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Posted: 10/19/2008 10:59:31 AM EST
Iran: We are ready for all enemy scenarios
Sat, 18 Oct 2008 19:01:35 GMT


The Iranian Army has devised contingency plans to defend the country in the event of an attack, says a senior Iranian commander.

The commander of the Iranian Army's Ground Forces, Ahmad-Reza Pourdastan, said Saturday that the Ground Forces have substantially upgraded their tactical deterrence capabilities in the past decades and is well capable of defending the country's territorial integrity.

"Iran has enhanced its defense capabilities over the past three decades and is ready to repel any attack against the country," said Brig. Gen. Pourdastan.

While the UN nuclear watchdog, in its Sep 15 report on Iran, declared that it could not find any 'components of a nuclear weapon' or 'related nuclear physics studies' in the country, Israel and its allies accuse Iran of seeking nuclear weaponry.

A recent article published by the Guardian recently revealed that Israel 'seriously considered' striking Iran's nuclear facilities in spring.

According to the article, former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert's plea for a green light to target Iran's power plants was turned down by US President George W. Bush in a May 14 meeting.

On July 13, The Sunday Times quoted a senior Pentagon official as saying that the Bush administration had given the 'amber light' to an Israeli plan to attack Iran by means of long-range bombing sorties.

"Amber means get on with your preparations, stand by for immediate attack and tell us when you're ready," said the official on condition of anonymity.

On Oct. 12, The Times reported that there is the likelihood of Israel bypassing US warnings and unilaterally striking Iranian nuclear facilities in the same manner Georgia attacked South Ossetia.

"The experience of Georgia has given an amber, if not a green light to Israel (to attack Iran) and only Bush can switch that to red," The Times asserted.


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'War on Iran to spell Israel's collapse'
Sun, 19 Oct 2008 16:24:53 GMT


Admiral Ali Shamkhani
Former Iranian defense minister says an Israeli attack on Iran would result in Palestinian victory over Israel in the occupied lands.

Following recent reports on a possible Israeli strike on Iran, Admiral Ali Shamkhani said Sunday that Iran has readied a contingency plan for any possible war scenarios against the Islamic Republic.

Referring to the 2006 Israeli war on Lebanon, Shamkhani said, "Iran would definitely deliver a more devastating blow to Israel than that of Hezbollah."

In July 2006, Israel fought a 33-day war against Lebanon's Hezbollah movement, imposing an aerial and naval blockade on the country and razing villages in the south.

Nearly 1,200 people in Lebanon, mostly civilians, and 157 Israelis, mostly soldiers, died during the 33-day war.

Israel, however, faced a heavy defeat in the month-long war, which according to the Guardian cost Tel Aviv $1.6 billion (£850m).

The former Iranian defense minister said Iran's crushing response to Israel, in case of an attack, would help ensure the return of the occupied territories to Palestinians.

Adm. Shamkhani also expressed doubt about the possibility of an Israeli attack on Iran without Washington's support, saying Israel is incapable of a unilateral strike.

A Guardian article recently revealed that Israel 'seriously considered' striking Iran's nuclear facilities in spring.

According to the article, former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert's plea for a green light to target Iran's power plants was turned down by US President George W. Bush in a May 14 meeting.

'Should the US give the green light to Israel,' the Iranian admiral said, 'they would pursue a stage-by-stage war scenario for which Iran has already prepared a complete contingency plan'.

Adm. Shamkhani warned that Iranian Armed Forces are also capable of seriously challenging the US image of military superiority.

The Iranian military official's remarks come after Iran announced on Wednesday that the country's Air Force started a large-scale aerial maneuver to test its state-of-the-art military equipment along with its flight and gunnery tactics.

Iran has been holding military exercises on a regular basis after Israel conducted an air maneuver over the Eastern Mediterranean and Greece in early June, which according to Pentagon officials, appeared to be a rehearsal for a potential bombing attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.

Over 100 Israeli F-16s and F-15s took part 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.

Shamkhani described Israel as a vulnerable enemy and said it would be no match for Iran's state-of-the-art military equipment and capabilities.


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Link Posted: 10/19/2008 1:01:01 PM EST



They got to keep talking themselves up or they won't get hardon...........
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