Thursday, July 10, 2008

Israeli jets using Iraq's airspace for a likely attack against Iran?

BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq (August 6, 2007) - A pair of Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons sit on the flight line as the sun sets at Balad Air Base in Iraq. F-16s fly close air support missions exclusively for Operation Iraqi Freedom. A pair of Fighting Falcons destroyed dirt bridges being used by insurgents Aug. 4 in Baghdad, Iraq. Photo by Tech Sgt. Beth Hollicker, Joint Combat Camera Center.

The latest from Iran:

Thu, 10 Jul 2008 16:33:45

The US has allowed Israeli jets to use US airbases in Iraq and fly over Iraqi airspace for a likely attack against Iran, Iraqi media say.

It is more than a month that some Israeli planes belonging to Israeli air force use the US military bases in Iraq to land and take off, Iraqi Nahrainnet news network said Wednesday, quoting informed sources close to Iraq's Defense Ministry.

The activities and traffic of warplanes- especially at nights- has lately increased in the US air bases in Nasiriya southeast of Baghdad and Haditha a city in the western Iraq province of Al Anbar, the Iraqi residents and sources said. They said the US fighters, cargo planes, helicopters and unmanned planes have intensified their flights in the last three weeks. The US military officials have imposed severe security measures around the bases, they said. They said some aircraft suspected to be Israeli warplanes coming from Jordan, have landed in the US controlled al-Assad airbase near Haditha. It is believed that these activities are parts of a joint Israeli-US training, preparation and coordination to launch an air raid against Iran's nuclear plants. Israel has conducted a military drill under the supervision of top US military commanders over the Mediterranean Sea from May 28 to June 12, using more than 100 Israeli F-16 and F-15 fighters, along with helicopters and refueling tanks which many consider as a possible rehearsal for a strike on Iran's nuclear facilities. (Source)
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