Monday, February 19, 2007

Plans for attacking Iran

Which the Bush administration says don't exist and aren't being planned for:

US contingency plans for air strikes on Iran extend beyond nuclear sites and include most of the country's military infrastructure, the BBC has learned.

It is understood that any such attack - if ordered - would target Iranian air bases, naval bases, missile facilities and command-and-control centres.

The US insists it is not planning to attack, and is trying to persuade Tehran to stop uranium enrichment.

The UN has urged Iran to stop the programme or face economic sanctions.

But diplomatic sources have told the BBC that as a fallback plan, senior officials at Central Command in Florida have already selected their target sets inside Iran.

That list includes Iran's uranium enrichment plant at Natanz. Facilities at Isfahan, Arak and Bushehr are also on the target list, the sources say.

Two triggers

BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner says the trigger for such an attack reportedly includes any confirmation that Iran was developing a nuclear weapon - which it denies.

Alternatively, our correspondent adds, a high-casualty attack on US forces in neighbouring Iraq could also trigger a bombing campaign if it were traced directly back to Tehran.

Seymour Hersh has been warning us for years.


whig said...

In another parallel universe, the Iranians and Americans are in a coalition to seize Iraq from the Sunnis and establish the Shi'ites. This story will be told, and it is only a question of shadows cast upon a curtain.

ellroon said...

I know I've blogged the quote, someone saying there are about 20 wars being fought right now. I doubt we will ever have the complete picture but it would sure be nice just to have a program telling us which one is who....