Exclusive: New Photograph Possibly Showing a Volcano Rocket Launch in Rural Damascus from a Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada Facebook Page

By Christopher Kingdon.

This photograph was uploaded to a Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada (hereafter KSS) Facebook page on February 2nd, 2014. It could possibly show a Volcano launch. If confirmed, this is the second image of a Volcano launch from a KSS page in a space of ten days. I’ve run the image through Google Image back-search and Tineye and it appears to be new and genuine. Unfortunately I will not be linking to the page due to the frequency of these page’s deletion once the links are shared publicly. 

The photograph was uploaded on a Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada Facebook page, under the caption: “ابطال كتائب سيد الشهداء يدكون أوكار الإرهابيين.داعش التكفيري السعودي القطري باالصواريخ في ريف دمشق.” This translates to: “Heroes of Kata’ib Sayyid Shuhada strike terrorists’ dens of Saudi-Qatari takfiri da’esh with missiles in rural Damascus.” Thanks to Aymenn Al-Tamimi for the translation.

Here is a snapshot of the screen upload:

Here is a close up of the launch:

It could show a Volcano rocket moments after its launch. Here is an image of a Volcano rocket from the Brown Moses blog. From the image above, it is impossible to determine if it’s a 107mm, 122mm or larger type.

The picture shows a rocket moments after its launch. The launch originates from a wooded area. Around the launch site are parked four white Toyotas. To the left-hand side of the photograph is a small town on a hill. Atop the hill are a tower and a mosque.

Elsewhere in the picture is a tower with windows and an aerial atop:

It looks similar to this tower featured in this video from East Ghouta.

Elsewhere in the picture is a mosque:

Hopefully with these two landmarks, it will be possible to geolocate the image.

These munition types are of particular interest to weapons experts as a chemical-version are widely believed to be the delivery system for the August 21st East Ghouta chemical weapons attack.

It comes after the upload of this image to a KSS page on February 7th, which I write about here: EXCLUSIVE: New Photograph of Volcano Rocket Being Fired.

And this image that I found the day before from a pro-Hezbollah Twitter feed that was posted on February 7th: Exclusive: New Photograph of Two Volcano 122mm Dual-Launchers Allegedly in Yabroud, Syria Posted on Pro-Hezbollah Page.

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