Iran has been increasing its shipments that contain advanced weaponry to Hezbollah according to American and western intelligence sources. Unguided rockets will now have GPS components so they can be converted into precision guided-missiles, increasing threats to Israel.
Western Intelligence sources have been tracking the cargo plane that has carried these weapons components made in Iranian factories in Lebanon. And on Wednesday evening the Iranian Cargo plane departed Beirut for Qatar and returned to Iran’s capital, according to flight data obtained by Fox News.
Intelligence Agencies, United States and Israel have stated that they have evidence of Iran conducting similar operations and weapon factories in Syria, Yemen and Lebanon.
Last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the United Nations General Assembly in New York shared photos of what he said were three Hezbollah “secret sites” near Beirut’s international airport, locations where the GPS components from Tehran were being assembled to turn the rockets into precision-guided missiles capable of striking deep inside Israel “within an accuracy of 10 meters (11 yards).”
“I have a message for Hezbollah today: Israel knows, Israel also knows what you’re doing. Israel knows where you’re doing it. And Israel will not let you get away with it,” warned Netanyahu.
Western sources told Fox News the weapons components from this week’s chartered 747 fight from Tehran were bound for these Hezbollah secret sites near the Beirut airport to target Israel in the future.
A former head of Israeli military intelligence said Israel will not allow Iran’s weapons shipment to Lebanon and Syria to go unchecked.
“Israel is determined not to let it happen,” said retired Israeli Gen. Amos Yadlin. “This is a source of concern because if the Iranians, on the one hand, are determined to build this precision project with ballistic missiles, and the Israelis are determined not to let it happen—this is a recipe for collision.”
Gen. Yadlin “The Iranians are building a formidable military presence in Syria with ballistic missiles, precise ballistic missiles, UAV, air defense. Israel is not going to allow Iran to duplicate Hezbollah in Syria,” . General Yadlin was responsible for bombing Iraq’s nuclear reactor in 1981 and said he is familiar with Israel’s past use of preemptive strikes.
Hezbollah has been classified as a terrorist organisation by US since 1997 and has been funded by Iran and is responsible for bombing the U.S. Embassy in Beirut and the U.S. Marine barracks in Lebanon’s capital six months later, killing 241 Americans and 58 French peacekeepers in 1983.
The Israeli military says it has conducted more than 200 airstrikes inside Syria since last year, targeting Iranian weapons shipments.
Iran’s Fars Air Qeshm airline has long been accused of flying arms for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the elite Quds force led by shadowy Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Though the airline ceased in 2013 it restarted in March 2017 with key members added to the management that are current IRGC officials : Ali Naghi Gol Parsta, Hamid Reza Pahlvani and Gholamreza Qhasemi. To counter Hezbollah the United states has provided more than $1.7 billion military aid and security assistance since 2006.
President Trump’s National Security adviser John Bolton said last month “We’re not going to leave as long as Iranian troops are outside Iranian borders and that includes Iranian proxies and militias,”, according to the Associated Press.