By Worldbulletin staff
The US military is drawing up plans for a "surgical strike" against an allegedly insurgent training camp inside Iran, western intelligence sources told Timesonline last week.
According to the report, one source said the Americans were growing increasingly angry at the allegedly involvement of the Guards' special-operations Quds force inside Iraq.
"If the situation in Basra goes back to what it was like before, America is likely to blame Iran and carry out a surgical strike on a militant training camp across the border in Khuzestan," one source told the newspaper, referring to a frontier province.
Although American defence chiefs are firmly opposed to any attack on Iranian nuclear facilities, they believe a raid on one of the camps training Shi'ite militiamen would deliver a powerful message to Tehran, the newspaper commented.
"British officials believe the US military tends to overestimate the effect of the Iranian involvement in Iraq. But they say there is little doubt that the Revolutionary Guard exercises significant influence over splinter groups of the cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army, who were the main targets of recent operations in Basra," said the newspaper.
The CBS television network reported last week that plans were being drawn up for an attack on Iran, citing an officer.
The American news reports were unclear about the precise target of such an action and referred to Iran's nuclear facilities as the likely objective.
According to the intelligence sources there will not be an attack on Iran's nuclear capacity. "The Pentagon is not keen on that at all. If an attack happens it will be on a training camp to send a clear message to Iran not to interfere."
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