Iran will fund a multi-million-dollar army base on Syria’s coast to funnel military equipment to the beleaguered regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, Britain’s Daily Telegraph reported Friday. The report comes amid growing diplomatic pressure against Damascus‘ violent suppressing of a five-month popular uprising, from neighboring Turkey as well as the United States.
Quoting Western intelligence reports, the Telegraph said the deal to build a base near Latakia was struck in June between Muhammad Nasif Kheirbek – Syria’s deputy vice-president for security affairs and a close Assad ally – and Ghasem Suleimani, commander of the elite Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.(…)
A similar joint command center was set up at Damascus international airport earlier this year, but Latakia is regarded as a more suitable destination as it is not subjected to the same level of scrutiny as Damascus.