Iran has established a new military base in Syria in which it plans to house thousands of troops, Western intelligence sources told Fox News.
The Iranian Quds Force is in charge of the construction of the classified Iranian project, called the Imam Ali compound, the report adds.
Israeli geospatial intelligence company ImageSat International (ISI) provided Fox News with satellite images that show a base being built on the Syria-Iraq border.
According to ISI analysts, precision-guided missiles could be housed at five different newly constructed buildings that are surrounded by large dirt mounds. The images also show ten additional storehouses in the northwest part of the base with less external protection, as well as new buildings and missile storage structures.
ISI analysts estimate that Iran could complete construction over the next few months and the base would be operational shortly after.
Fox News cited security experts as saying that this is the first time that the Iranian military is building a base of this scale from the ground up in Syria.
In recent months, Israel has expanded its operations against Iranian-linked military targets, include bases and weapons depot, in Syria and other places in the region.
On Monday, a senior Israeli defense official emphasized that dismantling Hezbollah’s Iranian-backed precision missile project is a strategic priority for Israel.