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United for Peace of Pierce County - TRANSLATIONS: RIA Novosti reports US Iran attack preparations 'nearly completed'
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RIA Novosti reported Friday that U.S. armed forces "have nearly completed preparations for a possible military operation against Iran, and will be ready to strike in early April," according to a source in Russian intelligence.[1]  --  A shorter version in French of the same article differed in only one particular, apparently by mistake.[2]  --  Versions of the article also appeared in other languages on the RIA Novisti web site.  --  A version of the full article in Russian has also been attempted, based on a machine translation, but this version should not be regarded as reliable.[3] ...


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World

U.S. READY TO STRIKE IRAN IN EARLY APRIL -- INTELLIGENCE SOURCE

RIA Novosti
March 30, 2007

http://en.rian.ru/world/20070330/62861432.html

MOSCOW -- Russian intelligence has information that the U.S. Armed Forces have nearly completed preparations for a possible military operation against Iran, and will be ready to strike in early April, a security official said.

The source said the U.S. had already compiled a list of possible targets on Iranian territory and practiced the operation during recent exercises in the Persian Gulf.

"Russian intelligence has information that the U.S. Armed Forces stationed in the Persian Gulf have nearly completed preparations for a missile strike against Iranian territory," the source said.

American commanders will be ready to carry out the attack in early April, but it will be up to the country's political leadership to decide if and when to attack, the source said.

Official data says America's military presence in the region has reached the level of March 2003 when the U.S. invaded Iraq.

The U.S. has not excluded the military option in negotiations on Iran over its refusal to abandon its nuclear program. The U.N. Security Council passed a new resolution on Iran Saturday toughening economic sanctions against the country and accepting the possibility of a military solution to the crisis. [NOTE: This is evidently a mistranslation. The shorter French version of this article, translated below, says that the resolution "does not include" or "excludes" ('exclut') "the use of force." --M.J.]

The source said the Pentagon could decide to conduct ground operations as well after assessing the damage done to the Iranian forces by its possible missile strikes and analyzing the political situation in the country following the attacks.

A senior Russian security official cited military intelligence earlier as saying U.S. Armed Forces had recently intensified training for air and ground operations against Iran.

"The Pentagon has drafted a highly effective plan that will allow the Americans to bring Iran to its knees at minimal cost," the official said.

Russian Col.-Gen. Leonid Ivashov, vice president of the Academy of Geopolitical Sciences, said last week the Pentagon was planning to deliver a massive air strike on Iran's military infrastructure in the near future.

"I have no doubt there will be an operation, or rather an aggressive action against Iran," Ivashov said, commenting on media reports about U.S. planned operation against Iran, codenamed Operation Bite.

A new U.S. carrier battle group has been dispatched to the Gulf. The USS John C. Stennis, with a crew of 3,200 and around 80 fixed-wing aircraft, including F/A-18 Hornet and Superhornet fighter-bombers, eight support ships and four nuclear submarines are heading for the Gulf, where a similar group led by the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower has been deployed since December 2006. The U.S. is also sending Patriot anti-missile systems to the region. [NOTE: According to earlier reports, the USS John C. Stennis entered the Persian Gulf on Mar. 26 or Mar. 27. --M.J.]

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, however, was rather optimistic about the situation and said he ruled out a military resolution of the Iranian nuclear problem.

"We are constantly working on how to resolve the situation around the Iranian nuclear program and other conflicts peacefully," Lavrov said. "This policy is unchanged and we will pursue it in the future."

Russia and the U.S. are two of the six negotiators on Iran's nuclear program, which Tehran says is aimed at generating energy.

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[Translated from RIA Novosti from the French (Moscow)]

U.S. HAS ALMOST FINISHED PREPARATION OF A STRIKE AGAINST IRAN (RUSSIAN SECRET SERVICES)

RIA Novosti
March 30, 2007

http://fr.rian.ru/russia/20070330/62861794.html

MOSCOW -- The United States has almost finished its preparation of a strike against Iran, RIA Novosti learned Friday from a source inside Russian secret services.

"According to data available to Russian secret services, American armed forces deployed in the Persian Gulf region have practically finished their preparation of an air strike against Iran," the official said.

The United States has established a list of Iranian targets and worked out the plan of the military operation. The American command will be ready to deliver a strike in the first two weeks of April, but it is up to American political leaders to make a decision to do so, according to the source.

The United States is threatening to launch a war against Iran, which is refusing to suspend its nuclear program. The recent U.N. Security Council resolution contemplates economic sanctions against Tehran, but but does not include the use of force.

The number of American forces deployed in the region has attained the level in March 2003, when the United States launched a war against Iraq, according to official American figures.

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Translated by Mark K. Jensen
Associate Professor of French
Department of Languages and Literatures
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA 98447-0003
Phone: 253-535-7219
Home page: http://www.plu.edu/~jensenmk/
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[A version of RIA Novosti from the Russian (based on machine translations)]

INTELLIGENCE DATA: U.S. ABLE TO STRIKE IRAN IN EARLY APRIL

RIA Novosti
March 30, 2007

http://rian.ru/defense_safety/20070330/62858834.html

MOSCOW -- Russian intelligence data indicate that U.S. armed forces have almost finished preparations for a possible military operation against Iran, a Russian intelligence source told RIA Novosti.

According to the source, information shows that the U.S. has chosen possible targets on Iranian territory, and practiced the plan of operation during recent exercises.

"According to Russian military intelligence data, U.S. armed forces in the Persian Gulf have practically completed preparations for air strikes on Iranian territory," said the source.

According to the source, the American command will be ready to carry out the attack in the first half of April, but the decision to launch a military operation depends on American political leaders.

The U.S. is threatening Tehran militarily in connection with Iran's refusal to give up its nuclear program. The latest U.N. Security Council resolution on Iran, voted last week, calls for economic sanctions against it, but excludes the use of military force.

According to American figures, the U.S. military presence in the region now corresponds to March 2003 levels, when the invasion of Iraq took place.

The source did not rule out the possibility that after air strikes, damage estimates, and analysis of the social and political situation inside the country after the attack, the Pentagon might also undertake a ground operation.

On an earlier occasion, a high-ranking source in Russian intelligence told RIA Novosti that there are indications of military preparations by U.S. armed forces in the area for both air and ground operations.

"The Pentagon is looking to maximize the impact on Iran in order to bring the country to its knees, while suffering minimum U.S. losses," said the agency source.

The vice president of the Academy of Geopoltical Studies, Col. Gen. Leonid Ivashov, in a Mar. 21 interview with RIA Novosti, said he was sure that the Pentagon is planning to deliver a massive strike on Iran's military infrastructure in the near future.

"I do not doubt that the operation -- or more precisely, the aggression against Iran -- will take place," said Ivashov, commenting on the media reports that the Pentagon is preparing an operation against Iran under the code name "Bite."

In Ivashov's opinion, this fits with last March's meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington, which supports the Bush administration, and also with the fact that several days later the U.S. Congress removed language forbidding the president to attack Iran without congressional approval.

"We drew the clear conclusion that the operation is favored by supporters of Israel in the U.S. and by the Israeli leadership, represented at the conference by Israel's foreign minister," said Ivashov.

In his opinion, the U.S. is not planning a ground operation.

"There will most likely not be a ground invasion, but there will be sustained, massive airstrikes to knock out the potential for military resistance, destroy command and control centers, important economic targets, and possibly the Iranian government or leadership," the expert said.

At present the U.S. Navy has a carrier group headed by the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) in the Persian Gulf, according to a statement of the American Fifth Fleet spokesperson Charlie Browon, as reported on Mar. 21 by RIA Novosti. The Eisenhower is accompnied by the destoyer USS Anzio (CG 68).

A second carrier group headed by the USS John C. Stennis is located in the north Arabian Sea. There are three operations groups in the Persian Gulf Region, Brown said.

According to Brown, the U.S. Fifth Fleet has 45 ships in the region, 15 of them belonging to coalition partners, the rest American.

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Version by Mark K. Jensen, based on machine translations
Associate Professor of French (not Russian!)
Department of Languages and Literatures
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA 98447-0003
Phone: 253-535-7219
Home page: http://www.plu.edu/~jensenmk/
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.