Saudi Arabia has simulated an Israeli air strike on Iran’s nuclear sites through its airspace, confirming earlier reports that the Saudis will permit such an attack.
In the week that the UN Security Council imposed a new round of sanctions on Tehran, defence sources in the Gulf say that Riyadh has agreed to allow Israel to use a narrow corridor of its airspace in the north of the country to shorten the distance for a bombing run on Iran. To ensure the Israeli bombers pass unmolested, Riyadh has carried out tests to make certain its own jets are not scrambled and missile defence systems not activated. Once the Israelis are through, the kingdom’s air defences will return to full alert.
The report further explains what an Israeli attack would look like. At the minimum, four sites (Isfahan, Arak, Qom and Natanz) would be struck and possibly Bushehr. Aircraft may also penetrate the airspace of Jordan and Iraq, the latter of which is much more likely if Allawi becomes Prime Minister.