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Iran Readies for Retaliation After Israeli Airstrike on Nuclear Facilities

Updated on August 7, 2009

 IDF officials have recently released several videos taken from the high flying drones showing hezbollah militia moving, hiding, and storing surface to surface missiles. This is akin to the "lull before the storm".

In 2006, when the IDF went into Lebanon to once and for all destroy the Hezbollah missiles tha had been firing into Israel, they discovered the task was quite difficult given the prepardness of Hezbollah armed with Iranian and Russian modern antitank weapons. At best, Israel's "Summer War" can be called a draw, a worse, Israel's first defeat.

Since the end of that mini-war, Hezbollah has up to 40,000 rockets and is training its forces to use ground-to-ground missiles capable of hitting Tel Aviv, and anti-aircraft missiles that could challenge Israel’s dominance of the skies over Lebanon. Of course, Iran is the main source for these weapons, Hezbollah is a proxy terrorist group supported by Iran. Although it is somewhat independent of Iran, should the IDF make a surprise air strike to destroy even one of Iran's key nuclear facilities, Iran will order Hezbollah to barrage Israel once again. However, this time the weapons they possess are even better than in 2006.

 Hezbollah basic training on firing weapons is taught at camps in the mountains flanking the Bekaa Valley, specialised courses are carried out in Iran. Hundreds of fighters have travelled to Iran since 2006 to learn about bomb-making, anti-tank missiles, sniping and firing rockets. The new weapons are Russian Surface to Air systems including the shoulder fired SA 18 and the sophisticated SA 8 that will give the IDF pilots problems. They may have already  received an improved version of the Iranian-manufactured Fateh-110 rocket, which can carry a 1,100lb (500kg) warhead more than 125 miles (200km), bringing Tel Aviv within easy target.

Whether or not the IDF strike into Iran occurs seems moot because Hezbollah is not simply going to act on behalf of Iran. They have their own agenda also. It just happens to be the same as Iran's, Syria's and anyone else's that want to destroy Israel.

Like I said, it is the "lull before the storm" in the Middle East. 


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