Iran building major military base in Syria, expected to move thousands of troops

Iran building major military base in Syria, expected to move thousands of troops

Iran has established a major military base in Syria and has plans to move thousands of troops into the location, Fox News reported on Tuesday citing multiple Western intelligence sources.

The classified Iranian project, called the Imam Ali compound, was approved by the top leadership in Tehran and is being completed by the Iranian al-Quds Forces.

Fox News verified the information obtained by Israeli satellite company ImageSat. The images show a base being constructed on the Syria-Iraq border.

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Analysts at ImageSat who reviewed the images say that precision-guided missiles could be housed at five different newly constructed buildings that are surrounded by large dirt mounds. The images also show, in the northwest part of the base, 10 additional storehouses with less external protection, as well as new buildings and missile storage structures.

ISI analysts say that construction could be completed over the next few months and the base would be operational shortly after.

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.