American-made Harpoon missiles, armed with nuclear warheads, are now aimed by Israel’s fleet of Dolphin-class submarines against Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Following September’s exclusive report in American Free Press about Israel’s submarine nuclear attack capability, over 100 Harpoon cruise missiles have been secretly airlifted to the remote island of Diego Garcia, a joint UK-U.S. base in the Indian Ocean.
The three Israeli submarines that arrived at the base early this month were each loaded with 24 Harpoon missiles.
They then set sail for the Gulf of Oman—bringing Iran’s nuclear facilities all within range of the submarines’ payloads.
The decision to launch them is entirely in the hands of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Just as Sharon gave Washington only a short warning before he gave the order to attack an alleged terrorist camp deep inside Syria, he has made it clear to Washington that the same rule of engagement will apply if it comes to launching the Harpoons.
Sharon made his position clear in a telephone call to President Bush the day after the attack on Syria.
According to one Israeli source, Bush said he “just wanted to be kept in formed.”
Credible intelligence sources say the reality is that Sharon believes he would have the support of Bush if he did launch an attack.
But an indication of the deepening concern that some members of the Bush administration now feel is that National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice allowed one of her senior aides to confirm AFP’s September report to The Los Angeles Times and London’s Guardian newspaper.
Both drew heavily on the original American Free Press story. The senior Pentagon and State Department sources for AFP’s first story about Israel’s Dolphin-class submarines told AFP exclusively that, in the words of one high-level Pentagon source, “matters have now advanced considerably, and for the first time Rice is sounding alarm bells in the Oval Office.”
Rice’s decision to leak is also the first clear indication of her concerns over Israel—as well as her own direct challenge to the authority of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
Rice is engaged in an internal power struggle with Rumsfeld—and has chosen to use what she sees as his failure in the Middle East to harness Sharon’s behavior as her launch pad to have the secretary of state ousted.
“Rice has a long-term strategy to become secretary of state. While Rumsfeld is no supporter of Powell, he knows that having Rice in charge of [the State Department] would give her more power than she even has now. And there is also the ultimate ambition for Condi to be Bush’s running mate. Her own inner circle says that she would relish a face-off with Hillary Clinton in 2008. If Condi became vice president, then she is but a step away from becoming the first black woman in the White House. That is what is driving her,” said a senior Washington analyst.
Meantime, Rice’s concerns have deepened following Sharon’s stark warning last Sunday that “states harboring terrorists are legitimate targets.”
Aides in Tel Aviv have confirmed to American Free Press that “Iran and Syria are top of that list—with Iran in the top spot.”
The revelation comes at a time of rapidly escalating tensions in the region.
Israel’s senior Foreign Ministry spokesman, Gideon Meir, insisted “any country that harbors a threat to Israel is a legitimate target for us out of self-defense.”
Today, American Free Press can reveal, again for the first time, that a team of U.S. computer specialists flew to Diego Garcia to fit the latest version of the software known as “over the horizon.” This would allow a Harpoon to hit Iran’s nuclear establishments with pinpoint accuracy.
Originally developed by Inslaw, the Washington-based computer software company, the over-the-horizon capability has been enhanced to handle the sophisticated electronics of the Harpoon missiles.
In the meantime, Sharon has ordered Mossad to put together a specialist team to infiltrate Iran. Their mission is to snatch some of the scientists working in the country’s nuclear facilities at Natanz, Arak and Saghand.
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