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Iran Ships Are/Aren’t Using Suez Canal

From the Agence France-Presse:

Suez Canal says no request from Iran for warship passage

Thu Feb 17, 2011

CAIRO (AFP) – Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority said Thursday it has received no request to allow Iranian warships passage to the Mediterranean, after Israel claimed two vessels were on their way.

"We did not receive any request for the passage of Iranian warships," Ahmed al-Manakhly, head of the canal’s operations room, told AFP, adding that he had no idea if any such ships were nearing the canal.

"Any warship needs approval from the defence ministry and the foreign ministry. We have seen no such approval. Before they pass, I need to have such an approval in my hand," he explained.

On Wednesday, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman claimed that two Israeli warships were sailing north through the Red Sea bound for the canal for the first time since 1979 on their way to Syria, branding this a "provocation."

Meanwhile, Iran’s Press TV is currently reporting:

Iran says warships to cross Suez Canal

Thu Feb 17, 2011

An Iranian Navy official has confirmed reports that two Iranian warships are to cross the Suez Canal, a strategic international shipping route in Egypt.

According to the official, the vessels are on their way to the Suez Canal.

He said that the Iranian officials were in contact with officials in Cairo to secure the Iranian vessels’ passage, adding that Egyptian authorities believed there was nothing wrong with the passage.

Earlier, a Suez Canal official said no Iranian warship was on the waiting list to cross the waterway.

“We did not receive any request for the passage of Iranian warships," Authority Ahmed al-Manakhly, the head of the canal’s operations room, said.

"Any warship needs approval from the defense ministry and the foreign ministry. We have seen no such approval. Before they pass, I need to have such an approval in my hand," he added.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman had earlier claimed that the Iranian warships’ plan to sail through the canal was an act of provocation.

Wait, there’s more. Also from the Associated Press:

Suez Canal official says Iranian warships withdrew application to transit waterway

By Hamza Hendawi, The Associated Press | Thu, 17 Feb, 2011

CAIRO – A senior Suez Canal official says two Iranian warships have withdrawn their application to transit the waterway following expressions of concern by Israel over the plans.

The official said no reason was given for Thursday’s decision to withdraw the application. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, also said it was not known if the vessels intended to transit the waterway at a later date.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman claimed Wednesday that Iran was about to send two warships through the Suez Canal for the first time in years, calling it a "provocation."

The official identified the two vessels as Alvand, a frigate, and Kharq, a supply ship, and said they were en route to Syria.

Welcome to the Middle East.

Where practically every word is a lie – or worse.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, February 17th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Iran Ships Are/Aren’t Using Suez Canal”

  1. proreason says:

    “Welcome to the Middle East Obamy’s world.

    Where practically every word is a lie – or worse.”

    I tweaked you excellent quote, Steve, to make it more inclusive

  2. Petronius says:

    Yikes!! A menacing maneuver.

    If Iranian warships seize control of the Suez Canal, or even if they don’t –– if they only move into the Mediterranean, threatening Israel and standing astride the European oil routes –– we are all in deep kimchi.

    My guess is Netanyahu will fight.

    We may see a replay of the Suez Crisis of 1956. Or worse.

    Of course in 1956 the US still had plenty of oil. Lucky for us Nerobama has shut down the US oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico.

  3. Georgfelis says:

    First thought: Why is everybody making such a big deal about this?
    Second thought: Oh yeah, Iran could “make a play” for the Suez Canal.
    Third thought: No, that would be stupid of them. They would get pasted.
    Fourth thought: Yeah, they could be that stupid. No wonder everybody is making such a big deal about this.

  4. canary says:

    Ahamdinejad’ is Hitler on LSD & crack. The ships might be suicide ships with WMD for all we know.

  5. canary says:

    AP: Iowa high school athlete refuses to wrestle girl
    by Luke Meredith
    Feb 17, 2011 DES MOINES, IOWA —

    A standout Iowa high school wrestler refused to compete against a girl at the state tournament on Thursday, relinquishing any chance of becoming a champion because he says wrestling a girl would conflict with his religious beliefs.

    Joel Northrup, a home-schooled sophomore who was 35-4 wrestling for Linn-Mar High School this season,…

    But in a news release, he said he defaulted on his match with Herkelman because he doesn’t think boys and girls should compete in the sport.

    “… However, wrestling is a combat sport and it can get violent at times,” said Northrup. “As a matter of conscience and my faith I do not believe that it is appropriate for a boy to engage a girl in this manner…”

    There was a smattering of cheers and boos from the crowd before Herkelman was whisked into the bowels of the arena.

    Northrup’s father, Jamie Northrup, is a minister in the Believers in Grace Fellowship, an independent Pentecostal church in Marion that believes young men and women shouldn’t touch in a “familiar way,” said Bill Randles, the church’s pastor.

    “We believe in the elevation and respect of woman and we don’t think that wrestling a woman is the right thing to do. Body slamming and takedowns, that full contact sport is not how to do that.”

    Black said Northrup refused to wrestle her three years ago, and that she respects him for adhering to his beliefs.

    entire story at

    It’s weird enough to see boys wrestle boys in those outfits. There are quotas in schools these days that boys can’t even do sports unless a quota of girls are allowed. This is not based on skill either. Girls less qualified can take the position of a more qualified boy. Seen it happen in archery.

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