Iran Changed Defense Plans After Studying 2nd Lebanon War

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -

A senior Iranian military official said Tuesday that the Islamic Republic has analyzed Israeli strikes during the 2006 war in Lebanon to boost its own defense capabilities against the U.S. and Israel.

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 Hizbullah’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,” the daily Kayhan quoted Jalali as saying Tuesday.

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.

Iran has employed what it calls “passive defense,” measures to minimize the effects of damage caused by attacks.