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

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.

Comments

Deathrips Gaius Frakkin'… Fri, 11/10/2017 - 19:36 Permalink

  I never post (((Alex Jones))). His guest are usually corraled away from israel. Will ((((alexander))) call out israel? This episode has an interesting guest talking about hezbola and sheckles going at it through saudi. No shit really? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfkCrfSJX7810 minutes. if you dont know.  Many of us here have known this for years. RIPS  

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Deathrips BennyBoy Fri, 11/10/2017 - 19:42 Permalink

At minute 6:30 ish in the above video the guest says nettenyahu is indicted. Whispers in the dar. Dr. Steve Pieczenik claims there is imminent battle brewing between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon. Regardless, one can be certain Pieczenik is nothing less than a disinformation agent -- so, what is his objective with this geopolitical "news"? RIPS

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Deathrips Theta_Burn Fri, 11/10/2017 - 19:49 Permalink

Whispers in the dark. "Dr. Steve Pieczenik claims there is imminent battle brewing between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon. Regardless, one can be certain Pieczenik is nothing less than a disinformation agent -- so, what is his objective with this geopolitical "news"?" RIPS ***edit. Fuck (((Alexander))) for saying that Americans should rule anything but agreed territories.  ***fuckers locked me out of my comment... lol

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HowdyDoody peddling-fiction Sat, 11/11/2017 - 09:00 Permalink

King Boobie has fucked up big time. He has militarily strengthened Lebanon (Hezbollah), Syria, Iraq and Iran. The Plan for Israel-aligned Kurdistan is now totally over. And he is under investigation over corruption. He has already been questioned 5 times by the police. He is totally desperate for some kind of diversion.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/indian-billionaire-testifies-on-netanyahu…

The base is at 33°23'14.25"N 36°14'13.77"E on Google Earth It has existed from pre 2000. It also has a pretty constant and fixed display of vehicles near the vehicle sheds from 2009 to late 2016 i.e. it is largely disused.

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E5 BennyBoy Sat, 11/11/2017 - 07:22 Permalink

Illegal bases.Mexicans build shit in the USA all the time and no one complains.  Of course we pay them to do it.  So even if Iran builds the new structures, it is for Syria.  The american troops in Poland?  The Iranian troops in Syria.  Shit, aren't there a shitton of fighter jets doing war games in Israel right now... from other countries.I am not saying Israel shouldn't be terrified that Iran, who has a mission statement to erase Israel, would be putting themselves in a position for a rapid ground troop invasion.  It takes a couple hours to drive Israel, not days.  Lebanon is 30 miles from Damascus.  Russia is the only air support.  Think this through and you know what this all means if Israel tries to invade Lebanon.

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Winston Churchill Deathrips Sat, 11/11/2017 - 09:24 Permalink

He still doesn't explain the reason why the Israelis are going for S.Lebanon for the third timein less than 20 years.Its the same reason for the Syrian fiasco came to be, by trying to cut Hezbollahs supply lines.All the players have their wants,but one has an existential need.Israel is now absolutely desperate and have nukes.They're beyond rational actions after 60 years ofdeception and planning have gone down the shitter.Expect a 9-11 on steriods FF as a Hail Mary.

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GUS100CORRINA peddling-fiction Fri, 11/10/2017 - 19:47 Permalink

Observation: Israel has the most advanced airforce in the world right behind the USA. In fact, many of USA planes have been modified using Israeli technical innovations and improvements. Mark my words, this will NOT end well for the IRANIANS if the IRAN is trying to gain a foothold in Syria.As a side note, all of America's technology companies have research facilities in Israel. Israel is at the leading edge of technology.ALLAH is no match for YHWH Elohim.

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HowdyDoody Blankone Sat, 11/11/2017 - 09:14 Permalink

The Syrians don't need S-300s/S-400s to defend itself from Israel's air attacks. The IDF use glide bombs with a 60 km range. This enables them to launch them from from within Israeli or Lebanese airspace. All Syria needs to take out the glide bombs is the Pantsir S1/S2. It has received 80 systems recently. The SAA is being trained in how to use them.

The supposed Iranian base (33°23'14.25"N 36°14'13.77"E) is about 55 km from the northern most part of Israeli airspace close to the DMZ line.

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Blankone HowdyDoody Sat, 11/11/2017 - 10:57 Permalink

Nothing but the latest claim that "tomorrow" Syria will have something. Goes right along with the excuses for why Syria has not be capable of doing anything to stop the attacks.

I remember when the lies were that the Syrians already had the S300 and were going to shoot down Israeli and US planes. Some of the excuses were that the Syrians had them but did not want to use them as that would show their capabilities, and on and on.

Putin refused to provide the S300 to Syria but is providing the S400 to the Saudi's. Syria has been unable to stop the air attacks by Israel or the US.

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BobEore JohninMK Fri, 11/10/2017 - 20:42 Permalink

Parades are as passe as 'boots on the ground' in new millennium military doctrine. All you need to win wars and influence people...

is a well-honed agit-prop department which feeds into a streamlined media distribution network... as \Daesh/ISIS/Breitbart/and others have shown us lately. And the fact that BOTH the bearded weirdos... and bannon&co.,... are both directed by the small pirate empire in the s e Med...

is instructive about the 'power of media' in the modern day.

"All of the phony storylines are leading to one thing - one converging purpose is behind the many false trails and concocted explanations for 'events' which are not events... and players who are not real." https://storify.com/SuaveBel/peak-propaganda-it-s-all-staged

"all contents of meaning are absorbed in the only dominant form of the medium. Only the medium can make an event – whatever the contents, whether they are conformist or subversive. A serious problem for all counterinformation, pirate radios, antimedia...

That the paradigm has already shifted, the fact that ‘only the dominant form of the medium’ can make events “happen’ is lost upon all those who continue to treasure the myth of their potential to act upon events. Therefore they will continue to happily scribble away, voicing their protests in cyber reality while freely entering a bleak virtual prison not yet visible for what it is. Until the day that their plugs are pulled by the benevolent guardians of the social good/Ministry of Fear."

Never fear. Your "Slamic Republic of Iran"... and the equally misnomed "State of Srael" are two sides of the same coin... joined at the hip as THEOCRATIC TERROR STATES menacing free peoples everywhere!

Now... back to our regular agit-prop!

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Conscious Reviver BobEore Fri, 11/10/2017 - 21:50 Permalink

"... the fact that ‘only the dominant form of the medium’ can make events “happen’ is lost upon all those who continue to treasure the myth of their potential to act upon events."Nonsense. Mainstream sites, from Facebook to Youtube would not be censoring posts. Chucky Schummer would not be cooking up new hate speech laws. Europe would not be jailing truth-tellers. If that were true, you would not be here. All the organs of the Zino-state, from the Fed to the military, to the think tanks would not be paying useful tools to get on the Internet and attempt to counter and supress all the dangerous to you, truth telling. Dream on blovaiting under cover Zino dumb ass. Good thing Hezbollah, Russia, Iran, the  SAA and PMUs will never read your Zino-news.Last time I chatted you up you said Russia won't let anything bad happen to Israhell. I pointed out the obvious, that the fact of Russia's intervention alone was very bad for you and your team-Zino. Assad still in power greater israhell = deadman walking.  Crickets.Fyi, calling all freedom loving ZHers. [Note, That does not include you Bobby Dumbass.] Please read the following illuminating, timely break down of a recent,  failed zino-mind fahk.Bloody Monday: Grandnephew of GULAG organizer stabbed the Echo of Moscow editor (MUST READ!)http://thesaker.is/bloody-monday-grandnephew-of-gulag-organizer-stabbed… Zino-meme, Putin's Russia murders critical Jewish press.The reality, Jewish, female, ZinoPropaganda organ stabbed in the neck at work by Israeli Zionist agent with blood drenched ancestor captured at the scene of the attack. Now in custody. 

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Conscious Reviver Conscious Reviver Sat, 11/11/2017 - 00:06 Permalink

One more important point from the Russia knife attack story ... Look how the Zionist ubbermenschen treat their loyal lackies. I don't think the Zino-journo enjoyed much about having her neck slit by another Zionist agent-provocateur, all to advance the Zionist agenda by throwing mud on the Russians. Be careful. They will throw you under the bus too, despite what the Talmud might say. If there are peace loving people in Israel, stop the new war in Lebanon  before the rain of far comes down on you and yours. You can start by arresting Bibi.

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BobEore Conscious Reviver Sat, 11/11/2017 - 10:21 Permalink

Here's your schtick...

You call me a Zino(>>??)... for reasons best known to yourself, and quite clearly in abject ignorance of everything I write - here - and elsewhere.

Then you say we have 'chatted' before... I have no idea when/where/who the hell YU are - and then produce a make up quote from .... who knows who, but definitely someone other than myself.

You are one of the many exceptionalist turds in the punch bowl here I gather therefore - unwilling or unable.... perhaps both - to read anything I have put forward to produce a coherent case against your brand of hypnotic trance bullshit ... because it scares the shit out of you...

and therefore we see you desperate enough to go into the adhoms bag with something so out of touch to what's going on here...

that I think we can sum you up best - by remembering bygone days on ZH... when I-dog and myself would round up dripping morons like YU and deliver the goods on what turned out time and agin to be .... exactly the kind of troll who would go to any length to call others here... something or other///

and then turn out to be...

A disinformation agent - for that same 'something'... in other words - in this case, appropriately enough, for TEAM SIO! \try reading thru this... https://storify.com/SuaveBel/fez-kippah-come-together - and then get back to us... or get lost!

OH! \\\\\\\\\\and since you mention your boy "saker"... this ones' for u - https://storify.com/SuaveBel/still-no-relief-from-the-russia-vs-west-pr…

\nice try turd/ you're not fooling anybody. But I know you made the effort cause I nailed your 'team' like I am nailing you now. Piss off loserbouy.

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J S Bach totenkopf88 Fri, 11/10/2017 - 19:05 Permalink

The little bastard state regularly bombs the sovereign state of Syria, yet it won't "tolerate" a neighbor willing to help them out.  Only the jews are capable of such hypocrisy and that is why they proudly have their own special word for it - chutzpah. They truly are the most detestable race of creatures on earth.

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