Syrian War Report – August 17, 2017: Iran Builds Long-Range Missile Factory In Syria

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Voiceover by Harold Hoover

Government forces, led by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) captured more points north of the Sunbul gas station in the Ayn Tarma area in eastern Damascus.  The advance came amid intense shelling of Faylaq al-Rahman positions in Ayn Tarma and Jobar conducted by the SAA 4th Armoured Division with “Volcano” and “Golan” heavy rockets.

Faylaq al-Rahman claimed that its members killed 17 SAA troops and damaged an SAA T-72AV battle tank in the recent clashes and once again accused the government forces of using chlorine gas in the area.

The chemical weapons usage accusations are a common part of PR strategy of any anti-government forces around Syria.  The accusations have become especially frequent after the US missile strike on the Syrian Air Force’s Shayrat Air Base that followed the incident at Khan Shaykhun.

In Homs province, the SAA Tiger Forces liberated a gas station southwest of the Kawm oasis and advanced on the Minshar Mount and the nearby village of Taybah.  Meanwhile, the SAA and its allies advanced against ISIS north of the Shair Mount.  Both of the advances are a part of the wider SAA effort aimed at establishing control over entirety of eastern Homs which should create a foothold for further advance on Deir Ezzor.

The Israeli media reported that Iran is building a facility in northwest Syria to manufacture long-range missiles and showed satellite images allegedly depicting the site under construction.  The images show an alleged missile factory near Baniyas which appears to be identical to Iranian factories built in Tehran.  The construction on the site allegedly started last year and is expected to be finished by the end of 2017.

Earlier reports appeared that Iran was allegedly building subterranean weapons factories for Hezbollah in Lebanon.  At least one of the factories was reportedly located near Hermel in the eastern Bekaa Valley and was used to produce Fateh-110 medium-range missiles.

If reports are confirmed, this will be just another indication of the growing Iranian influence in the region.  Success of the Russian-Iranian-Syrian operations against ISIS and al-Qaeda are one of the reasons behind this progress.

Last week Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu once again stated Iran was strengthening its foothold in Syria as ISIS was losing ground in the country.  He added that Israel was watching developments and would act against any threat to Israel’s security.

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  • @Inc2Get

    The battle in the damascus province is probably the slowest battle ever in the history of the syrian war. Never have I seen a slower advance made.

    • Red Tick Alert

      To be honest, I agree with you. To me, noting I have no military expertise, I don’t understand it.

    • Attrition47

      Attrition needs to be made to work for not against the Syrian army, which means slow but sure.

  • Keithon de Bique

    Trust me Bibi were i running Syria you’d have already tasted Syrian missiles

    • Red Tick Alert

      I reckon this concerted response have all the big nosed gits in Israel and Saudi worried.

      Russia better be prepared.
      China better stand up like a man and assist.
      Lebanon need to unite.
      Iran should not overextend.

      The equipment contained by the Saudis and the Israelis and of course the war-mongering Yanks far exceeds that of the combination of the above.

      Get the S-400s (maybe test the S-500 there as well) into Syria asap, somehow unite with the Kurds and Kick The Sh. 1. t out of both Saudis and Israeli military before the US go totally barmy.

      • Keithon de Bique

        To think Putin sells Turks the S400. I would rely on tactics and hacking since my funds are less than my adversaries.

        • Red Tick Alert

          yes, I am still unsure if that was a good move. I wouldn’t trust a Turk if my last Doner Kebab depended on it; but whilst I say that, I also hope that I am wrong….. I think something is going on that I just cannot fathom at the moment.

          • Keithon de Bique

            Putin’s an able chess player so his play is to get Turks dependent on him i suspect, but he should be more risk averse. Assad is in critial need of the missiles.

          • Solomon Krupacek

            putin is older and more senile.

          • Keithon de Bique

            Senile? Then IS wouldn’t be running from his Sukhois.

          • Solomon Krupacek

            they are not running. they fight. not like saudis

          • Keithon de Bique

            look again, territory shrinks daily.

          • Solomon Krupacek

            sure. and this fact is not in negation with my words.

          • Keithon de Bique

            To an extent but I’ve seen a number of deals where the gov’t allows them to evacuate. They fight but not to the level of before. Lets not bury the point.

          • Red Tick Alert

            yes, but no but, but yes but. Still in two minds; not everything we see and here is what it seems.

            PS Have you read / seen the Barcelona attack ?.

            For me, things are moving quickly now as I believe (or want to) that they are in a state of panic.

          • Keithon de Bique

            russia invested in turkey’s economy but still got backstabbed – i see pretty clear. Watch if Spain’s liberty gets taken in the name of security.

          • Jeff Lewin

            The only domestic liberty in Spain amounts to the freedom to peddle scandalous counter cultural, sociopathic media, and metrosexualism. The Spanish big sister government now legislates the minute details of life in Spain, including their egalitarian housework agenda.

          • Jeff Lewin

            Realistically, ground based Surface to Air missiles would not be able to totally deter a us-led coalition strike against Syria. With S-300s, Syria has better protection than Iraq did in 1991 and 2003, however, a concentrated missile/aerial attack by the US-led coalition would overwhelm Syria’s air defenses…

          • Keithon de Bique

            I spoke of the 400. You are correct, thing though airpower is not infallible. The Serb defenses survived and how many casualties shall western publics swallow in a conflict they want no part of.

          • Jeff Lewin

            The western powers have run into a major impasse in Turkey, inasmuch as they needed the Turks’ tactical air power (=2.5x as many aircraft as Britain’s RAF), and ground forces, on board with their ongoing anti-Iranian agenda. Russian President Vladimir Putin, however, has had great success in paring off the Turks.

          • Keithon de Bique

            I say putin wash his hands of them and western powers come to grips to what they and turks did propping up IS.

      • Attrition47

        Who are you calling big nose?

    • Blucross

      Tough talk. but I notice you use a mask and fake name.

      • Keithon de Bique

        use a mirror and i am real

  • Blucross

    YOU say,”The chemical weapons usage accusations are a common part of PR strategy of any anti-government forces around Syria.”. Let me correct you, then ‘pay attention to our world until you see if I am correct. The progressive leftist will ALWAYS accuse you of ‘WHAT THEY ARE CURRENTLY DOING’. That has been their Modus Operandi since before 1914.
    They did it in Russia, and they are doing it here.

    • Attrition47

      You don’t know your left from your right.

    • Bill Rood

      Enough of the left-right divide and conquer BS. The neo-lib warmongers, with the help of corporate media, have hijacked the liberal, progressive, leftist labels that have long been associated with the peacemakers like Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel, just as the neo-cons in the Bush Administration hijacked the conservative labels long associated with traditional antiwar conservatives like Pat Buchanan or David Stockman. Such destruction of the meaning of language is part of the corporate warmonger strategy.

      You don’t build a united movement by sneering at half its members.

  • Serious

    You cant’ trust the born liars.

    And Syria should build a very very strong anti-missile system and anti-aircraft system to keep his citizen safe from the terrorist state nearby.

    Time to think and work whereas talking BS and smoking on coffeeshop.

  • If Israel is speaking then it is likely Israel is lying.
    If that is true then credible Syrian and/ Russian sources would verify it.

  • Well Nuttiyahoo…. IF you hadn’t encouraged and assisted and aided and abetted ISIL in Syria then —— why —– Iran wouldn’t be increasing it’s foothold and it’s influence in Syria.

    So – you have yourself (and of course your allies) to blame.
    Now go park the blame in the designated parking lot.

  • gustavo

    Let us assume that what the criminal Bibi is saying is true. This means that Israel will bomb Syria very soon, helping its creation (ISIS-Daesh). Let us assume that what the criminal Bibi es false,. This means that Israel will bomb Syria, helping its creatino (ISIS-Daesh). Now, the question is mainly this ¿ will Russia allow Israel to bomb Syria, independently of the excuse used by Israel ? Russia can stop Israel before even their planes take off. Let us see what is the excuse used by Russia this happen and Russia does nothing about it.

    • Attrition47

      It would be an interesting question if human lives weren’t at stake. The zionists will bomb what they want unless a greater power stops them; since the zionist occupation is the proxy force par excellence, it will depend on what American Caesar tells them to do. If they do try it on, I hope the Russians blow them out of the sky.

  • Justin Ryan

    This is great news!
    Those of us who know that Israel and the Jews are the cause of these wars and in control of US foreign policy must be glad to hear this! Finally a containment of Israel in retaliation to the containment of Russia! No need for nukes! Israel is so small, they will have to sue for peace!
    We all know Israel has nukes!
    We all know that Israel will strike u first as a preventative measure!
    But all that is coming to an end now!When Israel has a boot on its neck, thats when the world will be a better place!
    Mutual destruction is what makes all nations speak soft words!
    And Israel does not like anything to be equal!

  • The Farney Fontenoy

    Netanyahu is best described as a restricted genius, he foments a war in Syria (who have only nominal relations with Iran), partly to destroy Iranian influence in the region, Syria then becomes full allies & invites the Iranian army over to help, Netanyahu has scored a disastrous own goal for Israel, if he feels Israel is more threatened now, it’s entirely his own damn fault, but he’s far to arrogant to take any blame of course.

    • Ma_Laoshi

      … and all this after doing it in/to Iraq previously!

  • Jeff Lewin

    Syria really should mass produce conventional ballistic missiles as a stand-off/mutual-assured-destruction deterrent against the Turks, the US-led coalition, and the zionist entity, however, this story sounds like a zionist media snipe against Iran.

  • Keith Smith

    assads wife doesnt wear a burkkha. very telling of the Syrian governments enemies

    • Keithon de Bique

      i’ve seen. His vice president is female. Contrast with the Saudis.

  • Jeff Lewin

    Here here, South Front. Lebanon’s defense industry has now built a ballistic missile factory, 50m underground–please look up.

  • Jeff Lewin

    Hezbollah and Syria should forge an alliance with Ansrallah and Yemen, and rain missiles on all GCC arsenals, navies, military ports, air bases, defense industries, force concentrations, etc.

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