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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Russians helping transfer weapons from Syria to Hezbullah?

A NATO submarine stationed off the coast of the Syrian port of Tartus has photographed weapons and military equipment being shipped to Hezbullah. And there may be Russians involved in the transfer.
As part of the body's Active Endeavor anti-terrorist operation, the Spanish submarine Sirocco S-72 snapped a photo of a ship sailing from the Syrian port of Tartus on March 2, bearing dozens of military vehicles. The ship's flag, and its destination, were deemed classified information, and are not available to the media.

However, the Defence Forum of India noted that it took less than a month for Israel's President Shimon Peres to announce to reporters that Syria had transferred Scud missiles to Hizbullah.

That message, noted the report, was quickly followed up by one from King Abdullah II of Jordan, who began to talk of the “high risk” of a looming conflict in the region.

Last month the British newspaper The Times claimed to have access to satellite images showing a Hizbullah complex near the Syrian town of Adra, northwest of Damascus. The images allegedly revealed shelters, weapons and a fleet of trucks, presumably to be used for transfer.


Syria has repeatedly denied that it has transferred weapons to the terrorist organization – but Israeli military intelligence has continued to emphasize the group is receiving Scud missiles and Syrian-made M-600 mid-range missiles from Damascus.

The M-600 is an improved version of the Iranian Fatah-110 missile, carrying a 1,000-pound warhead. It is fitted with a GPS-aided inertial navigation, upgrading it from a simple terrorist weapon to an outright military threat. Moreover, because it is solid-fueled, it can be fired without preparation, as opposed to the Scud missile, which must be protected from air strikes during fueling because it requires liquid fuel.

According to an article published in the May 17 issue of Aviation Week, the latest Syrian variant of the Scud missile is equipped with a 500-meter CEP (complex event processing) system – meaning that the missile can identify and proceed to the most meaningful target among thousands of possible options within a 500-meter range. The same article noted that the CEP of the M-600 was approximately 200 meters – nearly Scud class.

The ranges of both reportedly extend to at least 600 kilometers, enabling them to reach beyond Tel Aviv or Jerusalem from southern Lebanon.


A quiet discussion spotted recently between defense and military personnel on an Internet military aviation forum posed the question, “Has anyone even considered what it would take for Hizbullah to manage and launch such weapons?”

The writer went on to note that even though the terrorist group had “used that cruise missile a while back.... still, does anyone really think a third-world terrorist group has sufficiently trained personnel to handle such weapons? Methinks one will find more than a few Syrians, Iranians and North Koreans among the service personnel. And if that is true, why isn't a bigger fuss being raised over such support of terrorism?”
I would guess that in addition to Syrians, Iranians and North Koreans, there are also Russians supporting the transfer of weapons from Syria to Hezbullah, and maybe also with the handling of the weapons.

The Russians have been upgrading the port of Tartus in order to establish a Russian base in Syria. Under those circumstances, it is inconceivable that weapons could be transferred through the port of Tartus without the Russians' consent and participation.

Why isn't anyone in an official position raising a fuss over these weapons transfers? What could go wrong?


At 1:22 PM, Blogger ToreyDawn said...

I have a friend who lives in Tehran, Iran. She informed me that three weeks ago a flood of police (her words) from Lebanon showed up in the city. Hezbollah. They are there to prevent what happened last year at this time. She says she is staying inside because these men shoot to kill. Thoughts?


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