2018-09-12 / Mideast

Iran gives missiles to Iraqi militias

Iran has given missiles capable of hitting Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to proxies in Iraq, Reuters reported.

Iran has transferred short-range ballistic missiles to allies in Iraq over the past few months, three Iranian officials and two Iraqi intelligence sources told the news agency, according to the report. The officials said Iran was helping the Shiite militias it is arming to start making their own missiles.

“The logic was to have a backup plan if Iran was attacked,” one senior Iranian official told Reuters. “The number of missiles is not high, just a couple of dozen, but it can be increased if necessary.”

The Zelzal, Fateh-110 and Zolfaqar missiles in question have ranges of about 100-350 miles, putting in range Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh, as well as the Israeli capital of Jerusalem and its coastal hub, Tel Aviv.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that anybody that threatened to wipe out Israel “would put themselves in a similar danger.” Iranian officials have repeatedly threatened to destroy Israel. (JTA)

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