In an exclusive post published on Thursday, the Syrian opposition website Ayn Al-Furat (“Eye of Euphrates”) claims that the Iranian IRGC is building “a massive base to keep advanced weaponry” close to Ayn Ali in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Al-Zour.
The new base is being built in the desert, where the “second-largest concentration of Iranian forces in eastern Syria” is located, just like the Imam Ali base, which Iran recently established nearby Al-Bukamal, according to a report by MEMRI’s Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM), which was exclusively shared with JNS.
On a recent trip from Damascus to the military base in Deir Al-Zour, thirty Iranian Revolutionary Guards officers of various positions and specialties arrived in the region.
The Iranian IRGC has allegedly started preparing the land for the base’s development and has also brought in heavy construction equipment from Al-Bukamal and Al-Mayadin under tight security.
It plans to build subterranean storage facilities for the weapons that routinely arrive from Iraq, disguised either in buses bringing pilgrims to Shi’ite holy sites in Syria or in refrigerated trucks for agricultural supplies, according to the JTTM report. A tunnel network linking all the missile and weapon installations in the Ayn Ali region is also being built by the IRGC.
Additionally, the militias built “a vast security fortress” with several locations outfitted with ground-to-ground missiles and heavy weapons in the Ayn Ali region.