Iranian nuclear program 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS)
The British military is accelerating planning for its part in a potential US-led
attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, The Guardian reported on Wednesday, days
after the UK’s military chief visited Israel.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak
is currently in London on a state visit, where he met with senior officials,
including British National Security Adviser Peter Ricketts.
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nuclear threat is believed to be at the top of the agenda of talks between Barak
and British officials.
According to the Guardian
report, the British
Ministry of Defense believes the US may have intensified plans for
targeted-missile strikes of Iranian nuclear targets.
The newspaper quoted
British officials as saying that the UK would help the US in such a mission.
reportedly examining locations for mobilizing its Royal Navy ships and
submarines to assist a possible American aerial and naval campaign against
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Washington could also ask London for permission to use the British
island of Diego Garcia, in the Indian Ocean, as a base of
Meanwhile, an army source told The Jerusalem Post
British military chief Gen. David Richards visited Israel this
Richards was a guest of IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny
Gantz, the source said.
He arrived as “part of an annual visit” aimed at
maintaining international cooperation, the source said. The source did
not disclose the content of talks held by Richards and Israeli
The visit was not announced earlier because it is standard
practice in Britain to refrain from publicizing such visits while they
The army source confirmed that “no announcement was released”
during Richards’ arrival.
“The IDF has a system of international
cooperation which sees foreign figures visit Israel,” the source said
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