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Syrian Opposition Uncovers Maps of Iranian Missiles Caches

Syrian Opposition Uncovers Maps of Iranian Missiles Caches

Sunday, 9 June, 2019 - 07:00
Smoke rises from Al Habeet in Idlib governorate after Syrian and Russian air strikes on the opposition-held Syrian town May 3, 2019. AP

Syrian opposition officers uncovered on Saturday the sites of Iranian missiles caches and factories in the country, saying that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has moved its leadership base from Damascus to mountainous areas north the capital due to the latest Israeli strikes.

The study was conducted by the National Liberation Front, which is now under the command of Fateh Hassoun, and includes a group of 150 dissident officers.

It documented the presence of several Iranian Fateh-110 short-range ballistic missiles, advanced Russian-made Scud missiles, and Dhu al-Fiqar, which can reach a range of 700 kilometers.

The study showed that Toophan-1 anti-tank missiles were stored in the Tayfur airport in the province of Homs, while rocket caches were found in Aleppo’s Al-Safira town, in southern Damascus’ Koussa and in Jab Al-Jarah, east the city of Selmiyah.

Separately, fighting between regime forces and opposition factions in the countryside of northern Hama and on the edge of the militant-controlled Idlib province killed 101 people during the past 24 hours.

Idlib is supposed to be protected from a massive regime offensive by a September buffer zone deal signed between regime ally Russia and rebel backer Turkey, however, the Syrian military launched its assault on the province last April, backed by government and Russian airstrikes.

The deal was never fully implemented as militants refused to withdraw from the planned demilitarized zone.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday that two children were killed overnight – one in regime rocket fire in the village of Frike and another in an airstrike in the town of Khan Sheikhun.

Fighters from Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, Qaeda-linked Hurras Al Deen, and Turkistan Islamic Party took part in the counterattack launched against regime forces.

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