Report: Secret Iranian gun-smuggling air routes to Hezbollah exposed 

Source: Report: Secret Iranian gun-smuggling air routes to Hezbollah exposed – Middle East – Jerusalem Post

Two flights carried out by Qeshm Fars Air took unusual routs to get to Lebanon, arousing concern they were used to deliver weapons to Hezbollah.

BY MAARIV ONLINE, JERUSALEM POST STAFF
 SEPTEMBER 4, 2018 00:55
Report: Secret Iranian gun-smuggling air routes to Hezbollah exposed

Citing western intelligence sources, Fox News revealed that they were able to unmask the methods Iran is using to deliver weapons into Lebanon.

The first flight involved a Boeing 747 and took place on July 9, departing from a military airbase in Tehran to Beirut, but not before stopping in Damascus for a layover.

The flight route went over northern Lebanon and is not one that is usually used.

“The Iranians are trying to come up with new ways and routes to smuggle weapons from Iran to its allies in the Middle East”, reported Fox News citing an anonymous regional intelligence expert,”testing and defying the West’s abilities to track them down.”

The US, Israel and other Western nations have ample evidence that Iran is operating weapons factories in Yemen, Syria and Lebanon.

The second flight took place on August 2 and flew from Tehran through Syrian airspace to Beirut.

Qeshm Fars Air is regarded as one of the aviation companies used by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to smuggle arms. Three IRGC members currently serve on the board of the airline company.

A report by Reuters over the weekend stated that Iran had already transferred ballistic missiles to Shi’ite proxies in Iraq over the course of several months and that it is developing the capacity to build more there.

The missiles include the Fateh-110, Zolfaqar and Zelzal types, which have ranges of 200-700 km., allowing them to be able to threaten both Saudi Arabia and Israel.

A senior official in the IRGC stated that “We have bases in many places, and Iraq is one of them.”

He further stated that should the US decide to strike within Iran, these bases outside the country are expected to allow Iran to strike back.

 

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