USS Carrier Harry Truman Now Officially Just Off Iran, As Israel Allegedly Plotting An Imminent Tehran Raid

Tyler Durden's picture

As we first reported last week, in an article that was met with much original skepticism, the Pentagon has now confirmed that a fleet of 12 warships has passed the Suez Canal, and is now likely awaiting orders to support the escalation in the Persian Gulf. The attached image from Stratfor shows the latest positioning of US aircraft carrier groups as of June 23: the USS Harry Truman (CVN-75) is now right next to USS Eisenhower (CVN 69), both of which are waiting patiently just off Iran.

Report republished with permission of STRATFOR

As for the catalyst the two carriers may be anticipating, we provide the following update from the Gulf Daily News where we read that Israel may be on the verge of an attack of Iran, with an incursion originating from military bases in Azerbaijan and Georgia. 

Israel is massing warplanes in the Caucasus for an attack on Iran, it was revealed yesterday.

Preparations are underway to launch the military attack from Azerbaijan and Georgia, reports our sister paper Akhbar Al Khaleej, quoting military sources.

Israel was, in fact, training pilots in Turkey to launch the strike and was smuggling planes into Georgia using Turkish airspace, they said.

However, Turkey was unaware of Israel's intention of transferring the planes to Georgia, the sources said.

The unexpected crisis between Israel and Turkey following an Israeli commando raid on an aid flotilla bound for Gaza Strip hit Israeli calculations.

Azerbaijan-based intelligence units, working under the cover of technicians, trainers and consultants, have helped with the preparations, the sources said.

Military equipment, mostly supplied by the US, was transported to a Georgian port via the Black Sea.

Georgian coastguard and Israeli controllers are co-operating to hide the operations from Russian vessels, said the sources.

They point out that according to Israel, it will not be in a position to launch a strike on Iran without using bases in Georgia and Azerbaijan due to the limited capabilities of its nuclear submarines stationed near the Iranian coast.

Meanwhile, Iran's Press TV reported that a very large contingent of US ground forces had massed in Azerbaijan, near the Iranian border. The independent Azerbaijani news website Trend confirmed the report.

Those reports came just days after the Pentagon confirmed that an unusually large fleet of US warships had indeed passed through Egypt's Suez Canal en route to the Gulf. At least one Israeli warship reportedly joined the American armada.

Press TV also quoted Iranian Revolultionary Guard Brigadier General Mehdi Moini as saying that the country's forces are mobilised and ready to face Israelli and American "misadventures" near its borders.

* Iran last night said it has cancelled plans to send an aid ship to the Gaza Strip as Israel "had sent a letter to the UN saying that the presence of Iranian and Lebanese ships in the Gaza area will be considered a declaration of war on that regime and it will confront it," Irna said.

We caution readers to take this news with a grain of salt as the Gulf Daily News' sister publication, Akhbar Al Khaleej, has a slightly less than stellar credibility rating. Then again, this is what some, Breaking News Online most notably, said about last week's carrier news, urging readers to ignore it.

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Turd Ferguson's picture

Smoke = Fire ?? And I was just wondering why crude is, once again, pushing $80...

chumbawamba's picture

What is Goldman shorting?

I am Chumbawamba.

illyia's picture

You are Chumbawamba.

And, Tyler - thanks for your excellent reporting. Just wanted it at the top.


Fish Gone Bad's picture

Anyone remember the paranoia about the H1N1 flu vaccine that Operation Mayhem was whining about?  Any remember the last few "imminent attacks"?  The chicken little, "The sky is falling!" has become a bit repetitive.  Speaking of the flu, anyone keep stats on how many people died from the flu vaccine?  That was honestly bad reporting and did a lot of people a disservice. 

Rhea's picture

Anyone should take care of any information besides the risk of been a true fished fish, bad or not depends only on you.
Go for it babe, the more the better, isn't it ?  ...  until a vaccine fishhook jumps to your brain  ... brain ?

thesapein's picture

You got it mostly backwards. The paranoia was all about the flu, first and foremost. Remember, that was the big scare put out by the talking heads. But more rational people saw behind the fake scare.

What really happened was that Big Pharma got a lot of money for fooling people into taking the shot, just like they do for any vaccine.

Vaccines are part of pseudo-scientific medicine, funded and researched by private organizations that profit from their biased results. While the benefits are still oddly debated, the harmful side effects are numerous and well known.

Rhea's picture

Sir, the sapien, thanks for your attention on all of us.



WaterWings's picture

Here's a summary of how the WHO vaccine scam worked:



Step 1) Exaggerate the risk: WHO hypes up the pandemic risk by declaring a phase 6 pandemic even when the mortality rate of the virus was so low that it could be halted with simple vitamin D supplements.

Step 2) Urge countries to stockpile: WHO urged nations around the world to stockpile H1N1 vaccines, calling it a "public health emergency."

Step 3) Collect the cash: Countries spend billions of dollars buying and stockpiling H1N1 vaccines while Big Pharma pockets the cash.

Step 4) Get your kickbacks: WHO advisors, meanwhile, collected their kickbacks from the vaccine manufacturers. Those kickbacks were intentionally kept secret.

Step 5) Keep people afraid: In order to keep demand for the vaccines as high as possible, WHO continued to flame the fears by warning that H1N1 was extremely dangerous and everybody should continue to get vaccinated. (The CDC echoed the same message in the USA.)


This is how WHO pulled off one of the greatest vaccine pandemic scams in the last century, and it worked like gangbusters. WHO advisors walked away with loads of cash, the drug companies stockpiled huge profits, and the taxpayers of nations around the world were left saddled with useless vaccines rotting on the shelves that will soon have to be destroyed (at additional taxpayer cost, no doubt) or dumped down the drain (where they will contaminate the waterways).

When I mention economic collapse I often get the Y2K defense from the ostriches: "That was all hype. You are all hype."

They are beyond my reach. Reason is not in their deck of cards.

Bringin It's picture

WW - Y2K was a problem, but mostly about paper shuffling finance company type stuff, not life threatening type stuff.  A lot of money was thrown at the problem.  As a result, the of the proactive activity, nothing happened.

William F. Dulle's picture

There's no confirmation for this story outside of the Gulf Daily News. There are ruminations by Fidel and Hugo, but that hardly counts as fact. I'm not seeing anything on Press TV.

BumpSkool's picture

+100 Chumba ... well spotted

william.smith61's picture

The chocolate ration has increased to 20 grams this week! Of course, please forget that last week it was 30 grams...that was an error. Alternator

Jacob Dreizin's picture

<<Meanwhile, Iran's Press TV reported that a very large contingent of US ground forces had massed in Azerbaijan, near the Iranian border. The independent Azerbaijani news website Trend confirmed the report.>>


This would be very interesting except that Trend News, which I monitor, absolutely positively did not "confirm the report".  Not by any stretch of the imagination!


Sort of calls into question the entire story... Frankly the Iranian news media is even less credible than the U.S. news media.

chumbawamba's picture

One time is enough you bucket of ass sweat.

mtomato2's picture

Shit.  Chubbie...


God help you with your self-esteem.





doublethink's picture


Relax, folks. Oil futures gapped down at the open and is continuing its down trend.


Blowing smoke, perhaps, but no fire.


Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

Couldn't we just stop giving them foreign aide?  Or better yet, sanction them?

chumbawamba's picture

I put a dollar in your G-string.  Go dance for somebody else now.

I am Chumbawamba.

Jeff Lebowski's picture

** AWESOME ** (1)

Flagged as awesome.

Votewithabullet's picture

Mr.Blano go bye bye. He thought he was on the correct side of that argument. There are more haters in here than lovers.Thank allah.

Ripped Chunk's picture

And what will that comeuppance be Mr. Blano???  Round us up for orderly disposal?

Jerk off.

UGrev's picture

Just curious.. how many jews have you seen, or heard of injecting themselves into crowds of innocent people yelling "SHALOM!!!" before they detonated themselves and killed or injured others in the process? 

I would also wonder, then, which of the two "people's" would be more apt to round up people for orderly disposal. So far, it's bee a stellar record of people who are anti-jew. You lose. 

DosZap's picture

YEP, cannot argue w/facts..................try tho you may.

pan-the-ist's picture

They can't just get into their tanks and drive over peaceful demonstrators like the Israelis, they don't have any, they are forced to bring knives to the gun fight.  It is called asymmetric warfare, but I'd suspect someone who allegedly had a military background would understand that, so that likely makes you a shill or a troll.

Ripped Chunk's picture

So you have chosen the orange Kool Aid today?  Great choice for a summer afternoon.

Just for the record, what media outlets do you frequent the most??????

Also go on record here with your agreement with Israel's treatment of and handling of the human beings in Palestine.

I was born in the north east of the US and I have many Jewish friends. They are Jewish, not Israeli.



UGrev's picture

I don't drink the kool-aide. I have simply tallied up the ratio of "suck". So far, the Islamo-fascists suck a lot more than the jews. Shit, man.. even we suck at times. No one is without fault. But if you can't answer my question, then I guess you are the one drinking the kool-aide. What I read has little to no relevancy because I sift through the bullshit. I am my own person. I have no loyalty to a party so your quest to align me and label me is wasted. 

Seen any jews flying planes into buildings recently? Jew suicide bombers? Jew protests demanding people convert to Judaism or be converted by force? Beheading people on camera? 

I don't know, man.. seems like the anti-jew crowd has taken the prize for pure hatred. 

So far, they have been in defense of themselves. Even during cease-fires, palestine has launched rockets at them courtesy of Hezbollah support. 

I was born in NE USA as well, and being Jewish was always an alignment with a religion, never a nationality. Israel is a country, not a religion. My American friends that practice Judaism would disagree with you. 

chumbawamba's picture

Ooh, ooh, I'm good at this game!

How many Arabs have you seen rounding up Jews and putting them into ghettos and concentration camps?

How many Arabs have you seen bombing Israeli refugee camps?

How many Arab soldiers have you seen shooting deadly projectiles at Jews peacefully protesting their occupation by Arabs?

For that matter, how many Arabs have you seen occupying Jewish land?

How many Arab states have nuclear weapons to which they won't admit?

Answers, please.

I am Chumbawamba.

Shylockracy's picture

Anti-semitism is when a bunch of Poles, Rumanians, Germans and Russians mistreat, steal and massacre Semites; just like we have seen in Palestine since after WWI.

UGrev's picture

Ooh.. a game.. lets go!

Who's been doing the be-headings? Jews! No wait.. MUSLIMS.. 

Who dragged dead and burned American soldiers through the streets.. JEWS!!!! no wait.. MUSLIMS!!

Damn those Jews for killing all those soldiers in our base in Texas.. no wait.. it was a muslim..again!

How many schools, children and other populated areas were targeted on purpose by Jews? 

How many buses,tunnels and other public areas were blown up in England by Jews

How many violent protests by Jews do you see in Holland? 

How many jews were forced to take down the star of David when the Muslims were protesting in Germany (of all places). 

How many jews run over their daughter because she wore make-up?

How many jews killed their own daughters because they became too Americanized? hmm nope, only Muslims there. 

There have been 15536 deadly Islamic Terror attacks since 9/11

I love the one with the roundup. Did you forget Hitlers association with the grand mufti? where do you think he got his genocidal ideas from? 

Oh, the jews were there first.. just thought I'd throw that one in there.

I could fill an entire page (and then some) with this shit, brother. You really do not have a clue. 

Oh and the last time I checked, Shariah law was being pushed hard in a lot of areas in AMERICA.. Judaism? nope.. no tips of swords there. 

Israel just wants to be left the fuck alone, don't you get it?


Cathartes Aura's picture

Israel just wants to be left the fuck alone, don't you get it?

that line would be more believeable UGrev, were Zionists not "embedded" within the amrkn political class, up to and including, apparently, the VP. . . it would also be more convincing were Israel not receiving billions of US taxpayer "aid" and more in weaponry. . .

while you may believe that Israel wants to just be a little peaceful enclave in the midst of nasty "terrorists," I rather doubt that is the agenda of those who actually do the planning for wars.

I have no doubt that these things are planned. . . would that there was full disclosure of how many "elected representatives of the US public" had dual passports, and how that might be considered fair and legal.

Bringin It's picture

Bump that CA.

There will be no American Republic ever again until we get the monkey off the country's back.

Our government has been captured. 

sushi's picture

where do you think he (Hitler) got his genocidal ideas from?


From the eugenics movement in the United States. Started in California, was backed by wealthy industrialists who felt it their right to eliminate the worst of the proles and then operationalized on a national scale by the Nazis. Lots of Americans cheered Hitler on; he was doing what they wanted to do.

"When Nazi administrators went on trial for war crimes in Nuremberg after World War II, they justified the mass sterilizations (over 450,000 in less than a decade) by citing the United States as their inspiration.[59] The Nazis had claimed American eugenicists inspired and supported Hitler's racial purification laws, and failed to understand the connection between those policies and the eventual genocide of the Holocaust.[72]"

There is some great quote somewhere about history and mumbling or repeating or something but we all know the USA has never had any history and never will have any history so we can all just hit the change channel switch on the remote.

Max Hunter's picture

The Jews were there first?.. Wow.. I didn't know light haired, light skinned, light colored eyed people were in the land known as palestine..

Here's a thought; white phosphorus.. women and children...

Look up Benjamin Freidman on youtube.. Learn something.. Put down the crack pipe and cool aid.

Bringin It's picture

MaxHunter - Exactly

Wow.. I didn't know light haired, light skinned, light colored eyed people were in the land known as palestine..

Shattering a 'national mythology' - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News


merehuman's picture


Whos country is this anyway?

Bringin It's picture

Israel just wants to be left the fuck alone, don't you get it?

No you don't get it.

Or you want to put on a song and dance for us claiming you don't get it.

Bringin It's picture

More about the 9/11 murders of 3,000+/- Americans

And while you're scambling to make yourself look morally superior, why did leave out your inovative organ harvesting program?

UGrev - this is why all your GIYUS-Megaphone friends have already moved on to distort weak minds elsewhere on the Web.  Here, you are too likely to get the facts thrown back into your juvenile face.  Go on, check it out with HQ.  They'll tell you you are f'n up the mission with the counterpunch your drivel inspires.

Enjoy your dillusions while you can.

Citizen of an IKEA World's picture

What a colossal load of bullocks.

Blood libel?  I should say so.

You left out the one about making's a real golden oldie with you people.

Bringin It's picture

Blood libel?

More code words for truth that can not be spoken.

I don't know about your matzah balls and what you put in them, but I do know about your hunger for goy kidneys.  As much as it may make you squirm and gag, it's pretty well documented.  Stay away from mine punk.

Lay off the ad hominem and try to refute the allegation.  Your decent into personal attack demonstrates a) your lack of character and b) your inability to deny the facts. 

So why are you taking up space?  What are you bringing except your ethnic self-worship?  We get enough of that on Fox and CNN.  Why don't you go over there?


dkny's picture

Ooh, ooh, I'm good at this game!


I'd like to take this opportunity and reply to you, since you are indeed treating it as a game, while conveniently ignoring many historical facts.

Unless you wish debunk it somehow, the West Bank and Gaza were under the control of Jordan and Egypt from 1950 to 1967. That simply shows that the so called Palestinian cause was nothing more than a ploy to keep the population agitated and distracted, as all the neighboring Arab states were effectively a one man show -- and the man had to stay in power. Had they been successful in destroying the state of Israel in 1967, you can be sure that the area would have been carved up while the "Palestinian national" ended up out of fashion.

As for refugee camps, well, as I've pointed out, the Arabs states had 17 years to let the displaced carry on with their lives, but they were put to better use if they could be secluded from the rest of society and put on display as the result of the action of them evil jews. In truth, you have generations of refugees at this point -- more than 60 years after the conflict began!!

Contrast that with the close to a million jewish refugees from Arab lands as the 1948 war began; the majority that went to Israel was absorbed and not put on display in a UN-funded camp. So, unless there are some WW2 refugee camps left in Europe and Asia, I'd say that the 60 years old UN-run Palestinan camps are an intentional abberation.

As for nukes, not quite sure what's your point there. I recall a video I saw a while ago of (as far as I remember) a Kuwaiti minister making the comparison between Israel having nuclear weapon and another state in the Middle East having it: Israel is not a problem as they would not use it, while another state having it would spark an arms race as it will be likely used, and he gave the example of Saddam and Iraq that they had chemical / biological weapons and they had no qualms about using it during the Iran/Iraq war as well as internally to quash the Kurds. (Sorry, can't find the video on MemriTV where I think I saw it)

Still, if you think that the issues can be reduced to mere soundbites, then perhaps they are more appropriate on CNN and NBC.

chumbawamba's picture

I was going to respond to your drivel by simply waving you off and explaining that you had nothing to respond to, and you don't, really.  But I will take on the last two points that you make, because you have basically thrown me a couple softballs, and I'm lazy tonight.

The reason Israel didn't put any Arab Jew refugees from neighboring Arab states in UN camps is because they were more useful as demographics.  A Jew is a Jew is a Jew, as far as the census is concerned, and keeping the Jewish majority.  But they're Jews only so much: brown-skinned and brown-eyed Sephardic Jews are inferior to the Ashkenazi in Israel.  As for the Palestinians in the diaspora, they didn't want to assimilate, they wanted to go home.  Why do you idiot zionists always talk of the Palestinians as chattel to be moved around from one place to another?  It's quite telling of your true feelings.

And on the second point, not only is Israel the only state in the Middle East (not counting Turkey, a NATO member) with nukes, it is the only one that HAS threatened to use them.

So you FAIL and you FAIL again, and you can stick your MEMRI videos up your Mossad-loving ass.

I am Chumbawamba.

dkny's picture

I appreciate you took the time, but I am not surprised you avoided the uncomfortable points I highlighted, as did another user that also decided to divert the discussion to compensate.

I would begin by pointing out that the fact that the darker skinned people get mistreated to some degree in Israel as well is hardly relevant but a preexisting condition all over the world due to a few thousands of years of racism. Fact is that they were assimilated.

While you may assert that Palestinians don't want to assimilate, I'd say that's pretty cavalier of you for speaking on the behalf of so many people. That said, let me point out a few things:

  1. We are 60 years later and at least a couple of generations shouldn't be pining to return like you say the older generation still. If anything, they think what they were told to think which is evidently easier in a controlled environment, such as a camp.
  2. In 2007 the Lebanese army went into the Baddawi refugee camp due to a large number of criminals emanating from it. The interesting aspect of that story is that the Palestinians there cannot work freely and are therefore trapped in a cycle of poverty, while the likes of Nasrallah/Hezbollah/others are champions of the Palestinian cause.
  3. There are actually refugee camps from the 1950s in the West Bank and Gaza. That merits at least a raised eyebrow.

Now, as for the nukes, perhaps you didn't understand the distinction between offensive and defensive use. To use Iraq as an example again, the bio/chem weapons were used offensively, as they were on dissident populations in Iraq itself.

Bringin It's picture

the West Bank and Gaza were under the control of Jordan and Egypt from 1950 to 1967.

dkny - The British Empire drew all kinds of lines all over the world, always with their self-interest in mind.  Why do you feel that the early 20th century British imperial imperatives give definition one way or the other to the people divided by the lines drawn? 

Who cares about a total BS line of argument?  

dkny's picture

In 1948 the UN drew the lines, and following the assault of the entire Middle East on Israel, the lines settled somewhat around the lines of that resolution.

As for the Brits drawing lines, that seems more of a straw man argument as it hardly refutes what I said about the West Bank and Gaza during 1950-1967.

Still, unless you wish to writeoff the UN completely -- which I wouldn't mind so much -- what the Brits did in the rest of the Middle East doesn't prove a thing, so please refine your argument.

Bringin It's picture

My point is the borders the British drew are a strawman.

You forcibly removed the indigenous people and have to find an equitable solution to that crime.

dkny's picture

You will first have to explain what you mean by "You forcibly removed..." and then we'll have to examine your use of the word "crime", as it seems to presume a very simple situation.

However, if you wish also to dismiss the "British borders", then perhaps you should clarify which borders have merit. Ottoman Empire? Biblical times?

You need to have a baseline for your argument, otherwise it quickly degenerates to the typical "them evil jews were never there and they kicked out all those poor people" kind of argument.

Ripped Chunk's picture

You failed to reply to my inquiries yet you still proved that what I assume about you is absolutely true. You are a tool that takes everything the media feeds you as truth.

Shut up soon