Satellite images reveal new Iranian base in Syria

Satellite images 'show new Iranian base outside Damascus to house missiles capable of hitting Israel'

Fox News obtained satellite images from ImageSat International showing the new Iranian base, which is operated by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

All out war between the U.S. and Iran is unlikely, as Congress will probably vote the plan down given lack of public support for another war in the Middle East, according to Leon Hadar at the American National Interest and retired army colonel Lawrence Wilkerson. According to the Fox report, the images show several tall silos, which could be used to store missiles.

According to the Syrian outlet, the facility itself is a "training camp of the regime's Special Forces" and the buildings in question are not a missile warehouse, mosque, or dining hall but rather a garage for army vehicles. But the recent incident of Israeli air raids on Iranian bases in Syria and downing of Israeli F-16 fighter jet by Syrian anti-aircraft missile batteries for the first time in 36 years has raised the temperature and bought these two nations into a direct confrontation with each other. But now with Iran developing new and enhanced capabilities in Syria which if not checked can turn existential threat to Israel in coming time. That base, near the town of El-Kiswah, 14 kilometers (8 miles) south of Damascus and about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the Israel-Syria border on the Golan Heights, was still under construction when it was destroyed, the reports said. Tel Aviv had launched the biggest air raid operation in over three decades after intercepting an Iranian drone in Israeli airspace.

Fox also said that the missiles could be used to target Israel, likely ramping up tensions between the two countries following Israeli air strikes in Syria earlier this month.

"Iran is generating instability across the region, and the Iranian threat network continues to increase in strength, enhancing its capacity to threaten United States and partner nation interests", he said.

US Central Command head Gen. Joseph L. Votel, says the Iranian nuclear deal, signed in July 2015, allowed Iran to step up its funding of terror organizations in the Middle East, providing missiles and arms to jihadi forces in Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.

On Capitol Hill Tuesday, General Joseph Votel, the top USA military commander for American forces in the Middle East, said Iran was "increasing" the number and "quality" of its ballistic missiles it was deploying to the region.

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