U.S. Fears Israel Will Strike Iran

    Image #: 14442590    (110609) -- WASHINGTON, June 9, 2011 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., capital of the United States, June 9, 2011. Panetta has been nominated by U.S. President Barack Obama to succeed Robert Gates as the next U.S. Secretary of Defense.  (Xinhua/Zhang Jun) (zw)       XINHUA /LANDOV

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    This could turn out to be an international incident. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is reportedly worried that Israel is going to attack Iran because of its nuclear ambitions. The Washington Post quoted Panetta as saying the attack could happen as early as April or May because they want to disrupt Iran's progress on a potential nuclear weapon even though Iran says it only has peaceful intentions. Neither Panetta nor the Pentagon have commented further on the supposed comments. Israel, however, issued a blunt warning that time is running out to stop Iran's nuclear program. said that U.S. officials have also said they believe the Iranian government has taken several al Qaeda members off of house arrest.

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