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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Report: Hezbollah replenishes half of missile stock with Iran's help

Time Magazine has reported that Saudi and Israeli intelligence sources believe that with Iran's assistance, Hezbollah has succeeded in replenishing about half of its pre-war stockpiles of short-range missiles and small arms.

According to the report, Western diplomats in Beirut say the extent weapons-smuggling is even greater, with Hezbollah restoring about 20,000 short-range missiles to date - an amount similar to the organization's stockpiles before the Lebanon war.

Iranian Revolutionary Guard officers have been operating out of a secret military base outside Damascus, Time claims, where the weapon shipments from Iran are received. Trucks then transfer the weapons to Lebanon.

A Hezbollah spokesman told the magazine that the organizations has "more than enough weapons if Israel tries to attack us again."

Nawaf Obaid, a Saudi security advisor, told Time the Iran was using its embassies in Damascus and Beirut as command and control centers through which direct orders are conveyed to Hezbollah guerrillas.

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