On December 22nd, the US Navy released a video showing its Ohio-class guided-missile nuclear submarine USS Georgia (SSGN 729) along with the guided-missile cruisers USS Port Royal (CG 73) and USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) transited the Strait of Hormuz.
It entered the “Arabian Gulf”, which the US calls the Persian Gulf, because it wishes to spite Iran.
The one-year anniversary of the assassination of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani is drawing near on January 3rd, and a sense of urgency that some sort of retaliation is incoming is, somewhat, understandable.
The Tomahawk cruise missiles contained by the USS Georgia – of which there can be up to 154 – can reach approximately 1,000 miles in any direction when launched, creating a wide target range for the submarine.
The ship can also hold up to 66 members of the Special Operations Forces.
The Georgia can be used to conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance along the Iranian coastline as well as through the entire Persian Gulf while remaining shielded from adversaries.
Video footage released by the US Navy shows the submarine accompanied by two guided missile cruisers en route to the Persian Gulf after leaving the 5th Fleet base in Bahrain.
Donald Trump has approximately 4 weeks left in office as the US President and there are fears of an “farewell strike” on Iran, in order to prove his endless support of Israel, and stir the pot one final time, this time, possibly, cataclysmically.
On December 23rd, Trump took to Twitter to issue a warning to Iran after several rockets hit near the US Embassy in Baghdad.
There were some material damages, and several Iraqi citizens were injured, and one was killed, according to reports.
…Some friendly health advice to Iran: If one American is killed, I will hold Iran responsible. Think it over.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2020
Iran has repeatedly vowed of late to retaliate both for Soleimani’s killing but also for the more recent death of top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, which leaders in Tehran have blamed on Israel and the US.
He was reportedly killed with an elaborate machine gun that was AI-controlled through a satellite, according to the official Iranian version.
The only officially confirmed retaliation by Iran so far is the January 8th ballistic missile strike on the US Ayn al-Asad airbase in Al Anbar Governorate, western Iraq, as well as another airbase in Erbil, in the Kurdistan Region.
No US soldiers were killed, but 110 of them suffered “traumatic brain injury”, but the initial reports were that there were no injuries. After the initial report that the Iranian attack failed, the US kept admitting over months that there were, actually, injured troops.
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