BBC: The two triggers for air strike on Iran

From the BBC

US contingency plans for air strikes on Iran extend
beyond nuclear sites and include most of the country’s military
infrastructure, the BBC has learned.

It is understood that any such attack – if ordered –
would target Iranian air bases, naval bases, missile facilities and
command-and-control centres.

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BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner says the
trigger for such an attack reportedly includes any confirmation that
Iran was developing a nuclear weapon – which it denies.

Alternatively, our correspondent adds, a high-casualty attack on US
forces in neighbouring Iraq could also trigger a bombing campaign if it
were traced directly back to Tehran.
(emphasis are BBC’s)

If true that last trigger is troubling in light of the head-on attack of a US combat post that occurred today. And the opportunity for more such attacks only grows as “American soldiers have been setting up new joint security stations or
mini-forts” as part of Bush’s surge strategy. There will eventually be 20-30 such posts which ominously are “are already being called the Alamo.” Given all this it seems the chance that “a high-casualty attack on US
forces” only grows greater.

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