Saturday, July 05, 2008

Heightened alert in the Gulf. Combined Task Force 152 monitoring situation

Combined Task Force 152 (link) is on heightened alert in the Gulf monitoring movements of vessels in and out of the Strait of Hormuz. Security officials fear an Al Qaeda attack is imminent.

Iran's military chiefs warned on Saturday that the Islamic republic would shut down the Strait of Hormuz vital for oil exports and use "blitzkrieg tactics" in the Gulf if it came under attack.
"All the countries should know that if Iran's interests in the region are ignored, it is natural that we will not allow others to use it (the strait)," said army chief General Hassan Firouzabadi, quoted by the Fars news agency.

Top army commander: Iran’s priority to keep Hormuz strait open

TEHRAN, July 05 (ISNA)-Iran’s armed forces chief of staff Brigadier General Hassan Firouzabadi said one of Iran’s priorities is to keep the Hormuz strait open.
It is important to Iran to keep this strategic strait open, he said but warned if Iran’s interests are neglected in the region, it would not allow others to use it.
He stated US government is trapped in claws of global Zionism and added US army and nation must not be sacrificed for ineptitude of its rulers that are dominated by Zionists.
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