Iran Brags About Its Missile Exports To Palestinians, Hezbollah
Iranian pro-government media published an article on Sunday bragging about its “integrated missile network” and how it has armed the “resistance” in the Middle East.
By “resistance,” the report was referring to a network of pro-Iranian groups and proxy groups it supports, particularly Hezbollah, the Palestinians and Yemen.
The article begins as a tribute to Hassan Tehrani Moghaddam, an Iranian IRGC general who was killed in an explosion at a missile facility near Tehran on November 12, 2011.
The report notes that “several IRGC officers were also martyred in the Moddares arsenal explosion along with Tehrani Moghaddam. At the time of his martyrdom, Tehrani Moghaddam was preparing a missile test.” The article notes that he was a key figure in the missile program for years, often considered the “father” of Iran’s missile program.
The Tehran Times article notes, “Moghaddam also established the Lebanese Hezbollah’s missile units during a visit to Lebanon in the 1980s. Analysts believe that Tehrani Moghaddam has based Iran’s defense strategy on missile capabilities and missile deterrence, a move that effectively removed the military option of the enemies of Iran from the table.”
Tasnim News reported on Sunday that Iran has exported missile technology throughout the region.
Iran's missile threat overview
The article is unique in that it provides an overview of Iran’s missile threats. It is ostensibly a historic article, summarizing the last two decades of Iran helping Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, the Houthis in Yemen, the Hashd in Iraq, the Syrian regime and others develop missiles.
The overall message is also forward looking. Iran is moving more missiles and missile technology to Yemen and Lebanon, all amid active threats to the US, Israel and the Gulf from these proxy locations, such as Iraq or Syria.
According to the report, Palestinian groups began using missiles against Israel years ago, and eventually began to use the Fajr 5 rocket. This system was “strengthened” into a better missile in 2013, and Hezbollah began to deploy Iranian-backed missile technology against Israel. Missiles were used in the Second Lebanon War in 2006, and Hezbollah was eventually equipped with the Fateh 110 missile.
IRAN HAS also used this missile in its attacks against Kurdish groups in Iraq. The article brags about Iran targeting an Israeli Sa’ar 5 ship during the Second Lebanon War. The report adds that the missile Hezbollah used was an anti-ship cruise missile with a range of 120 km., approximately 75 miles.
“Recently, during the border dispute with the Zionist regime over the Karish gas field, Lebanon’s Hezbollah released a picture of a cruise missile launcher, which is similar to the Iranian Abu Mahdi anti-ship cruise missile launcher with a range of 1,000 km. [621 miles],” the article explains, adding that Hezbollah holds missiles that can target the “furthest” places in “the occupied territories,” a thinly veiled reference to Israel.
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