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Iran Ships More Rockets to Hamas

Updated on November 19, 2012

Yesterday, an Iranian cargo ship left Iran reportedly carrying 220 short-range missiles and 50 improved long-range Fajar-5 rockets for the Gaza Strip via the Red Sea. To confuse those watching, the ship's name, Vali-e Asr owned by the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines was renamed Cargo Star and hoisted the flag of Tuvalu. Where is Tuvalu you ask. Tuvalu is South Pacific island nation with 11,000 people. The Iranian government and the island reached an agreement earlier that allows all 22 cargo ships of the shipping lines to sail with the Tuvalu flag. The current shipment of missiles will rendezvous with four ships from Sudan (the IDF recently bombed a weapons site in Sudan where Iranian missiles were built) transfer the missiles and then proceed to the Straits of Tiran to a place to unload on the Sinai coast. From there, they are smuggled into Gaza via tunnels etc.

Two Iranian warships are escorting the cargo ships. Meanwhile, the US has ordered three amphibious warships to sit off the Israeli coast, the USS Iwo Jima, the USS New York and the USS Gunston Hall. Already there, are US naval ships with missile capability.

The question becomes, does America\Israel take out the cargo ship or ships sailing from Iran to a meeting point with ships from Sudan, which could be looked upon as an act of war, or wait and track until they start to unload the material in the Sinai?


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      Carl 5 years ago

      I wouldn’t be surprised if an “accident” befalls the ship. Either a “parting of the Red Sea” sort of “accident” or a Mossad sort of “accident”.

      I certainly don't expect the U.S. to take the ship out under the Obama administration. From Israeli actions in Gaza, it appears that they have realized they are now on their own and can not depend on the U.S. Expect Hezbollah in Lebanon and Iran to be on their list next.