"Israel Will Not Let This Happen": Iran Is Reportedly Building A Military Base In Syria

Tyler Durden's picture

On Friday, the "western press" started to set the stage for war between Lebanon (and Iran) and Saudi Arabia (and Israel).

First, it was the third reminder in a row that, despite no presentation of evidence, the ballistic missile that was fired last Saturday by Houthi rebels in Yemen, and supposedly meant to strike the Riyadh airport before it was intercepted by Saudi defense forces, the ballistic missile belonged to Iran. As the AP reported this morning, "the ballistic missile fired by Yemeni rebels that targeted the Saudi capital was from Iran and bore “Iranian markings,” the top U.S. Air Force official in the Mideast said Friday." Lt. Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian, who oversees the Air Forces Central Command in Qatar and made the comments at a news conference in Dubai, declined to offer any specifics on what type of missile they believed it was.

It was unclear what, exactly, constitutes "Iranian markings": perhaps - we mused - a stamp on the side saying "this ballistic missile was made in Iran, if found please return to PO Box 666, Tehran."

Ultimately, it was irrelevant, because just a few hours later, a far more provocative report was published by the BBC, according to which Iran is establishing a permanent military base inside Syria, citing a Western intelligence source. The report, predictably, comes amid growing tensions over Iranian influence in Syria and across the region, and as the Saudi-Israel "alliance" is desperate to find a pretext to begin war.

As the BBC adds, the Iranian military is said to have established a compound at a site used by the Syrian army outside El-Kiswah, 14 km (8 miles) south of Damascus.

Needless to say, for Israel this would constitute the crossing of a "red line" by Iran: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu recently warned that Iran wanted to establish itself militarily in Syria. "Israel will not let that happen," he said.

Satellite images commissioned by the BBC "seem to show" construction activity at the site referenced by the intelligence source between January and October this year. The images shows a series of two dozen large low-rise buildings - likely for housing soldiers and vehicles.

According to the satellite images, in recent months additional buildings have been added to the site. However, the BBC at least concedes that it is impossible to independently verify the purpose of the site and the presence of the Iranian military. Still, that did not prevent someone, arguably the CIA, to "conclude" what is going on.

An official from another Western country told the BBC that ambitions for such a long-term presence in Syria would not be illogical for Iran. Its adversaries have accused Iran of seeking to establish not just an arc of influence but a logistical land supply line from Iran through to the Shia Hezbollah movement in Lebanon. With so-called Islamic State having sufffered terminal defeats on the battlefield and losing its last strongholds, attention is increasingly turning to what comes next and the new map of power and influence in Syria.

This means focusing on Iran.

Iran has been a consistent backer of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Photographs published on social media in the past few days also showed a senior Iranian general in Deir Ezzor shortly after IS was driven out of the town. The photos show Maj Gen Qasem Soleimani, head of the Quds force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) alongside members of a militia.

With a significant number of IRGC fighting - and in some cases dying - in Syria, there has already been a significant presence in the country but the question is now whether they are preparing to remain in the long term.

Going back to the satellite images of the alleged base, they do not reveal any signs of large or unconventional weaponry which means if it was a base it would most likely be to house soldiers and vehicles. One source said it was possible that senior Iranian military officials may have visited the compound in recent weeks. Independent analysis of the images commissioned by the BBC says the facility is military in nature. The analysis also suggests there are a series of garages that can hold six to eight vehicles each.

The analysis suggests new buildings have been constructed and other buildings renovated in the past six months although the exact role of the new structures cannot be determined. Analysts estimate up to 500 troops could be based at the site. Furthermore, it is not clear whether the facility is currently occupied. Shia fighters from other countries - including Pakistan and Afghanistan - are also alleged to be operating in Syria under the control of the IRGC and it is possible the base could be used by them, however for the purposes of the loudly beating wardrums which demand a war with Iran soon, that would not be practical.

According to the developing narrative, while the presence of Iranian forces in Syria has been reported for some time, the claim of a potentially more permanent Iranian base raises the possibility of military action by Israel which has repeatedly warned it will not tolerate such a development.

Assuring that when once confirmed the base belongs it Iran Netanyahu will be forced the respond, the base lies just about 50 km from the Golan Heights - Syrian territory occupied and then annexed by Israel and where it now has a significant military presence.  

And just to underscore that Iran is now the new ISIS, Netanyahu tweeted on Sunday that "As Isis [IS] moves out, Iran moves in."

"Iran wants to establish itself militarily in Syria, right next to Israel. Israel will not let that happen," he added.

In an interview on the BBC's Andrew Marr show on the same day he said Iran wanted to bring its air force and submarines as well as military divisions right next to Israel.

Israel has raised further concerns of Iran seeking to use Syrian ports and bases for its submarines. When asked whether Israel would use military force to stop such developments, Mr Netanyahu told the BBC: "You know, the more we're prepared to stop it, the less likely we'll have to resort to much greater things. There is a principle I very much adhere to, which is to nip bad things in the bud."


However, international pressure is likely to be the first avenue pursued by Israel. Other countries have also raised concerns over potential long-term Iranian presence in the region.

It's not just Israel whose opinion matters, however.

The issue of potential Iranian military bases is likely to have been raised by Israeli officials with Syria's ally Russia. In October, Russia's defence minister was in Jerusalem and was told by Netanyahu that Israel would not allow the Iranian military "to gain a foothold in Syria", according to reports at the time.

While it is not clear how that conversation ended, last week Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Iran and Russian media suggested Syria - including Iran's influence in the country - would be on the agenda.

Finally, closing the loop on the recent escalation in tensions between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon, over the past year, the Israeli air force has struck targets in Syria a number of times which it has linked to Hezbollah.

And with that one base - which may or may not belong to Iran - the media now has the narrative "alibi" it will need to push for popular support for the Israel-Saudi axis in the upcoming military conflict against Iran and Lebanon.

Meanwhile, earlier this week, Reuters reported that Iran's president Hassan Rouhani said Saudi Arabia had made a “strategic mistake” by considering the United States and Israel as friends and Iran as an enemy. The next few weeks should confirm if he is correct.

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Deathrips's picture



I mean who the fuck do these franko jews think they are....gods or something?


Sharpens wooden stake.





Deathrips's picture

Sharpens another wooden stake.



veritas semper vinces's picture

They will not let an Iranian base in Syria?

Who the f*ck do they think they are?

Invinciblehandaxe's picture

filthy satanic joos of izrahell

go back to hell where you came from

Slippery Slope's picture

So when Is Israel going to return the stolen Golan Heights?

totenkopf88's picture

According to the jew's Magical Book that land rightfully belongs to them.

pods's picture

Does it say anything about our money supply in there?


peddling-fiction's picture

Yes, usury is ok against goi scouts but not their own.

They know it is a terrible sin.

Wikipedia's opinion:

The combination of loans and interest in Judaism is a complicated and detailed subject. The biblical Hebrew terms for interest are neshekh (Hebrew???‎‎), literally meaning a bite, and marbit/tarbit (?????‎/?????), which specifically refers to the gain by the creditor;[1] neshekh referred to interest that was charged by deducting it from the loaned money itself, before the loaned money was handed over to the debtor, while marbit/tarbit referred to interest that was charged by adding it to the amount due to be repaid.[2] The word marbit/tarbit, which referred to the form of interest more familiar in modern times, became ribbit (?????), in later Hebrew, and hence in modern Hebrew. Similar to the Arabicword Riba used in the Quran.


HowdyDoody's picture

Jewish law, unlike other legal systems, also does not recognize the concept of a verbal contract or agreement.

seataka's picture

Speaking of magic, it is a CIA Maxim that:
"The best place to hide something is in plain sight"  thusly:


Scientology uses same twilight language method, when you read the word scientology (a fraud) your subconscious sees the direct suggestion that there is "SCIENCE"  in it.

NumbersUsa's picture

If your speaking of the Bible- let it be known God had them removed from the land over & over again. Then Jesus told them "Your house is left unto you desolate" no more, nada, finito. He prophsied their removal and the destruction of the temple which came to pass in 70 a.d.

What is in so-called israel now is not of God. Some of their own sects of (judaism) will tell you there is not to be a resurrected israel until the comming of the messiah, but they nailed him to the cross and as of yet have not accepted him, and are still waiting. Jesus was speaking of the new jerusalem where no jew supremacist will ever be. Not quite what they have imagined. 

Jesus told the jew supremacists "where I go you can not come".

Now, on the other hand, if your speaking of the satanic talmud, then speak on & on & on.

justa minute's picture

flesh and blood cannot enter the kingdom of Heaven, fake israel (gog) is the abomiNATION of desolation

house biscuit's picture

Realize that you sound like a mental patient, ok.....

NumbersUsa's picture

HB you appear to be of your father the devil and your jew supremacist lies will eventually be engulfed in utter destruction.

In the end the Truth will prevail. Though your kind killed the Christ and are proud of it, and killed the prophets likewise, and killed free speach in many lands, your time is not yet, but it will come- as sure as the night comes at the end of day. 

He spoke in magnitudes higher than BOLD, but you are inept or blinded-go your way and with time maybe you will heal.  

house biscuit's picture

Guess Jesus also typed in bold font

I knew the bible verse was coming


NumbersUsa's picture

Oh, another jew supremacist paid or debrained shill from the pits of deceit- always slithering around, while hissing their venom.

Nekoti's picture

When they pry it from their cold dead hands?

falconflight's picture

Stolen?  How's that?  And to answer the question:  Never, it is officially Israel.

I Write Code's picture

When Syria takes back twenty years of attacks on Israel from the Golan Heights.

SoDamnMad's picture

When donkeys fly and the sun rises in the west. Or a cold day in hell.

mscir's picture

When they write a book that claims that thier god told them to, iow never.

Lost in translation's picture

Step right up and get your ass kicked, Israel. It has been a long time coming.

NumbersUsa's picture

The stinkin filthy jew supremacists warmongers are never happy unless they can foment bloody muderous wars & great destruction- Pure EVIL !!

And trump the jew suckup wants to defend these snakes, vipers, & children of the devil of the synagogue of satan.

The deranged Christian-zionists also applaud and approve so-called israels continuous mass murder machine. Where is Christ in that, you dumber than dumb Christian zionists- your no Christian at all. You have become a member of the jew supremacist zionists of which there is no Christ in. 

Thank you Jesus Christ, St. Paul, Ernst Zundel, Ingrid Rimland, Adolf Hitler, Ursula Haverbeck, Doug Christie, Mike Walsh, Mike King, and thousands more truthers that have given their lives to defend against & expose the synagogue of satan. 

Mazzy's picture

My sentiments as well.  Like I wrote in my post below there would be no beliscosity between Christians and Muslims were it not for the schemes of the jew.  They only want to murder and maim.  The jew only wants to cause suffering whether it be physical, mental or economic.  And what better way that to foment strife between other tribes?  Blood spilled is blood spilt.  The jew would prefer to not get it's hands dirty, unless perhaps it is to murder an innocent child as a sacrifice upon some blood alter of theirs.

justa minute's picture


christ said to them, ye are of your father the devil and to prove it they chose barabas(a figure of satan) and had the Holy One, the pure word of God murdered or so they thought

house biscuit's picture

Anyone posting deranged jew-ramblings should- by default- be considered a spook trying to blackwash this site

Anti-jew bile, per se, is just as bad as ignoring rothschild zionism, jewish collusion & israeli genocide

SoDamnMad's picture

Initially there was little US news about the Saudi coup.  Now the ME teams have aligned, the one best fear is the Israelis don't go half cocked in a surprise strike on the Iranians. If the US is "ordered by Bebe" to join in this strike we might lose a carrier and a couple destroyer-frigates before they can exit the Straits of Hormuz.  Just saying it could get real ugly.

Collectivism Killz's picture

I notice that Iranian and Russian Generals visit the front lines where they risk death and sometimes die. Since the passing of a Butler and Patton, our generals watch the front lines on HD TVs in the Pentagon's basement while buggering little kids.

DipshitMiddleClassWhiteKid's picture

thats because they live in largely homogenous societys where tradition and honor actually mean something


Even the minorities who live in Russia/Iran know they're lucky and adhere to societal norms, unlike all the muds that live in the west who constantly complain things aren't fair.

lincolnsteffens's picture

Puh leeeeze. A bunch of ignorant paranoid bigots have taken over the comment section. Honor??? Have you ever tried to do business with an Iranian?? They are among the cleverest and lying-est group of people on earth perhaps only bested by the Chinese. Yes they all have a code of honor and it aint the same as yours, just different.

You can't begin to understand the Middle East or anywhere but your own back yards. This is the same tribal animosities that are hereditary. The cycle of conflicts  just repeat.

The powers that be will not be satisfied until all but the elite are killing each other over mythology posing as religion, skin color, clothing, language, income levels, ethnic origin, ... and you twisted fucks are just as happy as a dog rolling in shit as you participate in the plan for your own destruction.

Pffffit! Why bother. Go back to your bread and circuses.

Dancing Disraeli's picture

I don't have a dog in the fight one way or the other in any of the crap that happens in the ME, but I tend to doubt that TPTB include Israel among the various peoples that they are interested in destroying.

That would kind of defeat the entire purpose of the plan.

Mazzy's picture

Exactly why I left service.

This article sums up quite a bit.  The BBC isn't as cucked at most American media.  It's at least reasonable, for now.  http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-28669943

buzzsaw99's picture

good thing it isn't an orphanage or hospital or it would already be on fire.

Nekoti's picture

Don't forget weddings.

Conscious Reviver's picture

Water, sewage treatment plants. Electric power plants. Any essential civillian infrastructure.

Winston Churchill's picture

Those don't have AA defences which makes them popular with pilots, and you get a service

ribbon to boot.

buzzsaw99's picture

well if i get a service ribbon then sign me up.  doctors without borders better look out now, buzzsaw is taking off, locked, loaded, over and out!

American Snipper's picture

Wow, so much hatred here, please spontanious combust...

JohninMK's picture

No hatred, just a sad memory of just what the US military and its allies are capable of doing.

buzzsaw99's picture

israel's idea of a fair fight is a usa hellfire missile fired from a usa jet into a litter of newborn puppies.

Collectivism Killz's picture

Wow, great English. Maybe you should stick to cutting hair.

FBaggins's picture

In order to kick Israel, Britain and the US proxy insurgents and terrorist out of his country, if Assad can protect it with a first-rate power like Russia, he certainly is entitled to protect it with a third-rate power like Iran. Again, we have Israel grasping for reasons to continue the war in its lust for oil and lebensraum. 

Mazzy's picture

Oil and Israeli-Lebensraum are, respectively, tertiary and secondary goals.

Their primary goal is to spill the blood.

Who's blood?  That of Christians and Muslims of course.  Keep in mind that there would be no animosity in this century or the last between Christian and Muslim were it not for the ravenously bloodthirsty jew carrying out it's plots and schemes.

Lost in translation's picture

ISIS and the other Islamic fronts of one sort or another were and are the proxy armies of the Vatican/US/UK/Israel/KSA puppet masters, who have been waging war on dirt-poor Syria - a peaceful nation that had done nothing to threaten any of its neighbors.

But please, tell this veteran on Veteran’s Day that “we’re the good guys,” a few thousand times more. While you’re at it, be sure to emphasize how Israel is the “victim,” as its F-16 jet fighters kill Syrian men defending their home from rabid Wahhabist crazies.

No really, I need a good laugh.

Mazzy's picture

Amen brother.  I was a young man foolishly walking around Mesopotamia about a decade ago (maybe even a little over now?) when I came to similar conclusions based on the events at the time.  I've been tunneling down rabbit holes for the intervening years.  The problem always seems to come from the same source....it is not too difficult once one has a few clues in hand.

44magnum's picture

No clues needed except eye sight

FakeTapper's picture

Let them fight it out and settle it once and for all. Theses fuckers have been at each others throats for decades. We should stay out.