Dozens of American cargo aircraft have arrived at the American military bases at Rota and Morón, Spain in the biggest military deployment seen at these bases since the Iraq war in 2003.
Inhabitants close to the Spanish/American joint naval base at Rota near to Cadiz have been surprised by the increase in American military aircraft over the last couple of days.
Besides the naval base and aircraft landing facility at Rota, the Spanish port is where the U.S. Navy bases, four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers and also has an airforce base at Morón de la Frontera.
The base, located 100 kilometres from Rota is home to a U.S. Marine Corps rapid reaction force and is capable of handling the C-5 Galaxy and C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft.
Spanish sources report dozens of planes arriving at the bases
Spanish sources close to the bases have reported a marked increase in the number of cargo planes and refuelling tanker aircraft that could point to the beginning of intensified military operations in the Middle East.
In addition to the military movements in Spain, Aviano Air Base in Northeastern Italy is also seeing a marked increase in aircraft arriving from the United States.
American news outlet ABC is also reporting that The 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team based nearby in Vicenza, Italy has been placed on alert to provide protection for the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.
All these asset movements come on the back of a drone strike which killed Qassem Soleimani, the leader of Iran’s Quds Force, early Friday morning.
America is preparing for retaliation after the drone strike
Reacting to the assassination Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei said:
“Harsh vengeance awaits the criminals that got his and other martyrs’ blood on their evil hands in last night’s incident.”
Iran has a history of supporting terrorist organizations in the Middle East and given Washington’s firepower and Trumps willingness to use it Tehran may call upon one of its proxies in Lebanon, Syria or Iraq to seek revenge.
In fact, so serious are Iran’s intentions to seek revenge for the drone attack Iranian television has shown an image of a red flag to signal they are ready for war flying above a mosque in the Shiite holy city of Qom.
In Shiite tradition, a red flag symbolises blood spilt unjustly and a call to avenge the death of the person who was slain.
This is the first time in Iran’s modern-day history that such an event has taken place and will serve as another reminder to the United States that Qassem Soleimani’s death will be avenged.
Some experts warn Westerners to leave Dubai
The United States and its European allies have told all their citizens to leave Iraq, while other experts in the region have suggested holidays to Dubai be cancelled due to Iranian threats.
Right now the ball is in Iran’s court and while I am 100% positive that they will react to the assassination I can’t help think that the American administration is looking to “wag the dog” to purposely divert attention from the 2020 American elections.