Iran warships deployed on Syria coast
Iranian warships were docked on the Syrian coast today in a fresh round of brinkmanship designed to demonstrate Tehran’s support for its isolated ally amid fears that the uprising could escalate into a regional showdown.
By Adrian Blomfield, Middle East Correspondent6:20PM GMT 20 Feb 2012
In a self-proclaimed show of force, officials in Tehran boasted that the presence of the vessels in the port of Syrian Tartus in the Mediterranean was a demonstration of Iran's military "might".
Israel said it was closely monitoring the situation, although there was no sign that it was preparing to put its navy on alert as it did last February, when Iranian warships ventured through the Suez Canal for the first time.
In itself, the mission poses little tangible threat; the two vessels, a 49-year-old corvette and a supply ship, are both dilapidated, reflecting the broader nature of Iran's puny navy.
But, despite the posturing nature of the display, it comes at a far more sensitive time than Iran's previous foray into the Mediterranean last February, just before Syria's uprising began.
Iran warships deployed on Syria coast - Telegraph