Israel spy satellite discovers secret Russian missile cache in Syria

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[Editor’s note: Iskander missiles in Syrian possession poses a very great threat to Israel. Iskander possesses the range to strike almost anywhere in Israel and the high mobility of the launchers makes them very hard to find and destroy before they launch. Russia may also arm Egypt, Iraq and Iran with Iskander, thus surrounding Israel with an array of ballistic missiles that could devastate the country.

This is a very real possibility that would significantly affect Israel’s security and would make even a madman like Netanyahu think twice about continued aggression and genocide against the Palestinians. In short, it would present a very real reason for Israel to actually follow UN resolutions. Ian]

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Jerusalem Post
Israel spy satellite discovers secret Russian missile cache in Syria

An Israeli spy satellite has discovered a number of Russian mobile short-range ballistic missiles stockpiled in Syria, Channel 2 reported Friday.

In high definition photos taken by the Israeli “Eros B” satellite, the weapons, dubbed “Iskander” missiles, are clearly seen on trucks inside an army base in Latakia, located in western Syria.

The pictures seemingly prove what western intelligence agencies have long suspected: Russia has provided Syria with a wide array of the most advanced missiles in its possession.

Before Friday, evidence of the missiles had been scarce, given the fact that the Russians and Syrians had cached the weaponry in secretive strategic locations. Strong rainstorms, however, forced the Russians to transfer the missiles to different locations using trucks, leaving them exposed to documentation.

The “Iskander” missile, which has a range of up to 500 kilometers, is a medium range ballistic weapon that has the capacity to carry nuclear warheads and is superior to the older “scud” missile model.

Its accuracy is considered very high, while in tests the weapon can strike a target within a seven meter radius, as opposed to the scud which strikes within a 450 meter radius.

Syria has been engulfed in a bloody civil war over the past 5-years that has seen over 400,000 people killed and millions displaced from their homes. Russia has been an integral part in propping up current Syrian President Bashar Assad, who has been accused of carrying out crimes against humanity.

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Author Details
Ian Greenhalgh is a photographer and historian with a particular interest in military history and the real causes of conflicts.

His studies in history and background in the media industry have given him a keen insight into the use of mass media as a creator of conflict in the modern world.

His favored areas of study include state-sponsored terrorism, media manufactured reality and the role of intelligence services in manipulation of populations and the perception of events.
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