Saturday, July 15, 2006

Israel Official: Iran Helping Hezbollah


There were preliminary reports that Iranian soldiers in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard were helping Hezbollah after the missile struck Haifa, on Thursday.

Now this item is being reported more widely, following after the missile strike on the Israeli warship in the port of Beirut. From the AP:
A missile fired by Hezbollah, not an unmanned drone laden with explosives, damaged an Israeli warship off Lebanon, the army said Saturday. Iranian troops helped fire the missile, a senior intelligence official said.

One sailor was killed and three were missing.

The intelligence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the information, said about 100 Iranian soldiers are in Lebanon and helped fire the Iranian-made, radar-guided C-102 at the ship late Friday.

The attack alarmed Israel because initial information indicated the guerrillas had used a drone for the first time to attack Israeli forces.

But the army's investigation showed that Hezbollah had fired an Iranian-made missile at the vessel from the shores of Lebanon, said Brig. Gen. Ido Nehushtan.

"We can confirm that it was hit by an Iranian-made missile launched by Hezbollah. We see this as very profound fingerprint of Iranian involvement in Hezbollah," Nehushtan said in an interview with The Associated Press.

I provide more in depth analysis below in Israel Gives Syria Ultimatum.


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