Mideast turmoil boosts Iran’s regional arms smuggling

Iran has smuggled more weapons to Hezbollah, Syria and Palestinian terror groups in recent months, taking advantage of the wave of unrest in the Middle East.

Because international attention is focused mainly on regime changes and local intelligence services are busy protecting their rulers, the Iranians have been able to act with greater impunity. According to Western intelligence, only a relatively small quantity of smuggled Iranian weapons is currently being intercepted.



Senior Israeli government officials told Haaretz: “Iran is inciting the entire region, from Afghanistan and Yemen to Egypt and Morocco.”

At least seven cases of weapons smuggling led by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards have been reported during the past two months. In mid-March, Israel Navy commandos stopped the Victoria off the coast of Israel carrying weapons and ammunition sent from Iran and bound for Islamic Jihad activists in the Gaza Strip.


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