Report: Assad built seven-story underground war bunker

Report: Assad built seven-story underground war bunker

Syrian rebels claim president set up facility beneath Damascus reinforced against chemical weapon attacks

Syrian President Bashar Assad gestures during an interview in the capital Damascus on February 11, 2016. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
Syrian President Bashar Assad gestures during an interview in the capital Damascus on February 11, 2016. (AFP/Joseph Eid)

A Syrian rebel group claims that Syrian President Bashar Assad built an underground town in the Damascus area capable of being used as headquarters for the regime’s senior military and political leadership, the Maariv newspaper said Monday.

The Army of Islam, one of the largest rebel organizations, comprising some 50 Islamist factions, revealed the existence of the underground complex, in a region where it said it had taken control, in a documentary film.

Referred to as “Assad’s Neighborhood,” the base reportedly extends seven stories underground, contains multiple command centers, and features a maze of escape routes that extend into the surrounding mountainside.

“After entering the tunnels, our fighters were surprised to find routes for vehicles and roads with lighting,” said field commander Abu Samir. He added: “Five huge gates protect the entrance to a sterile area capable of safeguarding against chemical weapons and managing the entire war.”

Rebel groups and forces loyal to the regime continue to fight for control of Damascus and its outskirts.

Footage of the underground ‘neighborhood’ is shown from about 37:00 in the video below.

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