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Iran Continues Construction on Army Base in Eastern Syria

Iran Continues Construction on Army Base in Eastern Syria

Thursday, 21 November, 2019 - 06:30
Washington - London - Asharq Al-Awsat

Iran is continuing construction on an army base along the Iraq-Syria border, according to satellite images taken Sunday and obtained by Fox News.


The base in eastern Syria had been partially destroyed during airstrikes in early September, said the report.


But it stressed that the new images, examined by analysts at ImageSat International (ISI), showed eight zones of construction or reconstruction.


Each zone had hangers big enough to conceal trucks and large quantities of equipment. There also was a checkpoint on both sides of the compound with fortified walls around the complex, said Fox News.


The news of reconstruction at this base came as thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets in several cities across the country, protesting the latest spike in fuel prices. Iranian security forces have killed at least 12 people, according to reports.


Iran's economy has been influenced greatly by the crippling sanctions that President Trump has imposed following the US withdrawal from the nuclear agreement last year.


The country's currency has tanked and prices of medicine and food have soared, leaving people in dire conditions. There were growing indications that civilians have been frustrated with Iran spending money in other places such as Syria and Yemen.


According to ISI's intelligence report, while the construction has been intensive at the base, the nearby border crossing remained closed and had yet to be operational.


Fox News exposed the classified Iran enterprise on Sept. 3. According to security experts, it was approved by top leadership in Tehran and was being completed by Iran's Quds Force.


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