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A US diplomat said Friday that Syria was providing a wider range of missiles to Hezbollah, stressing that the possible supply of Scuds would be "studied closely."
"We are concerned by the expansion of cooperation between Syria and Hezbollah," said the source, who was speaking on condition of anonymity.
The Damascus regime "provides a broader range of missiles" to Lebanese Shiite militia, he said.
Syria has smuggled three consignments of disassembled Scud A ground missile components across the border to the Lebanese Hizballah, debkafile disclose from Middle East intelligence and military sources Friday, April 23. They do not add up to a complete set of parts for an operational Scud missile.
However, another five shipments, awaiting handover at Syrian border bases will provide the missing elements for complete weapons.
Israel's defense minister Ehud Barak disclosed Friday night that Syria had transferred "Scud missile parts" to Lebanon, refusing to elaborate. But he accused Syria of providing Hizballah with game-changing weapons which jeopardized regional stability.
According to Western intelligence sources, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad put in an urgent phone call to Syrian president Bashar Assad Thursday, April 22, to urge Assad to make as many Scud transfers to Lebanon as possible and enable Hizballah to deploy them opposite Israel without delay.
He implied that speed was necessary because Iran is preparing to strike out against US Middle East interests and he wants Iran's Lebanese proxy to be ready for all possible eventualities. The Iranian president dismissed Israel as a declining force with its political and military strength in a state of paralysis.
"These allegations are lies and are laughable," Abul Gheit told reporters in Beirut as he began an official visit.
"Egypt stands by Lebanon under all conditions and in the face of all threats," he added.