debkafile: Janes Defense Weekly’s “revelation” of an explosion at a Syrian military plant was first aired by Syria radio and TV on the day it happ
Damascus media reported quite openly on July 27 that a blast generated by hot weather accidentally caused a pile of explosives to detonate at a military industrial factory. Fifteen Syrian soldiers were reported killed and 50 injured. debkafile: This incident had no bearing on subsequent military occurrences in Syria, including the alleged Israeli air-commando attack more than a month later on Sept. 6.
debkafile‘s military sources add: Iranian experts have been employed in Syrian missile production since 2000. Their presence in Syria’s missile industry was confirmed again in the most recent Iranian-Syrian strategic collaboration pact. Moreover, on May 27, 2005, Syria successfully test-fired three Scud missiles with chemical warheads – a Scud B with a range of some 300 km and two Scud Ds whose range is about 700 km. They were launched from Minakh, north of Aleppo in northern Syria.