Israel uses Iraq airspace to test Iran hit: website

Tel Aviv denies reports they use US bases


An Iraqi website has claimed that Israeli warplanes have been using Iraqi airspace to practice for possible bombing of Iranian nuclear facilities.

Nahrainnet.com, quoting unnamed sources in the Iraqi defense ministry, said that for the past month Israel has been using U.S. bases in Iraq to conduct over flights.

Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Mohammed al-Askari dismissed the report on Friday.

"We have no information about Israeli jets using Iraqi airspace for rehearsals," he told AFP.

Another spokesman said: "Reports about putative Israeli air force activities in Iraq are utterly baseless."

The U.S. military did not comment on the report.

Nahrainnet.com, a news portal, said the defense ministry sources were told by retired army officers that Israeli jets had been entering Iraqi airspace from Jordan and landing at an airport in Haditha in the western province of Anbar.

The report said its sources estimated that should the Israeli jets take off from the American bases in Iraq it would take them no more than five minutes to reach Iran's nuclear reactor in Bushehr.