IRAN’S IRGC has covert presence in Red Sea


JNS: Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC) Navy maintains a covert presence in the Red Sea through an array of ships, including some that gather intelligence and act as forward bases, a top defense researcher has said.

Lt. Col. (ret.) Michael Segall, a senior analyst at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, told JNS that after an alleged Israeli attack on the Saviz ship – described by international media as an IRGC ship acting as a forward and expeditionary base ship – the Iranians replaced it with a new ship, the Shahid Roudaki– a conversion of merchant ship into military floating base-, which is also operated by the IRGC, and is located off the Eritrean coastline.

SR.N6 Hovercraft, with pennant number 106, in service with Islamic Republic of Iran Navy, Aug. 22, 2019. Credit: Hossein Velayati via Wikimedia Commons.

“The Shahid Roudaki  and other forward base ship are usually equipped with fast boats that can be lowered to the sea with cranes,” said Segall. “Usually, the Islamic Republic of  Iran Navy (IRIN) is active in missions/deployment outside of the Persian Gulf, while the IRGC-N is responsible for the Persian Gulf and Iran’s littoral shores. But they also cooperate, such as when IRGC forward naval bases may cooperate with Iran Navy ships in international waters.” Read More …

Opinion: It is said that “the criminal always returns to the scene of the crime”. Iran causing mayhem at the Red Sea has ancient roots:

Bible Tools (.org) :Though Esau himself was full of bitter hatred, and Ishmael is described as a wild man, Amalek seems to have been the worst of the Edomite-related peoples. The Bible records that even God has a special enmity for Amalek, saying in Exodus 17:16, “Because the LORD has sworn: the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.”

What is it about the Amalekites that turns God against them?

The story begins as the Israelites are fleeing from Egypt, having just crossed the Red Sea, as Exodus 17:8 chronicles, “Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim.” Evidently, the Amalekites had heard of Egypt’s total defeat at the Red Sea and decided to take advantage of its usually more powerful neighbor’s weakness. Between them and their prize, however, walked a strung out line of Israelite wanderers, who seemed to be, not only laden with Egyptian loot, but also easy pickings. (source)

Fast forward 500 years 1 Samuel 15:1-3

Samuel also said to Saul, “The Lord sent me to anoint you king over His people, over Israel. Now therefore, heed the voice of the words of the LordThus says the Lord of hosts: ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he ambushed him on the way when he came up from Egypt. Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.”

Of course we know that King Saul disobeyed the Lord and kept Agag, the king of Amalek, and choice animals as a possession.

1 Samuel 15:10-11:

“Now the word of the Lord came to Samuel, saying, ‘I greatly regret that I have set up Saul as king, for he has turned back from following Me, and has not performed My commandments.’ And it grieved Samuel, and he cried out to the Lord all night” 

Saul was deposed as king and the bloodline of Amalek next turns up in Persia, modern day Iran, in the 5th century BC.

Excerpt, Antichrist: The Search for Amalek (page 67-68):

Haman was an Agagite, a descendant of Agag, king of Amalek. An Agagite is an Amalekite, and Amalek was a descendant of Esau.

Haman was a fifth-century BC noble and vizier (high official) of the Persian Empire under King Ahasuerus, traditionally identified as Xerxes. Haman, also known as “Haman the Evil,” desired to wipe out all the Jews of Israel, having inherited the same long-standing tradition of Amalek and Esau. He was the main antagonist in the book of Esther, which is set in the third year of King Ahasuerus. 

An ancient Proverb 26;11 comes to mind:

As a dog returns to his own vomit,
So a fool repeats his folly.

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