Iran has built another permanent military base outside Syria’s capital city complete with hangers used to store missiles capable of hitting all of Israel, according to Western intelligence sources.
Exclusive satellite images from ImageSat International obtained by Fox News show what is believed to be the new Iranian base, eight miles northwest of Damascus, operated by the Quds Force — the special operations arm of Tehran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The photos show two new white hangars, each roughly 30 yards by 20 yards, used to store short- and medium-range missiles.
On Capitol Hill Tuesday, Gen. Joseph Votel, head of CENTCOM, the top U.S. military commander for American forces in the Middle East said Iran was “increasing” the number and “quality” of its ballistic missiles it was deploying to the region — when asked during a House Armed Services Committee hearing by Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., about reports Iran had moved more missiles into Syria.
Key Points from Gen. Votel’s testimony:
- Iran increasing its missile capacity in Syria in direct threat to Israel.
- Iran has increased funding to its proxies in Syria and Yemen.
- Iran has successfully created in five years a proxy network in Yemen similar to what it took them 20 years to create in Lebanon with Hezbollah.
- The new Iranian base, eight miles northwest of Damascus, is operated by the special operations arm of Tehran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the direct recipient of the bulk of all sanctions relief under the Iran Deal of 2015.
Jonathan Calt Harris
MERCL Research Director