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January 28, 2003

Analysts: Iraq aiming planes carrying 'dirty bombs' at Israel

Haaretz reporter Amos Harel has a frightening piece in Virtual Jerusalem

Western intelligence analysts say that Iraq has readied a number of its longer-range aircraft for "one-way missions," carrying non-conventional payloads and targeting cities in Israel.

According to the analysts, the Iraqi air force has managed to prepare a number of its Soviet-made Tupolev-16 and Sukhoi-25 aircraft for suicide missions against Israel, which would be equipped with a "dirty bomb" (radiological weapon) as a possible payload.

Meanwhile, a British newspaper quoted reports from the United States on Sunday suggesting that British and American troops have already been deployed in western Iraq, in order to prevent an attack on Israel.

According to the Sunday Telegraph, the special troops are there to prevent the mobilization of Scud missile launchers for an attack on Israel.