An entity controlled by the Iranian government has released an “anti-Zionist” video game entitled “Missile Strike,” in which players simulate launching 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.