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WASHINGTON – Recent Iranian naval activity has shown exercises that appear to be aimed more at shutting down the Strait of Hormuz than the defensive preparations that had been identified as the goal. And that has prompted an internal debate between the military and the parliamentary members, regional experts have said in a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.


The maneuvers showed a definite trend of engaging in asymmetrical, or unconventional, warfare by attacking primarily oil tankers. The apparent goal would be to block the Strait prior to any engagement with U.S. and allied naval forces.

The maneuvers showed activity using missiles and particularly submarines using torpedoes, a development G2Bulletin recently reported. While the maneuvers were to be a show of the force and capabilities of the Iranian military, it also gave U.S. intelligence a keen insight on tactics to be employed that would then allow the U.S. military to take evasive action.

“In light of this tactical move, with its obvious military risks, the ultimate strategic objective is to cause major chaos in the oil markets and the global economy on which the United States relies heavily for its own survival,” according to Iranian sources.

In addition, the tactics the Iranians employed showed the use of Special Forces along with the use of surface-to-surface missiles, suggesting surprise strikes. Analysts believe that the focus on the Strait serves as both the first and last “bullet” to fight any U.S. threats against its nuclear program and the sanctions now afflicting the Iranian economy.

This show of offensive maneuvers has promoted an internal debate with more moderate Iranian forces who believe the maneuvers pose a risky policy and could cause an inadvertent military confrontation with U.S. naval forces. According to Emad Hussein of the Iranian Energy Commission of the Iranian Majlis, or parliament, rhetoric threatening to shut down the Strait of Hormuz does not help Iran’s position over its nuclear development and doesn’t do anything to help the country’s economic condition.

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