Monday, March 06, 2006

Israel Conducts Activities Against Iran in N. Iraq - Zaman Online

Israel is said to be conducting intelligence gathering activities in Northern Iraq against Iran.

British newspaper, The Sunday Times wrote, special Israeli forces are operating inside Iran in an urgent mission to locate the country's secret uranium enrichment sites.

"We found several suspected sites last year but there must be more," an Israeli intelligence source said.

Israel is operating from a base in northern Iraq, guarded by Israeli soldiers with the approval of the Americans, according to Israeli sources.

‘NATO may help US air strikes on Iran'

The Sunday Times claimed that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) may participate in US air strikes on Iran.

Maj. Gen. Axel Tuttelmann's, head of the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force, commented that the military alliance could play a supporting role if America launches air strikes against Iranian nuclear sites, The Sunday Times reported. "America and Israel have warned that they will not tolerate a nuclear-armed Iran. Both countries have plans of lastly resorting to air strikes against Iran's nuclear facilities."

US officials are in contact with NATO member countries, reported the paper, reminding that Porter Goss, the CIA Director, visited NATO country Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan late last year to ask for political, logistical and intelligence support in the event of air strikes.

The British newspaper also quoted Dan Goure, a Pentagon adviser, as saying, "NATO would be likely to operate air defenses in Turkey."


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