Wednesday, February 15, 2006

RHETORIC RAMPING UP: NATO TO ATTACK IRAN?

Iran says its ready to repulse and respond to any attack from the West:
Iran is prepared to launch attacks using long-range missiles, secret commando units, and terrorist allies planted around the globe in retaliation for any strike on the country's nuclear facilities, according to new US intelligence assessments and military specialists.

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"The Iranian ayatollahs may deploy an 'asymmetric' answer and incite a Shi'ite rebellion in Iraq," the respected Russian military publication "Defense and Security," warned last month, referring to a military strategy that employs such tactics as guerrilla warfare. "That would be disastrous for the United States."

Meanwhile, Bulgaria is signaling that it actually may be NATO that ends up attacking Iran - not an individual country:
Bulgaria as a NATO member will join a possible strike on Iran if the Alliance is accredited to launch the attack, Bulgarian Defense Minister Veselin Bliznakov said on Monday.

Talking to a local TV channel, Bliznakov said that the U.S.-led NATO might attack Iran aiming at stopping it from developing nuclear weapons.

"This might happen if the situation becomes really complicated," commented the minister.
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