US warns Israel off pre-emptive strike on IranSubmitted by emalvini on Thu, 11/01/2012 - 22:59
US warns Israel off pre-emptive strike on Iran
Arab spring has left US-friendly rulers in region nervous about possible impact of an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear programme
Julian Borger Diplomatic Editor
Wednesday 31 October 2012 14.44 EDT
US military commanders have warned their Israeli counterparts that any action against Iran would severely limit the ability of American forces in the region to mount their own operations against the Iranian nuclear programme by cutting off vital logistical support from Gulf Arab allies.
US naval, air and ground forces are dependent for bases, refuelling and supplies on Gulf Arab rulers who are deeply concerned about the progress Iran has made in its nuclear programme, but also about the rising challenge to their regimes posed by the Arab spring and the galvanising impact on popular unrest of an Israeli attack on Iran.