Hezbollah may have Scud-type missiles

By Eli Lake, The Washington Times

The Obama administration has pressed Syria since February to halt the provision of sophisticated ballistic missile technology to Hezbollah in southern Lebanon.

Nonetheless, the chairman of the Senate intelligence committee said there is a “high likelihood” that Hezbollah has the Scuds already. Other U.S. officials said they could not confirm a transfer occurred to Lebanon.

Speaking before the House Foreign Affairs Committee Wednesday, Jeffrey Feltman, assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, said he summoned Syria’s ambassador in Washington to his office on Feb. 26 to discuss the transfer of technology to the group designated by the United States as a terrorist organization.

Mr. Feltman said he met with Ambassador Imadh Moustapha “because we were so concerned with the information we had that Syria was passing increasingly sophisticated ballistic weapons to Hezbollah.”

That meeting, he said, was followed in March with another meeting with Mr. Moustapha at the National Security Council, as well as yet another parley on March 10 at the State Department with William Burns, undersecretary of state for political affairs. On Monday, the State Department summoned Mr. Moustapha’s deputy, Zouheir Jabbour, for a fourth warning to condemn “the transfer of any arms, and especially ballistic missile systems such as the Scud, from Syria to Hizballah.”

The Obama administration has declined to comment specifically on the allegation made last week by Israeli President Shimon Peres.

Mr. Peres said Syria had provided Hezbollah with Scud missiles, armaments capable of carrying chemical weapons that could reach Jerusalem.

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