"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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falconflight's picture

Are you an Arab, because your screed is so child-like.  

Chris88's picture

I'm just wondering why such an amazing country just cries to the United States constantly, can you make sense of it?  

falconflight's picture

You probably think the Revolutionary Guard, the Ayatollah's premier fighters are different?  They couldn't even beat back Saaaadam and their Revolutionary Guards.  Remember?  The US buys influence throughout the entire middle east, including billions over the years to the PLO/Fatah...The US protects them from Israel, not the other way around.  When the PetroDollar dies, Israel will take Judea and Samaria as their rightful land, and give the Fauxlestinians a do or die exit visa to TransJordan.  You watch.

peddling-fiction's picture

The petrodollar is dying.

We are watching...

scaleindependent's picture

Are you MDB? 
The reason I ask is because you're bullshit is so reminiscent of MDB's outrageous satire.

haruspicio's picture

Yes a truly horrible government. I have nothing against Jews personally, but I despise the policies of the Israeli government and the people who implemment them, and I condemn the land thieves and the zionist settler who live on the stolen land. I sincerely hope they experience Karma one day soon.

Chris88's picture

Agree entirely, I couldn't care less what religion they are, they're just absolute scum.

falconflight's picture

What land did the Israelis steal, and when was that, and from what government?  Please be specific, but I won't count on it.

Mena Arkansas's picture

I swear to god you seem intent on waking up the remaining goyim all by yourself one post at a time.

falconflight's picture

Christians, especially in the US...the goyim as you so derisively say (Arab/Muttslum agitprop), support Israel by wide margins consistently over the decades.  Your goyim aren't Christians, you fraud. 

peddling-fiction's picture

"Your goyim aren't Christians, you fraud. "

Sadly true in large numbers, especially the zio-Christians.

However any Jewish Kabbalist is an abomination and fraud.

Torah-worshipping Jews know better...

justa minute's picture

all the seminaries wher they turn out "pastors" were infiltrated a long time ago (schofield) and the fruit of that poison tree is what we have zio-Christians. i know, i grew up in a family of them. i call them religious atheists, they dont know Christ or his words, and if you challenge them you get shunned. do they have the mark of the beast without knowing it? the Bible says he will cause all to accept the mark, is that how it was done? and by the way if they were torah worshipping jews wpuld they not believe in Christ? Moses told them he was coming.

peddling-fiction's picture

Yes, I am aware of what you share, and I avoid churches for this reason.

If you really want the discernment of the Holy Spirit, the desert is a better place, or being gangstalked by these folks, that are possessed. Yes, Jews are missing out on Jesus, but they can abide by the Law, when we elevate ourselves with Grace.

Anybody with discernment starts to see through any dogma.

No fear and live the seven virtues.

Mena Arkansas's picture

Snort some more captagon, read the talmud and get back to me.

justa minute's picture

wow everyone is a mental midget compared to you. you are just sooooooo smart. are you one of dem rabbis or somphin

johnnycanuck's picture

But the Iranians are sneaking all those weapons into Syria and Lebanon according to Benny from Israel and the Likudites. Maybe S300's too?  I expect they bought those from Russia to defend against F15 and F16 fighters, like the ones Israel uses to launch missiles into Syria, usually after illegally violating Lebanese airspace.

falconflight's picture

Well, Lebanon is a hostile neighbor harboring Hezbulla.  Turkey regularly intrudes on the ground in both Syria and Iraq, are you concerned about that? Of course not, you're just another wretched gloryhole groupie for the Supreme Ayatollah.

johnnycanuck's picture

Turkey has not 'regularly' intruded in Syria until recently when it wanted to split the Kurdish cantons in the north.   It pushed it's way into Iraq with a small force and apparently with the blessing of it's good friend at the time, Barzani. So let's dispense with that bullshit shall we?

Tell the readers here when Lebanon invaded and occupied parts of Israel and how long they stayed.  Then, tell readers when Israel invaded Lebanon and how long they stayed.  The first part shouldn't take long. 

falconflight's picture

Oh no?  Would you like me to post all the links to years of Erdogan's troops engaging in both nations territory?  Lebanon shouldn't have hosted, and then allowed Fatah/PLO to take over its country, and now a huge percentage of Christians have left their homeland.  Just like in every Muslim/Arab controlled Islamic state.  Fcking raghead...living in an Infidel's nation?

johnnycanuck's picture

Clearly you don't read so good.  If you did, you could answer the simple questions I asked without going off with another batch of unrelated crap.

Apparently Christians are still well represented  in Lebanon btw. 40% Christian, 27% Shia, 27% Sunni.  Can't say that about Benny from Israel's  Likudite 'Jewish State'.

falconflight's picture

Yes the CIA world book shows 40%, other sources reflect in the low 30's, and that is down from 70+% from the early 1900's and 60% in the 1960's.  

Ms No's picture

Israel will probably have us in another mass-butchery be the end of the weekend.  Qatar was cordoned off, Lebanon and Iran were blamed in a twofer false flag, a Saudi royal purge took place which keeps anybody who may disagree silenced... it's not looking too good.  Lets hope that they aren't staging for Iran.  Let's hope that Bibi doesn't push Russia too far by going after Syria again.  Lets hope that they wont kill millions more to get greater Israel.  No telling what these psychopaths will do next but their coming with something.  MOAR WOOOOAR!  May these demons rot in hell. 


redmudhooch's picture

Just waiting for the false flag to end all false flags now.............

Chris88's picture

I'm sure Israel First Trump/Bannon will be happy to send Americans to drop dead for Israel.

TalkToLind's picture

An Iranian base in Syria is clearly ANTI-SEMITIC!

FBaggins's picture

Any opposition to anything a Zionist does no matter what is clearly anti-Semetic. 

earleflorida's picture


by Alan Hart (trilogy)

a must read on how arafat and sharon minds worked (loaded with history before Israel came into being from a reporter who worked the Palestinian/Israeli & ME Wars from their inception!)

redmudhooch's picture

‘The struggle between the people and the hatred amongst them is being nurtured by very specific interested parties. It is a small, rootless,international clique that is turning the people against each other, that does not want them to have peace… It is the people who are at homeboth nowhere and everywhere, who do not have anywhere a soil on which they have grown up, but who live in Berlin today, in Brusselstomorrow, Paris the day after that, and then again in Prague or Vienna or London, and who feel at home everywhere. [Man in audience shouts‘The Jews!’] They are the only ones who can be addressed as international, because they conduct their business everywhere, but the peoplecannot follow them.’

 -Adolf Hitler 1933

We're not so different. Ever wonder why they try so hard to turn us against one another?

''The Conspiracy Of The International Bankers''


Watch the whole video, its worth it.


Mena Arkansas's picture

In violent opposition to all this sphere of Jewish effort rise the schemes of the International Jews. The adherents of this sinister confederacy are mostly men reared up among the unhappy populations of countries where Jews are persecuted on account of their race. Most, if not all, of them have forsaken the faith of their forefathers, and divorced from their minds all spiritual hopes of the next world. This movement among the Jews is not new. From the days of Spartacus-Weishaupt to those of Karl Marx, and down to Trotsky (Russia), Bela Kun (Hungary), Rosa Luxembourg (Germany), and Emma Goldman (United States), this world-wide conspiracy for the overthrow of civilization and for the reconstitution of society on the basis of arrested development, of envious malevolence, and impossible equality, has been steadily growing. It played, as a modern writer, Mrs. Webster, has so ably shown, a definitely recognizable part in the tragedy of the French Revolution. It has been the mainspring of every subversive movement during the Nineteenth Century; and now at last this band of extraordinary personalities from the underworld of the great cities of Europe and America have gripped the Russian people by the hair of their heads and have become practically the undisputed masters of that enormous empire.

~ Winston Churchill


NumbersUsa's picture

Extremely Excellent Post, Thank you.

Don't forget to fly your NSDAP flag along with your pre 1913 American flag tomorrow.

Patton said " we fought the wrong enemy"

Sy Kloine Bee's picture

Nothing will happen.

BGO's picture

Israel won't let it happen. By "Israel" they mean "more dead American soldiers." All going as planned.

uhland62's picture

If you are worried about dead American soldiers you talk to the young ones not to enlist. Not enlisting = no dead soldier.

TalkToLind's picture

Trump has the most kosher cabinet I've seen.  Mazel tov!

Mazzy's picture

Maybe they're just rebuilding some of the hospitals that Israel/ISIS have blown up over the past six years.

justa minute's picture

hopefully it is a fake and they are drawing israel in

Mustafa Kemal's picture

"There is a principle I very much adhere to, which is to nip bad things in the bud.""

Its nice hear Bibi's words of wisdom. 

But if that is true, maybe Bibi should have nipped the occupation of Palestine in the bud.

You will never have any peace while occupying another country. Sorry, even with the USSA backing you, aint gonna happen.

MaxThrust's picture

"Israel Will Not Let This Happen"

I really hope they won't, thoes S300's are getting hungry and need to be fed.

Mena Arkansas's picture

for Israel this would constitute the crossing of a "red line" by Iran

But israel bombing Syria is A-OK

Israeli jets bombed site close to Damascus airport


StephenHopkins's picture

Israel can eat $h!T

Zorba's idea's picture

Hah! The Israeli Elite didn't have any problem with the CIA/Mossad bases in Syria colluding with all the Sunnis they ran out of their homeland with the help of their favorite proxy, let alone all the countless Syrian refigees they shoved up Europe's ass, while the Decider was busy cutting mesquite pretending to be a cowboy. Someday, the historical and biblical pattern of "what goes around comes around" will be the fate for the Rothchilds fuckery in the ME.

I am Groot's picture

Time to drop some radioactive dradles on that motherfucker.

AntiMatter's picture
Uninvite US Military Building Airbase in Northeastern Syria....

"This US airbase is located Southeast of the town of Rimelan, which is/was one of the YPG’s main strongholds and “largest arms and ammunition depots”.

The US has not received or even asked for a permission from Damascus for reconstructing the airbase. The United States does not have a UN mandate for interventing in the Syria war."


uhland62's picture

Don't worry too much. The US has dropped the Kurds after using them, so they will not have much joy in that base unless they pay the Kurds gazillions. They will always have to look over their shoulder and one day it's 'Good morning Vietnam'. 

robertocarlos's picture

You mean Syria is building a base with some help from Iran. Nothing wrong with that agreement.

dsty's picture

I am a firm believer in preventative medicine.

Kind of like Israel dealing with the Jihadists.

David Wooten's picture

Russia will not allow Iran to establish a base in Syria and the Israelis know it.  This may be bluff or a desperate provocation and it won't work.  Israel may want war but not if they have to start it.