Channel 2 News has learned that IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot secretly met over the weekend with top NATO military officer US General Curtis Scaparrotti in Brussels. The two discussed the Iranian presence in Syria.

Becca Noy

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot discreetly met over the weekend with US General Curtis Scaparrotti, the commander of the United States European Command and NATO’s top military officer in Brussels. Prior to the meeting, the two sat down together just two weeks ago. The fact that Eizenkot suddenly flew to Brussels for the unannounced meeting indicates that there was a recent development that required a face-to-face discussion.

During the meeting, the two high-ranking officers discussed the Iranian presence in Syria. Immediately after the meeting was over, Eizenkot returned to Israel.

Yesterday, JOL News reported that an intelligence source told the BBC that Iran is establishing a permanent military base in Syria. The official claimed that the construction has significantly progressed, which may be a result of recent progress made by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s army.

The source told the BBC that over 20 low-rise buildings were constructed and are likely going to be used for housing soldiers and vehicles. However, the exact purpose of the site could not be entirely verified. The compound is reportedly located 14 km (about 8 miles) south of Damascus and only 50 km (about 31 miles) from the Israeli Golan Heights border.

Jerusalem Online