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Report: Satellite Images Show Deepening Iranian Military Presence in Syria

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Iran is continuing to deepen its military presence in Syria, the Hebrew news site Walla reported on Thursday, citing satellite images recently published by ImageSat International (ISI).

According to the report, the images show the construction of a surface-to-surface missile factory in northwestern Syria.

It is believed that the construction of the facility located in Wadi Jahannam — near the Mediterranean coastal city of Baniyas — will be completed in early 2019, the report said.

The report further noted that the structures at Wadi Jahannam appeared similar to ones seen at surface-to-surface missile sites in Iran.

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On Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “We are working to prevent Iran from establishing a military presence in Syria,” the prime minister said. “We will not relent in pursuit of this goal…the IDF will continue to take strong and determined action against Iran’s attempts to station forces and advanced weapons systems in Syria. No agreement between Syria and Iran will deter us; neither will any threat deter us.”

“Whoever threatens us with destruction puts himself in similar danger, and in any case will not achieve his goal,” he emphasized.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Iran and Syria had signed a military cooperation deal.

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