Monday, August 11, 2008

US lighting Mideast powder keg?

Aug. 11th, 2008

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Mon, 11 Aug 2008
USS Theodor Roosevelt
Three more US warships are reportedly heading towards the Persian Gulf amid ongoing tension in the region.

DEBKAfiles-- an Israeli web site with alleged close links with the regime's military and intelligence sources-- claimed that the USS Theodore Roosevelt, the USS Ronald Reagan and the USS Iwo Jima are sailing towards the Persian Gulf to reinforce the US strike forces deployed to the region.

The report said the expedition could be linked to a conflict between Russia and Georgia over the breakaway region of South Ossetia.

Citing military experts, the web site reported that through sending more strike forces to the Persian Gulf, the US is tightening its grip on oil resources in the Persian Gulf, after Russia extended its control over Caspian oil resources.

The report added that the US fleet could also support Israeli forces in case of any attack on Iran over the country's nuclear activities.

According to the Israeli web site the expedition can also be considered as a sign of preparations by the US and its allies to impose partial naval blockade on Iran outside the framework of the UN Security Council, and to keep the Hormuz Striate open in case of a conflict.

Israel has been calling on the US to take a hard line in dealing with Iran's nuclear issue. The pressure by hawkish Israeli politicians, however, has met with a cold response by many US military and political figures, who see the outcome of any military attack on Iran disastrous.

Suffering in South Ossetia and Georgia

Wounded South Ossetian men in the basement of a destroyed hospital in TskhinvaliPhotograph: Dmitry Kostyukov/AFP

War in Georgia

A dead Georgian soldier on a street on the outskirts of TskhinvaliPhotograph: Dmitry Kostyukov/AFP

War in Georgia

South Ossetians stay in a school shelter in the capital, Tskhinvali Photograph: Denis Sinyakov/Reuters

War in Georgia

Gori residents salvage belongings from their apartment after the area was bombed by Russian jets Photograph: Cliff Volpe/Getty Images

South Ossetians evacuate the capital of Tskhinvali

South Ossetians evacuate the capital of Tskhinvali. Photograph: Denis Sinyakov/Reuters

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