US "Iran Attack Plans" Revealed
Monday 19 February 2007
US contingency plans for air strikes on Iran extend beyond nuclear sites
and include most of the country's military infrastructure, the BBC has
It is understood that any such attack - if ordered - would target
Iranian air bases, naval bases, missile facilities and command-and-control
The UN has urged
But diplomatic sources have told the BBC that as a fallback plan, senior
officials at Central Command in
BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner says the trigger for such an
attack reportedly includes any confirmation that
nuclear weapon - which it denies.
Alternatively, our correspondent adds, a high-casualty attack on US
forces in neighbouring
traced directly back to
Earlier this month US officials said they had evidence
providing weapons to Iraqi Shia militias. At the time, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the accusations were "excuses to prolong the stay"
of US forces in
Middle East analysts have recently voiced their fears of catastrophic
consequences for any such
BBC it would backfire badly by probably encouraging the Iranian government
to develop a nuclear weapon in the long term.
for power stations or, if greatly enriched, material for a nuclear bomb.
The UN Security Council has called on
of uranium by 21 February.
If it does not, and if the International Atomic Energy Agency confirms
this, the resolution says that further economic sanctions will be