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    Dec062009

    Documented proof of Iranian complicity in supplying illegal arms to terrorists

    On Tuesday (November 3, 2009) a special Israeli naval force detained and boarded the MV Francop, a merchant ship flying the flag of Antigua and destined for the Syrian port of Latakia.

    Hidden among the dozens of other containers on board, and disguised as civilian goods, the ship contained a consignment of 36 shipping containers with 500 tons of arms en route via Syria to the Hizbullah terrorist organization in Lebanon. A total of about 9,000 mortar bombs of different types were seized, along with about 3,000 Katyusha artillery rockets, 3,000 recoilless gun shells, 20,000 grenades and over a half million rounds of small arms ammunition.

    Iran routinely smuggles weapons to terrorist groups it supports. The Iranian Revolutionary Guards transfer their shipments over air, sea, and land routes, and do not hesitate to make use of civilian carriers, often without their knowledge.

    An examination of the munitions seized proves conclusively that the source of the arms was Iran. This is clear both from the shipping documents and the markings on the munitions themselves.

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        Polyethylene sacks made in Iran used to camouflage the munitions
      Polyethylene sacks made in Iran used to camouflage the munitions  
     


     
        The ship's manifest, proving the cargo was being transported by the Iranian company IRISL
      The ship's manifest  
     
     
     
     
        b. Labeling on some of the containers showing that the transport company was based in Ispahan, Iran.
      Labeling on containers  
     
     
     
     
        IRISL (Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines) containers found on board the Francop
      IRISL containers  
     
     



    I. Shipping Method and Documentation: 
     

    a. The ship's manifest, proving the cargo was being transported by the Iranian company IRISL
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    b. Labeling on some of the containers showing that the shipping company wasbased in Ispahan, Iran

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    c. IRISL (Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines) containers found on board the Francop

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        Ministry of Sepah
      Ministry of Sepah  
     
     

     
        Ministry of Sepah (Iranian Revolutionary Guard) labels attached to the cargo
      Ministry of Sepah  
     
     
     
     
        Polyethylene sacks "Made in Iran" (Photo: Reuters)
      Polyethylene sacks "Made in Iran" (Photo: Reuters)  
     
     
     
     
        Rockets packed in cases marked "Parts of Bulldozer"
      Rockets packed in cases marked "Parts of Bulldozer"  
     
     


    d. Ministry of Sepah(Iranian Armed Forces) customs labels attached to the cargo
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    e. Containers stuffed with sacks of polyethylene pellets used to conceal the munitions. According to the markings, the polyethylene was produced by Iran's National Petrochemical Company, whose telephone number was given as 9821 [98 is Iran's international dialing code] +8788987
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    f. Further proof of Iranian attempts to conceal weapons: Rockets packed in cases marked "Parts of Bulldozer"
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        107mm artillery rocket found on the Francop
      107mm artillery rocket found on the Francop  
     
     
     
     
        107mm rockets found concealed on the Francop
      107mm rockets found concealed on the Francop  
     
     
     
     
        107 mm rocket found by soldiers of the 789th EOD team near FOB Hammer, July 2007 (Photo: Multi National Force-Iraq via ConfederateYankee blog)
      107 mm rocket found by soldiers of the 789th EOD team near FOB Hammer, July 2007 (Photo: Multi National Force-Iraq viaConfederate Yankee blog)  
     


     

    II. Munitions: 
     

    Among the arms seized, Israel discovered thousands of rounds of mortar bombs and artillery rockets manufactured by the Iranian defense industry:

     

    a. 107mm ("Haseb")Artillery Rockets: 2,124 of these rockets were found on board the Francop.
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    These rockets are identical to those used by Iranian-armed Iraqi insurgents who, in July 2007, attacked the multi-national force's Forward Operating Base Hammer in Iraq's northern Besmaya Range complex.
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        Cases of 60mm mortar bombs with packing list showing AZ111-A2 fuses included in shipment
      Cases of 60mm mortar bombs with packing list showing AZ111-A2 fuses included in shipment  
     
     
     
     
        60mm mortar bomb case detailing fuse type AZ111-A2
      60mm mortar bomb case detailing fuse type AZ111-A2  
     
     
     
     
        81mm mortar bomb case detailing fuse type AZ111-A2
      81mm mortar bomb case detailing fuse type AZ111-A2  
     




    b. Additional proof of Iranian complicity in the illegal shipment is the large number of AZ111-A2 fuses found on board. These fuses are manufactured solely by theIranian armament industries and were found affixed to the 9,000 60mm, 81mm and 120mm mortar bombs which were concealed in the shipment.

     

    According to Jane's Ammunition Handbook, Iranian ordnance developed the AZ111A2 fuse specifically to meet Iranian Army requirements.

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        AZ111-A2 mortar fuse attached to 81mm mortar bomb
      AZ111-A2 mortar fuse attached to 81mm mortar bomb  
     
     
     
     
        120mm mortar bomb with AZ111-A2 fuse attached
      120mm mortar bomb with AZ111-A2 fuse attached  
     
     
     
     
        Packing list on crate of 120mm mortar bombs, including fuse type AZ111-A2
      Packing list on crate of 120mm mortar bombs, including fuse type AZ111-A2  
     
     



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