Israel Discovers New Secret Iranian Missile Factory in Syria

February 8, 2019
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The Iranian Drezful missile is an upgraded version of the Zolfaghar (pictured), with almost three times the range.

Friday, 8 February 2019 | With each passing week, new evidence spotlights Iran either openly defying or sneaking around the supposed limitations imposed by the 2015 Iran deal.

Last night, Israeli Channel 12 news reported that the Jewish state has discovered a recently built missile factory in Syria. Israel also named the culprits—Iran and its puppets: the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah and the Syrian government.

This factory replaced the one the Israeli Air Force (IAF) struck and destroyed last year. It is producing precision-guided missiles, making the rockets and missiles that Iran’s puppet Hezbollah employs in southern Lebanon look like fire crackers.

The factory, producing what Iran has repeatedly called “defensive” missiles, is located in a northwestern Syrian town called Safita, located about 500 kilometers (310 mi.) north of Jerusalem. Iran, which lies 2,000 kilometers (1,200 mi.) away from Israel, will now be able to “defend itself” at a much closer range of the Jewish state.

In order to sidestep the cumbersome limitations of the Iran deal, Channel 12 asserted that Iran purchased missile parts from Italy, China and other Asian countries through straw companies called Organization of Technological Industries (OTI) and ANAS Group. They operate under Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC), which has come under Israeli fire before for manufacturing weaponry.

As Iran celebrates the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the Revolutionary Guards revealed yet another “defensive” playing chip on Thursday—Drezful, a new ballistic missile with a 1,000 kilometer (620 mi.) range, according to its Sepah news agency.

The unverified report showed Revolutionary Commander Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari and Aerospace Commander Brig. Gen. Amirali Hajizadeh examining the new missile in what was described as both an “underground ballistic missile production facility” and an “underground city.”

“Displaying this missile production facility deep underground is an answer to Westerners…who think they can stop us from reaching our goals through sanctions and threats,” Sepah quoted Jafari.

Last Saturday, the Iran unveiled another new toy as part of the celebration—long range cruise missiles that put Jerusalem within easy range.

Posted on February 8, 2019

Photo Credit: Kate Norman

Source: (Bridges for Peace, February 8, 2019)

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