Last Updated: March 1, 2011
Other Name: N/A
Location: 6 km Northeast of Masyaf
Subordinate To: Unknown
Size: Unknown
Facility Status: Unknown

Following the destruction of the alleged Al-Kibar reactor, on 2 May 2008 the IAEA requested access to three locations "allegedly functionally related" to activities at the Al-Kibar site.[1] According to the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung, these three facilities were located near the towns of Masyaf, Marj as-Sultan, and Iskandariyah.[2] One of the three – likely Marj as-Sultan – was alleged to be a uranium conversion facility, while the others were reportedly storage facilities for materials such as uranium or graphite intended for use in the reactor, or possibly the debris of the destroyed facility at Al-Kibar. [3]

Based on this information, the Institute for Science and International Security identified a potential site near Masyaf from satellite imagery.[4] The site contains a military storage depot, and there have also been previous allegations of chemical weapons-related storage at Masyaf. Syria has neither complied with the IAEA's request for access to the site nor provided additional information about its function – Damascus maintains it is a non-nuclear military facility – leaving the Agency unable to make any assessment of its purpose or operational status.[5]

Sources:
[1] IAEA, "Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Syrian Arab Republic," Report by the Director General to the Board of Governors, GOV/2008/60, 19 November 2008, www.iaea.org.
[2] P.A. Krueger, "Verdaechtige Gebaeude in Bester Wohnlage," Sueddeutsche Zeitung, 23 February 2011, www.sueddeutsche.de.
[3] David Albright and Paul Brannan, "Satellite Image Shows Syrian Site Functionally Related to Al Kibar Reactor," Institute for Science and International Security, 1 December 2010, http://isis-online.org.
[4] David Albright and Paul Brannan, "Satellite Image Shows Syrian Site Functionally Related to Al Kibar Reactor," Institute for Science and International Security, 1 December 2010, http://isis-online.org.
[5] IAEA, "Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Syrian Arab Republic," Report by the Director General to the Board of Governors, GOV/2011/30, 24 May 2011, www.iaea.org.

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