Iran’s Qeshm Fars Air is suspected of smuggling arms and arms manufacturing components into Lebanon meant for Hezbollah and Iranian weapons factories. According to Western intelligence sources, the aviation company has twice used uncommon flight paths to avoid detection. A flight on July 9 departed from Tehran and had a short layover in Damascus before continuing to Beirut. A second flight on August 2 departed from Tehran and followed an irregular route north of Syria to Lebanon. Qeshm Fars Air ceased operating in 2013 and resumed operations in March 2017. The company's board includes three Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) representatives: Ali Naghi Gol Parsta, Hamid Reza Pahlvani, and Gholamreza Qhasemi.