US To Attack Iran Within 90 Days
War in 90 Days?
Palestinian Official Claims
US To Attack Iran Within 90 Days
Cites US Diplomats Secret Talks
A senior Palestinian intelligence official said that based on meetings with American diplomats he "understood" the U.S. plans to target Iran's suspected nuclear installations in two to three months if negotiations with Tehran don't generate a major breakthrough. The official, speaking to WND yesterday on condition of anonymity, said according to what he "understood," the U.S. will "pay" for Arab support for a U.S. strike against Iran by creating a temporary Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip and most of the West Bank by next summer. The official met last week with U.S. secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during her trip here earlier this month to prepare for a U.S.-sponsored Israeli-Palestinian summit slated for next month in which Israel is expected to outline a future Palestinian state in most of the West Bank.
The Palestinian intelligence official would not say if he was basing his information on any specific statements by U.S. officials that a military operation against Iran was in the works. "It's based on what I understood from the Americans," he told WND. More details, LINK here.
White House Leak?
Cheney's Plan For Iran Attack
Starts With Israeli Missile Strike!
High-ranking military experts say an attack would lead to world economic chaos, or even what Bush calls 'World War III.'
US Vice President Dick Cheney -- the power behind the throne, the eminence grise, the man with the (very) occasional grandfatherly smile -- is notorious for his propensity for secretiveness and behind-the-scenes manipulation. He's capable of anything, say friends as well as enemies. Given this reputation, it's no big surprise that Cheney has already asked for a backroom analysis of how a war with Iran might begin.
In the scenario concocted by Cheney's strategists, Washington's first step would be to convince Israel to fire missiles at Iran's uranium enrichment plant in Natanz. Tehran would retaliate with its own strike, providing the US with an excuse to attack military targets and nuclear facilities in Iran. This information was leaked by an official close to the vice president. Cheney himself hasn't denied engaging in such war games. For years, in fact, he's been open about his opinion that an attack on Iran, a member of US President George W. Bush's "Axis of Evil," is inevitable.
There is more to this fascinating report, LINK here for more of the entire intriguing details.
Syria Nuke Facility Revealed
Satellite Photos Show Site Clean-up
New commercial satellite photos show that a Syrian site believed to have been attacked by Israel last month no longer bears any obvious traces of what some analysts said appeared to have been a partly built nuclear reactor. Two photos, taken Wednesday from space by rival companies, show the site near the Euphrates River to have been wiped clean since August, when imagery showed a tall square building there measuring about 150 feet on a side.
The Syrians reported an attack by Israel in early September; the Israelis have not confirmed that. Senior Syrian officials continue to deny that a nuclear reactor was under construction, insisting that Israel hit a largely empty military warehouse. But the images, federal and private analysts say, suggest that the Syrian authorities rushed to dismantle the facility after the strike, calling it a tacit admission of guilt. "It's a magic act — here today, gone tomorrow," a senior intelligence official said. "It doesn't lower suspicions; it raises them. This was not a long-term decommissioning of a building, which can take a year. It was speedy. It's incredible that they could have gone to that effort to make something go away."
"It looks like Syria is trying to hide something and destroy the evidence of some activity," Albright said in an interview. "But it won't work. Syria has got to answer questions about what it was doing."
The striking difference in the satellite photos surprised even some outside experts who were skeptical that Syria might be developing a nuclear program. "It's clearly very suspicious," said Joseph Cirincione, an expert on nuclear proliferation at the Center for American Progress in Washington. "The Syrians were up to something that they clearly didn't want the world to know about." Cirincione said the photographic evidence "tilts toward a nuclear program" but does not prove that Syria was building a reactor. Besides, he said, even if it was developing a nuclear program, Syria would be years away from being operational, and thus not an imminent threat.
There are intelligence reports however indicating that the facility was a small plutonium-related reactor designed to make dirty bombs, not the higher-tech warheads for missiles or air bombs. For moe on the media coverage of this story, LINK here.
Israel Dismantled Syrian Nuke Plant
Flew It Back to Israel?
Debkafile reports that President Bush is unhappy with Secretary of State Rice's diplomacy strategies. Apparently in the past two weeks, Bush has begun to lose confidence in Rice's diplomatic abilities due in part to diplomatic setbacks as well as Rice's opposition to military action against Iran. Debka claims Bush is also at loggerheads with Rice over the Israeli attack on a Syrian nuclear facility. Rice reportedly opposed the idea and Bush approved and ordered US assistance over Rice's objections.
Also, Debka is providing startling new details about Israel's attack on the Syrian nuclear installation. According to Debka -- Israel did NOT bomb the facility after all, but instead attacked the facility with special commando forces and helicopters. The Israeli jets merely provided air cover. According to Debka, the Israeli troops and numerous nuclear technicians - dismantled the entire plutonium nuclear reactor and flew it back to Israel, then blew up the facility. It is not known if Syrian, Iranian and North Korean workers at the facility were also taken back to Israel or not.
The Debka report just happens to coincide with mainstream news media coverage of satellite photos of the alleged facility with before and after pictures strongly suggesting that Syria has since thoroughly razed the remainder of the facility to make it look like nothing had ever been there. Why? Syrians apparently believe they can cover up any evidence that they violated the UN's nuclear non-proliferation treaty. To read this lengthy article and analysis of the situation, LINK here.
There will be more on the Syrian story and the situation over the weekend in the next A-O Intelligence Digest, available only to website donors on the private webpages.
US Declares IRGC Terrorists
Slaps Heaviest Sanctions Ever on Iran
As A-O yesterday advised, the US has announced new, severe sanctions against Iran and declared the Iranian Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization. More on the details, LINK here.
Democrats Worried About
Looming Iran War
Some Democratic presidential candidates worried on Thursday the White House had begun a march to war by declaring Iran's Revolutionary Guard a terrorism supporter while a top Republican said "bombardment" of Iran should be an option. More details here.
Olmert & Abbas Meet Again
Trying To Overcome Differences
Failure Will Likely Cancel Peace Summit
Israel's Prime Minister Olmert and Palestinian Chairman Abbas met in Jerusalem for a working lunch on Friday to try and resolve the differences that could sabotage the impending Peace Summit scheduled for next month at a suburb of Washington, D.C. For more on the latest meeting, LINK here.
Israel Ready To Give Up
Golan Heights To Syria?
Israel's Labor Minister Claims
Science, Culture and Sport Minister Raleb Majadele said Friday that Israel is ready to pay the price of peace with Syria, which he described as a withdrawal from the Golan Heights in exchange for peace with the entire Arab world. More details, LINK here.