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Iran Threatens Two More Naval Chokepoints

In addition to the Strait of Hormuz.

5:32 PM, Feb 9, 2012 • By LENNY BEN-DAVID
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Turkey is funneling aid to the regime in Mogadishu to challenge to Iran’s subversive activity in Somalia, as recently detailed by Turkish analyst, Abdullah Bozkurt:  “Intelligence reports detail how the Mullah regime in Iran has been providing arms and munitions to the insurgent groups in Somalia, including al-Shabaab,” Bozkurt wrote in Zaman. “Tehran has been funneling most of its aid to insurgents through the ‘Christian’ dictator of Eritrea, Isaias Afewerki, who has been cozying up to Iranian regime for years.”

The recent soccer rioting in Egypt should light up more warning lights for the security of the Suez Canal chokepoint. Besides rioting in Cairo and Port Said, at the northern tip of the Canal where more than 70 people died in the soccer stadium, rioting and deaths took place in Suez City at the southern tip of the Canal. 

The Canal is extremely vulnerable to terrorism, particularly as the Sinai Peninsula is becoming a lawless sanctuary for all sorts of bad guys – Bedouin smugglers, Hamas, al Qaeda and Hizbullah.  In 2009, Egypt caught a Hizbullah spy network operating in Egypt and the Sinai, headed by a senior Hizbullah operative named Sami Shihab.  At the time of their arrest the terrorists had been reconnoitering tourist sites and traffic in the Suez Canal. 

Imagine what a few well-placed mines could do to shipping in the Canal.  In 2010, more than 3,000 oil and gas tankers sailed north and south in the Canal.

Lenny Ben-David, a public affairs consultant, was deputy chief of mission of Israel’s embassy in Washington. 

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