Iran Building Rockets for Hezbollah in Syria

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8 feb 2019 (Gehele dag)
Iran Building Rockets for Hezbollah in Syria
Reports emerged in the Israeli media Thursday evening that Iran is sponsoring the construction of a factory for producing precision missiles in Syria, near the town of Safita. The missiles are meant to augment the already massive arsenal of missiles possessed by the Lebanese Shi’ite terror militia Hezbollah. In related news, Iranian officials announced on Thursday that they have deployed a new surface-to-surface ballistic missile with a range of 1,000 km (621 miles) in defiance of international demands that it cease its development of such missiles.

The US State Department said in a statement on Thursday that "the Iranian regime has continued to exploit the goodwill of nations and defied multiple [UN] Security Council resolutions in its quest for a robust ballistic missile force." Tehran "continues to increase its investment in missile testing and missile proliferation even as its economy crumbles and its people suffer. We must bring back tougher international restrictions to deter Iran’s missile program. The United States will continue to be relentless in building support around the world to confront the Iranian regime's reckless ballistic missile activity."

In related news, the Paris-based NGO Reporters Without Borders posted a report on Thursday including a section on Iran which showed that the Islamic Republic imprisoned, or executed at least 860 journalists in the three decades between the 1979 revolution and 2009. The report added that the journalists had been arrested on"spurious charges" such as “collaborating with an enemy foreign state,” “activity against domestic security,” “antigovernment propaganda,” and “spying” as well as “insulting what is sacred and Islam” and “insulting the supreme leader.”

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