Pentagon Plan to Beef Up Afghan Base Near Iran May Rile Regime

GREETINGS,

HERE IS A NEW REPORT ABOUT THE WARMONGER WAR-MAKER ,AMERICA.REPORTS ARE STATING THAT THE U.S. IS UPPING ITS MILITARY PROVOCATIONS NEAR THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN’S BORDER. THIS IS ACTUALLY A DECLARATION OF WAR.

  THEY ARE TRYING TO PROVOKE A MILITARY RESPONSE. IRAN SHOULD WAITE A BIT,BUT IF THE BUILD UP CONTINUES WITH HEAVY WEAPONRY ,IRAN HAS EVERY RIGHT TO A PRE-EMPTIVE STRIKE ON U.S. FORCES IN THE REGION ACCORDING TO THE U.S’S OWN REASONNING AND JUSTIFICATIONS FOR PRE-EMPTIVE STRIKES.

THE REPORT STATES: Pentagon Plan to Beef Up Afghan Base Near Iran May Rile Regime

By Tony Capaccio

May 21 (Bloomberg) — A U.S. plan to upgrade its airbase in southwestern Afghanistan just 20 miles from Iran’s border will likely rile the Islamic regime, bolstering suspicions the West is trying to pressure it with military might, analysts say.

The Defense Department is requesting $131 million in its fiscal year 2011 budget to upgrade Shindand Air Base so it can accommodate more commando helicopters, drone surveillance aircraft, fuel and munitions.

Plans to expand the base come as the U.S. works to strengthen the militaries and missile defenses of allies in the region and presses at the United Nations for a new round of sanctions aimed at forcing Iran to curb its nuclear program.

U.S. military officials say the base is only to support U.S. and Afghan military operations in Afghanistan. Iran will likely view the Shindand buildup as another step to squeeze it, said Kenneth Pollack, director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

“Whatever U.S. intentions, the Iranian regime will see it as a threat — as another American effort to surround Iran with U.S. military forces,” Pollack said in an interview.

“The Iranians are almost certainly going to assume that a beefed-up intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance presence is really about spying on them,” he said.

Andrew Krepinevich, president of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments in Washington, shares that view.

“The positioning of the base gives us the opportunity to monitor any efforts by Iran to serve as a sanctuary for anti- government Taliban and allied forces, and to support operations in Iran itself if that were to become necessary,” he said.

Sanctions

The Pentagon planning for Shindand comes as the U.S. is helping to strengthen missile defense systems in Israel and allied nations in the Persian Gulf.

The U.S. Navy is coordinating its ship-borne Aegis missile defense with Israel’s land-based systems, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates and other top U.S. military officials have encouraged Persian Gulf nations to strengthen and coordinate their individual defenses.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates also are upgrading their air, ground and naval forces, spurred by Iran’s military buildup.

The United Arab Emirates has spent $18 billion since 2008 on U.S.-supplied training, munitions and equipment such as the Patriot missile defense built by Lockheed Martin Corp.

Fighter Jets, Missiles

Saudi Arabia has bought 72 Eurofighter Typhoon jets and is in negotiations to buy 24 more. The nation also has bought Sidewinder air-to-air missiles, laser-guided equipment to enhance the accuracy of its air-to-ground missiles, Black Hawk helicopters and U.S. kits to upgrade Apache helicopters and armored personnel carriers….MORE HERE

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