Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Spain Pulls Frigate From U.S. Strike Group Because Of Rising Tensions Between Washington And Tehran

Spanish frigate ‘Méndez Núñez’ (l) and ‘USS Abraham Lincoln.’ Spanish navy

AFP: Spain pulls its frigate from US military build-up in Gulf

Madrid (AFP) - Spain has recalled a frigate accompanying a US aircraft carrier to the Middle East because of rising tensions between Washington and Tehran, the defence ministry said Tuesday.

"For the moment the frigate Mendez Nunez has left the combat group of the USS Abraham Lincoln," a ministry spokesman told AFP, confirming a report in the Spanish daily El Pais.

"It's a temporary withdrawal, decided by Defence Minister Margarita Robles, as long as the American aircraft carrier is in this zone," the spokesman added.

He said the Spanish frigate had joined the aircraft carrier's strike group for a military exercise.

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WNU Editor: Spain’s acting defense minister is claiming that this decision was not made because of politics, that it was based on military and technical reasons.

More News On Spain Pulling A Frigate From A U.S. Strike Group Because Of Rising Tensions Between Washington And Tehran

NATO ally Spain pulls warship from US strike group ‘to avoid being dragged into conflict with Iran’ -- RT
Spain Withdraws Its Frigate from US Combat Group in Persian Gulf – Reports -- Sputnik
Spain says frigate peeling off from US fleet is not a rebuke -- FOX News/AP
Spain defends decision to pull frigate from US combat group headed for Gulf -- El Pais

12 comments:

Bob Huntley said...

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Anonymous said...

Spain has a navy?

Anonymous said...

Yipe, yipe, yipe.

Fusion said...

Wow... It's obvious what kind of support NATO will be getting from Spain. Maybe they'll provide us with canned mussels or something instead.

Anonymous said...

Reminds me of what happened in Iraq. Cowards.

Anonymous said...

Santa María, Pinta and Niña...

Anonymous said...

Smart move by Spain. No sense in getting Spanish sailors killed or a $billion ship damaged just to please neocon war lust.

Any evidence provided for Iranian involvement in the tanker imbroglio? Not a shred of course.

Anonymous said...

I believe the Spanish ship was asked to leave by the US since, in a shooting war, it would be more dangerous to the Americans than the Iranians.

Amp1776 said...

NATO is a scam...

Anonymous said...

Why was it even there in the first place?

Bob Huntley said...

Spain obviously doesn't want to get into a repeat of the Iraq II fiasco.

Anonymous said...

Trump definitely wants war with Iran, would guarantee his re-election...