Report: Assad Building Hizbullah-Guarded Nuclear Plant 2 Kms from Lebanon

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Intelligence suggests that Syrian President Bashar Assad is building a secret underground plant with the aim of developing nuclear weapons, Germany's Spiegel news magazine said Friday.

Citing information made available by unidentified intelligence sources, Spiegel said the plant was in an inaccessible mountain region in the west of the war-ravaged country, two kilometers from the Lebanese border.

It is deep underground, near the town of Qusayr and has access to electricity and water supplies, the magazine said in a pre-released version of the story released ahead of Saturday's publication.

It said it had had access to "exclusive documents", satellite photographs and intercepted conversations thanks to intelligence sources.

Western experts suspect, based on the documents, that a reactor or an enrichment plant could be the aim of the project, whose codename is "Zamzam", Spiegel said.

The Syrian regime has transferred 8,000 fuel rods to the plant that had been planned for a facility at al-Kibar, it added.

In 2007, a bombing raid on an undeclared Syrian nuclear facility at al-Kibar was widely understood to have been an Israeli strike, but it was never acknowledged by Tel Aviv.

Spiegel said North Korean and Iranian experts are thought to be part of the "Zamzam" project.

Lebanon's Hizbullah, which supports Assad's regime in the bloody conflict in Syria, is guarding the secret project, it claimed.

(Photos courtesy of Spiegel)

Comments 27
Default-user-icon ietims (Guest) 09 January 2015, 21:55

I doubt this is accurate, in any case it will not last long if it is. Israel will blow it up and even the Russians will help. Russia is kueen on Israel's security as we saw with the cancellation of the S-300 missiles shipment to Assad.

Missing 09 January 2015, 22:16

A report full of nonsense.

Missing 09 January 2015, 22:16

A report full of nonsense.

Missing un520 09 January 2015, 23:45

I agree, very stupid indeed. Trying to portray it as a secret that the genoside dictator Assad is trying to get an atomic bomb, and that he is supported by Hezbollah in this mission. Everybody knows!

Thumb scorpyonn 09 January 2015, 23:49

I am sure the Israelis will make mincemeat of it- they need to neutralize Iran at the same time since Obama is too nice to do it.

Default-user-icon Truth (Guest) 10 January 2015, 00:14

Some were slow to believe the first world report in der spiegel of Hizbullah's involvment, preparation, and execution of Hariri's assassination plot….

Default-user-icon Narwhal8915 (Guest) 10 January 2015, 05:51

Next thing they'll be saying is Saddam Hussein has WMDs ...oh wait we already heard that lie.

Thumb Mystic 10 January 2015, 08:26

"Citing information made available by unidentified intelligence sources;"

This is supposed to be valid information Naharnet?

Missing un520 10 January 2015, 13:29

Since when did intelligence sources come out with their full name and adress whenever they had some information? Any newspaper is dependant on anonymous sources. The same way that they get info from political sources, economical sources etc. The sources will be evaluated of cource, like all other sources. Are they credible or not? In this case they have passed the test obviously. Like the sources that told Spiegel that Hezbollah-members was heavily involved in the assasination of Hariri. Im sure the four members wouldnt have to hide if they were inncocent.
But you know all this, Mystic, you are only clinging to the "where is the proof"-card. Well, the proof is just 2 km away from Lebanons border, so why dont you invite some obervers from the IAEA over to take a look. Its a golden opportunity to put egg on the face of both intelligence sources and newspapers. So, we are waiting....

Thumb Mystic 10 January 2015, 18:37

Next thing we will hear, is chuck norris shooting missiles at hezbollah with his motorcycle.

Thumb freedomarch 10 January 2015, 08:33

Come On, A generator for supplying electricity to a Lebanese villages, cheap Syrian electricity,...why can't they believe that Syria's President is not bad after all, Assad is not an animal, he is just a dictator, that's all.

Thumb nickjames 10 January 2015, 09:03

This nuclear plant was one of the Shia shrines they were protecting...

Thumb cityboy 10 January 2015, 09:26

Do you know what the israelis think of you, they think of you and every other lebanese as cockroaches, perhaps you might want them to invite them to squash you too while there at it.

Default-user-icon _mowaten_ (Guest) 10 January 2015, 10:52

oh @cityboy, you beat me to it. I was thinking exactly the same thing, the same the same. I hope posters don't think we are the same person and god forbid they think we are paid to post.

Default-user-icon bennie (Guest) 10 January 2015, 10:49

Obviously, the Israelis leaked the information to see if by shining a light on the location, the rebels or someone else will deal with it.

Missing cedars 10 January 2015, 16:43

It was Saddam and many thousand km that they were scared off and now you want me to believe that the Mossad let this one slip on their door steps?

Thumb freedomarch 10 January 2015, 17:07

ASSad, you litle idiot, playing with nuclear reactors just 2 KM from Lebanon, shows how bad your intentions are.
If I blame any one ... Clearly the people like ((( Micheal Aoun and his followers))) , Just how long how far you can go to STICK your interests with ASSad and Iran's HizEbols?

Thumb Mystic 10 January 2015, 18:37

Naharnet is so bored because of the weather, now they make up james bond inspired articles.

Thumb -phoenix1 10 January 2015, 18:43

The man can hardly keep Allepo now we're told about him building a nuke site? Smells quite spicy for anyone.

Thumb Mystic 10 January 2015, 19:04

I was beginning to believe, that you wrote this article Phoenix.

Maybe I was wrong.

Thumb freedomarch 10 January 2015, 19:30

Phonix"1".. according to the news it was NOT a "recent" thing, it is not normal to believe either Assad or the German Newspaper or any one, it looks like we are living in a fairy tail or a big nightmare. It does not mean that the Syrian regime is Helping in the influx of people from Syria. Not Helping in solving the democracy issues where the Assad's are always 100% right and the people are wrong. HizEbola who cries in "Buckets" over Bahrain can not see "Under their Feet" Dead Syrian families "Killed" with various and innovative ways... Barrels, Bombs, Chemical, under Torture .. over loved.. by Both caring parties the Assads and the HizEbolas.

Thumb -phoenix1 10 January 2015, 19:21

You're drunk dear Mystic, that's all.

Thumb Mystic 10 January 2015, 20:01

Sorry phoenix, I don't drink. I do believe that was funny though, just like this article.

Thumb Mystic 10 January 2015, 21:55

That was a freedom fighter, called Hajj Radwan that freed Lebanon from the American occupation, in 1983.

Yes Mossad killed him, and he didn't die in vain but as a true martyr Allah yer7amo.

Default-user-icon Lebanese (Guest) 10 January 2015, 21:07

If this reactor really exixts, then its blessed and approved by Israel and the mossad... And if this is the case, then we understand the the Israeli state is an ally to Bashar Regime and the Iranian regime and unfortunately hizbollah is a puppet in their hands.... Remember what happenned to saddam hussein reactor in 1981...

Thumb charlesmartel 10 January 2015, 21:39

lets believe it so we have a reason to eradicate it

Thumb 11 January 2015, 06:54

The full article can be found by googling "der spiegel syria". It sounds reasonably credible, if not plausible.