads and topography of the country.
In September, the Russian military plans to hold its annual military exercises called Kavkaz 2012. However, informed Russian sources say that preparations and deployments of military equipment and personnel already have begun in anticipation of a possible war with Iran.
These sources report that new command and control equipment has been deployed in the region capable of using the Russian GPS system, GLONASS for targeting information.
“The air force in the South Military District is reported to have been rearmed almost 100 percent with new jets and helicopters,” according to regional expert Pavel Felgenhauer of the Washington-based Jamestown Foundation.
In 2008, Felgenhauer pointed out, Kavkaz 2008 maneuvers allowed the Russian military to covertly deploy forces that successfully invaded Georgia in August of that year.
Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov already has announced that new Spetznaz, or Special Forces units, will be deployed in Stavropol and Kislovodsk, which are located in the North Caucasian regions.
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0 responses to “Readying for war, Russia is massing troops on Iran's border

  1. Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive. Nine Eleven, followed by war on Afganistan presumably to “get” Osana bin Laden, who up to that point had been a CIA agent, and well aquainted with the Bush family, as Tim Someoneorother, and on to war with Irag because of non existent yellowcake, it goes on an on.
    The current deception, the one that is being put out there, is that regime change is what the “people” are clamoring for in Syria and before that in Iran. But Putin and the other leaders in Asia, especially the Chinese, are fully aware that the drive for war and the regime changes that have been supported by the Obama Administration and NATO, are being orchestrated by the banking cartels who love war, they can fund both sides of each conflict and generally cause mayhem, and break the backs of nations that refuse to knuckle down and worship Mammon, their collapsing monetary system.
    We can choose to worship God Almighty, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Great I Am, the Ayiah Asher High God, the only true living God, whose word became flesh and dwelt among us, JESUS Christ of Nazareth, and be led into all truth by the Holy Ghost.
    Putin is a Christian Political Leader, and whatever he does is okay with me. All power to you Mr Putin.

    • Hey Sage-
      I love the site listed above! I have been a reader of his for a couple of years now…sorry don’t know why I felt the need to comment that! 😀

    • Thanks for these links, Sage. One of my first thoughts after reading this was of Gog and Magog and I was wondering if it would be something you’d be elaborating on in one of your future articles.

  2. Russia will take down Israeli jets, but not do more than that. That should be expected in terms of realpolitik, borders, and spheres of influence. Russia will NOT attack US planes on a first-strike basis. However, as stupid, bought and paid for as Obama is, he might decide to have US planes ‘accompany’ Israeli jets to their targets through Iraqi air space. THAT will leaave

    • Whoops! That will leave a number of variables open to hot-headed, trigger happy others to act upon, even counter to orders. Then we’ll see some wild actions, and even wilder reactions!

  3. oh great and our commander in chief is the nobel peace prize winner and the biggest wimpiest empty suit ever to lead a nation the lying king obama. if he wants the u.s. to get into another war he’d better lead from the front rather than hide in the rear… give him a horse and a saber and let him lead a charge into the iranian front lines.. he might start something on the hope that it will help get him re elected in november. along with all the civil unrest that he is fermenting interesting times indeed..


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