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The Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has deployed precision-guided rockets and drones in southern Iraq, the Al Qabas newspaper reported on December 26.
Citing Iranian sources, the Kuwaiti newspaper reported that Arsh short-range precision-guided rockets and drones of an unidentified type were deployed by the IRGC’s Ground Forces in Iraq’s southern provinces.
The weapons were stored in bases protected by Iranian-backed Iraqi groups. Two units of IRGC officers specialized in rocket and drone attacks were also dispatched to southern Iraq. The units are under the direct commander of Quds Force leader Brig. Gen. Esmail Ghaani.
“The guided Arch rockets and Iranian drones were transferred from Tehran to Kawthar Camp in western Ahwaz, which belong to the IRGC’s Quds Force, then they were transported through the Shalamjah border crossing to Iraq,” Al Qabas reported.
According to the newspaper, Kawthar Camp is one of the main facilities of the Quds Force. Most Iranian security and military operations are allegedly being run from there.
Iranian sources told Al Qabas that the IRGC may soon use these rockets and drones to launch attacks within Iraq or in nearby countries.
“These attacks may be carried out after Trump’s departure and the arrival of the new U.S. President Joe Biden, to confuse the Biden administration’s calculations in Region,” the newspaper quoted one of the sources as saying.
Brig. Gen. Ghaani supposedly discussed the plan to launch attacks from Iraq with Iran’s allies there during his most recent visit to the country.
The attacks being prepared by the IRGC in Iraq may be a response to the assassination of Iran’s top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, according to Al Qabas. Senior Iranian officials vowed that the scientist death will be avenged, holding Israel and the U.S. responsible.
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