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Monday, 20 May 2013

Evidence Of Iranian Arms Provided To Syria In The Past 18 Months

In the past week Iran has been accused of violating a UN Security Council ban on weapons exports, including sending arms to Syria
The new report, submitted by a panel of sanctions-monitoring experts to the Security Council's Iran sanctions committee, said the panel investigated three large illegal shipments of Iranian weapons over the past year.
"Iran has continued to defy the international community through illegal arms shipments," it stated. "Two of these cases involved (Syria), as were the majority of cases inspected by the Panel during its previous mandate, underscoring that Syria continues to be the central party to illicit Iranian arms transfers."
The following video from Agraba, Damascus, shows a very rare example of evidence that supports those accusations


Here we have a unexploded 107mm rocket, typically launched by Type-63 multiple rocket launchers, a system used widely by both sides in the conflict.  It's claimed in the video that this has been fired by government forces, and appears to be fully intact.

107mm rockets are manufactured in a number of countries, but the markings on this example strongly indicate it was manufactured in Iran.  First here's reference images of the 107mm rocket manufactured by China and Iran

Chinese 107mm Rocket (Source)

Chinese 107mm Rocket (Source)
Iranian 107mm Rocket (Source)

Iranian 107mm Rocket (Source)
Note the colouring of the rocket, as well as the marking.  Here's the rocket from the video


It's very clear the rocket in the video is a perfect match for the Iranian examples, and what's extremely interesting is the date of manufacture, which can be clearly seen in this screenshot


Now, unless the reports of an Iranian time machine are true, it appears what we have here is an Iranian rocket manufactured in 2012, during the Syrian conflict, and the arms embargo, that has managed to find it's way into Damascus.  With at 10km range it seems unlikely these rockets have flown from Iran to Syria under their own power, so this is very strong evidence that Iran has been arming Syria during the conflict, despite UN sanctions.

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17 comments:

  1. So fucking what? How about showing images of USA made weapons as well? Let's keep this balanced.

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    1. Iranian weapons exports violates sanctions against Iran, which I clearly state in the post.

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    2. US made weapons?!! Do you mean in Syria?
      Supposing this i true, those light weapons don't balance fighters and T-72 tanks, let alone long range missiles.

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  2. The people in the video are saying it is a Russian shell. Iranian shells are marked in Farsi. Nothing at all exists to suggest this is an Iranian shell. Nor are the other examples given for comparison for that matter . Not even a good try.

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  3. I just looked more closely at the original video and the Arabic title of the original translates to "Unexploded shell in Aqraba, countryside near Damascus"

    The Arabic description (given on the Youtube video)and translatable easily using Babylon for anyone who doubts says the shell is Russian, speculates about banned weapons and refers again to the location, but NOWHERE is there any mention of Iran. In other words this ia a tranparent attempt to spread anti-Iranian propaganda. Everyone should by now know the terrorists in Syria are being supported by Qatar and the Saudis as well of course by Israel and their NATO attack dogs who are waiting in the wings hoping Syria will be weakened enough for them to pounce. Iran isn't even getting involved at this point, since the Syrians seem able to mop up on their own with a little help on the border when it crosses Hezbollah's territory and with Russia watching their back. I think a retraction is in order if this blog is not just what its detractors say and a Zionist propaganda organ. Given the story as printed by you has gone wide and far, among people who have taken it at face value without bothering to track down its bogus nature. I only did so because I know enough to doubt the veracity for a number of reasons not likely to be common among most Westerners.

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    1. It's identical to multiple other examples of Iranian 107mm rockets, and if anyone who has any experience looking at Youtube videos from Syria would now that the descriptions are rarely accurate. Maybe you should start by providing examples of Iranian 107mm rockets with Farsi on them, and Russian 107mm rockets that look identical to the ones shown in the video. You know, evidence to support your claims.

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    2. So, because the original Youtube uploader was not a weapons expert, the entire video is invalid?

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  4. Re: Rocket Source
    I was interviewed by the 'Musings on Iraq' blog this past summer regarding the issue of Iranian arms in Iraq. The post includes information about Iran's 107mm rockets like the ones shown here.
    http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2012/08/a-history-of-iranian-weapons-shipments.html

    These rockets were of the same kind discovered aboard the Francop in 2009, and in Nigeria 2010, both incidents linked to Iran.

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    1. Thanks, that's very useful additional information.

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  5. No sir it is not identical to other Iranian 107mm rockets. It is identic al to other 107mm rockets also falsely claimed by your sort to be Iranian rockets. Iranian rockets are not made for export, even if they may end up outside their borders, and since Farsi is the language spoken in a nation which has no need historically or contemporaneously to include English instructions on their weapons, I am afraid the burden of proof is on you when you make such a laughable claim.

    Since Iran doesn't export many weapons and they don't do war except in self defense there are few examples of their weapons to compare as you should know. Unlike Israel which is one of the worlds largest arms exporters and whose weapons have been found in the hands of the terrorists in Syria from the outset and again recently including vehicles.

    However I have the following document to provide for your education. http://www.fas.org/irp/world/iran/smallarms.pdf

    Note the not surprising part which states "Iranian number and letter markings may be in either Persian (Farsi) or in Arabic "

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    1. You'll note that document refers to small arms, not artillery rockets which my post is about.

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    2. It seems I've found another example of Iranian arms deliveries to Syria.

      In this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGLil7I4hfY at around 1:20 we get a clear view of an ammo box with an inscription:

      "2 ROUNDS 120MM
      MORTAR HE
      W/FUZE AZ111A2
      LOT: 4 DATE: 2012"

      and so on. So those mortar shells were delivered in 2012. And sure enough, AZ111A2 is a mortar fuze produced by the Defense Industries Organization of the Iranian Ministry of Defense: http://www.diomil.ir/en/amig.aspx?search_id=morar

      Hope that helps.

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    3. Excellent, thank you, I'll do a post on this.

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  6. funny.. no one mentions the advanced weapons these terrorists from 29 countries are getting from the US and Israel..

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    1. You realise this blog your posting on is the one that first sighted Croatian weapons smuggled into Syria, and work with the New York Times to expose the story?

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  7. Seems as if in your world sanctions are synonym to sharia laws for the wahabi extremists ....i mean who is behind this "sanction game" ... im personally against all kind of weapon deliveries ,no matter from or to which country ... , above all and specially deliveries to the oppressive dictators and the the blood thirsty terrorist organisations like those in Syria and else where ... and all of that just for moere territorial influence and to make more profite out of peoples blood ...and that by causing unrest , sectarian war and bloodshed and hate just to realise their evil goals... which is divide and conquer strategy ... no matter what the cost are for achieving those sick and evil objectives... so with in this context are Iranian also allowed and have all the rights to defend thier allies , their security and thier interests and that off course by and with all means , so stop with this retoric of sanctions bla bla bla... , like or we are living in the era of the ten commands ... and as if anctions made by agressors are "HOLY" "texts" ... (by the way i am not a supporter of the iranian government and i would like to see reforms there ....)

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  8. Seems as if in your world sanctions are the same and the synonymof sharia laws for wahabi extremists ....i mean who is behind this "sanction game" ... im personally against all kind of weapon deliveries ,no matter from whom or to which country ... , above all and specially i am against deliverie of weapons to oppressive dictators and blood thirsty terrorist organisations like those in Syria and else where ... with as purpose just to accomplish and substantiating more territorial influence and more profite and that over peoples blood ...and all of that by causing unrest , sectarian war and bloodshed and hate just to realising some evil goals... which is the old divide and conquer strategy ... with no matter what the cost are for achieving those sick and evil objectives... so with in this context are Iranian also allowed and have all the rights to defend thier allies , their security and thier interests and that off course by all means needed , so stop with this retoric of sanctions bla bla bla... ,as if or like we are living in the era of the ten commands ... and as if anctions made by agressors are "HOLY" "texts" ...
    ... (by the way i am not a supporter of the iranian government and i would like to see reforms there ....
    ( i have corrected my reaction and so i send it ones more ... i apologize for my bad English )

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