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US Military Stands Guard Against Iranian Attack

They may challenge us just after January 20th.

Image Credit: USAF / Air Force Senior Airman Keith Holcomb

It was no coincidence that Iran released American hostages on the day of Ronald Reagan’s inauguration in 1981. They knew what they were up against. It also is not a coincidence the Iranians may be planning a move against this nation, as this publication has been predicting for months. For in Joe Biden, the Iranians also know what they’re up against: weakness. Thus, the US military stands ready to hopefully deter and if need be respond to Iranian aggression. There are reports the attack may come soon. Perhaps a recon in force then. But the real move will come between the Biden inauguration and March.

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FNC: “Two American B-52 bombers flew a nonstop, 30-plus-hour, round-trip mission from the United States to the Middle East to send a fresh warning to Iran as a senior military official said new warnings had been detected, a sign that potential ‘complex attacks’ against Americans are brewing as the one-year anniversary of the U.S. killing Iran’s most powerful general looms. In a statement, U.S. Central Command said the bombers launched from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota on Tuesday morning, marking the third time in the past 45 days U.S. Air Force bombers have flown deterrence missions over the Persian Gulf under fighter escort. The bombers flew through without incident, and Iran had not reacted publicly as of Wednesday morning…Last week, the guided-missile submarine USS Georgia armed with up to 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles and a dry deck shelter for Navy SEALs entered the Persian Gulf, according to the Navy’s 5th Fleet. It was the first public announcement of a guided-missile submarine transiting the Strait of Hormuz off the coast of Iran into the gulf in eight years. Escorting the submarine were the cruisers Port Royal and Philippine Sea, also armed with dozens of cruise missiles each. The guided-missile destroyer John Paul Jones is also on patrol in the Persian Gulf.  The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz is currently off the coast of Somalia in the Indian Ocean but could steam back north to the Arabian Sea to launch attacks from its dozens of F-18 Super Hornets, if needed, the senior military official said. Last month, a squadron of American F-16 jet fighters from Germany arrived at Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates.”

“The United States continues to deploy combat-ready capabilities into the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to deter any potential adversary, and make clear that we are ready and able to respond to any aggression directed at Americans or our interests,” said Gen. Frank McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command. “We do not seek conflict, but no one should underestimate our ability to defend our forces or to act decisively in response to any attack.”

A senior Pentagon official said there is “potential for other more complex attacks” against Americans in Iraq: “I think it is likely that the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad would be attacked again in some manner…We’re seeing planning for, particularly in Iraq for complex attacks that require Iranian assistance in order to be pulled off. It’s unclear to us, whether it’s contingency planning, or whether it’s a plan that is advancing because approval has been given and they’re just trying to get all the pieces in place and execute…We see a fair amount of advanced conventional weaponry of different types that has been flowing over the border into Iraq,” they added. “The threat streams are very real. The scale of that planning and the complexity of the attacks that are envisioned are something that has certainly got our attention.”

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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