ISICRC Special Report
A car bomb in the city of Maysaf, in the western part of Syria’s Hama province, killed Dr. Aziz Asber, head of the Maysaf Center for Scientific Research, on Saturday night. The center is accused by Syrian human rights advocates of manufacturing chemical weapons for not only the Assad regime, but also Hezbollah in Lebanon. Asber oversaw Asad’s Fateh missile program, working closely with Hezbollah and is closely tied to the Khomeiniist regime in Tehran.
According to Farsi language media, Asber had been in charge of Syria’s missile defenses since late 2017. He is said to have had close personal ties to Bashar Asad, working directly under him. He also had close ties to Iranian and North Korean scientists. One of the major projects Asber worked on was converting the Iranian short-range missile, Fateh-110, into the Syrian version, M600. Asad had previously visited the center during his surprise visit to injured soldiers’ homes in June, 2017.
According to Al-Arabiya, the Syrian scientist was one of the few people who enjoyed the full confidence of the Lebanese terrorist organization in Syria. It was also reported that Asber’s work required coordinating between Iran and Hezbollah. For this reason, the scientist was tasked with building warehouses for the organization in Syria.
In 2015, Asber published a eulogy for Imad Mughniyeh, the elusive Hezbollah’s military wing leader, who was assassinated in Damascus in 2008. Asber is also said to have a close friendship with IRGC Commander Qassem Soleimani.