National Intelligence Daily
FRANCE-IRAN: Bracing for Reaction
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Comment. The French probably are hoping thai Baghdad will use the planes only for diplomatic leverage andefensive deterrent. It the Iraqis decide, however, to use the aircraft and ttwr fciocet missiles to attack Iranian offshore cl platforms or tankers, the French win have to be preparedjn case Tehran carries out its threats to close the Strait of Huemui.
Since the French have only limited resources in the area and have
obligations tney would be dependent on the US fo air
cover and other assistance in militaryhe region.
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