Pentagon: Iran Expands Use of Proxies

May 2, 2013

Author: 

Bill Gertz

Publication: 

Washington Free Beacon

According to a classified Defense Intelligence Agency report, Iran is expanding its security agreements with countries in Latin America and Africa and its use of surrogates, including Lebanese Hezbollah, Iraqi Shia groups, and the Taliban.  The report says that "with sufficient foreign assistance" Iran could flight test an intercontinental ballistic missile by 2015 but concludes that Iran's military doctrine is "defensive."  The report also reiterates a 2007 U.S. intelligence community finding that Iran is developing the "technological capabilities" to build nuclear weapons, but has not made a decision to build such weapons.