Is US Preparing Iran Air Strikes?

White House asks for bunker-buster funding
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2007 5:09 AM CDT
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivers a speech during Caspian Sea leaders summit in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A recent White House funding request has heightened speculation that the US is preparing air strikes on Iran's nuclear facilities, reports ABC News. The Bush administration has asked for $88 million in emergency funds to modify B-2 stealth bombers so they can carry 30,000 "bunker buster" bombs to fulfill "an urgent operational need from commanders."

No details about the exact nature of such a need have been provided. The most likely target for the massive bombs is Natanz, Iran's heavily fortified underground nuclear facility, according to observers. "You'd use it on Natanz," said one analyst. "You'd use a stealth bomber because you'd want it to be a surprise."