Saturday, January 14, 2012

US concerned over Possible Israel strike on Iran

Officials in Washington boost security in Gulf in case Jerusalem ignores US requests to hold off on military operation against Iran's nuclear facilities, The Wall Street Journal says.

Contingency plan? US security officials are concerned that Israel is preparing for a military strike in Iran despite Washington's warnings, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.

A former White House official quoted by the paper noted that despite the close relationship with Jerusalem, "It's hard to know what's bluster and what's not with the Israelis."

n recent months, the Obama administration has been in close contact with Jerusalem officials in an effort to dissuade them from pursuing a covert action against Iran's nuclear program, but at the same time have started working on a contingency plan in case their efforts fall on deaf ears, the report claimed.

"The US military is preparing for a number of possible responses to an Israeli strike, including assaults by pro-Iranian Shiite militias in Iraq against the US Embassy in Baghdad," the paper quoted a US official as saying.

According to the report, Washington has moved a second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf area and has stationed 15,000 troops in Kuwait as means to create deterrence in the region. Read More