Lebanon-based, terrorist network Hezbollah boasted in the Middle East news media that it has greatly improved its missile prowess including their ability to target Israel cities and towns with pinpoint precision, according to a senior Iranian army commander's statement on Sunday appearing in the local news organization Kayhan International.
Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, of the Iranian Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), said that Zionists will soon see Hezbollah's new missile capability if the Israeli military attempts to take action against the Shiite Islamist group, according to Middle East reporters on Sunday.
The Kayhan International news story said the recently killed Hezbollah commander, Hassan al-Laqis, should be credited with building up Hezbollah with weapons, rockets, missiles and other improvements.
Hezbollah's Al-Laqis was killed in southern Beirut in December. Iran's top IRGC commanders, including the commander of the Quds Force of the IRGC, which is responsible covert and special operations, attended a commemoration ceremony held to honor the deceased Hezbollah chief.
"[Al-Laqis] was a great, resourceful and very active Hezbollah commander whose works could be revealed should a Hezbollah-Israel war break out. He created great defense supplies [sic], " and was "one of Hezbollah's masterminds in the field of electronic war," Hajizadeh said.
Hezbollah's capability has improved so tremendously in recent years that it can hit and destroy any target inside Israel with pinpoint ability, he claimed.
Hezbollah has been financially and militarily supported by the Islamist Iranians since the terrorist group was founded in 1982 during the Lebanese war with Israel.
Hezbollah members practice an Iranian-style radical Shiite ideology that plays a central role in the organization's establishment and continues to play a central role in its operation. Hamas, on the other hand, is a radical Sunni Islamic movement with roots in Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, according to an Examiner news story.
Neither terrorist group just appeared out of thin air: Hezbollah was established in part as a result of longstanding religious and cultural links between the Shiite communities in Lebanon and Iran, which intensified after the fall of the Shah in 1979, thanks to President Jimmy Carter's betrayal of the Shah of Iran and his family, the Examiner story noted.