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Monday, July 16, 2007

Report: Iran warns U.S. it has 600 ballistic missile targets in Israel

ABU DHABI Iran is prepared to fire thousands of missiles into Israel in wake of any U.S. attack on the Islamic republic.

The Qatari daily Al Watan said Iran's military has established 600 targets in Israel for ballistic missile strikes. The newspaper, quoting diplomatic sources in Damascus, said Iran has allocated sufficient numbers of missiles to destroy all of the targets in the Jewish state.

On Sunday, Al Watan said Iran would target Israel if it participates in any U.S. attack on the Islamic republic. The diplomatic sources were quoted as saying that the Iranian threat was relayed to Israel and the United States.

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Iran has also warned of a massive missile strike if Israel attacks Syria, Teheran's leading ally, the newspaper said. Israel and Syria have been preparing for a war in 2007.

The sources said they do not expect a war between Israel and Syria in the summer of 2007. The sources were said to have included Arab and other diplomats.

Iran has repeatedly dismissed the prospect of a U.S. attack. But on Monday, the London-based Guardian daily reported that the Bush administration has resumed a review of a military option against Iran. The Guardian said Vice President Richard Cheney supports an air strike in opposition to Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

"Bush is not going to leave office with Iran still in limbo," the Guardian quoted a "well-placed source in Washington" as saying.

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