Osirak Redux? Assessing Israeli Capabilities to Destroy Iranian Nuclear Facilities

@article{Raas2007OsirakRA,
  title={Osirak Redux? Assessing Israeli Capabilities to Destroy Iranian Nuclear Facilities},
  author={W. Raas and A. Long},
  journal={International Security},
  year={2007},
  volume={31},
  pages={7-33}
}
Does Israel have the ability to conduct a military attack against Iran's nuclear facilities similar to its 1981 strike on Iraq's Osirak reactor? The Israeli Air Force has significantly upgraded its equipment since the early 1980s, but the Iranian nuclear complex is a much harder target than was the Osirak reactor. Iran has three facilities that are critical for nuclear weapons production: a uranium conversion facility, an enrichment facility, and a heavy-water production plant and associated… Expand
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