Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R), Government Spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham (2nd R) and First Vice President Parviz Davoodi (3rd R) react as a bodyguard helps a women who fainted after meeting him, inside a polling station in Tehran during the second round of parliamentary elections on April 25, 2008. Iranians started voting today in the second round of legislative elections expected to tighten the conservatives' grip on parliament after reformists were hurt by pre-poll disqualifications. PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRI
Are the U.S. and Israel currently involved in a covert Iran war? (Photo Credit: CC BY-SA/Amir Farshad Ebrahimi/Flickr)

While no United States agency has officially declared war on Iran, international reports suggest that a covert Iran war may already be under way. According to the Los Angeles Times, clashes with Israel have opened the door to acts of sabotage in Iran. Many former U.S. intelligence officials and experts on Iran believe that the CIA and Israel are currently working together to dismantle the Iranian nuclear program.

Classified war, classified quiet

Over the past two years, there have been at least two dozen unexplained blasts in Iran around key military installations. The assassination of Iranian nuclear physicists and cyber-attacks have also occurred, according to sources. Experts believe that if this is indeed a covert Iran war, it is intended to eliminate the potential need for a future airstrike.

“It looks like the 21st century form of war,” said Patrick Clawson, director of the Iran Security Initiative at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “It does appear that there is a campaign of assassinations and cyber war, as well as the semi-acknowledged campaign of sabotage.”

A covert Iran war of faulty parts

Former CIA case worker Art Keller recently confirmed that the U.S. and its allies have taken a number of steps to hinder Iran’s growing nuclear program. Faulty parts, plans or software have been made available.

“We definitely are doing that,” said Keller. “It’s pretty much the stated mission of the [CIA's] counter-proliferation division to do what it takes to slow … Iran’s weapons of mass destruction program.”

While Iran has maintained that its nuclear program is not intended for weapons production, U.S. and Israeli engineers have continued to search for ways to corrupt Iranian nuclear plant systems. Intelligence experts believe the 2010 appearance of the Stuxnet computer virus, which caused uranium-enrichment centrifuges to spin out of control and shatter, was a product of U.S. and Israeli technicians.

British embassy closure prompted by those who claim to know

Militants who sacked the British Embassy in Tehran, Iran, last week were seen waving pictures of the slain Iranian nuclear scientists, so segments of Iran appear to believe that it has all been something more than coincidence. That coincidence may include not only the CIA and Israel’s Mossad, but according to some analysts, the MEK, a fringe, Iraq-based Iranian terror group with allies in Washington.

No hard evidence of CIA involvement in a covert Iran war has surfaced. According to reports, the White House points to a 1981 executive order signed by President Reagan that prohibits any U.S. involvement in political assassinations. CIA support of political overthrows, some involving assassinations, does exist, however – at least anecdotally.

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