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Iranian Ayatollah: "War Within Weeks"

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Iran prepared for strike on nuclear facilities in September or October.

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told top Iranian military chiefs to expect “war within weeks,” at a recent war council meeting, according to Israeli news outlet DebkaFile.

“While retaliation had been exhaustively drilled in regular military exercises in the past year, Khamenei ordered the biggest fortification project in Iran’s history to save its nuclear program from even the mightiest of America’s super-weapons. Rocks are being gathered from afar, piled on key nuclear installations, covered with many tons of poured concrete and finally plated with steel,” states the report.

Despite more substantive reports speculating that any decision to attack Iran on behalf of Israel had been delayed until spring 2013, a parallel narrative that a military strike could take place in September or October has been doing the rounds more recently.

Whether the DebkaFile report is accurate or not, Iran has finalized preparations for conflict with its recent announcement that plans for closing the Strait of Hormuz, a key choke point through which 33% of the world’s oil shipments pass every day, are now complete.

The United States responded last month by sending underwater sea drones that would find and destroy mines and prevent Iran from being able to block the Strait.

U.S. aircraft carriers Eisenhower and Enterprise remain stationed in the waters surrounding Iran supported by several smaller attack ships.

Although U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta denied reports that his upcoming trip to Israel would include discussions on a potential time frame for attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities, during a recent visit presidential candidate Mitt Romney signaled that he would back an assault by the Jewish state.

According to the London Guardian, leading Israeli military figures are opposed to attacking Iran in the short term, with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu insisting he would take the decision.

However, Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz publicly denied that he is opposed to a strike and re-affirmed that the IDF will carry out orders to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities if they are given.


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