US studying repercussions of Israeli attack on Iran

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 16:01

New York: An Israeli attack on Iran would
lead to a wider regional war, which could draw in the United States and leave hundreds of Americans dead.

With an Israeli attack on Iran within the next year
appearing to be a possibility to American officials, the US
has undertaken a "classified war simulation" to assess the
real world repercussions of such an attack and America`s
preparedness to deal with the conflict, New York Times
reported.

"A classified war simulation held this month to assess
the repercussions of an Israeli attack on Iran forecasts that the strike would lead to a wider regional war, which could draw in the United States and leave hundreds of Americans dead," New York Times report quoted American officials as saying.
The two-week war game, known as the `Internal Look`,
played out a scenario in which the US found it was pulled into
the conflict after Iranian missiles struck a Navy warship in
the Persian Gulf, killing about 200 Americans, officials with
knowledge of the exercise said in the report.

The war-game then plays out a scenario in which the US
retaliates by carrying out its own strikes on Iranian nuclear
facilities.

While the war game was not designed as a rehearsal for
American military action, it has raised fears among top
American planners that it may be impossible to preclude
American involvement in any escalating confrontation with
Iran.
Officials at the White House and Pentagon have expressed
concern that the consequences of any Israeli attack could
prove perilous for the United States.

"With the Israelis saying publicly that the window to
prevent Iran from building a nuclear bomb is closing, American
officials see an Israeli attack on Iran within the next year
as a possibility. They have said privately that they believe
that Israel would probably give the United States little or no
warning should Israeli officials make the decision to strike
Iranian nuclear sites," the report added.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 16:00

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