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Khamenei Urges IRGC Terrorist Force to Develop Advanced Weapons

On October 13, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to develop more advanced weaponry.

"The Guards should have advanced and modern weapons,” Khamenei said. “Your weapons should be modern and updated.”

Why it matters

Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, reportedly providing more than $7 billion annually to terrorist organizations.

Iran’s military arsenal now includes thousands of missiles with the capability to reach Israel and other U.S. allies across the region. The regime also funds and arms terrorist proxies and militias in Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Gaza.

In Lebanon, Iran is providing its terrorist proxy Hezbollah with technology to build precision-guided munitions. These weapons are designed to strike locations with pinpoint accuracy, posing a direct threat to strategic sites in Israel, such as Ben Gurion Airport, power plants, water facilities, and military installations.

Hezbollah’s leaders have explicitly threatened to target such sites.

Recent Iranian aggression

In August, Iranian-backed Hezbollah launched multiple anti-tank missiles at Israel, damaging an Israeli military base and destroying an Israeli military vehicle.

That same month, the Israeli Air Force destroyed Iranian drones in Syria that were being armed with explosives for a “large scale” attack against Israel.

Iran and its proxies also pose threats in the United States. Alexei Saab of Morristown, New Jersey was indicted on nine counts of terror-related offenses for his support for Hezbollah last month. Iran provides Hezbollah with $800 million annually.

Saab was scouting potential targets in New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C. In New York, targets included Grand Central Terminal, the New York Stock Exchange and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Iran has entrenched itself throughout the Middle East and continues to fund terrorism worldwide.

Click here to learn more about Iran’s regional aggression.