Syria helps Iran
arm Hezbollah

By WND Staff

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Syria is supplying Iranian-backed Hezbollah with hundreds of new short-range rockets for attacks on northern Israel, reports Geostrategy, the global intelligence news agency.

The rocket was first offered to Hezbollah nearly two years ago. It has a range of 75 kilometers and is said to be a product of Syria’s defense industry.

Military sources say Syria’s new rocket is not very accurate. Damascus has reportedly been working on improving the launcher and developing a more stable version.

”Syria is developing Hezbollah into a military force that can fight Israel from Lebanon,” a senior Israeli military official said.

For nearly 20 years, Hezbollah has been armed and trained solely by Iran, while Syria provided the group a haven in southern Lebanon and the Bekaa Valley.

According to the report, this is the first time Syria has directly supplied Hezbollah with significant weaponry. It marks a new policy toward the Shi’ite group, which is on the U.S. State Department list of terrorist organizations.

”This opens a potential second front against Israel in the north and also allows Syria to effectively use a proxy rather than fight us directly,” said the official.

Israel considers Hezbollah a paramilitary group incapable of sustained conventional warfare despite a force of an estimated 1,000 combatants and reserves of several thousand more.

Still, a senior Israeli military official says the group could deploy its rocket force in an attack on northern Israel during a U.S.-led war against Iraq.

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