The Kitsap Sun
reports: The Bremerton-based aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis is returning to the Mideast much sooner than expected. The warship came home to Naval Base Kitsap on 2 March following seven months of launching warplanes into Iraq and Afghanistan. With Iran making threats, crew members learned recently they will be leaving again in August for eight months. Additionally, two U.S. aircraft carrier battle groups, the USS Abraham Lincoln and the USS Enterprise, are now in the Mideast. The Navy has doubled the number of minesweepers in the region, to eight, and moved a converted amphibious transport and docking ship, the USS Ponce, into the Persian Gulf to serve as a floating staging base for military operations or humanitarian assistance. Its first job will be as a hub for mine-clearing, according to Pentagon officials.
Los Angeles Times
reports: The U.S. Navy is sending underwater drones, known as the SeaFox, to destroy sea mines as part of an operation aimed at preventing any closure of the Strait of Hormuz. The sea drone deployment s reveals steps toward warfare because these sea drones scourer the sea floor for mines to clear the way for the warships.
reports: The Israeli army has placed an Iron Dome air defense system battery by the Red Sea resort of Eilat near the border with Egypt. The Iron Dome Active Missile Defense System battery is currently deployed near Eilat as part of the Israelis operational deployment program, which includes changing the locations of the batteries from time to time. The deployment comes amid growing tensions in that area.
reports: Syria has begun moving its vast chemical weapons arsenal out of its storage facilities. The country's sarin nerve agent, mustard gas, and cyanide stockpiles have long worried American and Israeli officials and Muslim countries in the Mideast region, who are watching for any change in the status or location of these weapons. American officials are divided on the meaning of the latest moves by members of President Bashar al-Assad's regime. A few analysts believe that there is always a chance that Assad will employ these deadly gas weapons against Israel in an attempt to rally the Arab world around him.
Both America and Israel are pouring warships into the Persian Gulf and other Mideast regions. The tension is rising rapidly and anything could set off this Mideast war. Iran is not backing down and welcomes the war because they believe the Mahdi will appear and save them from Western destruction. He will then lead the Muslims to world conquest. Obama will move to save the Sunni Muslim states from Iran’s Shia aggression, but not for Israel’s protection. The Saudis are terrified of Iran because Teheran wants to dominate the Islamic world with Shia Islam and eventually replace Saudi Arabia. This Mideast war is also about protecting the oil interest of America and the Western powers.