israeli war on Iran looming: US author

israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are reportedly lobbying for a massive attack against Iran among Israeli cabinet members. (File photo)

A US-based political writer claims he has access to a plan made by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak for imminent military strike on Iran.

According to Israeli news website Ynet, Richard Silverstein claimed on August 15 that the war document was leaked to him by a “high-level Israeli source” who obtained it from a military officer and includes missile and aerial strikes, assassination of Iranian officials and a massive cyber attack that will paralyze the country’s electronic networks.

The supposed Israeli strike on Iran, he added, will include crippling Iran’s electricity grid and telecommunications network, firing tens of missiles to Iran from Israeli territory and submarines in the Persian Gulf, and bombarding the houses of top Iranian scientists and military commanders. The strike, Silverstein noted, will also involve cyber attacks to render Iran’s internet and telecom networks as well as radio and television, telecommunication satellites, and fiberoptic network dysfunctional.

Smart carbon-fiber weapons will also attack Iran’s power plants causing short-circuit which will stop their operations, he noted, while more missiles will target Arak nuclear reactor and other nuclear facilities in Isfahan and Fordow.

A number of Iranian officials have been also shortlisted for assassination by Israeli missiles, Silverstein said.

Iranian authorities have frequently downplayed Israeli threats of military action against the Islamic Republic, warning that in case the Zionist regime dares to launch such an attack, it will be reduced to rubble.

A number of senior Iranian military commanders have also emphasized that in case Israel and even the US launch any attack an Iran, the conflict is certain to spill into the entire region.

Following the first wave of attacks, according to the American analyst, “an Israeli radar satellite will pass over Iran and transfer information directly to warplanes making their way covertly toward Iran.”

These Israeli planes will be armed with electronic warfare gear previously unknown to the wider public, not even revealed to Tel Aviv’s close ally, the United States, Silverstein said.

The Israeli report, according to the US analyst, concludes by claiming that among the targets of the aerial attacks “are Shahab 3 and Sejjil ballistic missile silos, storage tanks for chemical components of rocket fuel, industrial facilities for producing missile control systems, centrifuge production plants and more.”

Iranian observers, however, insist that such reports are the continuation of a joint US-Israeli publicity and psywar campaign aimed at inciting fear among the Iranian public.

Source: Press TV

 

 

 

Iran threatens to ‘strike out’ at any intervention in Syria

Iranian 200-kilometre (120-mile) range Qader (Ghader) ground-to-sea missile is launched on the last day of navy war games near the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran.(AFP Photo / Jamejamonline/Ebrahim Noroozi)

President Bashar al-Assad’s regime has friends in the region poised “to strike out” in the event of an intervention into Syria, says a commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. The warning was particularly sent to “hated” Arab countries.

None of Syria’s friends or the great front of resistance has yet entered the scene, and in the event that this happens, decisive blows will be struck at the enemy, especially the hated Arab rulers,” Gen. Masoud Jazayeri, a spokesman of the country’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Fars news agency.

No country in particular was mentioned. Iran remains a key ally of official Damascus, while leaders of such Gulf countries as Saudi Arabia, Jordan or Qatar openly support Syrian rebels.

The hawkish rhetoric heard from Iran comes on top of the exchange over Syria’s chemical and biological arsenal, which the Arab country pledged Monday not to use against its own population, but only to combat “foreign aggressors.

This was the first time Syria’s arsenals became an official reality, since the nation is one of just six non-signatories to the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1992. Syria’s purported stockpiles of nerve agents, including mustard gas, as well as Scud missiles capable of delivery, are secure according to its Foreign Ministry. Media reports say the weapons are being moved away from sites of severe clashes between pro-regime and opposition forces.

A torrent of warnings flooded Damascus following the statements, as officials from the EU and UN voiced their concerns over the possible use of the chemical arsenal.  Continue reading

‘Invading Iran is invading Russia, China’

Russia and China will be a headache for US President Barack Obama if he decides on a military confrontation with Iran.
A political analyst says Russia and China consider a US military action on Iran as an attack on their own borders and a threat to their own national security.

“The US is assuming that Russia or China will not respond militarily, but they’ve been wrong before,” Shamus Cooke wrote on the Global Research website.

Cooke explained that when former US president George W. Bush gave the green light to the then President of Georgia Mikheil Saakahvili to attack South Ossetia in 2008, “Russia surprised everyone by responding militarily and crushing Georgia’s invasion.”

“Attacking Syria and/or Iran opens the door to a wider regional or even international war,” Cooke stressed.

Last Month, Major General Zhang Zhaozhong, professor from the Chinese National Defense University, said China would not hesitate to protect the Islamic Republic against a military strike, even if this means the start of the Third World War.
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