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Gattamalata16 Feb 2012 10:46 a.m. PST

Yesterday's Bloomberg Op-Ed piece How Iran Nuclear Standoff Looks From Saudi Arabia mentioned:

Iran's expansionist goals are exemplified in the occupation of three islands in the Gulf that belong to the UAE.

The link is to the UAE's UN page and uses the inflammatory Arabian Gulf, instead of the accepted Persian Gulf or Persian Sea going as far back as the Greeks, IIRC – like referring to the Falklands as Las Malvinas.

Abu Musa
Greater and Lesser Tunbs
Seizure of Abu Musa and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs

What's the likelihood of the UAE annexing the islands in the event of an Hormuz Straits' War? Do they even have the amphibious capability to take and hold the islands without support from neighboring Arab states? This assumes the US is occupied with Iran during the operation and would their claim be recognized post-war? What forces do the Iranians have stationed on the islands?

kyoteblue16 Feb 2012 11:04 a.m. PST

And you would game it, with X miniatures using X rules.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian16 Feb 2012 11:22 a.m. PST

Do they even have the amphibious capability to take and hold the islands…?

Entirely depends on what the Iranians have there. A few tugboats could be enough.

MiniPatton16 Feb 2012 11:53 a.m. PST

I just checked out the UAE Defense Forces strength – they have 388 LeClerc MBT for a starter. They also have a Marine force equipped with 80 BTR3 (similar to BTR-80) which is amphibious – not sure how far out they need to be launched.

Here is another tidbit;
"Swedish shipbuilder Swede Ship Marine have built four 24 m Amphibious Troop Transport Vessel and one 25 m Fast Supply Vessel for the U.A.E Navy (delivered between 2003 and 2005)."

They seem to be capable of doing it – question is would they…

All the information is from Wikipedia – consume with a grain of salt.

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