is how US will attack Iran
It will take a few days, with thousands of sorties, satellite
and laser-guided bombs will be aimed at targets – 1,500 already
planned by Pentagon – and will try to infiltrate armed concrete,
under which some of nuclear sites are hidden. Meanwhile,
Washington launches diplomatic blitz in attempt to promote
sanctions on Tehran
By Yitzhak Benhorin
09/18/06 "YNet" -- -- WASHINGTON - The US government is
planning to launch a diplomatic blitz on Monday regarding the
Iranian nuclear issue at the United Nations headquarters in New
York, where heads of states and foreign ministers have convened
for the general assembly session.
The United States will work to realize the promises made by
Russia and China to agree to impose moderate sanctions on
Tehran, following its refusal to meet the Security Council
ultimatum, which expired at the end of August.
A senior source at the State Department declared over the
weekend that Washington was interested in solving the crisis
diplomatically, but admitted that his country had no clue what
Iran was thinking.
According to the senior source, the government is convinced that
Tehran has also failed to make a decision on the issue so far.
And while the US is exerting diplomatic pressure, the Pentagon
is preparing for a possibility that US President George W. Bush
will eventually instruct the army to attack Iran .
Time Magazine published details regarding a possible attack,
based on talks with military sources.
According to the magazine, no one in Washington is talking about
a ground invasion of Iran, as was carried out in Iraq or
Afghanistan. According to the report, the American goal in case
of an offensive will be to delay the Iranian nuclear plan, an
operation which can be carried out from the air.
Goal: Delaying nuclear plan by 2 to 3 years
The attack, the Time says, will be limited to the nuclear
facilities in Iran and will be aimed at 18 to 30 different
facilities connected to the nuclear program. The sites are
spread across the country, some of them exposed, some operating
under the guise of regular plants, and others buried deep under
Sources in the Pentagon told the magazine that among the sites
the Americans are familiar with are 1,500 targets for an attack.
In other words, the military offensive requires activating
nearly all types of planes in the army's possession: Warplanes
and stealth vehicles, F-15 and F-16 aircrafts taking off from
the land and an F-18 which takes off from an aircraft carrier.
Such an attack requires using satellite-guided weapons and
laser-guided ammunition, as well as spy planes and unmanned
aerial vehicles. Since many targets are hidden underground and
are reinforced with armed concrete, they will have to be hit
once and again in order to guarantee that they are destroyed, or
at least severely damaged.
Submarines and American battleships will be able to launch
cruise missiles, but the Time says that the warheads in this
case are small and are not enough to cause damage to the
concrete. Therefore, they will be used for other targets.
An American attack in Iran may take a few days, with hundreds
and maybe thousands of sorties. According to the report, it will
help in delaying the Iranian nuclear program by two to the three
Copyright © Yedioth Internet. All rights reserved.
Click on "comments" below to read or post comments