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Report: Tehran Building Missile Facilities in Syria

By    |   Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 09:37 PM

An Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander stated in a recent interview that the country’s Supreme Leader ordered its forces to build and operate missile plants in Syria, the Washington Free Beacon reports.

Iran continues to provide extensive military assistance
to Syrian ruler Bashar al-Assad, who has been embroiled in a civil war with local jihadists for close to four years.

Haji Zadeh, aerospace commander for Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, boasted in an interview that Iran "has moved from importing most of its military hardware to producing it domestically, as well as for regional partners such as Assad," the Free Beacon reported, citing local media accounts.

Zadeh pointed to the example of Syria, which used to sell arms to Iran. The roles were reversed, and the Assad regime eventually became a purchaser of Iranian missiles, he said.

"A country such as Syria which used to sell us arms, was later on to buy our missiles,” Zadeh was quoted as saying earlier this week.

"Right now the missile manufacturing firms in Syria are built by Iran," Zadeh added in remarks quoted by the Young Journalists Club.

He also boasted of Iran's capability to produce missiles capable of traveling more than 1,200 miles – enabling them to reach Israel.

Meanwhile, Germany's Der Spiegel reported over the weekend that Iran may be trying to continue its covert nuclear program in Syria.

Many Western officials have believed for years that Israel had destroyed Syria's atomic weapons capability with the Sept. 5, 2007 raid on the Kibar nuclear complex ordered by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

That isn't the case, according to the German newspaper, citing new intelligence which suggests that Assad continues working to build the bomb, possibly with Iranian and North Korean help.

Western sources are concerned that Iran is attempting to continue clandestine work in Syria — away from International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors seeking to monitor the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.

Obama administration officials have sought to minimize the significance of developments in Syria and said they would not bring up the issue in nuclear negotiations with Iran, the Free Beacon reported.

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Monday that the nuclear talks would focus only on Iran's domestic program.

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An Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander stated in a recent interview that the country's Supreme Leader ordered itsforces to build and operate missile plants in Syria, the Washington Free Beacon reports. Iran continues to provide extensive military assistance...
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