Friday, March 23, 2007

15 British Marines captured by Iran in the Gulf plus missing Iranian spy push's war with Iran closer!

15 British Marines Captured by Iran in the Gulf, plus missing Iranian spy bring the war with Iran ever closer!
I must admit I do not remember this but I just heard on CNN that Iran and the U.S. had the biggest Navy battle since WW2 in the same area in the Gulf in 1988. I do not have a link to that I just heard it on the news. In light of what has just occurred and was has occurred of late, some serious thought is called for.
An Iranian naval patrol seized 15 British sailors who had boarded a vessel suspected of smuggling cars of the coast of Iraq, military officials said. The Royal Marines and ordinary naval officers were believed to have been apprehended by up to six ships from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy who claimed they had entered Iranian waters. I understand this was not the regular Iranian navy but that it was the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, not that that should matter.
British naval officials said the sailors, using small boarding craft, had completed an inspection of a merchant vessel in Iraqi waters when the Iranians arrived. Commodore Nick Lambert, commander of the H.M.S. Cornwall -- the frigate from which the British patrol had been deployed -- said the incident did not involve fighting or use of weapons."We've been assured from the scant communications that we've had from the Iranians at the tactical level that the 15 people are safely in their hands," he said.
Of course the British are calling for the immediate return of men and equipment but there has been no Iranian response of yet. I would not expect there to be for a couple of days because Iran is in the middle of a Religious holiday. Anyway please check out the map to see where this is happening!
Anyway In light of the fact that A former Iranian spy chief was suspected of defecting to the West, raising the prospect of a timely intelligence bonanza amid tensions with Teheran.
While the speculation is impossible to verify, it is hard to imagine a more tantalizing prospect for Western intelligence agencies than the defection of General Ali Reza Azkari, who is known to have served in Lebanon in the 1990s liaising with Hizbollah. He would also be a wealth of information as to the depth of Iranian involvement in Iraq.
That could be the case but after almost 3 weeks I have heard no word as to the status of General Azkari but Iran is ratcheting up the rhetoric that the U.S. has kidnapped him. With the increasing tensions on the Iraq Iran Border, increased tensions in Iraq as to Iranian involvement there, with American Fighter and tanker aircraft in place in Europe and the fact that we have discussed in the past that the navy in the Gulf would be doing its share to find an excuse for Bush to attack Iran, you have to wonder who was really at fault here and where this is going to lead?

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

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