Arabic newspaper Al-Quds al-Arabi reports that 12 American warships including the CVN-75 Harry Truman aircraft carrier [which can accommodate 80 aircraft] along with an Israeli submarine carrying nuclear warheads, have crossed the Suez Canal on their way to the Red Sea.
According to sources and eyewitnesses the Suez Canal traffic was disrupted for hours in the morning during the crossing of the US Navy. The convoy included a giant aircraft carrier, ships, soldiers and infantry, armor and ammunition, coming from the Mediterranean Sea on its way to the Red Sea and the Islamic Republic of Iran.
There are concerns in the Middle East that the presence of American ships could lead to a confrontation with Iran. The American fleet was one of the largest seen in the area in years.
The United States and Israel, the sole nuclear-armed power in the Middle East, have not ruled out a military strike to destroy Iran’s nuclear program.
Iran warned Friday that any act against the interests of the Iranian people, will result in legal response and appropriate action by Iran.
Israel’s threats to use nuclear weapons have increased significantly since it was discovered in 2002 that Iran was building uranium enrichment facilities. Israel’s former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon called on the international community to target Iran as soon as the conflict with Iraq is complete.