Israel ready to strike nuclear sites in Iran – Report

Israel will launch strikes against Iran’s nuclear program in the event that Tehran retaliates for the recent attack on its embassy in Damascus, a London-based Arabic outlet has reported, citing an anonymous Western security official.

Two generals of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force and several other officers were killed in the Israeli airstrike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus last week. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has vowed that Israel will “receive a slap in the face” in return.

According to Elaph News, an Arabic-language online outlet operating from the UK, Israel has been training pilots to strike “sensitive sites” in Iran, potentially ones involved in Tehran’s nuclear program.

Elaph’s report was picked up by British tabloid The Sun, which posted a list of possible Israeli targets, ranging from the Arak heavy-water reactor and the Bushehr nuclear power station to the Gachin uranium mine and the Natanz uranium enrichment facility.

The newspaper noted that an Israeli attack on any of them would mark an “unprecedented escalation” in the Middle East conflict.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has already canceled all leave and begun spoofing GPS signals, in preparation for a possible Iranian reprisal. Several US media outlets, citing American intelligence sources, have reported that Tehran intends to use ballistic missiles and kamikaze drones to strike Israeli infrastructure once the Islamic holy month of Ramadan is over.

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