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Iranian Video Games Teach Military Strikes on Israel

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani smiles while replying to a question during a news conference on the sidelines of the 69th United Nations General Assembly at United Nations Headquarters in New York

‘Anti-Zionist’ game urges destruction of Jewish state

An entity controlled by the Iranian government has released an “anti-Zionist” video game entitled “Missile Strike,” in which players are taught how to launch Iranian missile strikes on Israeli cities, according to an official report by the CIA’s Open Source Center (OSC) obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

The anti-Israel video game was widely released for cellphones by Iran’s state-controlled Fars News Agency, which is closely aligned with the country’s military apparatus. The game was publicly released just three days before the signing of a nuclear accord with the United States and world powers.

OSC warns that the game is just the latest in a string of violent pieces of propaganda aimed at spreading the Iranian government’s extremist ideology.

It also comes on the heels of several real life war drills with Russian naval forces and the announcement that the Islamic Republic is gearing up to launch live missile drills, despite international agreements barring such action.

The anti-Israel game is the “latest in a series of politically inspired Iranian video games that advance a hardline narrative,” OSC wrote in the brief, which is unclassified but marked for official use only. “These games appear to be an attempt by the Iranian regime to spread its political message among Iranian youth.”

Fars itself has stated “that the ‘anti-Zionist’ game, titled ‘Missile Strike,’ allows users to launch Iranian Zelzal, Zolfaqer, or Sijal missiles at large Israeli cities, including Haifa and Tel Aviv,” according to OSC’s analysis.

The timing of the game’s release is significant. It came as interest in the nuclear deal was at its height and appears to be an attempt to maximize exposure of the regime’s anti-Israel views among the Iranian youth.

“Fars News may have released the game at a time of high popular political interest—three days before the announcement of the JCPOA—to maximize the audience for the game among Iranian youth,” the brief notes.

The release of the game also coincided with Iran’s annual Quds Day, in which millions take to the streets to protest Israel and call for the death of Jews and Americans.

“‘Missile Strike’ was not the first video game Fars News released at a critical political juncture,” the brief adds. “It published ‘Gulf of Aden’ on 8 February—two days after a takeover of the government by Huthi rebels in Yemen.”

Fars also has claimed that the latest anti-Israel game was released in “retaliation” for a Swedish video game, Battlefield 3, which features a military invasion of Iran.


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