Look, I admit, I don’t know much about bomb-making. And I don’t know much about how factories label bombs. But I do know that in Iran virtually all numbers were in the Farsi-Arabic script. They were not and do not resemble our numbers. Now, I may be wrong, but I have a feeling that the implication that this round captured in the photo is bogus. Color me very skeptical. Any thoughts? Anyone want to google this and other aspects of the story? Steve has the same idea. Couple questions spring to mind first: is this pattern of numbers to be found on other similar weapons, made by other countries? This Russian 82mm has the markings etched in Russian. Are we sure that the Iranians use the 81mm round? Just in case I really embarrass myself by asking a tremendously stupid question, let me just add this (consider it troll repellent): there are no stupid questions. The only stupid questions are those not asked. Otherwise how are we supposed to learn.
Markings on the Zelzal 2 rocket are in Farsi. On a similar note, Juan Cole crunches some numbers. Result: implausible. Looks like the Zelzal 3 has markings in Farsi too. Here’s an anti-ship missile with Farsi on it.
Update: Ordnance pictured by the Telegraph
is might not be from Iran, but from Pakistan. It could be from any number of countries, as one of our reader’s notes at this point the proof is not definitive either way.
Here’s a radio interview I did this afternoon about the so-called “proof.”