Unconfirmed Reuters: Iran Moving Missiles to Iraq

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PARIS/BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iran has given ballistic missiles to Shi’ite proxies in Iraq and is developing the capacity to build more there to deter attacks on its interests in the Middle East and to give it the means to hit regional foes, Iranian, Iraqi and Western sources said.

According to three Iranian officials, two Iraqi intelligence sources and two Western intelligence sources, Iran has transferred short-range ballistic missiles to allies in Iraq over the last few months. Five of the officials said it was helping those groups to start making their own.

“The logic was to have a backup plan if Iran was attacked,” one senior Iranian official told Reuters. “The number of missiles is not high, just a couple of dozen, but it can be increased if necessary.”

Iran has previously said its ballistic missile activities are purely defensive in nature. Iranian officials declined to comment when asked about the latest moves.

The Zelzal, Fateh-110 and Zolfaqar missiles in question have ranges of about 200 km to 700 km, putting Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh or the Israeli city of Tel Aviv within striking distance if the weapons were deployed in southern or western Iraq.

The Quds Force, the overseas arm of Iran’s powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), has bases in both those areas. Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani is overseeing the program, three of the sources said.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-iraq-missiles-exclusive/exclusive-iran-moves-missiles-to-iraq-in-warning-to-enemies-idUSKCN1LG0WB

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Probably of more import is the story out today of Iran agreeing to supply Syria their version of the S-300 system. That and the Kowsar…which while not state-of-the-art, with new avionics and weapons could still be very useful.

    • zman while not entirely off point, your welcome news of the Iranians supplying Syria of their version of the S-300 system remind me of how those few US gun-boats lost power along the Iranian coast some time ago – shakes of the Donald Cook in miniature. The Iranians may be not so unprepared as certain of our Western Powers imagine them. But definitely good that Syria is being looked after by their allies. A defensive stalemate should keep the Israeli jackal jihadists in check and with them the wolf-pack of Western wayfarers.

  2. FROM DEVILS BREATH (LIGHTNING) TO HELLISH HALITOSIS

    Enough Iranian propaganda in this video to send excitable Israelis bonkers while searching out bunkers to hide. Alternately, US, British, French, Canadian, German bases within range in Jordan can be forgiven for feeling more than a little deranged as these missiles – all within range, descend on them from Iraq, Iran and in all probability Syria. The second wave after retaliation may well launch from Russian or Chinese locations by which time everyone at their wits end will have their very vitals scrambled as they think of running for cover that doesn’t exist. Further afield in ‘La La Land’, Raytheon, Lockheed and other shares will skyrocket to the moon but without a ‘blown-to-smithereens’ Wall Street to broker for clients choking on fallout they will never attain that illusive idyll of financial invincibility being forced instead to idle and rot before descent into a waiting spiritual hell that abhors them. Oh how to save a soul already sold! “Reuters anonymous sources are usually fake’ you insist. ‘We see it above.” I’d be more concerned about what is below … and waiting … so close you can smell the sulfur.

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