It’s On! US Troops Land In Israel By The Thousands

Thousands of US troops began descending on Israel this week. Senior US military sources told debkafile Friday, Jan. 6 that many would be staying up to the end of...

The incoming American soldiers are officially categorized as participants in Austere Challenge 12, the biggest joint US-Israeli war game ever held.

We told you this was coming in our post a mere 48 hours ago:  US To Deploy Troops and Warships In Israel For War With Iran

Thousands of US troops began descending on Israel this week. Senior US military sources told debkafile Friday, Jan. 6 that many would be staying up to the end of the year as part of the US-IDF deployment in readiness for a military engagement with Iran and its possible escalation into a regional conflict. They will be joined by a US aircraft carrier. The warplanes on its decks will fly missions with Israeli Air Force jets. The 9,000 US servicemen gathering in Israel in the coming weeks are mostly airmen, missile interceptor teams, marines, seamen, technicians and intelligence officers.

The maneuver was originally designated Juniper Stallion 2012. However, the altered name plus the comment heard from the exercise’s commander, US Third Air Force Lt. Gen. Frank Gorenc, during his visit two weeks ago, that the coming event is more a “deployment” than an “exercise,” confirmed that Washington has expanded its mission. The joint force will now be in place ready for a decision to attack Iran’s nuclear installations or any war emergency.

Our sources disclose that it was decided at the last minute in Washington and Jerusalem to announce the forthcoming Austere Challenge 12 on Thursday night, Jan. 5, ahead of the bulletin released by Tehran about another Iranian naval exercise at the Strait of Hormuz to take place in February, although its 10-day drill in the same arena only ended Monday, Jan. 2.

The early release was decided in consultations among US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and the two army chiefs, US Gen. Martin Dempsey and Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz.
British Defense Minister Phillip Hammond, on a visit to Washington, was brought into the discussion.
The handout circulated to US correspondents from Hammond’s talks in the US capital affirmed that Britain stands ready to strike Iran if the Strait of Hormuz is closed.
However, that phrase was omitted from the British minister’s remarks at a news conference, following a last-minute request from Panetta, signifying the Obama administration’s interest of keeping a low profile on plans for attacking Iran.

Tehran too is walking a taut tightrope. It is staging military’s maneuvers every few days to assuring the Iranian people that its leaders are fully prepared to defend the country against an American or Israeli strike on its national nuclear program. By this stratagem, Iran’s ground, sea and air forces are maintained constantly at top war readiness to thwart any surprise attack.

The joint US-Israeli drill will test multiple Israeli and US air defense systems against incoming missiles and rockets, according to the official communiqué.

debkafile’s military sources add that they will also practice intercepting missiles and rockets coming in from Syria, Hizballah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

It will not be the first time a US aircraft carrier docks in Israel for joint operations with the Israeli Air Force. On June 9, 2010, the USS Truman dropped anchor opposite Israel to test a joint deployment against Iran and its allies. The carrier and its air and naval strike force then staged joint firing practices with the Israeli Air Force over the Negev in the South.
Washington and Jerusalem are doing their utmost to present a perfectly synchronized military front against Iran: American officers are stationed at IDF command centers and Israeli officers posted at the US European Command-EUCOM. At the same time, debkafile’s military sources disclose that full consensus has not been reached on every last particular of shared operation against Iran, should one go forward. source – DEBKA

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  • How about Now, spring the leaves budding, sure want to be Rapture Ready

    Luke 19:44
    and shall dash thee to the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.

  • john mcdougak

    It’s just another brick in place that’s has to come. Although I really hope nothing major goes down with Obummer at the helm because I fear it would be enough of an excuse for him to instill martial law and take over completely. He has no regards for the Constitution at all and this would be perfect for him to grab all power, throw congress out and put his shadow government in. People need to wake up and open their eyes to what he is doing.

  • Praise God,God has indeed answered our prayers.Now the 3 brothers stand together USA,Israel & Britain ,Bless you Lord…God blesses those who bless Israel and curses those who curse Israel,and in the end Zec 12:8 In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them.
    Zec 12:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
    God’s Word never returns unto Him Void.Gen 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

    • My god you are a wanker joan rogers if there is a hell im sure its filled with people like you

    • How do you know that this deployment is in the benefit of Israel? The PM Netanyahu has said they don’t need our involvement and the leader of Mossad says there is no existential threat posed by Iran. Intel from Mossad to the CIA agree that saber rattling makes Israel LESS SAFE. Isn’t it a bit arrogant to assume that corruptocrats in DC are carrying out God’s Will for Israel?

  • Alina N Avila

    Michael, John & Joan Indeed it is the beginning of the end & USA is a blessed Nation. The Lord will rescue us from the hands of Obamadinejad! AMEN! Shabbat Shalom!!!

  • Daniel Chapter 8: The Persian Wars which began the separate existence of The West form Eurasia, are now back to frame the other end of the historic arc, like bookends.
    Of note, Persia PUSHES incessantly at The West; until the Goat; ie Grecia ie The West flies at it as if not touching the ground and Persia is driven down.
    BUT, the four kings that spring from The Goat, (Alexander) rises to become Antiochus the defiler of The Temple, the type, or example of the abomination of desolation.
    Now comes the full recapitulation if the theme in the Major Chord!

  • May God’s will be done, even so come Lord Jesus.

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  • That great time of trouble is upon us. The Strong Tower beckons all who have ears to hear. The birth pangs intensify and blood-thirsty people filled with Satan like J are relishing the idea of the violence that they will unleash because of their hatred of God. Know that there is no safety in mysterious disappearances and that those who take refuge there will perish along with their hope. Just as the flood took all those who perished in the days of Noah, this flood of violence will take as many as are not in the place of refuge.

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  • Christians are simply the best people alive ,, even pigs are usefull to some extent but you bloody zionests worse then rodents

  • But do remember no matter how much you zionests delude yourselves at the end of the day winner will be the one who will get the help from above God !!!!! so carry on killing innocent people as much you can because thats what barbarians do!!!

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  • Eileen

    Not a good sign.

  • AXJ

    john mcdougak:

    It’s just another brick in place that’s has to come. Although I really hope nothing major goes down with Obummer at the helm because I fear it would be enough of an excuse for him to instill martial law and take over completely. He has no regards for the Constitution at all and this would be perfect for him to grab all power, throw congress out and put his shadow government in. People need to wake up and open their eyes to what he is doing.

  • I think Jesus was a teacher of peace. The Old Testament was a history and a stern warning from the patriarchs. Don’t anger the father. Christ’s teaching was more maternal ( and more mature )
    Love your fellow man. Be willing to forgive. Love is the answer, not aggression and hate. Both the United States and her allies and those who stand against are looking at things from a paternal, authoritarian stance. Jesus wept, and I weep to see the situation as it is. I think Biblical prophesy is coming true, but we could live in the way that Jesus taught us as well as some other masters, and live in peace – not in war.

  • Is this serious? This can’t be serious, right?

  • For all of you praising God that war will happen with Iran need to remember that Iran has attacked no one, not Israel, not the USA. Why the Christians have turned their worship to an apostate nation that by Christian standards rejects it’s Messiah and does not give Him proper place is beyond me. This war is based on fear not facts. It is based on hatred not on self defense. To attack the Persians and murder them is a terrible sin. When this happens, they will fight back and who knows if the Russians are the Chinese will quickly get involved. And if you folks who think this is what will signal the return of Christ and He doesn’t come, well, you will have yourselves to thank for the horrid mess this world will be in.

  • If the USA preemptively strikes Iran, life will never be the same for us or future generations. Please use caution, when rattling your saber!

    #1 Iran has signed and is in full compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, unlike Israel who has never signed the treaty and has never allowed IAEA inspectors at their facilities.
    #2 Last month Iran invited IAEA Inspectors to their Nuclear Facilities, the IAEA inspectors are expected in Iran mid-January.
    #3 Russia and China have clearly stated recently if the US attacks Syria or Iran, they will intervene.
    #4 Iran is an Observer Member of the SCO, which it is seeking full membership. Once Iran is a Full Member of the SCO, it will be part of a Economic and Military Alliance with China and Russia. Iran WILL NOT DO ANYTHING TO JEPORDIZE FULL MEMBERSHIP.
    #5 Last week Israel’s top Intelligence Chief stated that if Iran gets a nuclear weapon, they are not an existential threat. As other top level intelligence officers throughout the world have explained, “No benefit exists for Iran to use a Nuclear weapon on Israel”.

  • If the USA (the Corporation) is stupid enough to bomb Iran, things will really become nasty. Jews throughout their 50 years of history have always attacked their neighbor first, so I do not doubt they will suck us in to try to do their dirty work. It would be the biggest mistake the USA (the Corporation) has ever made. Such a war cannot be won any more than the war in Afghanistan or Iraq . The USA does not have many friends in the area except for the Jews. Pakistan, India, much of Europe, and all of the Arab (Muslim) states hate the Jews. Even the nukes we have given the Jews or we have available there will not be enough to protect them. They may well be the ones blown off of the map.

    Sanctions are the dumbest thing Countries can do to another. It just strengthens the resolve of the oppressed. What ever happened to wisdom and real leadership? Get rid of the threat to Iran, (remove the nukes the Jews have), and than you can talk about becoming friends…..accept the stranger for who he is, then you can affect changes through the use of common sense.

    • The day you take away the Israeli nukes – Israel will be no more

    • sanction are an act of war. But for all the christians out there, we want to see the end times don’t we? Yes we do. because then we will be raptured out of here and into heaven sitting with jesus.

  • Six

    Who’s the country that what’s to wipe Israel from the face of the map? Anyone know?

  • Wow, some pretty strange comments here…
    But on Iran, Six is right, they have been threatening Israel publicly for years, the branch of Islam that they head believes in Armageddon (or their version of it, whatever they call it) and that their own Messiah will come as a result. So forgive me if I take the threat of them getting their hands on a nuke seriously. Israel has had nukes since the early 70’s and has never threatened anyone with them or even publicly admitted that they even have them, and since they are surrounded by states that have pledged to wipe them out and have attacked them three times in 25 years, who can blame them for wanting a deterrent.

    But if Iran wants to play with the Big Boys, they have to be ready to take a hit. and the more hatred that they spout, the less chance that they WONT be taken seriously. I figure that it would take the US about 3 days to take out Iran’s C&C, and then not much longer to bore down to the enrichment facilities and take them out as well. There is a point where saving face has too high a price, and if they don’t dial it back they will inevitably pay that price, and beleive me, it will be a hard day for the people of Iran.

  • First of all debkafile is israeli disinformation. Nothing they say is true or based on fact. Second, the end times is coming and it is a self-fulfilling prophecy! You hear that you guys? A self-fulfilling prophecy! All signs lead to war. That is a fact and there is nothing anybody can do about that!

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