Netanyahu: Iran seeks to build naval base in NW Syria

Speaking to reporters while flying home after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu said that he had told Putin that Iran wants to build a naval base in Syria. According to the prime minister, the Russian leader understood the message that Israel wants to send.

DEBKAfile’s military sources: Until the prime minister’s statement, the information on Iran’s intention to set up the base had been top secret. Our sources report that the Iranians are engaged in discussions with the Syrians on establishing such a facility at the northwestern port of Banias, located about 55 kilometers from Lattakia. The Iranians are seeking such a base for their missile boats and submarines in the Mediterranean. The port is also used as an oil terminal.

Source: Netanyahu: Iran seeks to build naval base in NW Syria (DEBKAfile)

One response to “Netanyahu: Iran seeks to build naval base in NW Syria

  1. Reblogged this on Brittius and commented:
    An extremely dangerous development, and could suggest the cause for the uninvited presence of US Marines in Syria, not in connection with Saudi influence, as Saudi Arabia is only interested in money from oil, while the Iranian development justifies sufficient concern of their destabilization of the Middle East and Europe, is possible.