Report: U.S. to stockpile military hardware at Israeli bases before attack on Iraq
Israel has authorized the United States to stockpile military hardware at its army bases, in view of a possible US-led offensive against Iraq, the daily Maariv reported in its headline story.
According to the Israeli newspaper, which got hold of an official document, Israeli Defense Minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer has given the nod for the weaponry to be brought in the coming days.
A senior US officer was quoted, anonymously, confirming the report. Under a strategic cooperation agreement, Israel has placed its bases at the disposal of the United States, and will provide logistic and intelligence aid, the source said, although Israel would not be an active player in any military action against Iraq, the report said.
Maariv added that dozens of US officers and soldiers were already in Israeli army bases to prepare for the arms shipments. "The quantities of arms which have already been shipped to Israel are enormous because Israel is the only country in which we have such confidence," one of the officers was quoted as saying. (Albawaba.com)
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