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Latakia, Syria: The Iranian Navy in the Mediterranean

Updated on March 17, 2011
Iran's Alvand
Iran's Alvand
Iran's Kharg supply ship
Iran's Kharg supply ship

While all of the world is focused on Japan, Libya, Egypt, and Bahrain, Iran continues its stealthy plans to have a Iranian naval base in the Mediterranean, which it now has. Iran and Syria has just signed an agreement that will allow the Iranians to supplement and enlarge the port facilities at Latakia and allow permanent Iranian warships to be based there. This could never have occurred had Egypt refused to allow the Iranian warships to transit the Suez Canal last month, first time since 1979. Obviously, either Egypt is silently with Iran or oblivious to their deception.

The base will include a large Iranian Revolutionary Guards weapons depot stocked with hardware chosen by the IRGC subject to prior notification to Damascus. Latakia harbor will be deepened, widened and provided with new "coastal installations" to accommodate the large warships and submarines destined to use these facilities. In Lebanon, Hamas, on Feb. 24th, fired several rockets into Israel, as if to "celebrate" the treaty. Iran will have a naval base 287 km from Israel. It is also 72 km from the permanent naval base Russia is building at the Syrian port of Tartous.

Worse, is that our Russian ally, has also signed an agreement which allows Iran to buy the sophisticated surface to ship, Yahkont missile that has a 300 km range and flies so low over the water it cannot be detected.

Iran's naval commander praised the treaty with Syria and indicated this move will cripple Israel. It will be sometime before the Iranian navy in the Med is felt, but it will not take long. As the world focuses on other events, Iran really does continue its plan to destroy Israel and spread their brand of Islam. Russia, is nothing but a whore, selling its advanced weapons for money to anyone, even regimes known for supporting and exporting Jihad. Egypt wants democracy but it will not occur without a political battle with Iran and its own Muslim Brotherhood. Libya will become an angry terrorist state even more so once the rebellion is crushed. Anything the West does now is now too late. Libya, Syria, Iran will become home to terrorists. Iraq and Egypt may follow.


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      perrya 6 years ago

      Sounds like you are in the Occupy group, young revolutionary

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      youngrevolutionary 6 years ago

      if those countries choose to be terrorist who are we to decide when we know the causes to why they have to be the way they are now, you have some one coming to your home land and in front your door and killing your brother and sisters and you tellinn me i am a terrorist then you should look no further and analize the american political war who causing distruction and starvation in the world for the wealth taht other have then we clearly would state taht americas and its allied are the terrorist of the world...

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      Angel Caleb Santos 6 years ago from Hampton Roads, Virginia

      Thanks for informing us. Very good info. We can't trust the media, so we have to do our own research. I pray our leaders will take hold of this before it is too late.

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      perrya 6 years ago

      It will become a bad situation this year.

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      moncrieff 6 years ago from New York, NY

      The militarization of the Mediterranean is appaling! There should have been a proper work done with Syria. Well, mrs diplomats and bribers, where are your efforts? With Russia, it's really frustrating: the arms companies, although state-sponsored, simply make money, without any fairytale ideology attached: the need to survive today for tomorrow may never come.