Georgia airfields earmarked for war
Georgia permitted Israel to use
two military airfields for 'a potential pre-emptive strike' against Iranian
nuclear sites, a report says.
The revelation came after Georgia's offensive into South Ossetia in early August prompted Russia to march its Special Forces
into the region, United Press International reported.
Russian Special Forces
raided the airfields - in addition to other Israeli facilities in southern Georgia -,
where Israeli drones were captured.
According to the report, Israel had used the airfields to 'conduct recon
flights over southern Russia,
as well as into nearby Iran'.
"A secret agreement
between Georgia and Israel had earmarked two military airfields in
the south of Georgia for use
by Israeli fighter-bombers in a potential pre-emptive strike against Iran,"
read the report.
Tel Aviv has threatened to
launch air strikes against Iranian nuclear installations under the pretext that
signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), has plans to develop
This is while the UN nuclear
watchdog has confirmed that Iran
uranium-235 to a level of 3.7 percent -
a rate consistent with the construction of a nuclear power plant. Nuclear arms
production requires an enrichment level of above 90 percent.
Iran currently suffers from
electricity shortage and has been forced to adopt a rationing program by
scheduling power outages - of up to two hours a day - across both urban and
rural areas in the country.
In early June, Israel conducted a military maneuver over the
eastern Mediterranean and Greece
in preparation, according to Pentagon officials, for an aerial bombardment of
Iranian nuclear facilities.
Over 100 Israeli F-16s and
F-15s partook in the exercise, which spanned some 900 miles, roughly the distance
between their airfields and a nuclear enrichment facility in the central
Iranian city of Natanz.
airfields) would sharply reduce the distance Israeli fighter-bombers would have
to fly to hit targets in Iran,"
continued the report.
Israel, in return, has been
pro-Western government with considerable amounts of training and armament for
Georgian Minister of
Reintegration Temur Yakobashvili,
an Israeli citizen, said on August 10 that Israeli efforts to strengthen the
Georgian army caused Russia
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili declared on
August 13 that 'effective' Israeli weapons would ensure his country's success
in the military conflict with Russia.