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October 11, 2009

One of these things is not like the others

David Axe considers Iran's motives for sending its navy out amongst the pirates and anti-piracy patrols.

There's just one country plying East African waters that refuses to cooperate. In December, Tehran announced it would send warships to protect Iranian shipping from attack. The first Iranian flotilla apparently departed in May, and a second group set sail several months later. But the deployed vessels never integrated into the international coalition, and therefore do not benefit from the international cooperation. The Iranian ships operate alone, in silence and secrecy, leading some to question Tehran's motives.

To deter and interdict pirates, to remind the world it has a navy or to spy on the navies of the West as much as the pirates; all possibilities, yes. But there is another, and rather more obvious, possibility Axe does not raise: The Persians are there to support their corsair allies. Six of one, after all (via Information Dissemination, raising another possibility).

Posted by Ghost of a flea at October 11, 2009 07:02 AM