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Satellite photos said to show new Iranian missile factory in Syria
[IsraelTimes] Noting facility's apparent similarity to Iran's Parchin complex, report says site likely spared from Israeli strike due to nearby Russia anti-aircraft battery

Satellite photos published Thursday purported to show the establishment of an Iranian surface-to-surface missile factory in Syria, raising fresh concerns over the extent of the two countries’ military cooperation on Israel’s northern border.

The photos, which were taken by ImageSat International and published by Channel 10 news, were said to show a facility outside Wadi Jahannam in northwest Syria resembling Iran’s Parchin facility, which has been linked to the Islamic Theocratic Republic’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs.

Beyond noting an apparent surge in construction work at the site and the building’s seeming similarity to Parchin, Channel 10 did not say how it was identified as a missile factory.

Unlike other Iranian facilities in Syria that have been targeted in Israeli Arclight airstrikes, the report said the site was likely spared due to its close proximity to a Russian S-400 ant-aircraft battery, which is considered to be one of the most advanced air defense systems in the world.

In July, Israeli jets reportedly targeted a missile production facility in nearby Masyaf, where a leading Syrian chemical weapons and missile scientist was killed earlier this month in a boom-mobileing attributed to Israel.

According to a New York Times

...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize...

report, Israel believed that Dr. Aziz Asbar was leading a classified weapons development program called Sector 4 at the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center, and was busy rebuilding an underground weapons factory to replace the one said destroyed by Israel.

Israel did not comment on its alleged involvement in the July airstrike on the facility, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement following the raid that Israel "will not stop taking action in Syria against Iran’s attempts to establish a military presence there."

Iran has been one of the top military backers of Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Lord of the Baath...
’s regime in the over sever-year-long civil war in the country, as has been its Lebanese proxy, the Hezbollah terror group.

Both Israel and the United States have called for the removal of all Iranian-backed forces from Syria. Russia, which like Iran is fighting on behalf of Assad, has expressed support for this goal but said it can’t force Iranian forces out of the country.

Iran for its part has vowed to remain in Syria, and earlier this week the two countries signed a defense agreement during a visit by Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami to Damascus.

Hatami said the pact would include the rebuilding of Syria’s military and defense programs.

Netanyahu this week reiterated that Israel will continue to take action against Iran’s military entrenchment in Syria, and issued an emphatic warning against those who call for Israel’s annihilation, such as the Islamic Theocratic Republic.

"Whoever threatens us with destruction puts himself in similar danger, and in any case will not achieve his goal," Netanyahu said during a ceremony at the nuclear research facility in Dimona.
Posted by:trailing wife

#6  Oh, Zenobia F, the things you do with words!
Posted by: trailing wife   2018-08-31 22:46  

#5  From its perch on the rim of a hummus plate, a nondescript bug regarded the imperceptibly repaired Arcimboldo with an air of quiet satisfaction. "I've still got it." His eyes were green. The greenest green ever seen. Like, a hundred times greener than any human eye had ever been. The bristles on his legs were greying, true, but he hadn't lost a step. The entomologists at King Saul Boulevard reckoned he was still at least thrice as agile, with wings tied behind his back, as his oafish Arab adversaries. His nose, as unobtrusive in the back alleys of Paris or a vault in Zurich as on the grain-rich steppes of his ancestors, could have been carved from wood. A jealous colleague had once suggested it was "kinda like a stinkbug's." But Gabriel wasn't stinky. That could give him away!

The vanilla in Shatila
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220   2018-08-31 15:57  

#4  ^ You can't rush these things. It takes time to train the incendiary insects. And to train the delivery birds not to eat them.
Posted by: Grampaw the Rash7593   2018-08-31 15:10  

#3  Oh I'm sure Israel is aware of it.

Planning to take it out without killing Russians and with the most political bang for the buck is the delay.
Posted by: DarthVader   2018-08-31 10:18  

#2  Cruise missile target
Posted by: Frank G   2018-08-31 08:10  

#1  "satellite photos" If the public at large can see them, how about he juice?
And, you know...take a look at the decimal points in the lat/long on Google Earth.
Targeting....that would be a kindergarten project in a kibbutz school.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey   2018-08-31 00:43