Iran's Nuclear Reactor Targeted for Attach
DEBKAfile Iranian sources report Iran's leaders are utterly convienced that a US and/or Israeli attack will be launched against its nuclear installations and Revolutionary Gards bases before Barack Obama's January 20th inauguration as U.S. President. Israli intelligence suspects that Russian engineers will complete construction on the Bushehr nuclear reactor by mid-2009.
Iran deploys posts 60-ship armada in war readiness maneuver
4 Dec.: The Iranian navy and air force began a six-day maneuver Wednesday, Dec. 3, which Tehran radio said would cover an area of 50,000 square miles of the Persian Gulf, the Sea of Oman and the Strait of Hormuz. Tehran has threatened to block the narrow strait if attacked. Admiral Qasem Rostamabadi said its aim is to "increase the level of readiness of Iran's naval forces and test domestically-made naval weaponry."
Air strikes against "which sank big enemy vessels" were said to be part of the war game, a clear reference to American air carriers, three of which are now present in waters opposite Iran. Iranian Navy chief Adm. Habibollah Sayyari boasted Wednesday: "Iran has pushed back the frontiers of naval capabilities to become the decisive maritime force in the region."