Surface-to-air missiles en Iran escalating efforts to destabilize region -Panetta <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta accused Iran of an intensified campaign to destabilize the Middle East by smuggling anti-aircraft weapons to militant allies, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.</p> <p>"There is no question when you start passing MANPADS around, that becomes a threat, not just to military aircraft but to civilian aircraft," Panetta told the newspaper in an interview. "That is an escalation."</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Leon Panetta Leon Panetta Surface-to-air missiles War Thomson Reuters Sat, 02 Feb 2013 02:45:28 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5743771 at