Paris, 15 Sept. (DEBKAfile-IPS) As Tehran continue to deploy an oversize and much disputed diplomatic activity concerning the Caucasian crisis, placing itself on the side of Moscow and criticizing the ”unwise” decision of the pro-American Georgian President to handle the situation, an Israeli intelligence news service says that the overwhelming Russian response to the Georgian provocation was to destroy facilities that Israel could use to attack Iranian nuclear facilities.
According to DEBKAfile, which has the reputation of being “close” to the Israeli secret services Mossad, the raids, disclosed by Arnaud de Borchgrave, the Chief Editor of the Arab owned United Press International (UPI), a veteran high flying journalist who is also on the Washington Times staff, the Russian raided two Georgian airfields which Tbilisi had allowed Israel to use for a potential strike against Iran's nuclear facilities.
Fying time for Israeli planes from South Georgia to Iran is much less than from Israel itself
The unconfirmed information followed the Georgian offensive against South Ossetia on 7 August 2008, leading to the invasion of most strategic areas in Georgia by Russia and the subsequent declaration of independence from Tbilisi by both South Ossetia and Abkhazia, an act made “irrevocable” after Moscow recognized their independence.
While the close cooperation between Israel and Georgia in military and intelligence fields are an open secret, DEBKAfile goes farther, saying “Under the secret agreement with Georgia, the airfields had been earmarked for use by Israeli fighter-bombers taking off to strike Iran in return for training and arms supplies”.
By “intelligence sources” estimates, flying from South Georgia over the Caspian Sea to Iran would sharply trim the distance to be spanned by Israeli fighter-bombers, reducing flying time to 3.5 hours.
“Northern Iran and the Tehran region, where most of the nuclear facilities are concentrated, would be within range, with no need to request US permission to pass through Iraq air space”, DEBKAfile says, adding that “Russian Special Forces also raided other Israeli facilities in southern Georgia and captured Israeli spy drones”.
Russian forces immediately invaded Georgia
Israel was said to have used the two airfields to "conduct recon flights over southern Russia as well as into nearby Iran". The US intelligence sources quoted by UPI reported that the Russian force also carried home other Israeli military equipment captured at the air bases.
“Our sources say that if the Russians got hold of an Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle complete with sophisticated electronic reconnaissance equipment, they will have secured some of the Israel Defence Forces's most secret devices for spying on Iran and Syria”.
The information comes at a time that psychological war is raging between the Iran and the Jewish State, with each one menacing the other with “fatal” destruction.
Tel-Aviv, backed by the United States and most of the Western nations accuses the ruling Iranian ayatollahs of seeking nuclear weapons to destroy Israel. For its part, Tehran, while rejecting vehemently these accusations, insists that the main source of instability and crisis in the Middle East comes from both the occupation of “Muslim” lands by the Americans in the one hand and the “savage” and” inhuman” treatment of the Palestinians by the Israelis.
The Caucasian crisis is considered as “blessed bread” for the lamed government of the Iranian fanatic President, Mahmoud Ahmadi Nezhad, who, because of his devastating economic decisions, crackdowns on dissidents, hard line foreign policy and particularly uncompromising nuclear activities, is under growing criticism both at home and outside.
Tehran backed the Russian action in Georgia, blaming the pro-American President of Georgia for the conflict
In fact, as a result of the unprecedented confrontation between Moscow and Washington over the Caucasian issue, a reminder of the cold war, Russia, in exchange of the Iranian backing, has openly warned the three western veto holding nations of the United Nations Security Council that it would no longer accept any further sanctions against Tehran over its controversial nuclear activities.
Backing the Russian devastating Russian attack on Georgia, Keyhan a hard line Iranian newspaper that has access to highly classified information and also reflects the views of the Iranian leader, Ayatollah Ali Khameneh’i, claimed that the “invasion” of South Ossetia by Georgian forces was decided by the Georgian Defence minister, “a Jew who lived in Israel and was trained there, who alsio arranged for the purchase of more than 200 million US Dollars sophisticated weapons from Israel and the training of special Georgian commandos”.
So far, the Security Council has approved three resolutions against the Islamic Republic of Iran, calling on the Iranian ayatollahs to suspend nuclear activities for a certain period allowing international nuclear experts to determine if the atomic works have not also a military use.
In his last report filed to the board of directors, the Head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog, the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency said it is incapable to confirm or infirm that Iranian nuclear activities have only a civilian character and are not deviated for military use. ENDS ISRAEL IRAN 16908