The US has been conducting secret reconnaissance missions inside the country to identify potential nuclear, chemical and missile targets, The New Yorker magazine reported on Sunday.

The article was written by award-winning reporter Seymour Hersh, who exposed the extent of prisoner abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq last year.

It said the secret missions have been going on at least since last year with the goal of identifying target information for three dozen or more suspected sites.

Mr Hersh quotes one government consultant as saying: 'The civilians in the Pentagon want to go into Iran and destroy as much of the military infrastructure as possible.'

US 'sending secret missions to Iran' - JAN 18, 2005


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