Iran Trains Shi'ites In Long-Range Rockets
WASHINGTON [MENL] -- Iran was said to have been training Iraqi insurgents in
the use of long-range rockets.
A former senior U.S. military adviser said Teheran has been training
Shi'ite militias in Iran in the use of heavy weapons. U.S. Army Col. H.R.
McMaster, former adviser to the U.S. commander in Iraq Gen. David Petraeus,
said Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was equipping Shi'ites in the
Iraqi cities of Baghdad, Basra, Diwaniya and Nasseriya with long-range rockets and
explosively formed projectiles.
"We know they are supplying them with weapons, the most effective
weapons, these include long-range high-payload weapons," McMaster said. "We
know that they have trained forces in the employment of these munitions. I
think it's fairly clear that what Iran has done over the last year is try to
develop a considerable latent capability that it can turn on at short
Officials said Iran has been training Shi'ite militias to operate the
240 mm rocket. They said the rocket was capable of striking targets at a
distance of at least 70 kilometers.