Armada of U.S. and Israeli Warships Head for Iran

Kurt Nimmo
June 19, 2010

More than twelve U.S. and Israeli warships, including an aircraft carrier, passed through the Suez Canal on Friday and are headed for the Red Sea. “According to eyewitnesses, the U.S. battleships were the largest to have crossed the Canal in many years,” reported the London-based newspaper al-Quds al-Arabi on Saturday.


Egyptians report the armada includes a U.S. aircraft carrier.

The Israeli newspaperHaaretz reported Egyptian opposition members criticized the government for cooperating with the U.S. and Israeli forces and allowing the passage of the ships through Egyptian territorial waters. The Red Sea is the most direct route to the Persian Gulf from the Mediterranean.

Retired Egyptian General Amin Radi, chairman of the national security affairs committee, told the paper that “the decision to declare war on Iran is not easy, and Israel, due to its wild nature, may start a war just to remain the sole nuclear power in the region,” according to Yedioth Internet, an Israeli news site.

The passage of a warship armada through the Suez Canal and headed for the Persian Gulf and Iran is apparently not deemed important enough to be reported by the corporate media in the United States.

Egypt recently rejected an Israeli request to prevent Gaza aid ships from passing through the Suez Canal. According to a report by al-Jazeera, Israel appealed to Egyptians asking them to prevent the passage of Iranian ships through the Suez Canal. The Egyptians responded that due to international agreements on movement through the Suez Canal, Egypt cannot prevent ships from passing through the canal unless a ship belongs to a state that is at war with Egypt. Iran and Egypt are not at war.

The United States and Israel, the sole nuclear-armed power in the Middle East, have not ruled out a military strike to destroy Iran’s nuclear program.

A number of Israeli politicians and scholars have admitted Israel has used its nuclear weapons for “compellent purposes,” in short forcing others to accept Israeli political demands.

Israel’s threats to use nuclear weapons have increased significantly since it was discovered in 2002 that Iran was building uranium enrichment facilities. Israel’s former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon “called on the international community to target Iran as soon as the imminent conflict with Iraq is complete,” the Sunday Times reported on November 5, 2002. The United States invaded Iraq on March 20, 2003.

Earlier this month Israel leaked to the press that they had permission from Saudi Arabia to use their air space to attack Iran. “In the week that the UN Security Council imposed a new round of sanctions on Tehran, defence sources in the Gulf say that Riyadh has agreed to allow Israel to use a narrow corridor of its airspace in the north of the country to shorten the distance for a bombing run on Iran,” the Sunday Times reported on June 12. On June 14, the ambassador of Saudi Arabia to UK Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf issued a categorical denial of the report.

On June 17, Iran’s parliament warned it will respond in kind to inspection of its ships under a fourth round of sanctions imposed on the country by the UN Security Council. “Even if one Iranian ship is stopped for security-check, we will act likewise and thoroughly inspect any (western) ship passing through the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz,” member of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Hossein Ebrahimi said.

Also on Saturday, Iran accused the United States of “deception” and insisted its missile program is for self-defense after a top U.S. official claimed that Iran had the capacity to attack Europe. “The Islamic Republic’s missile capability has been designed and implemented to defend against any military aggression and it does not threaten any nation,” Defense MinisterAhmad Vahidi said in a statement carried by state media.

Vahidi announced on April 10 that Iran will use all available options to defend itself if the country comes under a military attack. “Americans have said they will use all options against Iran, we announce that we will use all options to defend ourselves,” Vahidi told the Tehran Times.


Iran Executes CIA Operative Abdolmalek Rigi


Kurt Nimmo
June 21, 2010

Sunni militant and prized CIA asset Abdolmalek Rigi went to the gallows on Sunday. The Jundullah leader was hanged in Iran’s Evin prison after being convicted by the Islamic Revolution Court of being a mohareb, or “enemy of Allah.” Rigi’s plane was forced to land by Iranian aircraft in February while on a flight from Dubai to Kyrgyzstan. Other accounts said he had been arrested inside Iran or Pakistan.

“We have clear documents proving that Rigi was in co-operation with American, Israeli and British intelligence services,” Iran’s intelligence minister, Heydar Moslehi, said after Rigi’s capture. Moslehi said Rigi had been in a U.S. military base 24 hours before his arrest and was carrying an Afghan passport supplied by the United States.


Abdolmalek Rigi after his capture by Iran in February.

“After meeting with the U.S. officials in the U.S. embassy in Pakistan four years ago, they (the U.S. officials) promised to help us with everything we needed,”Abdolhamid Rigi, the brother of Abdolmalek Rigi, told reporters in 2009. “We received monetary and armed supports from the United States,” he continued. “We received orders from them” to carry out terrorist operations inside Iran. Abdulhamid said that from 2005 onwards Malik had held several “confidential” meetings with FBI and CIA agents in Karachi and Islamabad.

In 2007, a Sunday Telegraph report revealed that Jundullah was a CIA creation designed to achieve “regime change in Iran” through terrorist attacks. An ABC report also indicted that officials in Washington had instructed Jundullah terrorists to “stage deadly guerrilla raids inside the Islamic Republic, kidnap Iranian officials and execute them on camera” all as part of a “programmatic objective to overthrow the Iranian government.”

“The latest attacks inside Iran fall in line with US efforts to supply and train Iran’s ethnic minorities to destabilize the Iranian regime,” former high-ranking CIA official in Washington told the Sunday Telegraph following a series of bombings and an assassination campaign waged against Iranian soldiers and government officials.

In 2005, Jundallah attacked Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s motorcade in Iran’s Balochistan province, in which at least one of his bodyguards was killed and others injured. The following year the terrorist group killed 21 civilians, including a 13 year old student, near Tasooki. In 2007, Jundallah attacked a bus and killed 18 members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. The CIA supported organization has also staged mass abductions of civilians and police. In 2009, they bombed a mosque in the southeastern Iranian city of Zahedan as mourners participated in a ceremony marking the death of the daughter of the prophet of Islam.

U.S. neocons enthusiastically support the CIA’s effort to overthrow the Iranian regime. In 2009 former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called on the Obama administration to “sabotage” Iran’s oil and gas industry to trigger an economic crisis. “[We] should use covert operations to create a gasoline-led crisis to try and replace the regime,” Gingrich told the UPI. Democratic Representative and Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Bob Filner, called on the U.S. to support terrorist groups like Jundallah and the Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization

In February, D.C. based investigative journalist Wayne Madsen reported that Rigi was to meet with New World Order minion Richard Holbrooke, who is Obama’s special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Noted journalist Seymour Hersh reported in 2008 on the U.S. campaign to destabilize Iran. Hersh detailed how the CIA and the United States Special Operations Forces have long-standing ties to the PEJAK, the outlawed breakaway faction of the PKK terrorist group in Iran, as well as other Sunni fundamentalists that former intelligence officials say “can also be described as Al Qaeda,” Steve and Paul Watson wrote on June 30, 2008. The effort was initiated by the Bush administration with congressional support and backing.

“Clandestine operations against Iran are not new. United States Special Operations Forces have been conducting cross-border operations from southern Iraq, with Presidential authorization, since [2007],” Hersh wrote for The New Yorker. “These have included seizing members of Al Quds, the commando arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and taking them to Iraq for interrogation.” Hersh reported that the “scale and the scope of the operations in Iran, which involve the Central Intelligence Agency and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), have now been significantly expanded, according to the current and former officials.”

On Saturday it was reported that the U.S. and Israel have sent an armada of warships to Iran via the Suez Canal and the Red Sea. This significant escalation of hostile behavior by the U.S. and Israel was almost completely ignored by the corporate media in the United States.