Message with a bang: what Israel told US with Sudan hit

Was Israeli attack on Khartoum missile plant a 'dry run' for Iran – or a memo to the next US President?

Column LAST UPDATED AT 08:48 ON Mon 29 Oct 2012

THE ISRAELI air strike on a weapons compound on the outskirts of Khartoum last week was sure to raise the tension between Israel and Iran. Some reports from the region suggest it may have been a "dry run" for an attack by the Israeli air force within months on nuclear facilities inside Iran itself.

But it now seems that if anything the strike last week was more complicated. It was timed to send several messages, not just to Iran, but also to the United States in the run-up to the presidential election.

The attack on the missile factory on the southwestern edges of the Sudanese capital was carried out by a flight of F15I Super Strike Eagle bombers, with a fighter escort. In the raid they destroyed a facility understood to be building Shahab intermediate range ballistic missiles.

Much of the factory blew up as ammunition stockpiles exploded. At least two people died in the immediate raid according to reports from the ground.

The Israeli bombers had to complete a round trip of about 2,400 miles, as The Sunday Times reports, so they had to be refueled in mid-air by an Israeli Boeing 707 air tanker somewhere over the Red Sea.

A Gulfstream G550 packed with electronic jamming kit flew to suppress ground-to-air missile defences round Khartoum, and possibly to mask Egyptian air defence radars in Sinai. Two CH-53 helicopters patrolled the Red Sea, ready to rescue Israeli aircrew if they had to ditch.

The Shahab missiles were being built in Sudan under Iranian supervision, according to the Israelis. This link was first identified from papers seized from a senior operative for Palestinian Hamas, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, who was suffocated in a Dubai hotel by Israeli Mossad agents two and a half years ago. In his briefcase were papers revealing a trade in missiles and weapons between Sudan and Iran via Sinai.

The suggestion that the Israeli attack on the Khartoum site was a dry run for a possible Israeli raid, or series of raids, on Iran, seems over-simplistic.

The weapons being built in the Sudan factory were a target in their own right, because they could pose a short-term threat. They could have been set up in remote parts of the Sinai desert, or in some form be smuggled into Gaza – a direct threat to Israel.

They could also be taken to Iran to be fitted with nuclear warheads. If Iran is to build a credible nuclear arsenal, it will need to have quite a number of Shahab intermediate range missiles to deliver them. It might be difficult to build them quickly given the present sanctions against the regime and the extent of western aerial and satellite surveillance of Iran today.

An attack on Iran by Israel would be far more complex, and riskier, than the raid on Khartoum. Iran's anti-aircraft missile systems are more sophisticated than those round the Sudanese capital. And it is doubtful that the Israelis could manage such a complex air operation without the support and participation, most likely, of the Americans.

The timing of the Khartoum raid, however, has put down a marker for the winner of next week's US presidential election. It was a message from Israeli prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu that time for a decision on physical confrontation with Iran is very short.

There's another message, too, from Khartoum. The Shahab missile, of the kind being built in Sudan, is a relatively cheap way for a country to acquire a nuclear weapon. The Shahab is a development of the Scud missile, which can have a range of up to 1,000 miles. It is relatively easy to fit it with a nuclear warhead, acquired from North Korea, or wherever, via the AQ Khan network.

It is thought that up to 18 countries are considering such a programme, in addition to the nine known nuclear powers. The fear is that we are on the edge of a new surge in nuclear weapons proliferation. · 

Disqus - noscript

This is a very detailed account of the events describing the actions of one country over that of another.

1. Were these violations of sovereignty sanctioned by the UN?

2. Why is the author not asking why the Jews were allowed to get away with this action without an uproar of violation of national sovereignty?

3. Why is anyone afraid to question or criticize the illegal actions by the Jews time and again? They did this in Syria not less than 2 years ago, and again nobody in the world questioned their violation of international laws.

4. Any thoughts Mr. Fox as to why your entire article fails to criticize or excoriate the Jews for their illegal action - yet you parade their entire operation in exquisite detail, including the tacit approval of the murder by the Jews of a foreign agent on foreign soil? Another violation of international law??

5. Since when has the world become subservient to the Jews that the Jews can just keep violating international laws over and over again with impunity?

well said..

Jews? Don't you mean Israelis? And no, they are NOT the same.

it looks like iran gpt caught again there shipment of farm equipment went boom the president of sudan is wanted for war crimes another sawdust head the trolls of iran are not very smart thay got caught again with there hand in the cookie jar its time that iran and sudan both get a visit from the us then thay will gp back under the rock or the outhouse thay came from

inter law you said sovereianty iran is a country run by a group of towel head sawdust brain trolls thay do not know to be a part of a peace loveing country all thay know is hate and to kill anything or anybody that does not think like them
thay will be a rude awakeing when romney gets in office buy your sunglases soon you will need them

Ur are so oblivious and stupid that it just amazes me how you republicans are and the way you guys think. Well I shouldn't be surprised, because you guys have no sense of what is going on around the world. You really think that the likes of Romney think its that easy to just launch an attack on Iran and Hamas. Unbelievable what AMericans believe when the government throws anything at them. This is just hilarious. OHHHH and btw, OBAMA will be in office on November 6th.... go get ur facts checked and keep up to date with the polls. UNBELIEVABLE!!!

By Jews, do you mean the only civilized society in the middle east? Are you referring to the only country with true economic growth, technological advancement, and a glittering infrastructure? By Jews, do you mean the only country in the middle east where women and girls are treated as equals and are educated and encouraged to achieve their full potential? And you want the UN , the most corrupt organization on the planet to investigate violations of sovereignity while conveniently not mentioning rocket attacks by savages on the north and east. You need to go see the muslims in New York for the general assembly of the UN frequenting the best nightclubs buying drinks for their scantily clad companions with hundred dollar bill after bill.It's on display every year.

Murder by the Jews? Israel also has a million Arabs living there. When they run a sword thru every living thing in the Gaza strip that still would not be murder it will be self defense.
Iran also supplies al Queida with arms that kill British troops. Destroying the weapons factory might end up saving a life or two of an English soldier do you not think so Mohammed?

As an American I prefer what my Government tells me over what Islam tells you.
We are a secular government not a religious one ruled by a God who had a six year old wife.

How disgusting is that?

these israeli filth are more trouble than they are worth,along with their jew treasonous bretheren that subvert and endanger civilized western fountries they slithered into, the world will eventually have to deal with these insideous scuum

the burden these jew filth are on the civilized world is simply not worth it

shut up you jew rodent,no one believes jew lies anymore, you are human garbage as is your homeland filled with

no difference at all,israel is judaism period,all israels actions are according to jewish values,they are human garbage

sell jew lies elsewhere

by jews we mean the human garbage like you who defend the actions of judaism carried out by that third world toilet called israel

GOOGLE "DANCING ISRAELI'S 9-11" why we allow jews to even live in our civilized country is baffling

Aren`t you a crazed insane hateful follower of Islam? Then again aren`t you all. For the Record Mohammed I am a major supporter of the Jews and Israel but I am not a Jew myself. Just a Christian American who understands Anytime we can eradicate members of Satan`s army(Militant Islam) this is good.

Americans will never again let jewish donors force their representatives to sacrifice our children again for that third world toilet israel

Iam Christian from ny you slimy jew filth

don't you DARE pretend to be christian you jew filth

Mohammed you can tell the world lies over and over, they will never be truths. Israel is a nine mile wide nation yet you and your fellow evil followers of Islam are powerless to do anything about it. first you attacked Israel and lost your land which is Hilarious, then you try a campaign of lies.

There are not to many people who are sympathetic to your cause. Israel is the only Democracy in the Middle East, they continue to contribute to Society in Science, Medicine and the Arts. They are the second most educated nation in the world.

The over one million Arab citizens of Israel per capita have the highest level of education and income of all Arab groups in the Middle East. you continue generation after generation to stagger in your own hatreds and Anger

Jerusalem is Gods Capital of God`s beloved and chosen people Israel.

Do you hear how insane you sound? You are one hateful Muslim. I am still a Christan and I accept Jews as Gods elect. I think you are offspring of an illicit tryst are you not?

A christian named Mohammed? Doubtful.

Boobi ain't sendin' any message. He may fantasize that he is. The zio regime is finished. Get that fact into your delusion-ridden skulls.

You are fake-Christian filth and you will burn in hell with your master Satan.
I am true Christian.
You are fake Christian.

The zio regime is finished. Has anyone told the Israelis?

The problem with getting a war going with Iran is that after what Assange has released about US warfare, it simply will not score with the US public. No votes in it. Much as the CIA tries it has blotted its copybook beyond repair by letting so much trash out to public hearing.

I really don't care whether its Mohammed or the Jews or the Iranians or other Aryans. All is I want is the answers to my 5 questions.

There is not any point in name calling like "savages" - because if that is where this is going to be taken, then I have the ultimate question that needs to be answered: shouldn't the "savages" in Germany have been allowed to finish off completely on their Final Solution in 1939-1945 instead of being stopped? I mean they (the "savages") were almost there with this Final Solution were they not?

There is a though. The USA has effectively become the United States of Israel. And the Jews control everything that affects the everyday person: finance, media, healthcare, education, and all other vital industries.

It all started because the US covertly brought in all the Jews to the US to work on the weapons of mass destruction industries. They even gave the Jews US citizenship without applications or immigration forms filled out - has that ever happened to anyone else?

James - here's my answers to your questions even though you did not really answer the questions from the original post.

1. No- Jews are not even civilized. Civilized people don't murder other people with phosphorus bombs and then deny it all. Only savages murder with phosphorus bombs. Only savages like the Jews use such chemical weapons like phosphorus bombs to kill women and children, and still no one says anything. Civilized people have a conversation - the Jews only know how to be war-mongers. Civilized people don't go bombing around other countries or act like little children in a playground full of adults. The Jews do - and no one questions them. Civilized people don't cause holocausts - it is the reason that the Jews have been moaning and crying all over the world for pity and remembrance of 1939-1945, and now it is the Jews themselves creating a Palestinian holocaust in the Gaza strip.

2. The only reason the Jews have any economy is because the US very stupidly send over billions of $$ in aid to the Jews year in year out And the Jews want that to remain a big secret - like their nuclear weapons. Meanwhile, there are Americans on welfare and handouts and begging on the streets while the Jews are sucking up billions of $$$ from the US - money that could go towards creating jobs and advances in the US. Instead it is the Jews who are gaining from the misery in the US.

3. Jews would rather not educate their women: it is only because it is one of the FIRST conditions of US $$$ aid to the Jews that they must provide equality. If it was not for the US money and civilization, then the Jews were destined for savagery and warmongering that is worse than what they practice now.

4.You call the UN corrupt - and yet the Jews run to the UN every time for help. But the bigger point is then: why are the Jews and their Zionist nation of Israel (I pronounce it Eyesrael) members of the UN if it is such a corrupt organization? Ha! Dont forget it is on US soil - so if you have respect for the country that supports the Jews dont criticize the UN

5. I was going to answer the one on "savages" but I think International Law already said much better than I could have: not just the Germans - but the Egyptian pharaohs should have been allowed to carried a Final Solution to this world problem.

6. Think about it: the total numbers of Jews cannot be more than 1% of humanity and yet they are reason for 99% of humanity's miseries and problems - maybe melanie77 is right after all.

People... chill. Take 5 minutes to think about why people might have an opposite view to you. Don't get caught in the escalation of insults.

So you are saying we should... what? Kill them? How would you justify your own actions?

Oh... yeah, like THAT's going to help, Mark. You know people on the "other side" refer to you and your views with almost exactly the same pious attitude. Anyone with an us-vs-them opinion, go and sit in the naughty corner. Grow up. All of you.

And you - and EVERYONE of your race - act according to higher principles? Really? I mean... really?

Why are you so full of hate, Melanie?

I think the power of Israel - politically - is deeply rooted in the West's Christian heritage, and in the immense financial power Jews the world-over (not just in Israel) hold on the stock-exchange. They are an extraordinary people, but just as people everywhere, money and power causes problems. Money, power and fear (distrust?) have shaped Israel into an ultra-aggressive country.

The suffering they faced in Germany matters little in Western sentiment, I think. It is an emotional pin which ties all the above reasons together, but their power over the West is deeply cultural, and of course financial.

That's why they seem to have a special license, I think. I don't agree with it at all, and I wish the UN grew some balls. I also don't think it's right to start name calling and stereotyping, and I wish some people leaving comments here would open up their minds just a little.

they are immoral,scheminfg filth that act as a collective to further jewish interests at the expense of all others, they are far from extraordinary, they are simple human garbage

learn proper english grammer israeli jew slime

jews are always last to know when the civilized world gets fed up with their insideous behavior

do you ever have anything to say?