Iran has moved ballistic missiles into Iraq

Iran has moved ballistic missiles into Iraq

2018/8/31 13:45

Iran has moved ballistic missiles into IraqIran has supplied Iraqi factions with ballistic missiles and is developing its ability to build more missiles there to deter possible attacks on its interests in the Middle East and to strike its adversaries in the region, a Reuters report said on Friday.
The agency quoted three Iranian officials and Iraqi intelligence exporters and two others with Western intelligence as saying that Iran had moved these missiles, which are short-range in the past few months.
A senior Iranian official said the number of rockets was not large, estimated to be more than 20 rockets, indicating the possibility of increasing the number if necessary.
“The logic is that Iran has an alternative plan if it is attacked,” he said.
Western sources said the number of rockets was estimated at dozens, and Iran’s goal of transporting these missiles was to send a warning to the United States and Israel after attacking its forces in Syria.
The report pointed out that the rockets referred to are “Zulfiqar” and “Fateh -110″ and “earthquake”, which range from 200 to 700 kilometers, which places the cities of Riyadh and Tel Aviv in their own right if deployed in the south or west of Iraq.
According to sources told Reuters that Qasim Soleimani, commander of the forces of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, oversees this program, and pointed out that these forces have bases in the western and southern regions of Iraq.
Iranian sources and an Iraqi intelligence source said Iran made a decision about 18 months ago to use Iraqi entities to produce missiles in Iraq.
Two Iraqi and Western sources reported that the missile production plants are located in Zaafaraniya, east of Baghdad, and Jafar al-Sakhr north of Karbala. An Iranian source said there was a factory in the Kurdistan region.
The report pointed out that these areas are controlled by armed factions, including “Hezbollah Brigades,” and said that the training of Iraqis in Iran to operate rockets.
Reuters said Iran’s planning for a “more aggressive missile policy” in Iraq would increase tensions between Washington and Washington.
The United States earlier this month imposed sanctions on Tehran aimed at deterring its nuclear and missile programs.
An Iraqi intelligence official said Baghdad was aware of the transfer of Iranian missiles to the armed factions to help combat the Daash, but the transfer continued after the terrorists were defeated.
He said Baghdad knew the aim of sending the missiles was not a staunch fight, but Tehran’s use of it as a pressure card was whether it engaged in a regional conflict.
The Iraqi source stressed that it is difficult for the Iraqi government to prevent or persuade the armed factions to work against Iran.

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