When and How Would an Attack on Iran Unfold?

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David Fulghum writes in this week's Aviation Week & Space Technology about thinking behind a possible Iran attack in the article Raiding Iran Triggers Discussion Of When And How.

Evidence is mounting that the U.S. defense community and the Obama administration view 2013 as the likely window for a bombing attack on Iran's nuclear and missile facilities.

It could be earlier, timed to use the chaos of the Syrian government's fall to disguise such an attack, or later, if international negotiations with Iran stretch out without failing completely. But there is evidence that Iran's intransigence over shutting down its uranium-enrichment program will not buy it much more time.

Because of these shifting factors, military planners and White House advisers are still debating the advisability of a kinetic attack on Iran even though they say that option is ready. Three questions need to be answered:

Click through to read the three questions and the rest of the article. Then weigh in back here. How likely do you think a U.S.-Israeli attack on Iran is? Any different opinions about how it might unfold?

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