- Iranian and Israeli news outlets are reporting that Russia
has evacuated its entire staff of nuclear engineers and experts who were
working at the Bushehr nuclear reactor, increasing speculation that the
United States is preparing an imminent military attack on Iran.
- According to the Khorramshar News Agency, which represents
ethnic Arabs in opposition to Ahmadinejad's regime who live near the reactor,
the Russians packed their bags and left on Friday.
- DEBKAfile offers three different scenarios to explain
the sudden withdrawal of the experts.
- a) Russian-Iranian negotiations about how work will proceed
on Bushehr have again hit a roadblock. This is highly unlikely because
Vladimir Putin is set to visit Iran later in the month to sign a set of
- b) The Russians have learned that an Iranian attack against
American interests in the Persian Gulf or Israel is imminent. This is extremely
doubtful because any preemptive Iranian attack would give Israel and the
U.S. the pretext they are desperately searching for to launch a devastating
- c) Moscow or Tehran have been tipped off that an attack
on Iran's nuclear facilities is imminent and the Russians are getting their
people out of harm's way. This seems to be the most plausible scenario,
- since reports emerged Friday from numerous "unnamed"
worldwide intelligence sources that military action is just around the
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- With every passing week, war rhetoric and maneuvering
escalates as an assault on Iran seems all but inevitable.
- This past weekend, Former US ambassador to the United
Nations John Bolton said there was no alternative to a military option
and that plans should be enacted for a "limited strike against their
- Veteran newsman
- Seymour Hersh reports that the Bush administration has
switched targets from Iran's nuclear facilities to instead target the Revolutionary
Guard in a series of planned "surgical" air strikes.
- "During a video conference over the summer, Bush
allegedly told Ryan Crocker, the US ambassador to Iraq, that he was considering
striking Iranian targets across the border and that the British "were
on board," reports http://www.spacewar.com/reports/US_Weighs_Strikes