Report: Russia Giving Hizbullah Advanced Weapons

(Daily Beast) Jesse Rosenfeld - Two Hizbullah commanders told the Daily Beast they are receiving long-range tactical missiles, laser guided rockets, and anti-tank weapons from Russia. "We are strategic allies in the Middle East right now - the Russians are our allies and give us weapons," said Hizbullah commander "Bakr." He said the Russians rely on Hizbullah for intelligence and target selection. "Assir," a Hizbullah special forces commander, says the Russians are increasingly impressed with Hizbullah and rely on it, rather than the Syrian military, to guard Russian arms depots inside Syria. Assir said Hizbullah has extensive access to what's inside those depots. Both said Hizbullah is using its support from Iran to expand its involvement in sectarian conflicts across the region from Yemen to Iraq. Bakr says he was personally involved in a Hizbullah training mission in Iraq with a Shia militia in 2014, and with the Houthis in Yemen in 2015. Assir says there have been Hizbullah training programs in Lebanon for Syrian forces, Houthis, and Iraqi Shia forces.

2016-01-12 00:00:00

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