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Report: U.S. officials say Israel would need at least 100 planes to strike Iran

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Haaretz [1]
February 20th, 2012

Israel will need to use at least 100 planes and fly more than 1,000 miles above unfriendly airspace should it decide to attack Iran, the New York Times reported on Monday, citing the assessment of U.S. defense officials close to the Pentagon.

According to the report, American military analysts and defense officials believe that an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities would be a highly complex operation, and say that it would be very different from Israel’s “surgical” strike on Iraq’s Osirak reactor in 1981 and would also differ from the strike that Israel is believed to have carried out in Syria in 2007.

“All the pundits who talk about ‘Oh, yeah, bomb Iran,’ it ain’t going to be that easy,” the report quoted Lt. Gen. David A. Deptula, who retired last year as the Air Force’s top intelligence official.

Andrew R. Hoehn, a former Pentagon official, was also quoted as saying, “I don’t think you’ll find anyone who’ll say, ‘Here’s how it’s going to be done — handful of planes, over an evening, in and out.’”

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