Syria’s top rocket scientist was just killed in suspected Mossad hit

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The intelligence blog reveals that Dr. Aziz Asbar, the Syrian scientist who was assassinated yesterday in the explosion of his car near the town of Hama, was in fact head of the “Section 4” of the Syrian Center for Scientific Research (SSRC), which is responsible for all ballistic missile and rocket development programs in Syria. He was considered number 2 in the center and was directly subordinate to the head of the SSRC, Dr. Amar Armani.

New details are also revealed about his roles and his longstanding relationship with Iran and North Korea for projects on Syrian soil in order to help Hezbollah’s rocket buildup after the 2006 war.

The assassination was reported on Twitter by Al-Manar correspondent in Syria Ja’far Muhanna and the pro-Syrian journalist in the city of Hama, Iyad Hussein, who confirmed that “Asber is considered a national scientific figure, and it is probable that foreign intelligence officials were behind the murder.”

The night’s assassination comes shortly after Syria reported on July 22 an attack on a well-known production site of the Syrian Center for Scientific Research about six kilometers north of a new compound (Wadi Jahannam) near Masayef, which was attacked after being suspected of being an Iranian compound. The latest attack was directed against a relatively new hangar built in recent years at an existing military production facility near the town of Jolyamadon.

The research lab attacked on the outskirts of Musayaf has previously employed experts from North Korea, but since 2010 it has specialized in artillery production and research, which has since been supervised by Iranian experts.

The Department has been entrusted with the activities of “Institute 4000”, which is responsible for the production of missiles and rockets, and recently, according to opposition reports and satellite photographs, the department has been working with Iran to transfer some of the projects of Institute 4000, which is responsible for research and development of missiles to a new and safer location In the Massife area, they will also be able to upgrade existing missiles.

According to intelligence reports, branches 702 (solid fuel production) and 350 (short- and medium-range rockets) were recently transferred to the Masif area, where two areas were designated for missile development projects, including the 991 project in which upgraded Scud missiles, 111 related to the development of new surface-to-air missiles and projects to upgrade the precision of the Syrian Fatah-110 called M-600.