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  The Raw Story | Study: US preparing 'massive' military attack against Iran
Plesch and Butcher examine "what the military option might involve if it were picked up off the table and put into action" and conclude that based on open source analysis and their own assessments, the US has prepared its military for a "massive" attack against Iran, requiring little contingency planning and without a ground invasion.
Iran was unable to prevent sabotage of its offshore-to-shore crude oil pipelines in 2005.
Iran has a weak air force and anti aircraft capability, almost all of it is 20-30 years old and it lacks modern integrated communications.
rawstory.com /news/2007/Study_US_preparing_massive_military_attack_0828.html   (1811 words)

  The Raw Story | US military, intelligence officials raise concern about possible preparations for Iran strike
Concern is building among the military and the intelligence community that the US may be preparing for a military strike on Iran, as military assets in key positions are approaching readiness,
According to military and intelligence sources, an air strike on Iran could be doable in June of this year, with military assets in key positions ready to go and a possible plan already on the table.
Military and intelligence sources say that MEK assets were responsible for this attack, but did not know if the US military was involved or if US military assets were part of the ambush.
www.rawstory.com /news/2006/US_military_seen_ready_for_Iran_0511.html   (1279 words)

 Military of Iran - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Under their command Iran's military industry was enormously expanded, and with the Ministry of Defence pouring investment into the missile industry, Iran soon accumulated a vast arsenal of missiles.
Iran's defence budget for 2005 is estimated to be $6.2 billion by London's International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Iran is also believed to have started the development of an ICBM missile project, known as Ghadr-110 with a range of nearly 7000 km; the program is paralleled with advancement of a satellite launcher.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Military_of_Iran   (967 words)

 UK rules out Iran military action
Iran insists its nuclear activities are purely peaceful, to produce fuel.
Iran has rejected the IAEA vote, with its foreign minister calling it "political, illegal and illogical".
Iran hid an uranium enrichment programme for 18 years until its activities were exposed in 2002
www.infowars.com /articles/ww3/iran_uk_rules_out_military_action.htm   (340 words)

 Military Intervention against Iran?
Although weakened, the neo-Conservative case for military strikes on Iran is not dependent on the existence of a nuclear weapons programme.
The concept that Iran might develop weapons at some point in the future, combined with accusations that Tehran is supporting terrorists in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, and has threatened Israel could yet be used to establish a causis belli.
A consensus of opinion that Iran had a secret nuclear weaponisation programme in the past which could be restarted at any time, combined with predictions that Iran could manufacture a nuclear warhead within the space of 2 years could be used to justify attacks.
www.informationclearinghouse.info /article18929.htm   (985 words)

 NationMaster - Iranian Military statistics
Iran is committed to the development of its civilian and military industries and this has involved an ongoing process of modernisation and expansion in the chemical industry aimed at reducing dependence on foreign suppliers of materials and technology.
Iran also threatened to stop all negotiations, prevent any further inspections at all its nuclear facilities, suspend the implementation of the Additional Protocol, and withdraw from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), if it was referred to the UN Security Council.
Iran's chemical weapons and ballistic missiles, and possibly its nuclear weapon program and biological warfare capabilities, are meant to deter opponents and to gain influence in the Persian Gulf and Caspian Sea regions.
www.nationmaster.com /country/ir-iran/mil-military   (1861 words)

Iran is a threat to the United States that requires military action now.
Iran is a threat that can be contained with diplomacy now.
OR, Iran is not a threat to the United States at this time."
www.pollingreport.com /iran.htm   (1210 words)

 Iran Focus-Military ties Iran to arms in Iraq - Iraq - News
"Iran is a significant contributor to attacks on coalition forces, and also supports violence against the Iraqi security forces and the Iraqi people," said a senior defense official, who was joined by a defense analyst and an explosives expert, both also from the military.
Also, the military briefers were not joined by U.S. diplomats or representatives of the CIA or the office of the Director of National Intelligence.
U.S. military officials in Iraq had previously described the use of "explosively shaped charges" to target vehicles, but Sunday's briefing was the first time they displayed pieces of what they called an "explosively formed penetrator" or EFP.
www.iranfocus.com /modules/news/article.php?storyid=10155   (1332 words)

 Military Factory - Iran Military Strength   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Known as Persia until 1935, Iran became an Islamic republic in 1979 after the ruling shah was forced into exile.
Iran's economy is marked by a bloated, inefficient state sector, over reliance on the oil sector, and statist policies that create major distortions throughout.
Relatively high oil prices in recent years have enabled Iran to amass some $22 billion in foreign exchange reserves, but have not eased economic hardships such as high unemployment and inflation.
www.militaryfactory.com /countries/popup.asp?country_id=14   (285 words)

 Military history of Iran - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Iran's inability to develop modern artillery over the preceding, and Qajar, dynasty resulted in the signing of the Treaty of Golestan in 1813.
During this period of strength Iran protected its interests militarily in the region: In Yemen, the Dofar Liberation Front was quashed.
Following the ideological principles of the Islamic revolution in Iran, the new revolutionary government sought to strengthen its domestic situation by conducting a purge of all military personnel associated with the Pahlavi Dynasty.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Military_history_of_Iran   (2338 words)

 My Way News - Iran Announces Military Maneuvers
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran unexpectedly announced Wednesday that it would be holding military maneuvers in the Gulf this week, only days after U.S.-led navies held exercises in the same waterway.
Iran said the six-nation drills would not improve security in the Gulf waters, through which about 20 percent of the world's oil passes.
Iran regularly holds large maneuvers, often using them to test weapons developed by its arms industry.
apnews.myway.com /article/20061101/D8L4A8900.html   (398 words)

 Iran tests military flying boat - Military Photos
Iran on Tuesday successfully tested a "super-modern flying boat", state television said, giving another vague description of military hardware Iranian forces are testing in Gulf wargames.
Iran rarely gives enough details of its military hardware for analysts to determine whether Tehran is making genuine advances or simply producing defiant propaganda while pressure ratchets up on its nuclear programme.
Iran has been referred to the UN Security Council after failing to convince the world that its atomic scientists are working exclusively on power stations and not branching into weapons.
www.militaryphotos.net /forums/showthread.php?t=77416   (751 words)

 US Faces Limited Military Options In Iran
"Given the fact that Iran has a stated policy that their objective is the destruction of Israel, the Israelis might well decide to act first, and let the rest of the world worry about cleaning up the diplomatic mess afterwards," he said.
Iran is believed to protect its most sensitive facilities by dispersing, burying and hardening them, learning from the 1981 Israeli air strike on Iraq's Osirak nuclear reactor.
Moreover, he said, it's unknown to outsiders how close Iran is to gaining a nuclear weapon, or what the US military has learned about its efforts, further obscuring the course of action the United States may take.
www.spacedaily.com /news/iran-05b.html   (952 words)

 Iran: Our Military Options
By burying and dispersing its facilities, Iran is clearly trying to avoid the fate of Saddam Hussein's nuclear program back in 1981 -- when Israeli F-16 fighters, crossing Jordan and Saudi Arabia, destroyed Iraq's 40-megawatt Osiraq reactor in a dawn raid, effectively setting Saddam's nuke dreams back a decade.
Iran now harbors at least 25 senior Al Qaeda operatives, including senior military commander Saif al Adel and three of Osama bin Laden's sons.
Peter Brookes' new book, "A Devil's Triangle: Terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Rogue States" is a cold, hard slap for anyone becoming complacent about security challenges in today's world, warning readers that threats to America's national security have not subsided in the four years since 9/11, but, in fact, have escalated.
www.military.com /opinion/0,15202,86142,00.html   (1023 words)

 Military action against Iran an option: US   (Site not responding. Last check: )
As the United Nations Security Council gets ready to hear the Iran nuclear issue this week, American lawmakers have told the Bush administration that while military action against Tehran remained an option, it should be taken only as a last resort after approval from the Congress.
Bush, for his part, has characterised Iran as a 'grave national security concern', but said it was important to use diplomatic means to deal with Iran's uranium enrichment-related activities.
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in.rediff.com /news/2006/mar/13iran.htm   (420 words)

 Iran’s Bizarre Military Bazaar
That’s because Iran’s dictatorial government is trying to showcase Kish not as a strict Islamic haven, but as an earthly paradise designed to win over the international community.
Iran’s austere government is trying to give Kish a Western face, and the most dramatic evidence is a whispered plan to allow liquor to be served to foreigners at a yet-to-be-constructed resort hotel, known as the Flower of the East—this in a country where people are still flogged for imbibing.
Iran has a fleet of US-made F-14s, F-5s, and F-4s that date back more than a quarter-century to when the country was a client regime of the United States.
www.walrusmagazine.com /articles/field-notes-irans-bizarre-military-bazaar   (1036 words)

 US Turns Focus to Iran
Iran denied the five were involved in financing and arming insurgents and called for their release along with compensation for damages.
Bush's broad salvo against Iran, and the accompanying military buildup, was defended by some as a necessary show of strength.
He said the move could signal a forthcoming strike against Iran or be an attempt to create enough leverage to force Tehran back into talks on its nuclear ambitions.
www.military.com /NewsContent/0,13319,122277,00.html   (1052 words)

 New York Times | Military Fantasies on Iran   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Routine contingency planning goes on all the time in the Pentagon, but the discussions on Iran seem to have progressed beyond this level, with high administration officials pushing the process and dropping indirect hints of possible future American military action in language that sometimes recalls statements made before the invasion of Iraq.
War with Iran would be reckless folly, especially with most of America's ground forces tied up in Iraq, where they are particularly vulnerable ?o retaliation from Iran and its Iraqi Shiite allies.
In fact, Iran already has much of the material and know-how to make nuclear bombs, and is believed to be about 10 years away from building them.
www.truthout.org /docs_2006/041106K.shtml   (686 words)

 Iran: Our Military Options
By burying and dispersing its facilities, Iran is clearly trying to avoid the fate of Saddam Hussein's nuclear program back in 1981 — when Israeli F-16 fighters, crossing Jordan and Saudi Arabia, destroyed Iraq's 40-megawatt Osiraq reactor in a dawn raid, effectively setting Saddam's nuke dreams back a decade.
Iran could also pound populous Tel Aviv with its Shahab missiles mated with chemical/biological warheads.
This doesn't mean we shouldn't use military might to interrupt or end Iran's nuclear gambit; it may be the best/only option.
www.heritage.org /Press/Commentary/ed012306a.cfm   (762 words)

 Iran conducting military exercise
Iran has denied Israeli accusations it is arming and training Hezbollah fighters, but also has declared Hezbollah victorious in its battle against the Jewish state.
The military exercise, involving 12 infantry regiments, is called "The Blow of Zolfaghar," in reference to a sword that belonged to Imam Ali, one of the most revered figures of Islam for Shia Muslims.
Iran has routinely held war games over the past two decades to improve its combat readiness and test locally made equipment, such as missiles, tanks and armoured personnel carriers.
www.cbc.ca /story/world/national/2006/08/19/iran-military.html   (1195 words)

 military news about Iran   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The government is calling the Europeans bluff, believing that the EU will eventually fold, and revive economic ties with Iran (including the sale of weapons and military technology.) It's believed that Iran could master the technology for building nuclear weapons in five years, or less.
If some of this stuff was obtained by Iran, nuclear weapons could be had in as little as two or three years (with another year or two required to build reliable ones for combat use).
Iran also says it will not build nuclear weapons, but insists on building nuclear power plants, and developing the technology for building nukes.
www.strategypage.com /fyeo/qndguide/default.asp?target=IRAN.HTM   (712 words)

 Rice won't rule out military actions on Iran - The Boston Globe
Bush's tough language on Iran and Syria runs contrary to the advice of the bi partisan Iraq Study Group, which recommended last month that the United States engage the two countries diplomatically.
Yesterday, Iran's Foreign Ministry summoned the Iraqi and Swiss ambassadors to demand an explanation for the raid.
Iran's state-run news service, Islamic Republic News Agency, said that the raided building was a consulate set up two years ago at the request of the Kurdish provincial government and was under their supervision.
www.boston.com /news/nation/washington/articles/2007/01/12/rice_wont_rule_out_military_actions_on_iran   (1035 words)

 U.S. military sees Iran's nuke bomb 5 years away
The U.S. military is operating under the assumption that Iran is five to eight years away from being able to build its first nuclear weapon, a time span that explains a general lack of urgency within the Bush administration to use air strikes to disable Tehran's atomic program.
Defense sources familiar with discussions of senior military commanders say the five- to eight-year projection has been discussed inside the Pentagon, which is updating its war plan for Iran.
The time frame is generally in line with last year's intelligence community estimate that Iran could have the capability to produce a nuclear weapon by the beginning or middle of the next decade.
www.jonesreport.com /articles/310806_military_iran_5_years.html   (692 words)

 U.S. military & Iran -- Part 6
He is an adjunct scholar with the Cato Institute, a contributor to the Straus Military Reform Project, a research fellow at the Independent Institute, and a correspondent for Asia Times.
Whether Iran would deliberately cut off its oil exports is arguable, given that the Iranian economy would be devastated by such disruptions, but an extended military conflict might interrupt supplies anyway -- from Iraq as well as Iran.
In the event of an unprovoked attack on its nuclear facilities, Iran could argue that it requires nuclear weapons to guard against aggression and protect its sovereignty, effectively announcing its intention to withdraw from the NPT and altering the current international order.
www.cato.org /pub_display.php?pub_id=8865   (1137 words)

 Military Intelligence: Iran will cross nuclear threshold by 2009 - Haaretz - Israel News
Iran will cross the "technological threshold" enabling it to independently manufacture nuclear weapons within six months to a year and attain nuclear capability as early as mid-2009, according to Military Intelligence.
Military Intelligence says Iran's nuclear program is the major threat facing Israel, followed by the danger of war with Syria and the possibility that Hezbollah will involve itself in such a conflict.
Iran's nuclear program may be delayed by one of three possibilities: a military attack on Iran, a system of pressures and sanctions that will push Iran into a compromise, or a continuation of the technological difficulties it is now experiencing.
www.haaretz.com /hasen/spages/880731.html   (936 words)

 Iran shows off military - USATODAY.com
Iran launched an arms development program during its war with Iraq to compensate for a U.S. weapons embargo.
Iran denies the charges, saying its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, including generating electricity.
Iran has said it has managed to weather a broad U.S. embargo for 28 years, and while many Iranians acknowledge some hardships, they credit the embargo with making them more self-reliant.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/2007-09-22-iran-parade_N.htm   (695 words)

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