Iran has been studying Israeli military strategy for years, reports a news outlet in the Islamic republic.

An Iranian official announced his government began tracking IDF tactics following the Second Lebanon War in 2006.

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“After Hezbollah’s 33-day war, we sent a team to Lebanon and studied the models of Israel’s assault on the Lebanese buildings and collected 5,000 images of all the destroyed buildings,” said Gholam Reza Jalali, Civil Defense Organization head, according to Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency Monday.

The official argued that Israel’s success in demolishing certain facilities during the war had to do with its technique, not its artillery capabilities.

Jalali also said the Islamic republic has over time altered its own military strategy since it began monitoring the Jewish state.

He added, “Threats against us changed after the US presence in the region and invasion against Iraq.”

Iran is on the cusp of a new round of nuclear talks with the P5+1 world powers, which includes the US, to talk place in Vienna next week.

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