Top Israeli General Sees Increased Iran Spending on Foreign Wars

(Reuters) Dan Williams - Iran spends hundreds of millions of dollars annually to help allies fighting elsewhere in the Middle East and this outlay appears to be rising, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot said Tuesday. He said Iran gives Hizbullah between $700 million and $1 billion each year. "In recent months, investment in the Palestinian arena has also been growing out of a desire to influence it - with an increase in the (annual) funding in the Gaza Strip for Hamas and Islamic Jihad to $100 million." Eizenkot said that since 2012 Iran had spent "billions" of dollars on Syria. He said Iran currently had 2,000 military advisers in Syria deployed alongside 10,000 foreign Shi'ite militiamen and 8,000 Hizbullah fighters. Iran spends "hundreds of millions" more on allies in Iraq and Yemen, he added.

2018-01-04 00:00:00

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