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Prophecy Update……May 8, 2008 Keeping You Informed of World ...

Prophecy Update……May 8, 2008 Keeping You Informed of World ...

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the arsenal, Ban said.Western and Israeli officials say Iran and Syria play a vital clandestine role in rebuildingHezbollah's military. Because of his ties to Iranian and Syrian security forces, Mughniyahoversaw the drive, officials say.Western security officials say they discovered last year that Iran was procuring telescopicsights for antitank guns and rocket-propelled grenades from an Eastern European country.Communications among Iranian diplomats revealed that the sights were earmarked forHezbollah, say the officials, who because of the sensitivity of the information declined to beidentified. Iran also allegedly furnished night-vision equipment and binoculars, the officialssay.An explosion last May in southeastern Turkey exposed an arms trafficking route operated byIran's elite Revolutionary Guard, the Western security officials say. When Kurdishseparatists blew up the tracks and derailed a train heading from Iran to Syria, policediscovered rockets, missiles, guns and ammunition concealed in construction equipment.Iran denied allegations that the shipment was bound for Hezbollah. Soon afterward, Irandemoted Yahya Rahim Safavi, the commander of the Revolutionary Guard, officials say. InSeptember, Safavi was replaced by his deputy, Mohammed Ali Jafari.Iran allegedly shifted some Hezbollah-bound arms to aerial smuggling routes to Syria thatuse civilian and military aircraft, officials say. The Revolutionary Guard also resumedsmuggling by rail, bolstering clandestine security teams that accompany shipments andpaying bigger bribes to border inspectors and rail employees, officials say.The Western security officials say Turkey tries to fight the weapons activity. Turkish officialsdeclined to comment, and the latest annual report by Turkey's anti-smuggling directoratedoes not describe Iranian arms smuggling as a significant problem. When Israeli DefenseMinister Ehud Barak told Turkish journalists that Ankara could do more to crack down onarms traffic to Hezbollah, Tehran called the allegations "false and fictitious."Israeli officials say Hezbollah's most potent weapons include about 500 Iranian Zilzal guidedmissiles, with ranges of 77, 136 and 186 miles. In addition, they say Hezbollah has 4,000 to6,000 Iranian Fajr 3 and Fajr 5 rockets with ranges of 27 and 46 miles, respectively. Andthey say Syria has provided an estimated 20,000 rockets."The Syrians are a huge supplier of their own systems to them," the Israeli security officialsaid. "They are not just passing on Iranian arms shipments anymore."Patrick Haenni, a senior analyst in Lebanon for the International Crisis Group, said thatalthough he does not have detailed information on Hezbollah's arsenal or its source, thestatements by both Hezbollah and Israel "seem rather credible."

"All the signs on the ground show that Hezbollah is in a concerted phase of preparation, andconcentrated on its military reactivation," he said. "The acquisition of missiles is part of theirchange in military strategy to position themselves as a dissuasion force rather than a classicguerrilla resistance."In June, Lebanese authorities stopped a truck carrying Soviet-made Grad missiles bound forHezbollah in the Bekaa Valley near Baalbek, U.N. and Lebanese officials said. Lebaneseofficials said the shipment was being moved within the country, but Western securityofficials say the weapons had come across the Syrian border. A few days later, the U.N.special envoy to Lebanon, Terje Roed-Larsen, told the Security Council about what he called"alarming and deeply disturbing" evidence of the flow of arms from Syria.Late last year, Damascus struck a procurement deal with a Russian company to acquireSA-18 air-defense systems, Western security officials say. Unbeknown to the Russians,Syria allegedly plans to transfer the shoulder-fired antiaircraft missiles to Hezbollah, officialssay. The deal is done but the weapons have not yet been delivered to Syria, they say.3. A Revived Roman Empire?EU looks to fill presidency this year but will the position have any real power?Paris is no longer supporting the idea of Tony Blair becoming the first president of theEuropean Council, according to French and British media reports.French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Tuesday let it be known that instead of the UK formerprime minister taking the post, he would prefer the job go to Luxembourg prime ministerJean-Claude Juncker.While Mr Juncker - a veteran of the EU stage - is favourite to take the president job, JoseManuel Barroso is set to win a second term as head of the European Commission, accordingto Elysee sources quoted by French daily Le Figaro.The two politicians are "largely favoured" said the sources. The UK Independent suggestedthat another variation could see Mr Barroso become EU president while Mr Juncker takes onthe commission post.Mr Sarkozy, who takes over the chair of the EU in July, had previously openly backed MrBlair for the post, mentioning the idea in public himself last year.However, he has since come under pressure from other capitals, notably Berlin, to rescindthis support.

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