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Israel readies forces for strike on nuclear Iran
The Sunday Times ^ | December 11, 2005 | Uzi Mahnaimi, Tel Aviv, and Sarah Baxter, Washington

Posted on 12/10/2005 6:48:44 PM PST by rhainw

ISRAEL’S armed forces have been ordered by Ariel Sharon, the prime minister, to be ready by the end of March for possible strikes on secret uranium enrichment sites in Iran, military sources have revealed. The order came after Israeli intelligence warned the government that Iran was operating enrichment facilities, believed to be small and concealed in civilian locations.

Iran’s stand-off with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over nuclear inspections and aggressive rhetoric from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, who said last week that Israel should be moved to Europe, are causing mounting concern.

The crisis is set to come to a head in early March, when Mohamed El-Baradei, the head of the IAEA, will present his next report on Iran. El-Baradei, who received the Nobel peace prize yesterday, warned that the world was “losing patience” with Iran.

A senior White House source said the threat of a nuclear Iran was moving to the top of the international agenda and the issue now was: “What next?” That question would have to be answered in the next few months, he said.

Defence sources in Israel believe the end of March to be the “point of no return” after which Iran will have the technical expertise to enrich uranium in sufficient quantities to build a nuclear warhead in two to four years.

“Israel — and not only Israel — cannot accept a nuclear Iran,” Sharon warned recently. “We have the ability to deal with this and we’re making all the necessary preparations to be ready for such a situation.”

The order to prepare for a possible attack went through the Israeli defence ministry to the chief of staff. Sources inside special forces command confirmed that “G” readiness — the highest stage — for an operation was announced last week.

Gholamreza Aghazadeah, head of the Atomic Organisation of Iran, warned yesterday that his country would produce nuclear fuel. “There is no doubt that we have to carry out uranium enrichment,” he said.

He promised it would not be done during forthcoming talks with European negotiators. But although Iran insists it wants only nuclear energy, Israeli intelligence has concluded it is deceiving the world and has no intention of giving up what it believes is its right to develop nuclear weapons.

A “massive” Israeli intelligence operation has been underway since Iran was designated the “top priority for 2005”, according to security sources.

Cross-border operations and signal intelligence from a base established by the Israelis in northern Iraq are said to have identified a number of Iranian uranium enrichment sites unknown to the the IAEA.

Since Israel destroyed the Osirak nuclear reactor in Iraq in 1981, “it has been understood that the lesson is, don’t have one site, have 50 sites”, a White House source said.

If a military operation is approved, Israel will use air and ground forces against several nuclear targets in the hope of stalling Tehran’s nuclear programme for years, according to Israeli military sources.

It is believed Israel would call on its top special forces brigade, Unit 262 — the equivalent of the SAS — and the F-15I strategic 69 Squadron, which can strike Iran and return to Israel without refuelling.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: attack; forces; iran; irannukes; israel; nuclear; strike; war
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Interesting times.
1 posted on 12/10/2005 6:48:46 PM PST by rhainw
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To: rhainw

Why doesn't Sharon tell everyone the time and day too..sheese... Psst, Sharon your not to tell the enemy your plans, ok?


2 posted on 12/10/2005 6:51:15 PM PST by Babsig (www.genesysitsolutions.com)
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To: rhainw

The day this happens...Men will be walking, running, flying, and crawling....where Angels fear to tread.


3 posted on 12/10/2005 6:51:25 PM PST by no-to-illegals
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To: rhainw

I expect the strike at the end of this month or Janurary


4 posted on 12/10/2005 6:52:26 PM PST by Porterville (Beware the Egyptian Politics)
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To: no-to-illegals

Hopefully either

1) Israel will strike before then;
2) the USA will strike before then; or
3) the people of Iran will rise up and overthrow the tyranny of the mullahs (my personal favorite choice)

Leaving it until March may be too late. . .


5 posted on 12/10/2005 6:52:49 PM PST by CondorFlight
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To: Babsig

Maybe he's hoping to scare Iran into doing something that will give away where the "good stuff" is. :)


6 posted on 12/10/2005 6:53:22 PM PST by Constantine XIII
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To: rhainw

Good. Let's get it over with. Like Nixon said, "prick the boil and take the heat."


7 posted on 12/10/2005 6:54:04 PM PST by zook
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To: Porterville

Do you work for Debka?


8 posted on 12/10/2005 6:54:19 PM PST by toddrundgrenisgod
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To: rhainw

Regional War.... along with Egypt, Suadi Arabia.... Kurdistan/Turkey..... India/Pakistan?

Is there a place where we can bet on where and when a war will happen?


9 posted on 12/10/2005 6:54:56 PM PST by Porterville (Beware the Egyptian Politics)
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To: CondorFlight

I don't believe the people or the Iranian Resistance is armed....truth is...... I really don't want to know....
Loose lips and such.


10 posted on 12/10/2005 6:55:18 PM PST by no-to-illegals
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To: rhainw

im wiling to bet US forces would be used in a passive role in such a strike, air cover, jamming, refueling, surveilance.


11 posted on 12/10/2005 6:55:38 PM PST by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestu s globus, inflammare animos)
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To: rhainw
Interesting times.

IIRC, an old Chinese curse, that.

12 posted on 12/10/2005 6:56:03 PM PST by COBOL2Java (The Katrina Media never gets anything right, so why should I believe them?)
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To: toddrundgrenisgod

No, I just think that if that wild-eyed Iranian nut bag saying Europe should take the Jewish, then he is itching for the war now. Not March.


13 posted on 12/10/2005 6:56:30 PM PST by Porterville (Beware the Egyptian Politics)
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To: no-to-illegals

I share your fears. If this happens, it will have far reaching consequences. With that being said, we cant wait any longer. God Bless America.


14 posted on 12/10/2005 6:56:41 PM PST by curtisgardner
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To: Porterville

I don't think Iran will have nukes at least for another 6 months.


15 posted on 12/10/2005 6:58:13 PM PST by rhainw
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To: CondorFlight

4) Guess who'll foot the bill...


16 posted on 12/10/2005 6:58:50 PM PST by ErnBatavia (403-3)
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To: rhainw

"the F-15I strategic 69 Squadron, which can strike Iran and return to Israel without refuelling."

So much for all the posts, I've been reading saying that Israel would have to refuel.


17 posted on 12/10/2005 6:59:00 PM PST by strategofr
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To: toddrundgrenisgod

I don't want to work.
I just want to bang on the drum all day.


18 posted on 12/10/2005 6:59:15 PM PST by Nasty McPhilthy (Those who beat their swords into plow shears….will plow for those who don’t.)
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To: Babsig

Uh, this is not rocket science, This is poker.


19 posted on 12/10/2005 6:59:53 PM PST by don-o (Don't be a Freeploader. Do the right thing. Become a Monthly Donor! '98'er)
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And why are they reporting this?


20 posted on 12/10/2005 7:00:17 PM PST by oolatec
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To: CondorFlight

"3) the people of Iran will rise up and overthrow the tyranny of the mullahs (my personal favorite choice) "

My favorite choice to, but it won't happen unless the US moves out of its famous "ostrich" defense posture and provides these people with some weapons and military leadership in the form of a small number of the appropriate special forces.


21 posted on 12/10/2005 7:00:53 PM PST by strategofr
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To: finnman69

"im wiling to bet US forces would be used in a passive role in such a strike, air cover, jamming, refueling, surveilance."

not willing to bet, but I agree it is a real possibility. sure hope so.


22 posted on 12/10/2005 7:02:14 PM PST by strategofr
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To: Porterville

Despite the Iranian President's evil insane rhetoric to the contrary, it is hard for me to imagine that they would be so insane as to actually launch a nuclear attack against Israel. To do so would mean near instant national extinction. Unless we believe that it's religious extremism would take them so far, it seems an irrational act to me.

Giving the weapons to a terrorist is more possible, I suppose. But if a bomb goes off in Israel, it won't take much deduction to narrow it down to two suspects - Al Qaeda or Iran. So Iran wouldn't be safe even then.


23 posted on 12/10/2005 7:02:20 PM PST by Zack Nguyen
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To: strategofr

It'll be WWIII, I doubt have any doubt in my mind.


24 posted on 12/10/2005 7:02:30 PM PST by rhainw
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To: curtisgardner

this one is being held close to the vest ...IMO
and I do not know whether or not anything is up.


25 posted on 12/10/2005 7:02:52 PM PST by no-to-illegals
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To: don-o

Well, lets just hope Sharon doesn't show his hand, and that he has all aces.


26 posted on 12/10/2005 7:03:01 PM PST by Babsig (www.genesysitsolutions.com)
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To: Constantine XIII
You read my mind. Gotta finalize the 1,000 cruise missile targets.
27 posted on 12/10/2005 7:03:47 PM PST by Lancer_N3502A
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To: Babsig
“point of no return” after which Iran will have the technical expertise to enrich uranium in sufficient quantities to build a nuclear warhead in two to four years.

Does it really take that long to build one nuclear weapon?

28 posted on 12/10/2005 7:04:43 PM PST by Zack Nguyen
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To: rhainw

Many years ago my Father had always said that someday a "Kook" would start a Nuclear War, and imo if it ever does happen, the Terrorist Iranian President is the "Kook".


29 posted on 12/10/2005 7:05:22 PM PST by SeaBiscuit (God Bless all who defend America and Friends, the rest can go to hell.)
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To: rhainw

"It'll be WWIII, I doubt have any doubt in my mind."

Woahh! How is that going to happen? You think Russia and or China will jump in on Iran's side? What are you talking about?


30 posted on 12/10/2005 7:05:48 PM PST by strategofr
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To: strategofr

Let the games begin.


31 posted on 12/10/2005 7:05:50 PM PST by MidlandDesperado (There is none so blind as they that won't see. Jonathan Swift.)
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To: Zack Nguyen

" Does it really take that long to build one nuclear weapon?"

The first one could take that long if you don't know how to do it.


32 posted on 12/10/2005 7:06:42 PM PST by strategofr
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To: don-o
Uh, this is not rocket science, This is poker.

Exactly so.

33 posted on 12/10/2005 7:08:15 PM PST by Riley ("Bother" said Pooh, as he fired the Claymores.)
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To: rhainw

The idea that the west would leave it's dirty laundry to Israel, is disgusting to say the least.

Well Jimmy Carter, almost thirty years later and your magic is still bearing fruit, you disgusting POS.


34 posted on 12/10/2005 7:08:31 PM PST by DoughtyOne (MSM: Public support for war waining. 403/3 House vote against pullout vaporizes another lie.)
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To: SeaBiscuit

what gave him away...is when he mentioned wiping Israel from the face of the earth.....those word certainly caused
Israel's attention to perk / peak.


35 posted on 12/10/2005 7:08:43 PM PST by no-to-illegals
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To: Babsig

Is Sharon's nom de plume Uzi Mahnaimi or Sarah Baxter?


36 posted on 12/10/2005 7:08:50 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: everyone

I hope this is true. I also hope the U.S., not Israel, will take the lead in any attack. And I hope it includes the decapitation of the Iranian dictatorship.


37 posted on 12/10/2005 7:08:53 PM PST by California Patriot
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To: don-o
Uh, this is not rocket science, This is poker.

Hopefully it doesn't turn out to be rocket science.

38 posted on 12/10/2005 7:10:20 PM PST by Zack Nguyen
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To: rhainw

The Sunday Times, the working Israeli earphone of truth. /sarc


39 posted on 12/10/2005 7:10:49 PM PST by EGPWS
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To: rhainw

We're already fighting WWIV.


40 posted on 12/10/2005 7:10:54 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: Babsig
Why doesn't Sharon tell everyone the time and day too..sheese... Psst, Sharon your not to tell the enemy your plans, ok?

The statements are intended as a final effort to make Iran turn back from its present inclinations and to prepare world public opinion for an attack if that is necessary. Contrary to the fluff in the article, the IDF is ready at any given moment to make an attack, in the past, at present, in the future. And the Arabs know this very well.

41 posted on 12/10/2005 7:11:01 PM PST by mtntop3 ("He who must know before he believes will never come to full knowledge.")
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To: rhainw
El-Baradei, who received the Nobel peace prize yesterday, warned that the world was “losing patience” with Iran.

A peace prize wielding El-Baradei is no threat to Iran. At least Israel has the onions to let Iran know that they are not placing all their eggs in the UN basket.

42 posted on 12/10/2005 7:11:03 PM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: rhainw

May I live in << Interesting times >> so my sons may know only peace!

Blessings - Brian


43 posted on 12/10/2005 7:11:26 PM PST by Brian Allen (How arrogant need we be to reckon our self-serving career political lumpen superior to theirs?)
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To: Riley

"Exactly so."

Shaking the tree to see what kind of nuts fall out.


44 posted on 12/10/2005 7:11:50 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: rhainw

There should be -- probably already IS -- a law that would shut down immediately news organizations that threaten military operations.


45 posted on 12/10/2005 7:11:50 PM PST by Tax Government (Support the Ann Coulter Act of 2006. No free speech at colleges ==> no fed funds.)
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To: Zack Nguyen

uh oh, too late....we are all playing rocket science...now!
Anyone have a big BIG lighter?


46 posted on 12/10/2005 7:12:49 PM PST by no-to-illegals
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To: oolatec
And why are they reporting this?

To see where the defensive measures are being beefed up. It will give Isreal intellegence via satellite, on where activity increases; targets.

Isreal will be fed satellite data from 'guess who'. And just for good measures, 'guess who' will supply some intelligent bombs and missles...

47 posted on 12/10/2005 7:13:14 PM PST by CommandoFrank (Peer into the depths of hell and there you will find the face of Islam...)
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To: rhainw
It'll be WWIII, I doubt have any doubt in my mind.

IMO
It's been WWIII since September 11, 2001
Thing is, now it fixing to go nuclear.

Time has come for all of us to pray.
48 posted on 12/10/2005 7:14:13 PM PST by 76834 (There's nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.)
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To: Babsig
This article is BS. A "covert" strike announced 4 months ahead of time on a "secret" nuclear base that everyone knows about.

If it's true, you can expect 3 thing - 1) Iran to be ready for them 2) lots of dead Israelis 3) failure.
49 posted on 12/10/2005 7:14:53 PM PST by JeffersonRepublic.com (There is no truth in the news, and no news in the truth.)
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To: rhainw

Of course Israel will act and rightly so.
Getting rid of Israel is an objective of Iran's.


50 posted on 12/10/2005 7:15:51 PM PST by onyx ((Vicksburg, MS) North is a direction. South is a way of life.)
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