There is a lot of talk about war with Iran of late. So I thought I would examine their military and what the United States may have to face one day. Also there will be some general information about Iran. I am using online resources so they may not be 100% correct. I am sure they have more arms and equipment than I can find out about online.
First there is a misconception among many American about Iranians. A lot seem to think that they are Arabs. This is not the case. Most Iranians are Aryans, as are Indians. According to Globalsecurity.org Arabs do make up a strong 3% minority of the country. Slightly more than half of the population is Persian. The official language of Iran is Persian which they call Farsi.
As of 2002 Iran had about 9% of the world’s crude oil reserves. The majority of their oil comes from offshore oil fields, In the southwestern Khuzestan region near Iraq. Oil has been the major industry in Iran since the early 1920’s. In 2004 Iran and China signed an agreement for major oil sales from Iran to China.
This also led to more trade agreements between Iran and China. Also China has blocked a lot of proposed United Nation Sanctions against Iran. It has also been widely reported that there are mutual defense agreements between Iran and China. This would be a serious problem in the event of Iranian- U.S. conflict.
99% of Iran’s population is made up of Muslims, 89% being Shi’a and 10% being Sunni Muslims. Any religious minority in Iran faces government sponsored sanctions. They are denied fair housing and employment among other things.
The United States supported government of the Shah in Iran was overthrown in 1979. After the revolution the Islamic Republic of Iran was established. The government is mostly led by Shi’a clergy. Mahmoud Ahmadinjad is the current president of Iran and is very anti United States. He also says the holocaust where six million Jews were killed, never happened.
Iran has a varied climate. In the North the winters get very cold but it’s mild in the spring. In the South the climate is very hot in the summer. Iran is a mountainous country, with the Zargros Mountain chain being the primary mountains. The central area of Iran consists of several closed basins called the Central Plateau. The country has no major rivers at all.
It’s widely believed that in a rather stupid move Israel has supplied Iran with lots of weapons in the past. Stupid because Iran would love to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth. China and North Korea are major arms suppliers to them now. In the past the Soviet Union, Syria, our pals the French, and other countries have supplied them with weaponry.
According to freerepublic.com Iran has been supplied with missile technology by China. Sanctions were issued against Chinese companies that could make weapons of mass destruction, in part to prevent them from selling to Iran.
One of the major weapons of Iran is the Katyushas rockets. They are 122MM long range rockets. They have been used against Israel by Palestinians. Iran has two armed forces in which both have their own ground, naval and air force. Iran has medium-range Shahab-3 missiles with the capability of 2,000 kilometers (1,280 miles), able of hitting many targets in the Middle East. More detail of the make up of Iranian forces can be found here.
Ok I am by no means a military expert. I have never served in the armed forces. I just read a lot and try to keep up with what is going on. If the United States and Iran fight, here is what I think will happen.
We will use massive air strikes to decimate any threats to our troops. In a single day I think the Iranian navy and air forces will be wiped out. I think there would be possible raids by U.S. Special Operations troops but no wide range ground fighting. Then we would face a similar guerilla war as what is happening in Iraq. I do not think we would invade Iran and try to occupy it. For the simple reason that we don’t have enough troops to do so. We would continue to rely on air superiority to try to prevent Iranian troops from crossing into Iraq.
But as I say I am no expert so take anything I say with a grain of salt. And if China throws their hat into the ring, all hell will break loose and we will have World War 3. Let’s hope cooler heads prevail and the war is avoided. Thanks for reading this article on associatedcontent.com.