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A War with Iran Today2012-03-20 18:38
The U.S. Army has conducted secret exercises in order to assess consequences of Israel's preemptive strike on nuclear facilities of Iran. According to the New York Times, citing sources in the U.S. Department of Defense, such a move by Israel will lead to large-scale regional war.
The exercises have shown that the Iranian missile attack on the ships, located in the Gulf, would claim the lives of at least 200 American sailors and soldiers. According to a source from the Pentagon, the exercises were not preparation for an attack on Iran, but only a simulation of possible developments in the region, and the real situation may be different from this scenario, MIGnews reported.
However, the findings have increased the fear that Americans would not manage to stay away from the conflict with Iran. If Israel attacks Iran, the U.S would have to immediately intervene in the conflict and take preventive measures in order to reduce the potential number of casualties among its military contingent, the Rosbalt reported.
Meanwhile, The Los Angeles Times says the naval forces of the United States will considerably increase its military presence in the Persian Gulf in the near future. As stated by Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, the Fifth Fleet, stationed in the Gulf, would be reinforced by four minesweepers, the same number of helicopters CH-53 Sea Stallion, capable of detecting mines, as well as robots, able to defuse mines underwater.
In addition, patrol speedboats, armed with heavy machine guns Mark 38, will be sent to the Persian Gulf. According to the admiral, these vessels are able to effectively repel the attacks of the small enemy speedboats. The same machine guns may be installed on large ships, in particular - on aircraft carriers.
Earlier, Iran has repeatedly declared that it would block the Strait of Hormuz if force would be applied against the country. The U.S. has promised not to allow overlapping the Strait, even if it means using military force, Lenta.ru reported.
In turn, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Israeli's strikes on Iranian nuclear facilities "would be a huge mistake". He expressed this view in an interview to Afghan TV channel "Tolo", the text of which was circulated by the information and press department of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
"We believe that this will be a huge mistake. We hope this will never happen. We have noted that during the recent visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington, the U.S. President (Barack Obama) had clearly stated the need to find a political solution. This is a wise approach. Any use of force in the region will lead to catastrophic consequences", Lavrov said.
He stressed there were no evidence of the fact that Iran is working on nuclear weapons. "In their statements, the Pentagon and the U.S. intelligence services, who have repeatedly made public statements, made it clear that they had no information regarding the adoption of decision to start nuclear weapons development by the Iranian leadership", the Minister said. He added that the IAEA mission, working in Iran, has not found any evidence of the military component in Iran's nuclear research.
However, the minister said, there are some questions related to Iran's nuclear program. Only after the international community gets answers on them, as well as "absolute confidence" in the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear research, the sanctions against the country would be lifted.