JERUSALEM, Israel –Pentagon officials confirm to CBN News Iran is building another permanent military base outside Syria's capital city complete with hangers used to store missiles capable of hitting all of Israel.
"Exclusive satellite images from ImageSat International, obtained first by Fox News, show what is believed to be the new Iranian base, eight miles northwest of Damascus, operated by the Quds Force – the special operations arm of Tehran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC)," Fox reported Wednesday morning. "The photos show two new white hangars, each roughly 30 yards by 20 yards, used to store short- and medium-range missiles."
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The photos show two new white hangars, each roughly 30 yards by 20 yards, used to store short- and medium-range missiles.
The report comes amid growing tensions over Iranian influence in Syria and across the region.
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu recently warned that Iran wanted to establish itself militarily in Syria.
"Israel will not let that happen," 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.
Last December, Israel destroyed a similar Iranian military base south of Damascus.
Meanwhile, the Syrian regime continues its aerial and artillery assault on an estimated 400,000 residents of eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus.
With Isis suffering major 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.
Iran has been a consistent backer of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.