Last Updated: August 1, 2010
Other Name: Dair Alzour
Location: Dayr Az Zawr region, approx. 140km from the Iraqi border and 10km north of At Tibnah
Subordinate To: Unknown
Size: Unknown
Facility Status: Unknown

The current function and status of the Al-Kibar site is unknown. However, Syrian officials have asserted that Damascus constructed a missile facility at Al-Kibar after the original building's destruction by the Israeli Air Force in 2007. [1] Experts widely believe that Syria had been building a nuclear reactor for the clandestine production of weapons-useable plutonium at the site, although the IAEA has been unable to conclusively determine this given Damascus's refusal to permit the agency additional access to the site. [2] [For additional details regarding the alleged reactor, see NTI Syria Nuclear Facilities, Al-Kibar]. Ibrahim Othman, Syria's nuclear chief, has reportedly asserted that the new facility at Al-Kibar is a missile control facility or launching pad. [3]

[1] "Syria puts missile center on reactor site," AP, 25 February 2009.
[2] Ephraim Asculai, "Inspecting Syria's Al-Kibar Reactor Site: A Technical Note," Institute for Science and International Security, 12 May 2008,
[3] "Bombed Syrian reactor now missile base," The Jerusalem Post, 25 February 2009.

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