Monday, February 26, 2007

US journalist says air strikes on Iran planned

25.02.2007, 06.15

NEW YORK, February 25 (Itar-Tass)
- Despite the statements by the George Bush administration to the effect that the US is not going to attack Iran, the Pentagon has developed a plan of air strikes on a number of Iranian facilities, investigative journalist Seymour Hersch said in the latest issue of New Yorker magazine.

He asserted that the plan could be brought into action within 24 hours of President George Bush's issuing a respective order.

An operational group that was set up a few months ago at the Joint Chiefs of Staff originally focused on a possibility of destroying Iranian nuclear facilities, but later got orders to add to the plan facilities that could be used for helping insurgents in Iraq, Hersch said, citing unnamed Pentagon officials.

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