US Intelligence Warns of Potential Russian Anti-Aircraft System Supply to Hezbollah

The American intelligence service monitors the conversations between Wagner and Hezbollah

by Sededin Dedovic
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US Intelligence Warns of Potential Russian Anti-Aircraft System Supply to Hezbollah
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The United States has acquired intelligence suggesting that the Russian paramilitary organization Wagner is contemplating the provision of Lebanon's Hezbollah with an advanced anti-aircraft defense system, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.

American intelligence agencies are meticulously monitoring ongoing discussions between Wagner and Hezbollah, raising significant concerns over the potential transfer of a self-propelled Russian SA-22 (Pancir-S1) system. This highly mobile anti-aircraft defense system, deployable from a truck, could significantly enhance Hezbollah's capabilities and pose a new security challenge in the already volatile Middle East region.

The situation underscores the need for continued vigilance and diplomatic efforts to prevent such transfers. This revelation occurs amidst escalating tensions along the Lebanese-Israeli border, where both Wagner operatives and Hezbollah combatants are actively engaged in Syria.

Hezbollah, a pro-Iranian Shia entity, has recently asserted responsibility for a coordinated assault on 19 Israeli military installations. These simultaneous attacks featured a barrage of rockets, mortar missiles, and various weaponry, exacerbating the precarious situation in the region and emphasizing the need for a comprehensive and diplomatic resolution to mitigate further conflict.

The situation in the region remains intricate and unstable

The Israeli military has not officially released information on the results of these attacks. However, in response to the Hezbollah attacks, the Israeli army launched airstrikes on Hezbollah positions in southern Lebanon.

These airstrikes involved fighter jets, tanks, and artillery, targeting military headquarters, rocket launch sites, weapons depots, military facilities, and other infrastructure related to extremist organizations. The Israeli military also released video footage of the airstrikes.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) hold Hezbollah responsible for all attacks originating from Lebanon against Israel. Concurrently, Palestinian Hamas claimed responsibility for launching 12 rockets at the northern Israeli city of Kiryat Shmona, leading to two injuries.

The situation in the region remains intricate and unstable, with U.S. intelligence closely monitoring the potential transfer of advanced anti-aircraft defense systems to Hezbollah. Such a transfer could have significant repercussions for regional security, intensifying tensions in an already volatile area.

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