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Long war would result from Israeli attack on Iran’s nukes

Israel is widely believed to have the Middle East’s only nuclear arsenal. The Jewish state neither confirms nor denies this.

Israeli attack on Iran would start long war – report  Jul 14, 2010  By Adrian Croft LONDON (Reuters) – An Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear facilities would start a long war and probably not prevent Iran from eventually acquiring nuclear weapons, a think-tank said on Thursday.Oxford Research Group, which promotes non-violent solutions to conflict, said military action should be ruled out as a response to Iran’s possible nuclear weapons ambitions……..

….The report, by Paul Rogers, professor of peace studies at the University of Bradford, said U.S. military action against Iran appeared unlikely but Israel’s capabilities had increased.
Long-range strike aircraft acquired from the United States, combined with an improved fleet of tanker aircraft, the deployment of long-range drones and the probable availability of support facilities in northeast Iraq and Azerbaijan, all increase Israel’s potential for action against Iran,” it said.
Israel is widely believed to have the Middle East’s only nuclear arsenal. The Jewish state neither confirms nor denies this.

THREE TO SEVEN YEARS

The Oxford report estimated it might take three to seven years for Iran to develop a small arsenal of nuclear weapons if it decided to do so. It said there was no firm evidence such a decision had been taken by the Islamic Republic.

Any Israeli strike would be focussed not only on destroying nuclear and missile targets but would also hit factories and research centres and even university laboratories to damage Iranian expertise, the report said.

This would cause many civilian casualties, it added.….Israeli attack on Iran would start long war – report | World | Reuters

July 15, 2010 - Posted by | Israel, weapons and war | , , ,

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