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    Iran has moved ballistic missiles into launch positions, with Israel's
    Dimona nuclear plant among the possible targets, the London-based Times
    newspaper reported Sunday, quoting defense sources. According to the
    report, the movement of Shahab-3B missiles, which have an estimated
    range of more than 1,250 miles, followed a reported large-scale
    exercise earlier this month in which the Israel Air Force flew en masse
    over the Mediterranean in an apparent rehearsal for a threatened attack
    on Iran's nuclear installations.

    General Mohammad Ali Jafari, chief of Iran's elite Revolutionary
    Guards, has issued a new warning against Israel not to attack it,
    saying the country is well within range of its missiles, the Iranian
    Jam-e Jam newspaper reported on Saturday.
    "Israel is completely within the range of the Islamic republic's
    missiles. Our missile power and capability are such that the Zionist
    regime, despite all its abilities, cannot confront it," he said.
    "There is the possibility that by attacking Iranian nuclear sites the
    enemy wants to delay our nuclear activities, but any interruption would
    be very short since Iranian scientific ability is different from that
    of Syria and Iraq."

    Meanwhile, former Mossad Director Shabtai Shavit has warned that Israel
    has only one year to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.
    In an interview with the British Telegraph newspaper published Sunday,
    Shavit said that the "worst-case scenario" is that Iran may have a
    nuclear weapon within "somewhere around a year".
    "As an intelligence officer working with the worst-case scenario, I can
    tell you we should be prepared," he added. "We should do whatever
    necessary on the defensive side, on the offensive side, on the public
    opinion side for the West, in case sanctions don't work. What's left is
    a military action."

    The former Mossad chief also addressed the possibility that an attack
    on Iran would be thwarted if Democratic candidate Barack Obama is
    elected US president.
    "If (Republican candidate John) McCain gets elected, he could really
    easily make a decision to go for it. If it's Obama: no. My prediction
    is that he won't go for it, at least not in his first term in the White
    House," Shavit said.

    Last year, U.S. congressional leaders agreed to President George W.
    Bush's funding request for a major escalation of covert operations
    against Iran aimed at destabilizing its leadership, according to a
    report in The New Yorker magazine published online on Sunday.

    The article by reporter Seymour Hersh centers around a highly
    classified Presidential Finding signed by Bush which by U.S. law must
    be made known to Democratic and Republican House and Senate leaders and
    ranking members of the intelligence committees.

    "The Finding was focused on undermining Iran's nuclear ambitions and
    trying to undermine the government through regime change," the article
    cited a person familiar with its contents as saying, and involved
    "working with opposition groups and passing money."

    Hersh has written previously about possible administration plans to go
    to war to stop Tehran from obtaining nuclear weapons, including an
    April 2006 article in the New Yorker that suggested regime change in
    Iran, whether by diplomatic or military means, was Bush's ultimate goal.

    Funding for the covert escalation, for which Bush requested up to $400
    million, was approved by congressional leaders, according to the
    article, citing current and former military, intelligence and
    congressional sources.

    Clandestine operations against Iran are not new. U.S. Special
    Operations Forces have been conducting cross border operations from
    southern Iraq since last year, the article said.

    But the scale and the scope of the operations in Iran, which include
    the Central Intelligence Agency, have now been significantly expanded,
    the article said, citing current and former officials.

    Many of these activities are not specified in the new finding, and some
    congressional leaders have had serious questions about their nature, it

    Among groups inside Iran benefiting from U.S. support is the Jundallah,
    also known as the Iranian People's Resistance Movement, according to
    former CIA officer Robert Baer. Council on Foreign Relations analyst
    Vali Nasr described it to Hersh as a vicious organization suspected of
    links to Al-Qieda.

    The article said U.S. support for the dissident groups could prompt a
    violent crackdown by Iran, which could give the Bush administration a
    reason to intervene.

    None of the Democratic leaders in Congress would comment on the
    finding, the article said. The White House, which has repeatedly denied
    preparing for military action against Iran, and the CIA also declined

    The United States is leading international efforts to rein in Iran's
    suspected effort to develop nuclear weapons, although Washington
    concedes Iran has the right to develop nuclear power for civilian uses.