Israeli Report: Iran Manufacturing Precision-guided Missiles in Syria

Saturday, 9 February, 2019 - 10:30 -

Israeli Report: Iran Manufacturing Precision-guided Missiles in Syria

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An Iranian Emad rocket is launched as it is tested at an undisclosed location October 11, 2015. REUTERS/ via Reuters
Tel Aviv - Asharq Al-Awsat
Israeli Directorate of Military Intelligence (AMAN) sources have said that Iran attempted to deceit Israel and established a factory in Syria instead of Lebanon to produce precision-guided missiles to avoid Israeli strikes.

The sources told Channel 2 that given the difficulties faced by Iran and Hezbollah to find the right infrastructure to produce missiles in Lebanon, Iranians and Syrians discovered creative ways to provide necessary equipment to Lebanon.

The Organization of Technological Industries (OTI) helped circumvent US and European sanctions and contribute to Iran and Hezbollah’s plan to develop precision-guided missiles, claimed the report.

Israeli military sources revealed that Iran is likely to move its weapons supply center for Syria from the Damascus international airport to the Syrian air base known as T4, located between Homs and Palmyra.

The alleged decision comes following the latest wave of Israeli attacks on the Damascus airport, which has caused tension between Iran on the one side and the Syrian regime and Russian on the other because it undermined the attempt by Damascus and Moscow to create the impression that the regime had restored stability to the country after scoring a series of victories in the latest battles.

Iran has progressively stepped up the presence it established years ago at the Damascus airport, with the consent of the Syrian regime. During the war, the international airport has turned into a hub where arms transported from Iran have been received, sorted and supplied.

The Damascus facility is Syria’s main civilian airport. Traffic through it diminished during the war, in part because the regime severed diplomatic ties with several countries. Next to the civilian terminal is the seven-story Glasshouse, which was originally built as a hotel.

The Quds Brigade of the Revolutionary Guard Corps has its own independent compound within the airport, just dozens of meters from the international terminal through which passengers and tourists enter and leave Syria.

In recent years, the seven-story Glasshouse has served as the headquarters from which Iran runs its Syrian operations. Access to the Glasshouse is restricted. Arms storage depots, including two underground bunkers, which were originally intended to protect jet planes from aerial attack, lie nearby.