Germany's Spiegel news magazine revealed today (January 9, 2015) that intelligence indicates Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is building a secret underground plant with the goal of developing nuclear weapons, according to the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website.
Citing information made available by unidentified intelligence sources, Spiegel said the plant was located in an inaccessible mountain region in the west of the war-ravaged country, a little more than a mile from the Lebanese border.
It is deep underground, near the town of Qusayr and has access to electricity and water supplies, the magazine said. It added that the Lebanese militia Hezbollah -- which supports Assad's rule in Syria's civil war -- is guarding the secret project.
Speigel also said that it had access to "exclusive documents," satellite photographs, and intercepted conversations, thanks to intelligence sources.