US threaten Iran with pre-emptive strike

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/02/uk-military-iran-attack-nuclear

i kinda just can't see past this being the main item on the guardian front page so haven't really screened it but yknow it freaks me out irrespective

Abattoir Educator / Slaughterman (schlump), Wednesday, 2 November 2011 16:36 (eight years ago) link

The RAF could also provide air-to-air refuelling and some surveillance capability, should they be required. British officials say any assistance would be cosmetic: the US could act on its own but would prefer not to.

Nigel Farage is a fucking hero (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 2 November 2011 19:09 (eight years ago) link

seven months pass...

The Nobel Peace Prize winner lays the groundwork for his next war (or Romney's first):

http://www.salon.com/2012/06/19/playing_for_time_on_iran/singleton/

Pangborn to be Wilde (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 19 June 2012 14:40 (seven years ago) link

six years pass...

to war we're gonna go

Same old, same old Tonkin Gulf. Assume neocon @NYTimes @Wapo etc will keep readers in ignorance. https://t.co/g1IY58tmB7 via @thedailybeast

— Andrew Cockburn (@andrewmcockburn) May 14, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 22:38 (nine months ago) link

John Bolton: ‘An Attack On Two Saudi Oil Tankers Is An Attack On All Americans’ https://t.co/Dgny7ss6pJ pic.twitter.com/nvxyCtNCVh

— The Onion (@TheOnion) May 15, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 15 May 2019 20:24 (nine months ago) link

seven months pass...

It is now confirmed: the US has killed Qassem Soleimani.

— Ranj Alaaldin (@RanjAlaaldin) January 3, 2020

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Friday, 3 January 2020 01:27 (one month ago) link

who is that and what does that mean?

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 3 January 2020 01:30 (one month ago) link

Head of Quds force of the IRGC, responsible for Iranian operations in Iraq vs ISIS and in Syria among other things. Hugely important figure

bidenfan69420 (jim in vancouver), Friday, 3 January 2020 01:47 (one month ago) link

Are we now at war?

Alba, Friday, 3 January 2020 01:48 (one month ago) link

i don't know, but it doesn't help that the entire republican party has been pushing for this for 25 years

But guess what? Nobody gives a toot!😂 (Karl Malone), Friday, 3 January 2020 01:51 (one month ago) link

And half the Democrats.

Fingers crossed they show some spine in an election year.

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Friday, 3 January 2020 01:57 (one month ago) link

The proxy war and economic war between Iran and US is pretty much at fever pitch rn but I cant see it blowing up into an actual straight up open war

bidenfan69420 (jim in vancouver), Friday, 3 January 2020 01:59 (one month ago) link

who is that

worth reading: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/09/30/the-shadow-commander (written in 2013 so he has continued his career since then)

and what does that mean?

it means iran will feel compelled to respond. whether that response compels a response and so on leading to an invasion or some other similarly dramatic event remains to be seen.

Mordy, Friday, 3 January 2020 02:01 (one month ago) link

Qassem Soleimani and Iran's Unique Regional Strategy by Ali Soufan (@Ali_H_Soufan) https://t.co/cJSJEqcVY4 pic.twitter.com/MwoXQKQX78

— CTC at West Point (@CTCWP) November 8, 2018

But guess what? Nobody gives a toot!😂 (Karl Malone), Friday, 3 January 2020 02:03 (one month ago) link

obv take all this shit with a grain of salt but

Iranian sources in Iran are warning that killing Gen. Qasem Sulaimani spells war.
"Official reaction will begin with a strike," one says.#Iraq

— Farnaz Fassihi (@farnazfassihi) January 3, 2020

But guess what? Nobody gives a toot!😂 (Karl Malone), Friday, 3 January 2020 02:03 (one month ago) link

which tom clancy spinoff would best serve as a basic primer here, thanks in advance

Banáná hÉireann (darraghmac), Friday, 3 January 2020 02:16 (one month ago) link

Jack Ryan S2, just replace Venezuela with Iran

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Friday, 3 January 2020 02:24 (one month ago) link

tbbdfddbf

ingredience (map), Friday, 3 January 2020 02:28 (one month ago) link

this isn’t great

k3vin k., Friday, 3 January 2020 02:44 (one month ago) link

pic.twitter.com/VXeKiVzpTf

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2020

But guess what? Nobody gives a toot!😂 (Karl Malone), Friday, 3 January 2020 02:44 (one month ago) link

The defensive actions the U.S. has taken against #Iran & its proxies are consistent with clear warnings they have received

They chose to ignore these warnings because they believed @POTUS was constrained from acting by our domestic political divisions

They badly miscalculated

— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 3, 2020

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 3 January 2020 03:05 (one month ago) link

"defensive actions"... lol. I guess the GOP line is that our drones are defending the Baghdad Airport from its own generals?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 3 January 2020 03:06 (one month ago) link

Welp

brownie, Friday, 3 January 2020 03:06 (one month ago) link

what political leader on earth would think that POTUS is constrained by anything

j., Friday, 3 January 2020 03:10 (one month ago) link

Oh great

(•̪●) (carne asada), Friday, 3 January 2020 03:12 (one month ago) link

In order to get elected, @BarackObama will start a war with Iran.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2011

(•̪●) (carne asada), Friday, 3 January 2020 03:14 (one month ago) link

i didn't even think about that. why did obama do this? why today?

But guess what? Nobody gives a toot!😂 (Karl Malone), Friday, 3 January 2020 03:15 (one month ago) link

oh wait - in order to get elected for an illegal 3rd term!!

my dad was right

But guess what? Nobody gives a toot!😂 (Karl Malone), Friday, 3 January 2020 03:15 (one month ago) link

it's been nice knowing y'all

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Friday, 3 January 2020 03:29 (one month ago) link

Iran doesn't yet have nuclear weapons. Of course, they are not much more than an insurance policy against a repetition of the Iran-Iraq War, or against a bombing attack by the Israeli Air Force. I guess they could rig up a dirty bomb on short notice to spread radioactivity where it was detonated. But Iran is not an existential threat to the US or Europe.

A is for (Aimless), Friday, 3 January 2020 04:27 (one month ago) link

thank you for clearing that up

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Friday, 3 January 2020 05:20 (one month ago) link

Thread displaying Eric Trump's deleted tweet & market manipulation:

1. A tweet from Eric Trump that was quickly deleted.

Note the date and time. pic.twitter.com/GFEft4x5Da

— Arianna (@_Arianna_D) January 3, 2020

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 3 January 2020 06:06 (one month ago) link

These dipshits...

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 3 January 2020 06:09 (one month ago) link

In case you want to know who the US just killed: The Shadow Commander https://t.co/lE3RPOeSUs

— Jane Mayer (@JaneMayerNYer) January 3, 2020

... (Eazy), Friday, 3 January 2020 07:06 (one month ago) link

Cool cool, guess which country the US and Iran will use as a battlefield yet again to fight each other? Iraq will be fucked, again.

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 3 January 2020 08:46 (one month ago) link

One of Iraq’s top commanders was killed with Suleimani and the US has apparently arrested two major Iraqi militia leaders - the Iraqi government has framed it as “an attack on Iraq as a state, a government and a people”.

ShariVari, Friday, 3 January 2020 09:05 (one month ago) link

Yeah, the militia leader killed is Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, whose group are Iran-backed.

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 3 January 2020 09:33 (one month ago) link

Democratic members of Congress stripped these from the NDAA because they wanted to give Trump the power to start a war without their having to vote for it. This is their plan working. https://t.co/vRy1MD6RZD

— 'Weird Alex' Pareene (@pareene) January 3, 2020

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 3 January 2020 11:56 (one month ago) link

This was good, BBC Two need to re-TX it ASAP to get it on iPlayer:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0003871

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 3 January 2020 12:09 (one month ago) link

I think it’s pretty clear based on the timing that this was meant to get the news media off the steady trickle of incriminating Ukraine information and on to some red meat for the base to get excited about. Or maybe it’s an olive branch to Bolton to keep him quiet.

epistantophus, Friday, 3 January 2020 13:02 (one month ago) link

9. Iranians are more disillusioned with the regime than ever. But Soleimani’s death plays into the regime’s hands - a timely distraction to be used to rally & unite Iranians against the US

— Ramita Navai (@ramitanavai) January 3, 2020




10. What next? Who knows. But Tehran will - at some point - retaliate. The regime can’t afford a war - it is not financially or militarily equipped. It can easily step up its proxy wars in Iraq, Syria, targeting the US & hit back in Israel.

— Ramita Navai (@ramitanavai) January 3, 2020

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 3 January 2020 13:12 (one month ago) link

Geraldo: Don't for a minute start cheering this on, what we have done, what we have unleashed --

Kilmeade: I will cheer it on. I am elated.

Geraldo: Then you, like Lindsey Graham, have never met a war you didn't like.

Kilmeade: That is not true, don't even say that. pic.twitter.com/1VZ3tZJPRb

— Lis Power (@LisPower1) January 3, 2020



Geraldo otm

(•̪●) (carne asada), Friday, 3 January 2020 14:19 (one month ago) link

did Geraldo support the war in 2003?

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 3 January 2020 14:23 (one month ago) link

If he did, we must face the terrifying possibility that Geraldo has learned something

But guess what? Nobody gives a toot!😂 (Karl Malone), Friday, 3 January 2020 14:44 (one month ago) link

Geraldo is human garbage but he is occasionally on the right side

frogbs, Friday, 3 January 2020 14:52 (one month ago) link

It’s been one day since Melania told the press her New Years resolution was “peace on the world.”

— Bess Kalb (@bessbell) January 3, 2020

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 3 January 2020 15:02 (one month ago) link

wut a hypocrite

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Friday, 3 January 2020 15:03 (one month ago) link

she was misquoted, she said "piss on the world"

the public eating of beans (Sparkle Motion), Friday, 3 January 2020 15:05 (one month ago) link

#prepositionalmalfunction

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 3 January 2020 15:06 (one month ago) link

Makes a change from pissing on the President.

Frozen Mug (Tom D.), Friday, 3 January 2020 15:12 (one month ago) link

Maybe they should overthrow their government

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Saturday, 11 January 2020 23:48 (one month ago) link

I'm sure it hasn't crossed the CIA's their mind

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 12 January 2020 00:28 (one month ago) link

(xp) And install one more minded to kill Americans?

Frozen Mug (Tom D.), Sunday, 12 January 2020 01:10 (one month ago) link

There will be outlets for anger. Banners with Soleimani's image are flying from Baghdad to Sana'a. There will be Soleimani Brigades (and in Iran, probably a division). Matter of time before some clever boy deepfakes his face onto Obi Wan Kenobi's last moments. Despite some training issues in air defense, Iran has been playing this really well.

Iran's messaging through action has been pretty interesting.
May: 4 tankers disabled at Fujairah, no casualties.
June: shoots down a US RQ-4A, no casualties.
September: halts Saudi exports through drone attack on Abqaiq, no casualties.
January: airbases at Al Assad and Irbil attacked by medium range ballistic missiles with terminal guidance, no US casualties.

Clearly the message in all of these is, "If we wanted to, we could kill hundreds, we could sink ships at sea and in ports, we could shut down Hormuz, step back and start thinking." I think the Gulf states get the message, I suspect the US intelligence community does too. I don't think the dullards at top US elected/appointed positions, who made the cardinal mistake of believing their own propaganda, understand.

Now We Know (Sanpaku), Sunday, 12 January 2020 01:18 (one month ago) link

or they just don’t care

nice summary, Sanpaku

never have i been a blue calm sea (collardio gelatinous), Sunday, 12 January 2020 03:05 (one month ago) link

It's obvious they're deliberately avoiding casualties, though I'm not sure that's a sign of strength that would scare the US military. It seems to me it's more a sign that these attacks are intended mostly for domestic (Iranian) consumption.

o. nate, Sunday, 12 January 2020 03:12 (one month ago) link

Despite some training issues in air defense, Iran has been playing this really well.

lol

💠 (crüt), Sunday, 12 January 2020 03:13 (one month ago) link

Yeah that comment was pretty wtf !

AlXTC from Paris, Sunday, 12 January 2020 04:19 (one month ago) link

xp: No, the attacks are very much responses to Iran's security situation.

Iran's whole deterrence against foreign aggression relies upon the belief by other parties that when facing existential threats, Iran can shut down 20% of the world's oil supply. The Fujairah attacks demonstrated that even ports on the Gulf of Oman (south of Hormuz) wouldn't operate if Iran (and perhaps local allies) chose. The RQ-4A shootdown demonstrated that air defenses were alert and capable of defending territorial waters. The drone attack on Abqaiq demonstrated that Iran could do pinpoint attacks, had local aid within Aramco and Eastern Saudi Arabia, and Saudi air defense of critical infrastructure was pitiful.

War Nerd describes Saudi Arabia as being resilient as a moon colony, and in Eastern/central Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, where there's no water, it really is; the desalination plants are particularly vulnerable. The US might bring in Patriot batteries to pretend to defend a few point targets, but US forces have relied on air superiority for air defense for 80 years, I have doubts we're good at ground based anti-air/missile defense. Consider the Saudis have defended the airport at Riyadh (also an airbase) against dumb Scud type ballistic missiles launched by the Houthi from Yemen for years, using the same Patriot system. They've had hits against the launch vehicles (which also arc in the the same ballistic trajectory), but never the warhead.

The Al Assad airbase attack demonstrated to anyone watching closely that at least some Iranian ballistic missiles had terminal guidance (perhaps using Russian, Chinese, or even US GPS system). This last bit of news should be a huge wakeup call. Iran in the Iraq-Iran war, and Israel during its confrontations with Hezbollah or Hamas, have both been spared many lives because the ballistic missiles they faced were as dumb as WWII V-2s. Playing darts with a board 50 m away. At longer distances, they might hit within a km of their aimpoint, but most impact relatively harmlessly on empty hillsides. At Al Assad, Iranian ballistic missiles appeared to be hitting aimpoints within 10 m. This could have been a simple as a tailfin kit for warheads (this is how the US retrofits its bombs designed in 1946 into smart weapons).

For Iranian true believers, and for millions outside Iran who viewed Soleimani as a heroic figure in the struggle against Salafi extremism, I'm sure that a more "eye for eye" death would have been more satisfying. That may still come as blowback unfolds over the next several decades.

Now We Know (Sanpaku), Sunday, 12 January 2020 04:25 (one month ago) link

It really isn't WTF. Imagine you're a 20-something junior officer in an air-defence unit armed with the short-medium range Tor system, tasked with defending the two military facilities a few km NNW of Parand, Iran (one being a missile research facility). Perhaps your CO has gone to bed, leaving you on the night shift. You've received a message to be vigilant for US bombers, following the assassination of a national hero, and a symbolic retaliatory strike. Unfortunately, the two military facilities you're tasked with guarding lie directly under the flight path from Khomeni Intl airport to destinations NW. Also unfortunately, your training emphasized autonomous action, as centers for air-defense coordination were expected to be among the first targets. Scheduled traffic flying over your location went barely noticed earlier in the evening, but here comes a new blip (PS752 took off an hour late). Its tracking directly towards the facilities you guard. Because the Tor is a short range system, and aircraft launching guided bombs rise into a climb before releasing and turning away, you have maybe 2 minutes to determine that this radar blip is not a threat. You have no means of directly contacting the plane. Assuming that there's a hotline to Tehran regional ATC, you could call them to deconflict, but what if you don't have a hotline, have never called ATC, or Tehran ATC doesn't answer in time, or Tehran ATC can't confirm that this incoming plane is a civil flight in time. Sweat is beating on your brow.

This sort of shit happens all the time in wartime. Returning WWII bombers were commonly fired upon by jumpy flak batteries when they flew unexpected paths etc. The speed of modern aircraft radically shortens decision times, guided air defense missiles makes mistakes far more lethal. It takes a lot of coordination and experience to prevent friendly or collateral fire incidents.

Now We Know (Sanpaku), Sunday, 12 January 2020 04:56 (one month ago) link

Well, whatever the technical reasons I don’t think one can say they managed all this « really well » after such a disaster...

AlXTC from Paris, Sunday, 12 January 2020 06:21 (one month ago) link

Imagine you're a 20-something junior officer in an air-defence unit armed with the short-medium range Tor system, tasked with defending the two military facilities a few km NNW of Parand, Iran

mmmm, what am I wearing

Suggest Banshee (Hadrian VIII), Sunday, 12 January 2020 15:09 (one month ago) link

lol

k3vin k., Sunday, 12 January 2020 15:21 (one month ago) link

lol x2

Frozen Mug (Tom D.), Sunday, 12 January 2020 15:24 (one month ago) link

<3

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 12 January 2020 16:27 (one month ago) link

It takes a lot of coordination and experience to prevent friendly or collateral fire incidents.

The Iranian authorities should simply have closed Iranian air space to commercial flights for 24 hours after their missile strike at Iraq, to assess the US response. This is, ofc, hindsight.

A is for (Aimless), Sunday, 12 January 2020 19:14 (one month ago) link

@Sanpaku what's a good source for this kind of information?

Never changed username before (cardamon), Sunday, 12 January 2020 23:05 (one month ago) link

do you have “war nerd” in an unfilled square on your bingo card or something

El Tomboto, Sunday, 12 January 2020 23:18 (one month ago) link

Only a glaring lack of knowledge about contemporary surface to air missile systems

Never changed username before (cardamon), Sunday, 12 January 2020 23:45 (one month ago) link

cardamon: with respect to the shootdown site, in satellite imagery there's two fenced military sites directly underneath the PS752's intended flight path, just 7 km NW of the impact location determined from the cell-phone video. On the @bellingcat twitter thread this was identified as a missile research facility but I don't have independent knowledge. Munitions bunkers are visible in the northern of the two fenced areas.

As for the life of a SAM operator, I'd direct you to SAM Simulator, developed by a Hungarian. It doesn't include SA-15/Tor, but presumably the experience is comparable. Public data for the Tor missile system is available at a Wiki page. It's very short range point defense as vehicle mounted SAMs go, only 12 km.

As for a timeline of Iranian actions, you could do worse than this Al Jaz English timeline. Probably more reliable than Al Jaz Arabic, where calls for all Shia to be massacred have gone out from on air commentators.

Now We Know (Sanpaku), Monday, 13 January 2020 00:18 (one month ago) link

Awesome, thanks

Never changed username before (cardamon), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 21:20 (one month ago) link

Does anyone have a take on what's the future of this Shia crescent idea - are the Iranian government still trying to create a land link with Hizbollah? Were they in fact doing so as per the BBC doc on Soleimani?

Never changed username before (cardamon), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 21:22 (one month ago) link

The US government certainly fears this. Some US spec ops that remain in Syria are astride Hwy 2 through Syria's Eastern desert, presumably to interdict this land route from Iran through Iraq and Syria to Lebanon. The area is uninhabited (as in 200 mi to the next gas station uninhabited), has no oil, no surface water, there's literally nothing else of strategic interest in the area. Iran certainly has good practical cause to want this land connection, to facilitate logistics and trade with Syria and Lebanon.

Last night I listened to a podcast with Armin Navabi in which he said even secularist Iranians are fond of the idea of such a Shia crescent, as it would match the contours of the Sasanian Empire. According to Navabi, Iranian secularists have a romantic affection with pre-Muslim Persia, collecting Zoroastrian, Ancient Persian, Parthian, and Sasanian artifacts (all empires that encompassed a current Shia crescent). Also Trump's tweet about bombing 52 cultural sites was the absolute worst thing he's said or done with respect to these natural opponents of the mullahs.

Now We Know (Sanpaku), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 21:58 (one month ago) link

so maybe it wasn't a strike carefully calibrated not to hurt any americans

BREAKING: Eleven US Troops Were Injured in Jan. 8 Iran Missile Strike https://t.co/ffcpz4AuUh via @defenseone

— Kevin Baron (@DefenseBaron) January 17, 2020

Mordy, Friday, 17 January 2020 06:25 (one month ago) link

Loud blasts followed by sirens were heard in the Iraqi capital. The Iraqi military told Reuters that two rockets had fallen inside Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, which houses government buildings and foreign missions, causing a fire but no casualties. At least one fell 100 meters from the US embassy.

calzino, Monday, 20 January 2020 21:48 (one month ago) link

Whodunit

Never changed username before (cardamon), Monday, 20 January 2020 22:27 (one month ago) link

Power moves in a power vacuum I reckon?

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 22 January 2020 20:40 (four weeks ago) link

the arab minority in south-western iran is a bit restive, there's been attacks on military etc. last few years. there was a massacre of troops in maybe 2018 for instance.

bidenfan69420 (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 22 January 2020 20:56 (four weeks ago) link

it's such a closed society if you took the regime's word for it there are no problems their grip is total etc

Mordy, Wednesday, 22 January 2020 21:03 (four weeks ago) link

'Sanctions' is a polite way of describing a brutal form of collective punishment that intentionally decimate entire societies. https://t.co/qKMzHCXzi0

— Louis Allday (@Louis_Allday) January 15, 2020

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 23 January 2020 10:28 (four weeks ago) link

The Defense Department said Friday that 34 American service members have traumatic brain injuries from Iranian airstrikes on Al Asad Air Base in Iraq, contradicting President Trump’s dismissal of injuries among American troops this week.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 24 January 2020 23:23 (four weeks ago) link

Well, they were only injured in the brain, which he assumes to be a nonessential body part

Okay, you're an ambulance (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 25 January 2020 05:48 (three weeks ago) link

brains are what bored people came up with to explain instinct

But guess what? Nobody gives a toot!😂 (Karl Malone), Saturday, 25 January 2020 05:50 (three weeks ago) link

The brain is the most important organ - according to the brain

Okay, you're an ambulance (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 25 January 2020 05:55 (three weeks ago) link

Brain and brain, what is brain?

Darth Bambi (Sanpaku), Saturday, 25 January 2020 19:06 (three weeks ago) link


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