Yes, it helps keep up the illusion in the region that they are tough and even god given in their efforts to subjugate the region and the crusading conquest of Palestine - give people defensive and pray not, offensive weapons, and we'll have another P.R. disaster like the last Lebanon war. :-/ oh dear!
Iraq prepares troops for offensive to retake Mosul (Reuters)
from the article: Russia says in talks with Iran on new nuclear plants