Israeli boots on the ground in Iran?
You might recall that when Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was here in April, an arms deal with Israel
was announced. One element of the deal was up to eight V-22 Ospreys, an aircraft that can land like a helicopter
and carry two dozen special operations forces with their gear over long
distances at aircraft speeds. At the time, we were told it would be used for search and rescue missions in case Israeli pilots bombing Iranian nuclear facilities were shot down. But USA Today reports that there's more to it than that
(Hat Tip: Lance K
The Osprey "is the ideal platform for sending Israeli special forces
into Iran," says Kenneth Pollack, a former CIA analyst now at the
Brookings Institution's Saban Center for Middle East Policy.
aircraft could help solve Israel's inability to breach Iran's uranium
enrichment facility buried under a granite mountain at Fordow. It might
be impregnable to even the heaviest conventional bunker-busting
munitions in the U.S. arsenal, Pollack said. Israeli military planners
have been brainstorming how to conduct an effective operation, Pollack
said, citing conversations with senior Israeli military officers.
"One of the possibilities is (Israel) would use special forces to assault the Fordow facility and blow it up," Pollack said.
Other parts of the arms package include Boeing's KC-135
"Stratotanker," which can refuel Ospreys and other aircraft while
airborne and extend the tilt-rotor aircraft's 426-mile range almost
indefinitely. The deal also includes anti-radiation missiles that are
used to target air defense systems, and advanced radars for Israel's
fleet of F-15 fighter jets, according to a Defense Department press
That equipment would increase Israel's capabilities
against Iran, said Ely Karmon, a senior research scholar at the
Institute for Counter-Terrorism at The Interdisciplinary Center in
The refueling equipment would extend the reach
of Israeli special forces, which could be used against Iran as they were
in Israel's attack on a Syrian nuclear facility under construction in
2007, Karmon said.
In the 2007 attack, at least one Israeli team
was on the ground to provide laser targeting of sophisticated air
munitions, Karmon said. "The same would be done for Iranian sites."
Hmmm. Read the whole thing
Labels: al-Kibar, Iranian nuclear threat, Israeli attack on Iran, Syrian nuclear program