Experts say that various military exercises have been conducted starting early 2005 and the U.S. coalition partners including Israel and Turkey are in "an advanced stage of readiness".
But a research by Oxford Research Group, specialized in arms control and non-proliferation issues, warned that a military strike targeting NUCLEAR sites in the Islamic Republic "either by the U.S. or Israel, is not an option that should be considered under any circumstances," as it would kill thousands of people, including troops, NUCLEAR programme staff and "many hundreds" of civilians, and spark a long-lasting war by escalating military confrontation in the region.
The UN atomic watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency announced last week its decision to take the Islamic Republic's NUCLEAR DOSSIER to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions.
A war on Iran would result in "a protracted military confrontation" involving Israel, Lebanon and some Gulf states, according to the research.
The report by University of Bradford professor Paul Rogers suggests that a possible U.S. attack on Iran, the targets of which would include the nuclear reactor at Bushehr, would likely consist of simultaneous air strikes on more than 20 key NUCLEAR and military facilities, designed to disable the country's entire nuclear and air-defence capabilities.
According to the report, striking Iran would lead to the Islamic republic withdrawing from the NUCLEAR NON-PROLIFERATION TREATY, which will eventually result in accelerating NUCLEAR AMBITIONS, in Iran and other countries.
It would also fuel anti-American sentiment worldwide, the report added.
The research, Iran: Consequences of a War, says that nuclear scientists and technicians would be targets in the opening salvos as a possible military strike by the U.S. as it will be focused on eliminating further nuclear development.
The Oxford report further states that Britain could be drawn into the conflict if the Prime Minister Tony Blair allowed the Americans use bases at Fairford, Glos, and on the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia to launch B2 bombers, which can carry 40,000lb of precision bombs. More than 100 American bombers, many based on carriers in the Gulf, would be used in a surprise air attack on 20 key nuclear and military facilities.
"A military response to the current crisis is a particularly dangerous option and should not be considered further. Alternative approaches must be sought, however difficult these may be," said the group's director, John Sloboda.
But Iran has made it clear that it's ready and prepared to retaliate by launching attacks using long-range missiles, secret commando units, according to new U.S. intelligence assessments and military specialists.
Officials in Washington and Israel, as well as the U.S. PRESIDENT have repeatedly hinted at the possibility of using the military option to force Iran give up its nuclear ambitions, ignoring numerous warning by military and intelligence officials that attacking Iran, described by the U.S. intelligence analysts as ''more confident and assertive" than it has been since the 1979 Islamic revolution, would lead to reprisals across the region, and perhaps even inside the U.S. itself.
''When the Americans or Israelis are thinking about [military force], I hope they will sit down and think about everything the ayatollahs could do to make our lives miserable and what we will do to discourage them," John Pike, director of the think tank GlobalSecurity.org, was quoted as saying earlier.
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