Iran: “Israeli Aircrafts Massing at US Base in Iraq”

Reuters04.05.2011 Iran
Iran: “Israeli Aircrafts Massing at US Base in Iraq”

Iran: “Israeli Aircrafts Massing at US Base in Iraq”

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Iranian state television ran a report earlier this week saying Israeli military aircraft were massing at a U.S. air base in Iraq for a strike on Iran.

Press TV quoted what it said was a source close to the movement of Moqtada al-Sadr, an Iraqi Shi'ite cleric who opposes the U.S. presence in Iraq and has close ties to Iran's leaders.

An Israeli Army spokeswoman said she had no knowledge of any such report and said the military did not comment on operational matters.

Iraqi Air Force Commander Staff Lieutenant General Anwar Ahmed rejected the report as "groundless."

"The al-Asad base (mentioned by Press TV) exists on Iraqi territory. We can never accept launching any military attack against any of the neighboring countries, whether Iran or any other country, from Iraqi lands," he told Reuters.

Colonel Dave Lapan at the Pentagon said there was no truth to the report.

The United States and its Western allies suspect Iran is using its nuclear energy program as a cover to build bombs. Iran denies the allegation, insisting it needs nuclear technology to generate more electricity.

Iran has repeatedly warned that it would strike Israeli nuclear targets if Israel attacked its nuclear activities.

Iran does not recognize Israel, which it calls the "Zionist regime." Israel, believed to be the only nuclear-armed country in the Middle East, bombed Iraq's only nuclear reactor to rubble in 1981 when Saddam Hussein was in power in Baghdad.


Source: Reuters



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