U.S. drawing military attack plan for Iran

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The United States military is making plans for a potential comprehensive attack on Iran. The decision was made following President Obama’s threat to use military force if Tehran violates the recent nuclear agreement.

According to two senior US military officers familiar with the planning, the military action would involve attacks spearheaded by the Massive Ordnance Penetrator, a precision-guided, 30,000-pound “bunker buster” bomb.

The two officers spoke with USA Today on condition of anonymity, and one of them said the attack would be aimed at targeting Iran’s “air defenses” and its “deeply buried nuclear facilities.”

The officer noted that if the military plan does take effect, it would “provide a moderate confidence level” that Iran’s nuclear program is going to be set back up to two years.

According to a PressTV report, the second officer added that in the case of an attack, the United States would launch public diplomatic overtures to allies in the region to provide American forces with access to military bases and port facilities.

The second officer went on to say that if the United States launches an attack, it would also deploy Patriot missiles in order to counter enemy missiles, and to protect American bases and other facilities in the region.

According to both officers, an attack on Iran by the United States will spawn retaliation from Iran, which will include attempts to cut off shipping in the Persian Gulf.

When asked about the possibility of a U.S. attack on Iran, Michael O’Hanlon, a senior fellow and military expert at the Brookings Institution said, “A strike would try to reduce as much of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure as possible, recognizing it wouldn’t be perfect or permanently eliminate it.”

He also added that an air war with as many as 1,000 aircraft over several days to a week, would likely destroy power plants and other infrastructure associated with Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Last week, President Obama wrote a letter to congressional Democrats, reassuring the skeptical lawmakers that the military option against Iran will remain on the table for many years to come, despite the Vienna agreement.

In the letter, the President said that if Iran violates the recently negotiated agreement, “it’s possible that we won’t have any other choice than to act militarily.”

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