40 years since Operation Opera, attack against Iran 'would be different'

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40 years since Operation Opera, attack against Iran 'would be different'
Unlike the raid on Iraq's Osirak nuclear project, Iran’s nuclear sites are spread across the country, some deep underground or in mountains, surrounded by air defense systems.
By ANNA AHRONHEIM
JUNE 20, 2021

Forty years after Israel destroyed Iraq’s fledgling nuclear program, one of the pilots who took part in Operation Opera warned that an attack against Iran’s nuclear reactors “won’t be the same.” The strike at the heart of Saddam Hussein’s nuclear program at Osirak outside Baghdad in 1981 was, and remains, one of Israel’s most daring raids. But any operation to take out the Iranian nuclear program “won’t be the same; it can’t be the same,” Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Relik Shafir told The Jerusalem Post. In Iran, “it’s all very different, especially how they built their program.”

Unlike in Operation Opera, Iran’s nuclear sites are spread across the country, some deep underground or in mountains, and surrounded by sophisticated air-defense systems. Shafir was one of eight IAF pilots selected for the mission, including one who would one day become the country’s first astronaut. It was Ilan Ramon’s first operational mission, but not Shafir’s, who was the second youngest of the pilots.

more........... https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/4...attack-against-iran-would-be-different-671543
 
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