By Trey Yingst | Fox News
EXCLUSIVE: Iran has established a new military base in Syria and has plans to house thousands of troops at the location, according to multiple Western intelligence sources.
The classified Iranian project, called the Imam Ali compound, was approved by top leadership in Tehran and is being completed by the Iranian al-Quds Forces.
Using a civilian satellite company, Fox News verified the information and obtained images that show a base being constructed on the Syria-Iraq border.
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This image shows a new Iranian military compound, according to Fox News sources; center is the Iranian crossing between Albukamal-Al-Qaim under construction; right is the official border crossing which is blocked and not active. (ISI)
Analysts at Image Sat International (ISI) 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 10 additional storehouses with less external protection in the Northwest part of the base.
Images show the new buildings and missile storage structures. ISI analysts say that construction will be completed over the next few months and the base will be operational shortly after.
The construction of the marked new military compound began in recent months and is currently in advanced stages, already including several areas for fortified storehouses, probably for ammunition. (ISI)
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According to security experts, this is the first time that the Iranian military is building a base of this scale from scratch in Syria. There is an American army position less than 200 miles from the new Iranian compound.
In recent months, Israel has targeted Iranian military facilities in Syria and destroyed structures that were used to house weapons and troops.
A closer shot of some of the new storehouses in the compound. (ISI)
Iran and Iranian-backed Shia militias are using the chaos caused by the Syrian civil war to strengthen their presence in the region.
This image shows the progress in building from last August, compared to August 23. (ISI)
Fox News’ Yonat Friling contributed to this report.Trey Yingst currently serves as a Jersualem-based general assignment reporter for FOX News Channel (FNC). He joined the network in August 2018.