Iran’s Death-star nears completion
The Islamic Republic of Iran has been very busy working to insure that threats of closing the Persian Gulf are not empty. In western media you hear that Iran would use “go-fast” suicide boats to scatter and smash into unsuspecting American Navy ships as done with the USS Cole in the year 2000.
However, the reality of Iran’s strategy and capability are quite different than we are lead to believe. Right in the center of the Persian Gulf Iran is building veritable Death Stars that will enable them to close-off the Persian Gulf indefinitely.
The Tunb islands are strategically located in the center of the Persian Gulf and have been in the possession of Iran since November 30th 1971 when Iranian Naval Forces invaded the islands. Previously, The Tunb Islands were a British Protectorate within the Trucial States.
Under the Trucial Treaty the sheikhs agreed not to dispose of any territory except to the United Kingdom and not to enter into relationships with any foreign government other than the United Kingdom without its consent. In return, the British promised to protect the Trucial Coast from all aggression by sea and to help in case of land attack. -wikipedia
The British terminated the Treaty with the Trucial States one day after the invasion by Iran on December 1st 1971, paving the way for the United Arab Emirates to be formed the a day later on December 2, 1971 , minus the Tunb Islands.
The UAE does claim these islands as their own and has made many complaints to international bodies. But, Iran is of the opinion that the Tunb Islands are an integral part of Iran and have historical arguments of possession dating back hundreds of years.
As a result of the conquest of these Islands, Iran now effectively owns the deep water channel which provides access to the Persian Gulf and could argue a legitimate and legal closure of the channel under international law claiming the islands as within their Exclusive Economic Zone and Territorial Waters.
Today the Tunb Islands are seeing aggressive military development. Marine facilities, massive underground bunkers, trenches and artillery batteries dominate the scenery. From these two small islands Iran could indefinitely halt the supply of oil via the Strait of Hormuz or launch attacks on Arab States using Trench Warfare tactics.
With the construction of these Twin Death Stars it is shown that The Islamic Republic of Iran has no intention in giving up its control of the Islands and indeed plans to be ready to act militarily should it be necessary.
The Google Earth images provided within this article show these are heavily garrisoned islands. The question is what lies under the surface. Underground and undersea construction could add the the island defense and attack capability and effectivly change the balance of power in the Middle East.
Time will tell.
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