DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 2, 2015
Russia’s military intervention is expanding radically. debkafile reveals two new related developments: Chinese J-15 fighter bombers will soon join the Russian air campaign over Syria, taking off from the Liaoning-CV-16 aircraft carrier; and, moreover, Iraq has given Moscow the use of the Al Taqaddum Air Base at Habbaniyah, 74 km west of Baghdad - both as a way station for the Russian air corridor to Syria and as a launching-pad for bombing missions against ISIS forces and infrastructure in northern Iraq and northern Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 26, 2015
China has jumped aboard the Russia-Iranian military alliance in Syria by sending the aircraft carrier Liaoning-CV-16 to Tartus, to await the arrival of a squadron of its J-15 Flying Shark fighters. As Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama smiled and sat down in the White House to discuss improving relations, Beijing showed muscle - not just in the South China Sea but in the Mediterranean too, turning the Middle East strategic situation on its head.
DEBKAfile Special Report August 27, 2015
Egypt is in advanced negotiations with France for two highly advanced French Mistral class assault-cum-helicopter carrier ships originally destined for the Russian Navy. debkafile reports that this deal, if it goes through, will substantially beef up the regional lineup of the Saudi, Egyptian and Israeli navies. The new vessels would enable it to contest Iranian naval challenges in the Mediterranean, the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf, and alter the balance of strength between the opposing sides. Saudis and the UAE are covering the bill.
DEBKAfile Special Report March 23, 2014
When President Obama sent New Year greetings to the Iranian people on March 20, US satelliteswere recording a mockup of Iran's first aircraft carrier in mid-work at the Revolutionary Guards naval base of Bandar Abbas. It was modeled on a US Nimitz-class super-carrier, which is nuclear powered, 330 meters long and carries 3,000 naval and air crew and 85-90 fighter craft and helicopters. The Iranian mockup is still crude. But, says debkafile, Iran has surprised the world before by copying, developing and operating advanced surveillance drones and cyber war capabilities.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 20, 2010
A US Carrier Strike Group headed by the Harry S. Truman sails out of Norfolk, Virginia Friday, May 21, as the first element of a new American military buildup in the Middle East, determined by President Barack Obama. It will reach peak level of four-to-five aircraft carriers, most stationed opposite Iranian shores, in late July.
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