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Iranian general reports arming 'liberation armies'

Iranian general reports arming 'liberation armies'

By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Writer Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press Writer
Mon Oct 27, 7:39 am ET

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran is supplying weapons to "liberation armies" in the Middle East, a top Revolutionary Guards commander said, offering the first official confirmation the country provides weapons to armed groups in the region.

Gen. Hossein Hamedani, deputy commander of a volunteer militia that is part of the elite Revolutionary Guards, did not provide specific details in the report on the state-run Borna news. The U.S. military has accused Iran of arming Shiite militias in Iraq, and Iran is widely believed to provide weapons to Lebanon's militant Shiite Hezbollah group.

"Not only are our armed forces self-sufficient, liberation armies of the region get part of their weapons from us," Hamedani said, according to the report on Borna's Web site late Sunday.

In the past, Iran — a majority Shiite country — has denied arming Hezbollah, saying it only provided political and financial support. The Iranian government has also denied providing weapons or financial support to Shiite militants fighting U.S. forces in Iraq.

But the U.S. military has said it has evidence that elements of the Mahdi army, an Iraqi militia loyal to anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, have been armed by Iran.

Hamedani also said Iran has no shortage of advanced missile systems.

"Our chemical engineers have upgraded Iran's missile capability," he was quoted as saying.

Hamedani didn't elaborate, but Iranian officials have said they successfully tested a solid fuel motor for the medium-range Shahab-3 ballistic missile, a technological breakthrough for Iran.

Experts say solid fuel increases the accuracy of missiles in reaching targets. But many in the West have expressed doubt about Iran's professed military accomplishments.

Iran launched an arms development program during its 1980-88 war with Iraq to compensate for a U.S. weapons embargo. Since 1992, Iran has produced its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles and a fighter plane.

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That's something to be concerned with. Let's see if "our people" pick it up
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US knew about it long time ago. Any countries around the war zone has to contribute to the war in the region. We learn it in Vietnam and what is the different in Iraq ? The question is what we are going to do about it ? Our Iraq war is not support by EU other than England. EU rather buy the crude from Russia, pay the ransom, than pay the price of military involvement. Because we are losing in Iraq, that why the crude is going to 140, and with the guys here wants cheap oil and no war. It just do not go hand in hand.
One smart question you ask yourself, Will you give out your own treasure from your land cheap with you have a choice ? You have to reduce your dependence on OIL before you can get cheap oil, other than use force to rob it from your neighbor.
With the new government coming in Nov., I think that is what our people wants to do if Obama is the POUS.

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I see. We are accusing the IRANIAN of destablizing the Middel East by distributing arms throughout the region. How dare they horn in our our racket!

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