Intel, defense officials: Iran moving ballistic missiles into Iraq

Intel, defense officials: Iran moving ballistic missiles into Iraq
Iranian forces parade missiles past a VIP reviewing stand in 2017. YouTube video

[Ed. – We’ve known this for quite a while.  Iran started doing it in northern Iraq when Obama was in office, and recent mystery strikes on Iran-backed “militia” bases east of Baghdad have highlighted the continuation of the arms flow.  Interesting that “leakers” are making a point of feeding it to NYT now.]

Iran has used the continuing chaos in Iraq to build up a hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq, part of a widening effort to try to intimidate the Middle East and assert its power, according to American intelligence and military officials. …

Iranian officials did not return a request for comment. …

An arsenal of missiles outside its borders gives advantages to the Iranian government, military and paramilitary in any standoff with the United States and its regional allies. If the United States or Israel were to bomb Iran, its military could use missiles hidden in Iraq to strike back against Israel or a gulf country. The mere existence of those weapons could also help deter attacks.

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Intelligence officials would not discuss the precise model of ballistic missile Iran has sneaked into Iraq. But short-range missiles have a range of just over 600 miles, meaning that one fired from the outskirts of Baghdad could strike Jerusalem.

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