How is Iran preparing for a U.S. strike?
There is some news coming out about what the US has done to plan for an attack on Iran: it's been reported that the US and Britain jammed a plane loaded with some of the top commanders of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, Seymour Hersh and others have reported that combat troops have already been deployed in Iran's territory. Raw Story reported that two aircarft carriers are heading toward Iran, and that "an air strike on Iran could be doable in June of this year."
So is Iran just combing its hair in in the mirror while all of this is going on? No. From the Asia Times:
"...Iran has been quietly restructuring its military, while carrying out a series of military exercises testing its new military dogma. In December, more than 15,000 members of the regular armed forces participated in war games in northwestern Iran's strategically sensitive East Azerbaijan and West Azerbaijan border provinces that focused on irregular warfare carried out by highly mobile and speedy army units.
"In another telling development, a second exercise was launched in the majority-Arab province of Khuzestan, reportedly aimed at quelling insurgencies in areas subject to ethnic unrest and prone to foreign influence. Involving 100,000 troops, the exercise provided a taste of how the Islamic Republic would respond to further disturbances in the strategic, oil-rich province.
"The exercise came on the heels of news that the irregular Basij forces that led Iran's offensives against Iraq were being bolstered by so-called Ashura battalions with riot-control training.
"...Iranian military planners know that the first step taken by an invading force would be to occupy oil-rich Khuzestan province, secure the sensitive Strait of Hormuz and cut off the Iranian military's oil supply, forcing it to depend on its limited stocks."