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Israel stands ready to bomb Iran’s nuclear sites

Posted By admin On April 18, 2009 @ 5:08 am In World News | Comments Disabled

Sheera Frenkel
London Times [1]
Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Israeli military is preparing itself to launch a massive aerial assault on Iran’s nuclear facilities within days of being given the go-ahead by its new government.
Among the steps taken to ready Israeli forces for what would be a risky raid requiring pinpoint aerial strikes are the acquisition of three Airborne Warning and Control (AWAC) aircraft and regional missions to simulate the attack.

Two nationwide civil defence drills will help to prepare the public for the retaliation that Israel could face.

“Israel wants to know that if its forces were given the green light they could strike at Iran in a matter of days, even hours. They are making preparations on every level for this eventuality. The message to Iran is that the threat is not just words,” one senior defence official told The Times.

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Officials believe that Israel could be required to hit more than a dozen targets, including moving convoys. The sites include Natanz, where thousands of centrifuges produce enriched uranium; Esfahan, where 250 tonnes of gas is stored in tunnels; and Arak, where a heavy water reactor produces plutonium.The distance from Israel to at least one of the sites is more than 870 miles, a distance that the Israeli force practised covering in a training exercise last year that involved F15 and F16 jets, helicopters and refuelling tankers.

The possible Israeli strike on Iran has drawn comparisons to its attack on the Osirak nuclear facility near Baghdad in 1981. That strike, which destroyed the facility in under 100 seconds, was completed without Israeli losses and checked Iraqi ambitions for a nuclear weapons programme.

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[3] Iran general threatens retaliation against Israel nuclear sites: http://www.prisonplanet.com/iran-general-threatens-retaliation-against-israel-nuclear-sites.html

[4] Israel asked US for green light to bomb nuclear sites in Iran: http://www.prisonplanet.com/israel-asked-us-for-green-light-to-bomb-nuclear-sites-in-iran.html

[5] Saudi Arabia gives Israel clear skies to attack Iranian nuclear sites: http://www.prisonplanet.com/saudi-arabia-gives-israel-clear-skies-to-attack-iranian-nuclear-sites.html

[6] Israel too ‘weak’ to attack Iran nuclear sites: Mottaki: http://www.prisonplanet.com/israel-too-weak-to-attack-iran-nuclear-sites-mottaki.html

[7] Israel ‘would not be able to destroy Iran’s nuclear programme with pre-emptive air strike’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/israel-would-not-be-able-to-destroy-irans-nuclear-programme-with-pre-emptive-air-strike.html

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