Military official: Iran has studied Israel's tactics in 2006 Lebanon war

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A senior Iranian military official said on Feb. 24 that the Islamic Republic has analyzed Israeli strikes during the 2006 war in Lebanon to boost its own defence capabilities against the U.S. and Israel, the Associated Press reported.

Gen. Gholam Reza Jalali, who heads a unit in charge of civil defense, said Iran sent a team to Lebanon to study strikes during the 2006 war and changed its defense plans accordingly.

"After Hezbollah's 33-day war, we sent a team to Lebanon and probed the models of Israel's attack on Lebanese buildings and collected 5,000 photos of all the destroyed buildings," he added.

Jalali said Iranian military officials learned after analyzing the package that tall buildings collapsed not because of a bomb's power, but the engineering technique used to bring it down.

Jalali told military officials that Iran has also adopted a new military doctrine to neutralize any possible plans by the U.S. to attack the Islamic Republic.

"It took three years to develop the new doctrine to confront the U.S.," he said. He says the new doctrine made Iran spread out its installations and combat forces to minimize damage in a possible war.

"We changed the deployment of military forces from a mass concentration to managed format," he added.

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