The exclusive DEBKA-Net-Weekly map attached to this article is the first publication of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff's targeting plan for striking the military infrastructure guarding Iran's first nuclear reactor at Bushehr and its oil region.
On August 1, Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, said the United States had a military plan for attacking Iran. He told several interviewers, "I think the military options have been on the table and remain on the table. It's one of the options that the president has. Again, I hope we don't get to that, but it's an important option and it's one that's well understood."
A Revolutionary Guards spokesman responded Thursday, Aug. 19, with a threat of their own: If American attacks Iran, he said, we will strike the enemy anywhere in the world.
The map presented here indicates the targets selected by the US military around the city of Ahwaz, capital of the largely Arab-speaking, restive Khuzestan province in southwest Iran, where most of the country's oilfields are concentrated and the Bushehr nuclear plant located.
Our mapmakers have marked as US targets many of the military facilities and logistics centers assigned to the Iranian forces defending the reactor from air and missile attack, marine raiders coming in from the Persian Gulf, or special forces infiltrating the sensitive region from the Gulf or by helicopter.
Any such US attack would set back Iran's nuclear program and take down the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) defenses for its oilfields.
The key to the map is provided here by number:
1. The Ahwaz steel plant in the suburbs turns out metals for the centrifuges operating in Iran's uranium enrichment plants. Experiments are underway for improving the metals' quality for increasing spin velocity at higher temperatures.
2. IRGC Ahwaz Headquarters, which is responsible for Khuzestan regional security, including Bushehr.
3. IRGC Ahwaz Armored Forces HQ – until 2000, the Guards General Staff Headquarters in the province.
4. The Somiyah military base for the IRGC Brigade responsible for tribal areas in the remote province of Boyir Ahmadi and Kohkiluye. These fairly isolated tribes are monarchist, remaining loyal to the shah and adamantly opposed to the revolutionary regime in Tehran. Western and Persian Gulf intelligence agencies find willing collaborators in this region.
5. A secret IRGC facility, marked only by a code, is the address of frequent comings and goings by military personnel. Its purpose remains a mystery although there is speculation that its location at the foot of a mountain points to its use as a storage site for radioactive materials.
6. The 92nd Armored Corps of Ahwaz's ammunition depots.
7. The Emam Reza Military Hospital which belongs to the IRGC medical branch. It is a modern and well-equipped hospital built with thick, bomb-proof concrete walls. This facility has several field hospital units which can be rapidly deployed.
8. The Command HQ of the 92nd Armored Division and its 1st Brigade.
9. The Habib-Allahi military base (named for a martyr) for combat training.
10. IRGC training school for foreign volunteers, used for recruits to Iraqi Shiite terror organizations, such as Jeish A-Shaabi, Lebanese Hizballah fighters and Palestinian terrorists. Its name is unknown.
11. Ahwaz 92nd Division commando companies, which operate independently under their own command and are better known as "independent companies." This site is also used by elements of the division's 2nd Armored Brigade.
12. IRGC 92nd Armored Division's 3rd Armored Brigade.
13. The IRGC's Isfahan Artillery Brigade.
14. Fuel depots which serve IRGC and Iranian security forces in and around Ahwaz City. They are located midway between Ahwaz and Andimeshk.
15. The Zargan power station for the military camps in the region which runs on gas.
16. The Ramin power station in the Sheyban-Molla Thani region near the Ahwaz-Masjed Soleyman highway.
17. The old Ahwaz industrial zone, home to several important steel and aluminum plants supplying Iran's military industry and an oxygen plant for smelting and other smaller factories.
18. A yacht and speedboat marina, recently renovated, for the private use of Revolutionary Guards commanders based in the region.
19. Ahwaz airport for mostly local traffic.
20. A light aircraft airport for ferrying farm produce..
21. A 500-meter-wide canal, which links the Karun River to the Majnoun islands in Iraq. Huge barges stand by there in case of an emergency calling for troops to be moved quickly inside the Khuzestan province.
22. A missile-anti-aircraft gun cluster for defending Ahwaz and its environs.