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Brits Steel for Possible US Strike on Iran: Report

Israel also gears for attack, Iran vows 'heavy' response
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2011 3:48 AM CDT

(Newser) – Talk of striking at Iran's nuclear enrichment program is rapidly heating up in Israel—and apparently the US. Not only is Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu trying to gather support for such attacks, but Britain's armed forces are working on contingency plans to support the US, should America launch a strike, reports the Guardian. UK intelligence reports say that President Obama does not want any additional military actions before next November's elections, but that mounting worries over Iran's nuclear programs and a new Tehran belligerence could force action.

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A new poll, published today, indicates that Israelis are evenly split about a possible strike against Iran, with 41% supporting, 39% opposed, and 20% undecided (with a margin of error of 4.6%), notes AP. Israel also successfully tested a ballistic missile yesterday capable of reaching Iran. Tehran, however, is rattling swords, too, with Iran's top military official threatening "heavy damages" to the US and Israel if they attack, reports Arutz Sheva. And the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said yesterday that he had 100 "undeniable documents" proving the US sponsored terrorism in Iran and around the Middle East, according to Reuters. (Read more Iran stories.)

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