America’s Wild 'World War III' Plan for Iran, and Israel’s Part in It

The Pentagon’s top strategists, in concert with their Israeli peers, prepared for an almost apocalyptic war in Iran in the 1980s, to counter a Soviet invasion. So why have those plans just been declassified – and published?

Amir Oren
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It may sound fantastic now, and was probably not really feasible even then. 

But according to the Pentagon’s own Joint Chiefs of Staff, sometime in the mid-1980’s, American military planners wanted Israel to take part in a war which would start in Iran and spread to the Eastern Mediterranean, where the Israel Air Force would be tasked with striking Soviet ships and other military units.

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