Guide: Israel's options for Iran strike

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Any Israeli attempt to destroy Iran's nuclear programme poses huge technical challenges for Israeli military planners. BBC Defence Correspondent Jonathan Marcus looks at some of the options open to Israel and asks whether it has the capacity to carry out such a mission.

Map showing possible routes Israeli bombers could take to target Iran's nuclear facilities
  • Route 1:Northern route where Israeli jets would fly north and then east along the Turkish border with Syria and Iraq
  • Route 2:Central, more likely route, would take Israeli warplanes over Jordan and Iraq
  • Route 3:Southern route would take Israeli jets over Saudi air space. Possible route for return leg of their journey

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