The newly formed US space forces deployed to the Arabian Peninsula as part of the first foreign mission.
The U.S. first deployed a squadron of newly formed space forces abroad, at the U.S. base El Oued in Qatar. That happened against the backdrop of Iran’s space ambitions and the White House’s active campaign to extend the arms embargo against that country. Korrespondent.net gives details.
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On September 21, it became known that the U.S. had deployed a detachment of space forces in the Arabian Desert. The force put forward by President Donald Trump represents the sixth branch of the U.S. military and the first new military service since the Air Force was created in 1947.
“The Space Force now has a squadron of 20 pilots stationed at Al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar on its first foreign mission,” AP reported.
According to Colonel Todd Benson, commander of the Space Forces in Al Oudid, other countries “are preparing extremely aggressively for the spread of conflict in space.
We must be able to compete, defend and defend all our national interests,” he said.
According to militarytimes.com, massive satellite dishes have been installed in Al-Udeid.
In the near future, the squadron will be joined by several more people who will control satellites, track enemy maneuvers and the movement of ships in the Persian Gulf area, as well as try to prevent conflicts in space if such a threat occurs.
American President Donald Trump instructed the Pentagon to begin building a military space force in June 2018. Trump’s national strategy recognizes space as a military confrontation sphere, as well as land, air, and water. In November 2019, NATO also recognized space as a sphere of operational activity.
In December last year, the head of the White House also said that the space forces will be not only defensive but also offensive.
Of the total U.S. defense budget for 2020, the space forces have allocated 40 million dollars. The first troop was composed of 200 men.
For the development of space forces in the budget for the fiscal year 2021 already 15.4 billion dollars, and the total number of personnel of the COP should reach 16 thousand people. In January this year, the Pentagon first showed the form of space troops.
Benson did not name the countries that threaten the U.S. in the region, but experts believe that is implied Iran, the escalation of tensions with which has not subsided for many months.
Back in mid-spring, the Iranian authorities said they had successfully placed the first military satellite, Noor (Light), into orbit and would be using space for military purposes. The mission of the spacecraft is called getting “strategically important information”.
The U.S., Israel, and Arab countries believe Tehran can apply technologies used to put satellites into orbit, including the launch of nuclear warheads.
For this reason, back in September last year, America imposed sanctions against the Iranian Space Agency, Iranian Space Institute, and National Aviation and Space Institute.
The White House regularly introduces new sanctions against Iran after the U.S. unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2018.
This week, Washington decided to consider restored all international anti-Iran sanctions adopted before 2015. This happened after the U.S. failed to pass a resolution through the UN Security Council to extend the authorization regime for the supply of weapons to Iran.
The regime unofficially called the “arms embargo”, ends on October 18. From now on, any country can sell weapons to Iran.
Germany, France, and Great Britain do not consider it lawful to demand the USA to restore UN sanctions against Iran. As it is emphasized in the joint letter, the majority of the Security Council members support the position of the “euro-troika”.
However, on September 21, the White House published Trump’s order to restore the arms embargo. The document warns about the blocking of U.S. assets of all persons or entities that facilitate the supply, sale, or transfer of conventional weapons to or from Iran.
In addition, sanctions will apply to anyone who provides technical training, financial support, and services, as well as other assistance related to these weapons.
In addition, America has introduced new restrictive measures against the Iranian Defense Ministry, the Iranian Defense Industries Organization and its head, and several other individuals and entities involved in Iran’s nuclear program and ballistic missile development.
Trump, however, says he wants to see Iran strong but without nuclear weapons. He expressed confidence that, if re-elected, Tehran would quickly sign the deal.
“If and when we win, we will get a call from Iran 9 seconds after we win. We want to have a deal. We want them to have a good deal and Iran to be a strong country. We just don’t want them to have nuclear weapons. That’s all,” he concluded.
As the American New York Times wrote on September 19, citing sources, the U.S. intelligence agencies found that Iran’s leadership has decided to refrain from any attacks against the United States in the near future.
According to the intelligence agencies, Tehran believes that any attack would allow current President Donald Trump to unite the electorate and respond by force, which could increase his chances of re-election for a second term.
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In addition, data from U.S. intelligence indicate that Tehran has canceled its earlier plan to hold a demarche this fall aimed at reducing Trump’s chances in the elections.
According to NYT sources, Tehran was planning to conduct an operation in the Persian Gulf, which would have had a negative impact on oil production in the Middle East and should have led to panic in the financial market, but it was abandoned because it was considered ineffective in the conditions of the pandemic.