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Jul 03, 2006 at 05:03pm IST

US army bombs Bush's Iran plan

New York: Bombing raids against Iran would not be succesful and will fail to destroy the country's nuclear programme as there was a lack of reliable intelligence, senior officials have warned the Bush Administration.

Pentagon officers have told the administration that the bombing campaign will probably not succeed in destroying

Iran's nuclear programme, a report by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh in New Yorker magazine said on Sunday.

BOMBED THEORY: Bombing Iran would not be succesful and will fail to destroy it's N-programme.

The absence of actionable intelligence or concrete evidence of bomb making in Iran and the experience in Iraq has led to this concern, the report said.

The military's experience in Iraq, in which US intelligence on weapons of mass destruction proved 'deeply flawed', has made military officials wary in the case of a possible air campaign against Iran, the report citing unnamed active duty and retired officers and officials said.

"The target array in Iran is huge, but it's amorphous. We built this big monster with Iraq, and there was nothing there. This is son of Iraq," one high-ranking general told the magazine.

A former senior intelligence official is quoted as saying that Pentagon officers are asking, "What's the evidence? We've got a million tentacles out there, overt and covert, and these guys (the Iranians) have been working on this for eighteen years, and we have nothing?"