Tuesday, February 17, 2009

'Israel assassinating Iranian officials'

And I applaud Israel for their effort. At least someone is trying to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. Obama's 'talk-till-you-drop' diplomacy sure isn't going to make any difference. Oh, wait a minute. Did I actually criticise Obama? (doorbell rings in the background)

Feb 17, 2009 8:13 Updated Feb 17, 2009 12:58

Israel has launched a covert war in an effort to disrupt Iran's nuclear program, the British Daily Telegraph quoted US intelligence sources as saying.

According to the article published on Tuesday, sabotage, front companies and double agents, as well as the assassination of top figures involved in Iran's atomic operations, were being used to interrupt the program.

"Disruption is designed to slow progress on the program, done in such a way that they don't realize what's happening. You are never going to stop it," a former CIA officer on Iran told the Telegraph. "The goal is delay, delay, delay until you can come up with some other solution or approach. We certainly don't want the current Iranian government to have those weapons.

The newspaper quoted Reva Bhalla, a senior analyst with Stratfor, a US private intelligence company with strong government security connections, as saying that the strategy was to assassinate key figures.

"With cooperation from the United States, Israeli covert operations have focused both on eliminating key human assets involved in the nuclear program and in sabotaging the Iranian nuclear supply chain," she said. "As US-Israeli relations are bound to come under strain over the Obama administration's outreach to Iran, and as the political atmosphere grows in complexity, an intensification of Israeli covert activity against Iran is likely to result."
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