Despite a recent airstrike that destroyed several Iranian facilities in northern Syria, construction at the Imam Ali base, Iran's flagship project in the Middle East, is still underway, an Israeli news paper quoted a report by ImageSat International.
A series of satellite images included in the report show that intensive work is ongoing, both on the base itself and on the other side of the Syria-Iraq border, near which the base is located, the newspaper wrote.
The report shows a long line of military fortifications and outposts under construction, as well as access roads and storage facilities for weapons and vehicles. The satellite pictures also show a large number of vehicles and construction equipment on the site, evidence of the effort being invested to rebuild the site after the strike.
In addition to the new construction, the ImageSat picture show construction teams near storage facilities targeted in other recent strikes, who are apparently working to repair them for future use by the Shiite militias.
The Imam Ali base, located between Al Bukamal in Syria and the Iraqi border down Al-Qa'im are part of a project by Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps known as the "green belt," whose purpose is to facilitate the transfer of militia fighters and weapons from Iran to southern Syria and Lebanon, via Iraq and Syria. The base was first attacked some two weeks ago in an airstrike that caused heavy damage to six weapons storehouses, some of which are believed to have been fully stocked.
The first airstrike is believed to have killed 18 members of Shiite militias. Two follow-up strikes at the base over the course of the past two weeks killed a combined 15 militia members, and caused additional damage to the facilities.
Source: Israel Hayom.