«They are gearing up totally for the destruction of Iran»
This is the words of Dan Plesch, director of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at the University of London. He is the co-author of a recent study on US preparations for an attack on Iran. «US bombers are ready today to destroy 10,000 targets in Iran in a few hours», he added.
The Sunday Herald of Scotland is reporting that the Pentagon has put out bids for transporting hundreds of powerful «bunker-buster» bombs from California to the US air base at Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean in preparation for a possible attack on Iran.
According to a cargo manifest from the US Navy, the shipment includes 195 smart, guided, Blu-110 bombs and 192 massive 2000lb Blu-117 bombs, both of which are used for blasting hardened or underground structures.
«The US is not publicizing the scale of these preparations to deter Iran, tending to make confrontation more likely», he added. «The US … is using its forces as part of an overall strategy of shaping Iran’s actions».
Addressing an international conference on air power on Monday, Israel’s Vice Premier Moshe Ya’alon said Israel’s experience in carrying out precision air strikes against militants along its northern and southern borders could easily be extended to distant sorties in Iran.
«There is no doubt that the technological capabilities, which improved in recent years, have improved range and aerial refueling capabilities, and have brought about a massive improvement in the accuracy of our ordnance and intelligence», said the former IDF chief-of-staff.
«This capability can be used for a war on terror in Gaza, for a war in the face of rockets from Lebanon, for war on the conventional Syrian army, and also for war on a peripheral state like Iran».