Spain withdraws frigate from USS Abraham Lincoln on a mission to Persian Gulf

USS Abraham Lincoln
060508-N-4166B-030 South China Sea (8 May, 2006) - The Nimitz Class Carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), and aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 perform a aerial demonstration in the South China Sea. Lincoln and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 are currently underway to the Western Pacific for a scheduled deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Jordon R. Beesley (RELEASED by LCDR John Filostrat)

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — First impact of the explosions that hit the tankers at the port of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates: Spain announces its withdrawal from the carrier group USS Abraham Lincoln.

The Spanish government has decided to withdraw the frigate “Mendez Nunez” that accompanies the American aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln.

The Spanish Defense Minister Margarita Robles announced that the frigate Mendez Nunez, with 215 sailors on board, would not cross the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf with the fleet led by the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln.

The ministry refused to specify the reasons for this sudden change. However, Minister Margarita Robles told Friday the Spanish newspaper Vozpopuli: “We do not participate in any case of military aggression”.

Spanish media, quoting government sources, said Spain was worried about being dragged into an undesirable conflict as a result of the crisis between Washington and Tehran following the dissolution of the nuclear deal with world powers.

The US Naval Air Group is currently between the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean and sails to the Persian Gulf. The Spanish decision is unilateral and has been communicated to the US authorities through the usual channels of communication.

The explosions produced in the port of Fujairah, related explosions, according to the UAE to “acts of sabotage” have sown a wave of panic within the monarchies of the Persian Gulf.

Kuwait has issued an alert message asking its coastguards to increase their vigilance. The origin of these explosions that have targeted, still according to the Emirati version, only 4 oil is still not identified, but a US military official, quoted by the AP, spoke on condition of anonymity “the track Iran” just like the Israeli press that points to Iran.

Iran has described the incident as “worrying” and calls for the results of the “international” investigation to be published in detail.

Regional Issues Analyst Hassan Shuqair came back on the subject in an Al-Alam news broadcast, noting how fragile the region’s security is: “The United States can not nothing to guarantee and ensure the security of the Middle East. This affair can only be settled by cooperation between the countries of the region.”

According to this analyst, the refusal of Emirati sources to confirm the explosions and the denial by the UAE of information disseminated by other regional media, a government that has ended up being changed are all elements and evidence that demonstrate, the best however, the disarray of the Emirati leaders who continue to be shocked.

They face the imminent danger and the American inability to drive him away, while the US president has promised to guarantee their safety.

“These acts of sabotage took place despite the presence of US military forces and US intelligence personnel in the Persian Gulf,” said Hassan Shuqair, recalling: “This shows that the security of the region must not be secured except by the countries that belong to it. What Iran has, more than once, indicated: the security of the region will have to be reassured by the countries of the region themselves, and not by an extra-regional part, located thousands of kilometers away from the Middle-East.”


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