US and Israel Maneuver to train Attack on Iran

By LUIS MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | OCTOBER 18, 2012

The U.S. and Israeli armies will play war games during the largest joint maneuvers for a period of three weeks with thousands of military troops from both countries training on details for an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Part of the group of U.S. forces that will intervene in Austere Challenge 12 are already in Israel, waiting for the go to start their military exercises. No army sources have confirmed when will the drills start and it is likely that the world will only know once the exercise is on the way.

The reserve with which both countries address the issue is due to the fear that the maneuvers are misinterpreted by Iran. There is also a danger that this exercise, or parts of it turn into an ‘accident’ that may spark conflict among the three countries, with the US and Israel on one side and Iran on the other.

“Austere Challenge 12 includes theoretical scenarios, not related to actual events in the world,” he Lt. General Craig Franklin, in a teleconference with reporters. Franklin is a commander of the U.S. Air Force in Europe, and he will arrive next week to Israel to head the operation.

In a message transmitted by both militaries, commanders in charge of the exercise have categorically denied information that “AC12” will simulate an attack with thousands of rockets that Iran may conduct against Israel and its allies in the region, which would be aided by Hezbollah and Hamas.

However, this is the very same scenario that Israel can expect if prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu gives the order to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities. The action, which has not had public support from the United States, and that has been labeled as suicide by former and current members of the intelligence community, has been limited to verbal threats made by Israel and contested by Iran.

Israeli Brigadier General Nitsan Nuriel, explained that the exercises provide for a scenario of “threats on all fronts,” and that “everyone can draw their own conclusions.”

“It is a clear message that we work together and that together we can achieve more and, from there, each draws their own conclusions,” he explained while trying to respond questions about the scope of the exercise.

More than a thousand U.S. military will participate in the maneuvers conducted from Israeli territory and another 2,500 will do it from bases in Europe and warships in the Mediterranean, with a total cost of about $ 30 million (23.5 million euros) for the U.S. taxpayers.

“When completed, all U.S. troops will leave Israel,” said Lt. Gen. Franklin, which “should eliminate conjectures that warn about an armed build up to attack Iran.”

AC12 will be held in the utmost secrecy, which has many intelligence analysts wondering if this will be the base for a future attack on Iran. Neither the US not Israel have revealed dates or locations about an exercise that intends to play out a scenario where anti-aircraft systems will turn into an ‘umbrella’ to protect Israel in the event of an attack. All similarities to a real life situation will of course be ‘coincidental’.

At the epicenter of the drills are the Aegis ballistic missile system and U.S. Patriot missiles, to which Israel will incorporate its Arrow anti-missile batteries and Iron Dome radar system.

The latest air defense exercise was “Juniper Cobra” in 2010, but technological advances made it necessary to recalibrate the systems for both armies, military sources have said. Among the new systems to be used in AC12 are the new Israeli Patriot and Iron Dome, which were not fully operational two years ago.

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Teherán Conecta primer golpe contra Washington

Por Luis R. Miranda
The Real Agenda
16 de enero 2012

En lo que podría llamarse un duelo de palabras, Teherán ha entregado en Washington y Tel Aviv el primer golpe en el estómago ya que ambos países decidieron posponer el ejercicio militar que tendría lugar en un par de semanas en el Golfo Pérsico.

Citando su intención de no agravar aún más la guerra de palabras entre Teherán y Occidente, los funcionarios de defensa israelíes han anunciado públicamente que sus juegos de guerra no se producirá según lo planeado. Según Haaretz, los israelíes quieren “evitar que se produzcan nuevas tensiones en la región después de varios informes extranjeros que relatan como  EE.UU. e Israel llevan a cabo preparativos para atacar Irán.”

El ejercicio militar es considerado el más grande de una serie de maniobras conjuntas destinadas a frenar la escalada militar de Irán en el Golfo Pérsico, más específicamente en el Estrecho de Ormuz. Irán ha incrementado su presencia en la región como respuesta a las nuevas arremetidas estadounidenses e israelíes que pretenden evitar un posible bloqueo del estrecho de Ormuz, el camino principal de tránsito de millones de litros de petróleo en que los países occidentales de Europa y América del Norte dependen de para operar sus economías. El cierre de esta vía de comercio importante, dicen los consultores, dañaria en gran medida el estado de la economía global.

Irán ha expresado su intención de cerrar el Estrecho de Ormuz si piensa que Israel y / o los Estados Unidos están cerca de atacar a sus sitios de procesamiento de energía nuclear. Tanto Estados Unidos como Israel han declarado que no tienen intenciones de llevar a cabo un ataque en suelo iraní. Sin embargo, la historia reciente demuestra que el poder del complejo militar industrial, que controla los gobiernos estadounidense e israelí, no merecen ninguna confianza en lo que respecta a sus planes de agresión militar.

El ejercicio militar con nombre en código Austere Challenge 12 (Desafío Austero 12), tenía la intención de simular un ataque de Irán que incluiría el lanzamiento de misiles sobre Israel. De acuerdo con funcionarios del ejército israelí, el ejercicio está previsto ahora para el verano de 2012.

Las Fuerzas de Defensa de Israel dijeron que el ejercicio militar no fue una respuesta a las recientes amenazas de las autoridades iraníes, pero que había sido planeado hace mucho tiempo. El ejercicio “no es en respuesta a cualquier evento del mundo real”, dijo el ejército en un comunicado.

Además, el Ministerio de Defensa dijo que el aplazamiento del mismo no se ha anunciado, porque la decisión final todavía está siendo abordada por las autoridades israelíes y los EE.UU.. La entidad también afirmó que la razón de posponer el simulacro no tiene nada que ver con cuestiones presupuestarias.

Importantes ejercicios militares entre Israel y los Estados Unidos comenzaron a tener lugar en 2009, cuando las dos naciones realizaron ejercicios militares conjuntos que incluyeron  defensa anti misiles. Fueron esos mismos ejercicios, junto con la invasión de Egipto, Libia y Siria por las fuerzas especiales de EE.UU. y agentes de la CIA, lo que llevó a Irán a iniciar una escalada militar en la región, que hasta hoy suena la alarma de guerra en el Golfo Pérsico.

Tehran Connects First Blow on Washington

by Luis R. Miranda
The Real Agenda
January 15, 2012

In what could be called the duel of words, Tehran has handed Washington and Tel Aviv the first blow in the stomach as both countries decided to postpone the military exercise scheduled to take place a couple of weeks from today.

Citing their intention not to further escalate the war of words between Tehran and the west, Israeli defense officials have publicly announced that their war games will not occur as planned. According to HAARETZ, the Israelis want to “avoid causing further tensions in the region after various foreign reports of U.S. and Israeli preparations for strike on Iran.”

The military exercise was considered the largest of a series of joint manuevers aimed to curb Iran’s military escalation in the Persian Gulf, more specifically in the Strait of Hormuz. Iran has increased its presence in the region as a response to American and Israeli build ups that intend to avoid a potential blockage of the Strait of Hormuz, the main transit way of millions of liters of oil which western nations in Europe and North American depend on to operate. The closing of this important commerce way, say consultants, would heavily damage the state of the global economy.

Iran has expressed their intention to close the Strait of Hormuz if Tehran determines that Israel and/or the United States are close to attack its nuclear energy sites. Both the United States and Israel have denied they have intentions to carry out an attack over Iranian soil. However, recent history shows that the establishment military industrial complex that controls both the American and Israeli governments are not to be trusted when it comes to their military aggression plans.

The military exercise codenamed Austere Challenge 12, intended to simulate an Iranian attack which would include the launch of  missiles on Israel. According to Israeli military officials, the drill is now scheduled to take place in the summer of 2012.

The Israeli Defense Forces said the military exercise was not a response to the recent threats made by Iranian authorities but that it had been planned a long time ago. The drill “is not in response to any real-world event,” said the IDF in a statement.

Additionally, the Defense Ministry said that the postponement of the drill has not been announced, because the final decision is still being addressed by Israeli and U.S. officials. The entity also asserted that the reason the drill was postponed did not have anything to do with budgetary issues.

Major military exercises between Israel and the United States began to take place in 2009, with both nations holding large joint missile defense exercise. It was those same exercises along with the invasion of Egypt, Libya and Syria by U.S. special forces and CIA agents, what prompted Iran to begin a military escalation in the region which sounded all the war alarms in the Persian Gulf.