Iran has deployed missile batteries in the Persian Gulf in an attempt to deter an attack against its nuclear facilities, the Saudi newspaper al-Watan reported Tuesday.
An Iranian source told al-Watan that the deployment took place after the Islamic Republic received secret information that the United States and Israel were planning to attack it.
According to the report, the Iranians stationed surface-to-air missiles and surface-to-sea missiles as part of the deployment.
The missiles are portable and are controlled by the Revolutionary Guards, a branch of Iran's military seen as fiercely loyal to the country's clerical rulers.
The deployment of the missiles indicates that Iran believes an attack against its nuclear facilities will be conducted from the air or the sea.
Iran reportedly told the Arab states of the Gulf region that the missile deployment was not intended to threaten them.
Meanwhile, a new study has concluded that Iran is currently capable of carrying out a conventional missile attack on Israel - a substantial but not existential threat.
Uzi Rubin, former head of the Defense Ministry's Homa Project (code for the Arrow anti-ballistic missile system), and Tal Inbar, head of the Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies, who conducted the research, consider Iran's missile arsenal its main deterrent and describe the country's significant investments in the area.
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