Wednesday, September 01, 2004

99% chance of attack on Iran

99% chance of attack on Iran: "99% chance of attack on Iran
30/08/2004 11:28 - (SA)

Amman - A prominent Jordanian journalist on Monday expected the United States or Israel to launch a 'pre-emptive strike' against Iran in September or October with a view to enhancing President George Bush's re-election chances.
'A pre-emptive strike is coming 99% either in September or October before the US presidential elections early in November,' said Fahd Fanek in an article in the daily Al-Rai.
'If the United States decides to carry out the strike, the timing will be before the elections so as Bush guarantees his re-election. If Israel launches the attack, it will do that for the avowed aim of ensuring Bush will be the next president,' added Fanek, an economics expert and respected newspaper columnist.
Fanek contended that Iran 'was well aware of this and, accordingly, it was heating up the war language with the Americans'.
'What Moqtada al-Sadr did in Iraq could be part of an Iranian plan designed to foil any American blueprint to proceed eastward,' he said, alluding to the recent bloody confrontation between al-Sadr's militias and the US troops at the holy town of Najaf. - dpa
Edited by Andrea Botha"


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