Iran building large-scale military base in Syria

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Base expected to hold thousands of troops and precision missiles

New Iranian missile storehouses in Syria. (photo credit: IMAGESAT INTERNATIONAL (ISI))
By Anna Ahronheim
Source: The Jerusalem Post

Iran is building a major military base near the Syrian-Iraqi border town of Al-Bukamal to hold thousands of troops and precision missiles, Fox News reported on Tuesday.

According to the report, the secret project, called the Imam Ali compound, was approved by top leadership in Tehran and is being completed by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Forces.

The large military base, being constructed near the Al-Bukamal border crossing with Iraq is said to be less than 300 km. from an American military position.

“The construction of the new military compound began in recent months and is in advanced stages of construction,” read a report by ImageSat International (ISI) which reviewed the images. “It is probable that the base construction will be completed over the next few months and will be operational shortly afterwards.”

At least five different newly constructed buildings surrounded by large dirt mounds could house precision missiles, Fox said. The other 10 less fortified storehouses in the base will likely store ammunition.

For several years now, Iran has been trying to establish a 1,200-km.-long land bridge from Tehran to the Mediterranean.

In May, satellite images taken by ISI showed that Iran has been building a new border crossing 2.6 km. west of the official Al-Bukamal Al-Qaim border crossing, which would expedite the transfer of weapons from Tehran to groups like Hezbollah in Syria or Lebanon.

While the Bukamal border crossing has been inactive, the area is under the control of pro-Iranian Shi’ite militias which are handled by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds force and have been putting in work and resources into building a new active one.

Israeli officials have warned that Iran is attempting to entrench itself in Iraq, a mainly Shi’ite militias, as it did in Syria, where it has established and consolidated a parallel security structure and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has hinted at Israel’s role in the recent strikes in Iraq saying that “Iran has no immunity, anywhere.”

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