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President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. 'Storm is coming'
Is Tehran stepping up its involvement in the Israeli-Lebanese confrontation? Iran is set to send the first group of suicide bombers to Lebanon on Wednesday, the Iranian news agency ILNA reported.
The expeditionary force, dubbed by the Iranian regime as "Loyalists of Islamic Justice," will be the first ever to be sent to Lebanon. According to the report, the force is compiled of seekers of the Shahadah (death for the sake of heaven), who are set to depart from Tehran after the noontime prayer on Wednesday.
Other reports claimed that two groups made up of 27 volunteers have already left for Syria on their way to Lebanon. The volunteers' task, after having undergone a months-long training, would be to carry out suicide bombings aimed at wreaking havoc and fear around military and civilian targets. According to the report, the group's mission is to trigger a civil war within the divided Lebanese society, and cause the situation in the country to deteriorate even further.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in this regard that "the storm in the Middle East is approaching. Those who caused the storm shall bear the consequences."
Israel: Iran is aiding Hizbullah
Meanwhile, Israeli officials said that Iran continues to transfer arms to Hizbullah via the Damascus airport, and that soldiers of the country's Revolutionary Guards have already joined the organization in the fighting.
"The last time we detected their involvement was when a missile was fired at an Israeli missile boat off Lebanon's shores," a senior official said. Hizbullah's leader Hassan Nasrallah has repeatedly denied Israel's claims in his recent public appearances, and stated they were an example of Israel's disrespect for the organization.
At the same time, Hizbullah has also increased its efforts to launch terror attacks into Israel through the Palestinian territories. according to the official, "Hizbullah's unit that controls agents abroad is very active nowadays. They have been trying to send money and encourage their operatives to launch terror attacks, especially in northern Samaria."
'Syria continues to send arms to Lebanon'
"The current operation has curbed some of the communication and the funneling of funds, but we must remember Iran is always there to back Hizbullah, and it is indeed very involved."
Another element involved in the fighting is Syria, which continues to transfer Syrian-made arms to Hizbullah. "Syria has been transferring its 200 millimeter-diameter rockets to southern Lebanon since the summer of 2001, and we have alerted about this before, to heads of Arab and western states," the official said.
However, "Syria fears that Israel will attack it, although Israel promised not do so. The Syrians are readying their weapons and we can see and hear that," he stated.