Syrian rebel group: Assad built secret underground base below Damascus

In new documentary film, the Islamist Jaish al-Islam opposition group claims to reveal complex built to house military and political leaders under the Syrian capital.

By YASSER OKBI/ MAARIV HASHAVUA
February 15, 2016 20:15
1 minute read.
syria underground base

Illustration of alleged underground military complex built by the Assad regime near Damascus . (photo credit: screenshot)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

The largest Islamist rebel group in the Syrian civil war, Jaish al-Islam, recently revealed what it claims is a clandestine underground base built by President Bashar Assad's regime near Damascus.

In an Arabic documentary film released last week, the group appears to reveal a small military base built to house military and political leaders under the Syrian capital.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


Jaysh al-Islam claims in the documentary that it has taken control of the compound located near the Harasta neighborhood of a Damascus suburb, colloquially known as "the Assad neighborhood."

In minute 37, the film shows an illustration of the purported secret military base, which the rebel group says is accessible through a reinforced helipad that acts as an elevator reaching a series of elaborate underground passageways.


The seven-story complex reportedly includes various command centers and an escape route leading into the mountains in the outskirts of Damascus.

"This underground base is indestructible by any type of weapon," Jaish al-Islam field officer Abu Samir says in the film. "After we entered the tunnels, our fighters were surprised to find pathways for vehicles and roads with a length of three kilometers."

He adds that his operative discovered five large areas with chemical decontamination chambers.



"The compound was built to be a comprehensive control center, from where the Syrian military staff can operate all wartime activities," the rebel official says.

"The structure also includes offices for the Intelligence Corps, an office responsible for chemical weapons, artillery, tanks and political leadership," he claims.

Related Content

July 16, 2018
‘A strong message to Iran from Israel’: Syrians debate Aleppo airstrike

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN