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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070923/pl_nm/usa_iran_cheney_dc;_ylt=Apq7lp4NcPIRdQ6zFLa18XKs0NUE Cheney mulled Israeli strike on Iran: Newsweek Sun Sep 23, 2:34
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      Cheney mulled Israeli strike on Iran: Newsweek

      Sun Sep 23, 2:34 PM ET

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Dick Cheney had
      at one point considered asking Israel to launch
      limited missile strikes at an Iranian nuclear site to
      provoke a retaliation, Newsweek magazine reported on
      Sunday.

      The news comes amid reports that Israel launched an
      air strike against Syria this month over a suspected
      nuclear site.

      Citing two unidentified sources, Newsweek said former
      Cheney Middle East adviser David Wurmser told a small
      group several months ago that Cheney was considering
      asking Israel to strike the Iranian nuclear site at
      Natanz.

      A military response by Iran could give Washington an
      excuse to then launch airstrikes of its own, Newsweek
      said.

      Wurmser's wife, Meyrav Wurmser of the neoconservative
      Hudson Institute think tank, told Newsweek the claims
      were untrue.

      Wurmser left Cheney's office last month, the magazine
      reported. The steady departure of neoconservative
      hawks from the administration has also helped tilt the
      balance against war, it said.

      Washington has been pursuing diplomatic efforts to
      persuade Iran to alter its nuclear program. It has
      refused to take military options off the table, even
      U.S. resources are taxed by having 169,000 troops in
      Iraq.

      Although some intelligence sources say Iran is years
      away from nuclear capability, Israel believes that
      military action may be necessary as early as 2008,
      Newsweek said.

      Israel has declined to comment on the reported air
      strike, while Syria has denied receiving North Korean
      nuclear aid and said it could retaliate for the
      September 6 violation of its territory.
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