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    GLOBE-INTEL feedback@globe-intel.net Monday, October 27, 2003 US MISSILES TARGETED AGAINST IRAN BY ISRAEL by Gordon Thomas US Harpoon missiles armed with
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 27, 2003
      Monday, October 27, 2003

      Gordon Thomas

      US Harpoon missiles armed with nuclear warheads are now aimed by Israeli's
      fleet of Dolphin-class submarines against Iran's nuclear facilities.
      Following September's exclusive report in American Free Press about Israel's
      submarine nuclear attack capability, over 100 Harpoon cruise missiles have
      been secretly flown to the remote island of Diego Garcia, a joint UK-US base
      in the Indian Ocean. The three Israeli submarines which arrived at the base
      early this month were each loaded with 24 Harpoon missiles. They then set
      sail for the Gulf of Oman - bringing Iran's nuclear facilities all within
      range of their submarines' multi-payloads. The decision to launch them is
      entirely in the hands of Israel's prime minister, Ariel Sharon. Just as he
      gave Washington only a short warning he was going to attack an alleged
      terrorist camp deep inside Syria, Sharon has made it clear to Washington
      that the same rule of engagement will apply if it comes to launching the
      Harpoon missiles. Sharon made his position clear in a telephone call to
      President Bush the day after the attack on Syria. According to one Israeli
      source, Bush said he "just wanted to be kept informed". Credible
      intelligence sources say the reality is that Sharon believes he would have
      the support of Bush if he did launch an attack. But an indication of the
      deepening concern that some members of the Bush Administration now feel, is
      that national security advisor Condoleezza Rice last weekend allowed one of
      her senior aides to confirm our September report to the Los Angeles Times
      and London's Guardian newspaper. Both drew heavily on the original American
      Free Press story. The senior Pentagon and State department sources for our
      first story, about Israel's Dolphin class submarines, have told us
      exclusively that, in the words of one high-level Pentagon source, "matters
      have now advanced considerably and for the first time Rice is sounding alarm
      bells in the Oval Office". Rice's decision to leak is also the first clear
      indication of her concerns over Israel - as well as her own direct challenge
      to the authority of Secretary of Defence, Donald Rumsfeld. She is now
      engaged in an internal power struggle with Rumsfeld - and has chosen to use
      what she sees as his failure in the Middle East to harness Sharon's
      behaviour as her launch pad to have the Secretary of State ousted. "Rice has
      a long-term strategy to become Secretary of State. While Rumsfeld is no
      supporter of Powell, he knows that having Rice in charge of State would give
      her more power than she even has now. And there is also the ultimate
      ambition for Condi, to be Bush's running mate, if not in this election, then
      in the one afterwards. Her own inner circle say that she would relish a
      face-off with Hillary Clinton in 2008. If Condi became vice-President, then
      she is but a step away from becoming the first Black woman in the White
      House. That is what is driving her," said a senior Washington analyst.
      Meantime, Rice's concerns have deepened following Sharon's stark warning
      last Sunday that "states harbouring terrorists are legitimate targets".
      Aides in Tel Aviv have confirmed to American Free Press that "Iran and Syria
      are top of that list - with Iran in the top spot". The revelation comes at a
      time of rapidly escalating tensions in the region. Israel's senior Foreign
      Ministry spokesman, Gideon Meir, insisted "any country that harbours a
      threat to Israel is a legitimate target for us out of self-defence". Today,
      American Free Press can reveal, again for the first time, that a team of US
      computer specialists flew to Diego Garcia to fit the latest version of the
      software known as "over the horizon". This would allow a Harpoon missile to
      hit any of Iran's nuclear establishments with pin-point accuracy. Originally
      developed by Inslaw, the Washington based specialist computer software
      company, the "over the horizon" capability has been enhanced to handle the
      sophisticated electronics of the Harpoon missiles. In the meantime, Sharon
      has ordered Mossad to put together a specialist team to infiltrate Iran.
      Their mission is to snatch some of the scientists working in the country's
      nuclear facilities at Natanz, Arak and Saghand.


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