Iranian Army preparing for 3 wargames, says Commander

Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said his forces will stage three sets of drills this year.

Pourdastan voiced pleasure in the results of the assessments made over the recent Beitol-Moghaddas 25 Wargames in the Central Isfahan province, saying that the exercises succeeded in achieving all its desired objectives.

“The Ground Force programs for the year 1392 (March 2013-March 2014) also includes more wargames, including the drills of the armored units in Southeastern Iran, followed by infantry drills in the Western parts of the country and tank-patterns exercises,” he said.

“Alongside these drills, we aim to reinvigorate the training of our forces and meantime enhance the operational capacities of the Ground Force for confronting threats in asymmetric battles,” added the Ground Force commander.

The Iranian Ground Force conducted Beit ol-Moqaddas 25 in the general zone of Isfahan from May 20 to 24 in a bid to boost its units’ military preparedness and exercise different asymmetric tactics.

Lieutenant Commander of Ground Force for Training General Hossein Shokouhi told FNA at the time that different army units, including air force, airborne, infantry, armored, cavalry, artillery, air-defense, drone, communications and logistical units participated in the wargames.

Shokouhi further noted that during the drills, the Iranian army tested its latest home-made weapons and equipment, including the newly unveiled Shaher sniper rifle, Neinava tactical vehicle, optimized Scorpion tanks, anti-chopper launchers, Fadak wireless radio and Akhgar machinegun.

The commander also said that Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and aircrafts were used in the exercises for reconnaissance and aerial imaging operations.

Iran’s Army and IRGC hold regular wargames to practice combat tactics and also test new home-made military tools, equipment and weapons in action.

Iranian officials and commanders have repeatedly underlined that all military exercises and trainings of the Iranian Armed Forces are merely meant to serve deterrent purposes.

“When the enemy observes that our Armed Forces are constantly in wargame zones and their fingers are kept on the trigger, it will not dare to invade the Islamic Iran’s borders,” Pourdastan said in January, underlining the significance of military trainings for boosting the country’s deterrent power.

As regards the Iranian Armed Forces’ military exercises, Pourdastan described wargames as “very important” to the Iranian military, and said drills have provided the Iranian military forces, including the Army Ground Force, with an opportunity to test its achievements and remove deficiencies for future missions.

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Israel’s secret “Doomsday” Nuke base

A location and details of a top secret Israeli base which could be used to launch nuclear attacks on China or North America was published last week. Immediate moves were made to “spin” the story away.The base, intended to house Intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) built in cooperation with Indiais also to include, not just a doomsday “Fuhrer-bunker” for Netanyahu and the Zionist elites but storage for nuclear, biological and chemical warheads as well.

According to intelligence sources in Pakistan, India is supplying Israel with missiles capable of carrying 10 MIRV (Multiple Independent-targetable Re-entry Vehicle) warheads each with a range of up to 11,000 miles. A single missile from this US financed complex could knock out all major population centers on America’s eastern seaboard.

The thermonuclear warheads and guidance systems for these advanced weapons were made possible through espionage activities tied to AIPAC, the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee.

Newspapers claim the underground base, one of a series being built across Israel, is part of an air defense system. This is, of course, utterly absurd.

Air defense systems are designed for stealth and mobility and never require huge underground facilities. Air defenses are meant to protect, not to “be” the primary target.

Scamming America to death

An Israeli program to use American funds earmarked for missiles defense on a nuclear command bunker and ICBM silos was “accidentally” exposed by the Department of Defense last week.

America needs more “accidents” of this kind.

Detailed plans on the massive underground facility at Tel Shahar, intended to be Israel’s answer to NORAD’s Cheyenne Mountain fortress in Colorado, were made public when the US published over 1000 pages of documents, including key information on location, design and vulnerabilities to attack.

In an attempt to “put the genie back in the bottle,” Israel and key media assets in the west published deceptive and inaccurate accounts.

From SheeraFrenkel at McClatchy News, “The Obama administration had promised to build Israel a state-of-the-art facility to house a new ballistic-missile defense system, the Arrow 3. As with all Defense Department projects, detailed specifications were made public so that contractors could bid on the $25 million project. The specifications included more than 1,000 pages of details on the facility, ranging from the heating and cooling systems to the thickness of the walls.”

Why Israel has gone “M.A.D.” (Mutually Assured Destruction)

Until a week ago, Israel, in combination with Turkey and Arab “friends” was unassailable in the region due to its American equipped air force.

Russian President Vladimir Putin changed all that when Syria’s own S 300 air defense system came on line. Israel’s air forces are now useless against Syria, a nation scheduled to be “erased from the sands of time” by Israel, part of a multi-stage global strategy against Iran, a strategy to be coordinated with India against all of South Asia and the Caspian Basin.

Putin’s “red line” left Israel only one card to play, a “nuclear wild card” devoid of credibility without deliverable long range nukes stored in hardened silos with command and control deep underground.

America, either duped or fully complicit, has given Israel that capability, a “Samson option” first strike against any nation, even America.

One might want to ask why nuclear bunker facilities for up to 80,000 elites from among the “chosen people”are being financed by the United States, a project reminiscent of Dr. Strangelove.

The “Arrow 3” fraud

The Arrow 3 missile system, designed to be a mobile launched high altitude missile interception much like the Russian designed S 300 system now active over Syria, was funded based on the unsubstantiated hypothesis that Iran’s nuclear program was, not only advanced, but that Iran would have small “missile deliverable” warheads soon.

Israel demanded the system as protection from Iranian nuclear missiles, which, according to a new IAEA report, may well never exist.

However, advance copies of the IAEA report due to be released on Monday, June 10, 2013, show that America’s intelligence assessments indicating Iran has no military nuclear program have been right all along.

The report cites that every “gram” of nuclear material has been accounted for and none has been transferred to weapons related programs.

“Nuke pundit,” David Albright is typically the source for all information used to substantiate claims of nuclear weapon development by Iran. To check on Albright’s credentials, we went to Clinton Bastin, an editor at Veterans Today and former chief nuclear weapons designer for the US Department of Energy.

In a 2011 interview with Jim W. Dean, Bastin said the following about his friend and longtime associate, David Albright, “David Albright, a physicist, former colleague, president of the non-government Institute for Science and International Security in Washington and a former consultant for IAEA inspectors, is recognized by the US news media as an expert on nuclear weapons but is not. I called David several months ago to correct inaccurate information attributed to him by New York Times reporter William J. Broad.

I also mentioned that Pakistan probably did not have many nuclear weapons because gun-type weapons require about 100 pounds of highly enriched uranium. David said that he had seen drawings of Pakistan’s weapons and they had solid cores but were implosion, not gun-type. With that statement, I realized that David did not understand basic concepts of nuclear weapons.”

Bastin went on further and pointed out that controls long in place in Iran made it impossible for any nuclear material to have been “redirected” and that Iran’s program to enrich uranium gas to 20% could never realistically result in weapons grade material.

Both the US and Israel have known all of this all along, know this and have lied about it.

Press complicity

The Arrow III missile system was debuted on February 13, 2013 on the front page of the Jerusalem Post. This system, designed, at least as the American people are told, is depicted in a full color graphic showing the following components:

– “The Elta Electronic Industries subsidiary of IAI Electronic Group developed the Green Pine early warning and fire control radar for the Arrow 2 system. The radar carries the designation EL/M-2090 and includes the trailer mounted radar and antenna array.”

– Two other vehicles provide generator power and targeting control.

– The third vehicle tows the launching system.

Note that every component includes a “vehicle.” What, exactly, goes into the “Fuhrer-bunker” that we are told houses the Arrow III system?

When the press films or photographs a launch of an “Arrow” missile, they carefully include only the top portion of the mobile launching tube. Do they wish us to believe that, somehow, these tubes are hundreds of feet below the earth?

Can they keep “cropping” photos forever?

Thus far, the controlled press seems to miss story after story. Recently, the same press when photographing Senator John McCain on his secret trip into Syria forgot to “crop out” the Al Qaeda commanders McCain met with.

The underground “Temple of Doom”

Back in 2001, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld appeared on television with media pundit Tim Russert. Rumsfeld told a worldwide audience of the secret bunker complexes that spread across Afghanistan, able to house thousands, interconnected with secret monorails, undetectable by air.

Thirteen years later, the US forces have yet to find one of these bunkers. They never existed.

The ones in Israel, however, do exist. Anyone capable of downloading an “online” bid specification can see the scope of these massive projects, conclusive proof that preparations for “doomsday” are underway in Israel.

A careful read of the “material handing” specifications is rather curious. Israel denies having nuclear weapons. No American president has ever admitted knowing of such things, a question former White House correspondent Helen Thomas has asked of every American president prior to the untimely end of her outstanding career.

Now even school children with their iPhones can read about Israel’s underground nuclear weapons storage, about equipment for storing, protecting and deploying nuclear weapons.

What they may not know is that the money that might have helped finance their college education paid for this highly secret and equally highly illegal equipment.

Iraq warns Israel on using airspace in Iran strike

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Baghdad has warned Israel that it would respond to any attempts by the Jewish state to use Iraqi airspace for a strike against Iran’s controversial nuclear programme, a top Iraqi minister told AFP.

The remarks from Hussein al-Shahristani, deputy prime minister responsible for energy affairs, mark the first time a senior Iraqi official has publicly warned Israel against entering its airspace — the most direct route — to hit targets in Iran.

Shahristani also said that Iraq had received assurances from Washington that the United States would not use its airspace to attack Iran, which Western powers believe is trying to develop a nuclear weapon. Tehran has repeatedly denied the claim.

“The (Americans) have assured us that they will never violate Iraqi airspace or Iraqi sovereignty by using our airspace to attack any of our neighbours,” Shahristani said in an interview in his office in Baghdad’s heavily-fortified Green Zone.

“We have also warned Israel that if they violate Iraqi airspace, they will have to bear the consequences.”

The minister said that the issue had been discussed in Iraq’s national security council, and the warning had been passed to Israel “through countries that they have relations with”.

Asked how Iraq would react to any such Israeli attempt to target Iran’s nuclear programme, Shahristani said: “Obviously, Iraq wouldn’t be disclosing its reaction, to allow Israel to take that into account.”

Western powers led by Washington along with Israel are at loggerheads with Iran over allegations that its nuclear programme is aimed at developing an atomic weapon.

Tehran has repeatedly rejected the charges, and in turn accuses its arch-foes Israel and the United States of waging a deadly campaign of sabotage against its disputed nuclear programme, which it insists is for peaceful purposes.

Israel, the Middle East’s sole if undeclared nuclear-armed state, has refused to rule out military action against Iran.

Shahristani said a similar policy applied to the use of Iraq’s airspace for any military action in neighbouring Syria, where rebels have fought a bloody civil war against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad since 2011.

Iraq has sought to avoid publicly taking sides between Assad and those opposed to his rule, fearful of a violent spillover of the conflict in Syria, with which it shares a 600-kilometre (375-mile) border.

But Baghdad has been accused by the United States of turning a blind eye to Iranian flights through its airspace carrying military equipment for Assad’s regime.

International powers have imposed biting sanctions on Iran in a bid to force it to cooperate and open up its nuclear programme for more invasive investigations, but Shahristani said that because of Iraq’s economic ties with its eastern neighbour, it would only abide by UN sanctions, and not those implemented by Washington and Europe.

He pointed in particular to Iraq’s need for gas imports from Iran in order to fuel its power stations, with the country attempting to rebuild its badly-damaged electricity infrastructure.

“Iraq has its own national interest,” he said. “Power generation is very critical … and there is no way we can fuel our new power stations, that are being constructed and will be ready before the end of the year, without having gas from Iran.”

“We expect the US, as our ally, to understand the need of the Iraqi people for power generation. If any friend can make the gas available from other sources, by all means, we would be very happy to consider that option.”

“But, given our geographical location, the only gas available to Iraq is from Iran now, and we have explained this to our American friends.”

He added that Iraq had held talks earlier this year with Syria and Iran for a gas pipeline that would go from Iran through Iraq to Syria, but no funds or timeline had been agreed for the proposed project.

Another pipeline carrying gas from Iran to supply power stations in Baghdad and central Iraq is under construction, he said.

Iran able to destroy Israel ‘alone’: commander

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Iran’s army “alone” is able to destroy Israel, army commander General Ataollah Salehi said on Thursday, responding to boasts by the Jewish state that its military that could attack its archfoe on its own.

“Our message to this illegitimate regime (Israel) is the same, we do not need to utilise all of Iran’s military forces,” Salehi said on the sidelines of the Islamic republic’s annual Army Day. “The army … alone is able to destroy Israel.”

His comments come after Israeli chief of staff Lieutenant General Benny Gantz on Tuesday said the Jewish state’s military was capable of attacking Iran on its own without foreign support.

Asked in an interview on public radio if the military could wage attacks on Iran “alone” — without the support of countries such as the United States — Gantz replied: “Yes, absolutely.”

Israel believes the Islamic republic, which has issued many bellicose statements about the Jewish state, is working to achieve a military nuclear capability and has not ruled out a military strike to prevent this happening.

Iran denies it is developing an atomic bomb and says it needs its nuclear programme of uranium enrichment for peaceful medical and energy purposes.

Israel is widely believed to be the Middle East’s sole nuclear-armed state, albeit undeclared.

Since the 1979 Islamic revolution Iran has had two military forces — the regular army and the elite Revolutionary Guards Corps, which controls the ballistic missile programme is believed by Western military experts to be the more powerful and the better equipped of the two.

During Thursday’s military parade, Tehran displayed what it said were three newly-developed unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones.

“The Sarir (throne) drone is a stealth, with a long range flight capability and is equipped with a cameras and air-to-air missiles,” air defence commander Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili said as the aircraft went on display along with two other new drones, the Hazem-3 (firm) and Mohajer-B (immigrant).

Iran says it is developing drones to be used for surveillance as well as for attacks.

The Islamic republic regularly boasts of advances in the military and scientific fields, but western military experts often cast doubt on its claims.

Iran test-fires new anti-ship ballistic missile in Persian Gulf waters

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Iran’s armed forces has test-fired a new anti-ship ballistic missile in the Persian Gulf waters, Deputy Defense Minister Brigadier General Majid Bokaei said on Tuesday.

According to Bokaei, the projectile can pinpoint targets at sea with high precision, the IRNA News Agency reported.

He also noted that once fired, the missile leaves the atmosphere, and hits enemy warships on return.

All enemy vessels left the area near Iran’s maritime border, after the missile was tested, Bokaei added.

The official went on to say that the new projectile is a modified version of a ground-to-ground missile.

Iran’s Army successfully test-fires 3 new missiles

Deputy Commander of the Iranian Army’s Ground Forces Kiumars Heidari says Iran has successfully test-fired three new missiles.

“The three types of missiles, manufactured by [Iran’s] defense industry and Army, were successfully test-fired during the recent drill of the forces,” said Heidari in a Saturday interview.

The Iranian commander pointed out that the three new missiles are surface-to-surface.

Heidari went on to say that the Iranian Army’s Ground Forces also plan to showcase their new armored personnel carriers on April 18 on the occasion of Iran’s Army Day.

He pointed to the enemies’ threats against Iran and noted that Iran has its defense option on the table and the country will give a crushing response to any adventurism by the enemy.

The missile and rocket-launching units of the Ground Forces of the Iranian Army plan to stage a one-day missile drill in central Iran on Thursday,

The maneuver, in which new indigenous missile systems are to be launched, is aimed at maintaining the preparedness and enhancing the defensive capabilities of the forces’ rocket-launching and missile units.

Over the past few years, Iran has held several military drills to enhance the defense capabilities of its armed forces and to test modern military tactics and equipment.

The Islamic Republic has repeatedly assured other nations, especially its neighbors, that its military might poses no threat to other countries, stating that its defense doctrine is based on deterrence.

Iran unveils new uranium mines, production facility

By on Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

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Iran unveiled on Tuesday a new uranium production facility and two extraction mines, only days after talks with world powers on its disputed nuclear programme again ended in deadlock.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hailed the advances and boasted of mastery over “the entire chain of nuclear energy,” while demanding that the work be accelerated.

The announcements come after talks between sanctions-hit Iran and six world powers on Tehran’s nuclear drive failed to produce a breakthrough in the Kazakh city of Almaty on Friday and Saturday last week.

The mines in Saghand city operate 350 metres (yards) underground and are within 120 kilometres (75 miles) of the new yellowcake production facility at Ardakan, a city in the central province of Yazd, state television said.

The report gave few details about the Ardakan facility but said it had an estimated output of 60 tonnes of yellowcake, which is an impure state of uranium oxide later fed into centrifuges for enrichment.

Iran says its enrichment activities are aimed at feeding a peaceful energy programme.

That work, in defiance of repeated UN Security Council demands, is at the heart of international worries, with Western powers and Israel fearing the Islamic state is developing a capacity to build an atom bomb.

Diplomatic efforts to find a negotiated solution to the standoff have been underway for years, but to no avail.

Iran’s latest meeting in Almaty with the P5+1 group of powers — the Security Council’s five permanent members plus Germany — failed to coax it into curbing its programme in exchange for the easing of some sanctions.

Ahmadinejad, under whose presidency the atomic programme has expanded rapidly, on Tuesday praised the advances and urged nuclear scientists to step up their work.

“I demand you to speed up your work and without any interruption,” he said, while claiming mastery over “the entire chain of nuclear energy, one that no one can take it away”.

“In the past, we depended on others to provide us with yellowcake but with the grace of God, (uranium) mines were inaugurated one after another,” he said referring to Iran’s all but depleted 600 tonnes of yellowcake acquired from South Africa in the 1970s.

Iran says it has now managed to replenish the stockpile from its raw uranium reserve of 4,400 tonnes, according to official figures.

In December 2010 it announced the delivery of a domestically produced yellowcake batch from the Gachin uranium mine, near the Gulf port of Bandar Abbas.

The discovery of the uranium mines in Saghand was announced almost a decade ago. But Western experts believe they contain poor mineral deposits.

Iran enriches uranium to both 3.5 and 20 percent levels in its Natanz and Fordo facilities. Uranium purified at high levels can be used in a nuclear weapon.

On Tuesday, the state television also reported an electron accelerator was inaugurated on the occasion of Iran’s national Atomic Energy Technology day.

The Islamic republic is under a number of UN sanctions, reinforced by international punitive measures targeting its vital oil income and access to global banking system.

The United States along with Israel, the sole but undeclared nuclear armed state in the Middle East, have refused to rule out a military option to stop what they call Iran’s quest for the bomb.