November 9th, 2011
06:17 PM ET

What would a military strike on Iran look like?

If Israel were to launch a military strike on Iran's nuclear program, what would it look like and how would it unfold? CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr takes a look.

Filed under: IAEA • Iran • Israel • Security Clearance on TV
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  1. John N Florida

    Israel is not limited to 'conventional nukes'. Although the US destroyed it's Neutron Bomb stocks, the Israelis did not. 2 of those on Teheran and you could put up vacancy signs at every major building within weeks.
    The Israelis survived through 1 Holocaust. Do NOT expect them to willingly opt for a 'Fair Fight' if another appears on the horizon.

    December 6, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  2. Russ

    NBC has reported small explosions and a plume a smoke near one of the reactors. It was on MSNBC's site yesterday. On November 12 near a missile facility there was large explosion that took out a big dog of Iran's Revolutionary Guard.

    December 1, 2011 at 11:08 am | Reply
  3. jACKSON

    Kaboom, Iran. Populaton -0-

    November 28, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Reply
    • glenn robert

      What would a military strike on Iran look like? A world wide disaster! Persian Gulf blocked, oil $300.00 a barrel. Possible involvement of powerful countries.. Iran sells 5% of the worlds oil and who is willing to go without?

      December 2, 2011 at 3:54 am | Reply
  4. mo

    what is israel strikes at iran, and in retaliation, iran moblizes (from within lebanon) and bulldozes israel to ashes. would that not be quite the humiliating episode for israel. running around swaggering, running off the lip, and in an instant they are vaporized?
    maybe this is what iran wanted all along, a chance, an excuse to eliminate israel.

    November 26, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Reply
    • blue79

      hahahahahaha, nice one, hezbollah.

      November 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Reply
      • Larry


        November 29, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
    • u s underdog

      Isreal has approx 200 small nukes... plenty enough to handle iran, and any other crazy that tries to jack with them..(and that doesnt even include gods help)

      November 28, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Reply
    • Larry

      Mo, it's not so easy to "bulldoze Israel to ashes". Israel has proved time and time again it can defend itself. It has had to do so since 1947. The last 'big war' was in 1967, where Israel humiliated Egypt, Jordan, Syria, even though those countries were supported by other Arab countries.

      There is a reason that conflict is called "The Six Day War". That is how long it took Israel to defeat it's enemies decisively, and Israel has been preparing for an eventual war with Iran for over 20 years. If anyone will end up in ashes, it will be Iran and whoever else is foolish enough to attack Israel.

      Sure, Israel will suffer heavy casualties, but the greater the casualties, the greater the chance Israel will use the last option, one which it never has used, even though it has had the capability do so. So don't count your chickens until they hatch, you may find yourself with scrambled eggs.

      November 29, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Reply
    • Trueblueamerican

      Gee.... I wonder if MO is for Mohammad????? No wonder you think like that.

      December 6, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Reply
  5. chris

    Well, stil hoping here, but reality is setting in.Everyone seems to wanna kick dirt around in the sand box.I give it two weeks max. Then the last war is gonna start.Who ever makes it through that, gonna be living on one poluted toxic planet.Thanks jerks

    November 24, 2011 at 7:38 am | Reply
  6. Grog Says

    Planet Earth is wonderful realestate.
    Blue planet, warm and sunny, covered in oceans.
    Nice fixer upper.
    Once we remove the pesky inhabitants, it should bring a nice
    price on the intergalactic market.

    For sale by owner.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Reply
  7. Grace Of The Witch

    The New World Order is here.
    People no longer control countries,
    countries control people.
    Like in America, people think they choose
    republican or democrat, two sides of the same coin.
    Politicians are hand picked to run for office,
    but bow to thier corporate masters.
    They are playing monopoly with real money,
    and Risk, with real armies.
    Iran is just another move on the grand chess board.
    The human population on this planet are cattle.
    Our masters will do with us as they see fit.
    YOU, allowed this to happen....
    because you refused to believe that it could.

    Wars, global financial meltdown, all very carefully planned.
    You can thank the Neocons.

    There are only 3 places on Earth that do not answer to any other country.
    Baker Street (London/Financial)
    The Vatican (Religious)
    Washington DC (Controls the Military)
    They have thier own flags, laws, and police.
    All 3 flags have the same stars on them.
    All 3 have obilisks that worship the sun god.
    Why is the "all seeing eye" on American money ?
    Why is the pope called "the holy see" ?
    If folded correctly you can see the destruction of the trade towers and the pentagon
    on American paper money.
    Do you think this was an accident ?
    Circumstance ?
    Why do we never question these things ?
    The Euro has a picture of the rebuilt tower of babel on it.
    Do any of you even know what this means ?

    I dont care if you think my tin foil hat is on too tight.
    Call me a conspiracy nut, but you cant stop what you refuse to see.

    The spider web has many strands.
    Each strand has a different purpose.
    But they all lead back to the center,
    where the spider lies in wait.

    The big four that control the global economy,
    America, Brittain, France and Germany, are all in lock step.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Reply
    • Ben

      Blah, blah blah....the sky is falling! The sky is falling! The sky is falling!
      Chicken little said....And if you're right, what are you going to do about it? Put stupid poems on CNN? How stupid.

      November 21, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Reply
    • blue79

      If it were so, that'd be great. I'm from one of those nations, and I couldn't care less what happens to the rest of the world, as long as I'm fine.

      November 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Reply
      • G-Money

        How could I not have seen this? You have really opened my eyes!

        December 3, 2011 at 11:20 am |
    • Ismellsomething

      What a load of horse manure.

      December 8, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Reply
  8. sam

    over 10 Million Dead.......5 Million wounded,The USA will collapse in a few hours

    November 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Reply
  9. Hawkings

    Planning stage for military options has already been completed by some nations, yes, including Israel. A pre-emptive strike and a full scale military offensive plan has been fully completed. Now recon-covert operations are taking place. No one wants to admit it due to the prevailing economic crisis around the world. Stay tuned, this will last only till end Dec.2011, however, if Iran makes a nasty move to excite one of these nations, might see something happening before Christmas 2011. However, everyones giving one last chance for diplomacy, before the big game, hope it works out for the love of God!

    November 21, 2011 at 6:07 am | Reply
  10. xyz198155

    Americans are still in the rudimentary state of evolution. This barbaric instinct of killing people off... Just like a lion goes about pissing to claim its territory, America is doing the same, they are leaving their piss around the world and it stinks piss.
    They havent evolved into considerate human beings yet....

    November 21, 2011 at 4:06 am | Reply
    • Going In Circles

      **** Muslims are still in the rudimentary state of evolution. This barbaric instinct of killing people off... Just like a lion goes about pissing to claim its territory, Islam are doing the same, they are leaving their piss around the world and it stinks piss.
      They havent evolved into considerate human beings yet....

      November 21, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Reply
    • american

      I resent that. My country does shady things....but name one single country that has not???? is it middle east? what about russia? china? UK? every country has. In my process of "evolution" I have learned that peoples' opinions are nearly spoon feed to them by the media. I can tell you your self have fallen to the hateful propaganda that is quickly taking over this world. Open your eyes, pray to your God and love your neighbors and your family....don't worry about the rest

      December 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Reply
  11. xyz198155

    talking about millitary strike on Iran is just preposterous. This is just insane... whats wrong with America... Just to run their millitary industrial complex they just wage wars just like as if it is a play.
    They dont care about human lives, this is anti – life, America is doing the crimes against humanity....

    November 21, 2011 at 4:03 am | Reply
    • Going In Circles

      We are no longer the United States Of America.
      We are the United Corporations Of America.
      We Americans no longer control our government.
      Its been coming since they murdered Kennedy.
      The federal reserve is just one branch of the global elite.
      They "OWN" you from birth, till death.
      Dont worry about Iran, its one small piece of a larger plan.

      November 21, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Reply
      • xyz198155

        I agree with you sir! The government and its policies is the problem, not the people!

        November 22, 2011 at 6:54 am |
    • american

      I disagree with most wars...including the ones my country are involved in.....but if we had no consideration for lives....would we fund AIDS research in countries that are not our own? Feed portions of the world that has no running water? Would we use pin point missiles of accuracy which cost way more than a huge BOMB that we can just drop out of a 747 and wipe the population away? I am not saying it is right to wage war....nor do i agree....But to say I (american) doesn't care about life.....again, it is very narrow-minded and uneducated

      December 8, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Reply
  12. ToughUSA


    Quick History Quiz
    Who quoted the following Ron Paul or Thomas Jefferson?
    "When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe ." -
    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
    ""It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world
    "I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."
    "My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government."
    "No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."
    "The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
    "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
    "To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."
    "I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property – until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."

    Ron Paul = No rhetoric, No compromise, No flip flop, No Bail outs. He knows more about economics and foreign policy than all candidates combined including Obama. If you don't want to vote Ron Paul you had better Vote for somone that supports his views.

    Is O'Riley a pinhead or Patriot?

    November 18, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Reply
    • Chewbone69

      Now if he would just propose abolishing ALL
      religions in America, he would have my vote.

      December 4, 2011 at 7:35 am | Reply
  13. treblemaker

    Do you really think any power on earth is going to help settle a conflict between the Jewish state of Israel and the Arab nations who hate them? This is a "family feud" between "stepbrothers" that have gone on since the dawn of time. It will only be settled by the "great Referee", whose time of arrival is uncertain, but most definitely will happen. The "game of life" is being allowed to continue, but we are definitely in the latter stages of the 4th quarter. Just remember, He is in the replay booth up above, and when He decides it's past the two minute warning, there will be no more challenges to His authority.

    November 18, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  14. Bill744

    This was a most uninformative report. Up to 100 Israeli jets fly over Jordan and maybe Saudi Arabia, drop their load, turn around and fly back to Saudi applause for eliminating their main Islamist rival. Nothing any middle schooler couldn't have figured out just looking at a map. It's void of any enlightening tidbits about where in Iran are the targets, how survivable are they, what is Iran's counterstrike capability, or what the aftermath (military, economic, political) would look like. Pretty sorry journalism.

    November 17, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Reply
    • glenn robert

      What are Iran's counter strike capability? That is what should keep us awake nights! An attack is a bad idea. After all look how easy Iraq was. (?) Iran has 3 times the population and they will fight.

      December 2, 2011 at 4:05 am | Reply
  15. mike

    look the us will not get involve only the israel will deal with iran n if the us get involved then we will no that the ussr n china will step in to joing n so that will b the end of this planet.....but i now the ussr n china first will warn the us to backoff o faceoff with which i think that the us will not get involved

    November 16, 2011 at 1:41 am | Reply
    • Jim

      Too bad the Soviet Union doesn't exist anymore!!! It's now just the "Russian Federation" and they really don't care about Iran and niether does China. Especially Russia because it's only been 10 years since they started getting back on their feet. They care as much about Iran as they did about Iraq which is very little. You see, the reality of that preconceived notion died about 15 years ago when globalization kicked into overdrive. Russia and China wouldn't stand to gain anything from trying to prevent any strike as of now. They have new concerns now. Sorry everyone but like it or not, the cold war has been over for a very long time!!! Niether country stopped the US from invading Afghanistan or Iraq for that very same reason. They may have protested but they won't do anything because they have no defense pact anymore. Russia turned their backs on Iran in 2006 when they offered to enrich Iran's uranium for them. Iran told them no and ever since then, russia has had a hands off policy toward them leaving them to decide there own fate.

      November 16, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Reply
  16. paul

    russia and china are not going to get involved in anyones shoot out, unless it is directed at them, do you put the tiger in the cage when it is a new born kitten or wait until it has grown up in the wilds and hungery? it is insane to think you are going to deal with iran after they have the neucular bomb, thier hatred for isreal is they want the land given to isreal thousands of years ago to give to the islamic palistinians, they also want all of jerusalem, after they make the bomb you will see them deporting the jews from iran and other mid east country's

    November 14, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  17. Tyler

    WOW i'm sorry Frank but any use of nuclear weapons in this day in age will turn into a domino effect and the world as we know it would end. That is what the whole delima for the cold war was. using a nuclear weapons wouldn't be better then sending troops in because of the fact that country's would retaliate. why would we use nuclear weapons to stop the use of nuclear weapons, it's hipocite at it's finest form. Jack we have more important things to focus on then teenagers smoking some dope, thats the DEA's Job not the U.S army. If we were to launch a strike it would be quick and would last a day. we would have israel as our ally's and we would most likely suffer some casualties.

    November 14, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Reply
  18. Jack

    We should care less about a war with Israel v/s Iran when we have our own war on drugs and the American people by its own Country . Millions jailed, lives lost, genocide around the world over an innocent Marijuana plant .

    November 12, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Reply
    • J.PollardJooSpy

      Who cares about Americans? Obama doesn't. Our Congress doesn't.

      We're cattle/goyim for our zionist masters.

      We have to do what they tell our leaders. If you step out of line, like President Kennedy, they will kill you dead. Then what can you do. It's too late to stop this madness. America is an occupied country. Did in by our greedy leaders.

      Sorry G. Washington all the war veterans throughout our history – you'all died so the zionist/AIPAC could take us over in a sneaky way. No one cares.

      Learn to accept our roles as cattle. And if you can't, FEMA black suited thugs will be rolling into your life soon and you'll disappear. Don't laugh, it's coming. Just as this war with Iran is coming.

      I say come on WW3 Baby!


      November 12, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Reply
      • Larry

        Spoken like a true aryan. What a tool.

        November 29, 2011 at 9:39 pm |
    • Grog Says

      You do realise that most of the drugs that come into this country
      are controled by the CIA .
      Ask yourself why do we even have the CIA, when we have the FBI.
      The job of the CIA is to make sure the economy of America (The engine that makes it run)
      never runs out of money.
      More drug money is laundered through American banks than the next ten countries put together.
      American children hooked on drugs is not as important
      when it comes to keeping your 401K plan afloat.
      Its just "business".
      This is what corporate America has come to.

      November 21, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Reply
      • Deena

        It's always a relief when someone with obvious expetirse answers. Thanks!

        December 24, 2011 at 3:35 am |
      • bkqjinf

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        December 24, 2011 at 8:10 am |
  19. private first class

    It would look like a F()CKING MUSHROOM CLOUD !!! F()CKING A !!!!!!

    November 11, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Reply
  20. Frank

    I think the West, including Israel, should be very careful about their actions against Iran. Iran as two strong allies: Russia and China. They are members of the SCO alliance. Both countries get some of their oil from the Caspian region, which includes Iran. Russian has invested millions (maybe billions?) in Iran's nuclear programs. I think Russia and/or China won't end up at war with the US and Israel, but who knows. These countries are very unpredictable. I think instead of an all-out invasion of Iran, we should carry out precision strikes using aircraft (Israeli/American/ Arab) on Iran's nuclear sites. They should get only one chance to take out their sites, to avoid confrontation over Iran, but should deliver the most devastating by using limited nuclear weapons. We can't afford another war and using nuclear weapons is cheaper than sending in the troops.

    November 10, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Reply
    • Grog Says

      Russia and China will do as they are told.
      Do you understand "diplomacy" ?
      As the leader of a country, i want my people to think
      that i take care of them.
      So i threaten the Americans, and sabber rattle, but behind closed doors....
      I do as i am told.

      Read some history,
      Kings, queens, dictators, presidents......whatever label you want to give them,
      they are all just pawns of the global elite.

      Gaddaffi has been in control of Libya since 1969.
      He was behind the Lockerbie disaster.
      Yet we never took him out, until he wanted to "nationalise" his oil company
      and stop trading it on the market in "US Dollars".
      The global elite didnt like that.

      People need to start looking at a much bigger picture.

      November 21, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Reply
    • aDunbar

      It is unlikely that Iranian nuclear facilities, those using mountains as roofs, can be taken out using conventional explosives. Otherwise, Israel probably would have already done so. Only modified, tactical nukes can do the job. Hopefully, Israel has more sense.

      November 28, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Reply
  21. billybob22

    It would look great

    November 9, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Reply

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