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Monday, July 24, 2006

Iran soldiers killed in Lebanon transferred to Tehran via Syria

WorldNetDaily is reporting this morning that Iranian revolutionary guards have been assisting Hezbullah in the battle in Lebanon. Some of the Iranians have been killed, and their bodies have been transferred back to Iran via Syria.

The report is based upon "senior Lebanese political sources" and, according to WND, has been confirmed by Israeli and Egyptian security officials.

The Lebanese sources said between six and nine deceased Iranian Revolutionary Guard soldiers were brought in trucks last week into Syria for flight back to Iran. They said the bodies were transported along with the tens of thousands of Lebanese civilians fleeing the country into Syria.

Since Israel began its military campaign in Lebanon two weeks ago following a Hezbollah attack on the Jewish state in which two Israeli soldiers were kidnapped, Syrian authorities have reported more than 140,000 Lebanese have entered their country, mostly through open areas in the Syria-Lebanon border.

WND reported earlier this month Israeli security officials said they have "concrete information" hundreds of Iranian soldiers stationed at Hezbollah positions in Lebanon have aided in efforts to fire missiles into the Jewish state.

The Israeli officials said Iranian guards directed the firing two weeks ago of a radar-guided C–802 missile that hit an Israeli navy vessel off the coast of Lebanon, killing four soldiers. Israel says Iran acquired the missile from China.

The officials said the Iranian soldiers' duties include keeping custody of long-range missiles within Hezbollah's arsenal, including Zalzal rockets which are said to have a range of 125 miles, placing Tel Aviv within firing range.

Jordanian officials told WND they are "100 percent sure" Iranian Revolutionary Guard unit soldiers have fired rockets into Israel. They also said the Syrian army has provided Hezbollah with intelligence information on the locations of strategic Israeli targets to aid in Hezbollah rocket fire.

A Ba'ath party official operating out of the Golan Heights told WND he has information Iranian soldiers have been firing rockets into Israel.

A senior Egyptian security official told WND it would be "very logical" if Iranian Revolutionary Guard soldiers have been helping Hezbollah fire the rockets.

Israel has long maintained Iranian Revolutionary Guard units have traveled regularly to south Lebanon to help train local Hezbollah fighters in terrorist tactics and to fortify Hezbollah positions along Israel's northern border.

At times, Revolutionary Guard soldiers could be seen operating openly at Hezbollah outposts in plain view from the Israeli side, military officials say.


At 11:30 AM, Blogger Gyan said...

How is the airlink between Syria and Iran maintained. Flying over US-occupied Iraq?
Shouldnt US shut it down.

At 2:12 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

Depending on where in Iran, they could fly over Turkey, or the long way over Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf. Or they could be flying over just the small northern sliver of Iraq. Although I would also question whether the US would let them do that. I found a map at

At 4:10 PM, Blogger Bret said...

Isn't the firing of rockets into Israel by Iran's revolutionary guard an act of war by Iran against Israel? Is Israel now at war with Iran?

At 5:01 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


I think we could be if we wanted to be, but everyone is afraid to take the step of declaring it.

At 7:27 PM, Blogger Milhouse said...

If they could get these bodies out of Lebanon and to Iran, what prevents them from taking the hostages the same way? I thought the point of bombing the roads and closing the ports was to prevent this.


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