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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

Al Sulayyil Missile Base
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Al Sulayyil Weapons Storage Area
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This imagery is published as a joint initiative with Yedioth Ahronoth, Israel's top daily newspaper, and its intelligence correspondent, Ronen Bergman

Ikonos imagery of the Al Sulayyil weapons storage area. This facility occupying over 15 square kilometers is too large to be solely related to the CSS-2 missile base. It is probably either a regional weapons storage depot or supports the airfield 6 kilometers to the Southeast which has at least 25 hardened aircraft shelters. This airfield may be associated with Saudi Tornado fighter-bombers.

Over sixty earth-covered weapons storage igloos are visible in this December 2000 Ikonos image. Three large white storage buildings measuring 20 x 80 meters are visible. Current storage capacity estimate is between 2.1 and 2.3 million cubic feet of storage space.

Five different types of storage buildings are identifiable in this Ikonos image. Single, double and triple igloos are visible as well as two types of above ground storage buildings. A single unidentified structure surrounded by revetments remains a mystery.

A single weapon storage igloo located at far south end of the storage area. The drive-through entrance is about 10-meters wide.

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