Iran is deploying ballistic missiles in Iraq that are capable of reaching Israel and Saudi Arabia, its Sunni rival in the region.
According to the report, dozens of missiles have already been deployed among Iran’s allied Shiite militias in Iraq. Iran is also trying to ensure that these jihadist groups can manufacture their own missiles locally. This has manifested into a production facility in Zafaraniya, east of Baghdad, another in Jurf al Sakhar, north of Karbala and another in Iraqi Kurdistan, according to several sources cited in the report. At the same time, Iran is training the members of these militias to operate their new weapons.
The report cites “three Iranian officials, two Iraqi intelligence sources, and two Western intelligence sources. It specifies that these are Zelzal, Fateh 110 and Zolfaghar missiles with a range of between 200 and 700 kilometers, enough to hit Tel Aviv, Israel, and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The sources detailed that General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force, an elite unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, is leading the efforts.
Iranian officials have called it logical to have a plan B or a contingency plan if Iran is attacked, and indicated that the number of missiles is not high, just a dozen at the moment.