Iran is conducting construction works in the al-Qaim crossing area at the Syrian-Iraqi border, satellite images released by Fox News show.
“The area is under the control of Pro-Iranian Shiite militias. Last summer, Iran increased its presence in the area.
According to analysts for ISI, which captures satellite data, the existing border crossing is still closed and destroyed, and the Iranians have put a lot of effort and resources into building the new one.
Photos obtained by Fox News showed an Iraqi army base near the deserted post.
The border crossing would enable Iran to maintain land access in Syria, Beirut and the Mediterranean Sea. Regional and western sources said the Iranians are planning to use this new route for smuggling operations, including trafficking weapons and oil, to avoid the looming U.S. sanctions. Without Syrian or Iraqi supervision, Iran and its allies would have an unprecedented advantage in transferring whatever they wish, experts say.”, Fox News claimed.
This kind of reports is just the late admission of the reality on the ground in Syria and Iraq. Iranian-backed militias played an important role in anti-ISIS operations in eastern Syria and western Iraq helping the Iraqi and Syrian governments to restore control of the highway in the area.
Now, Syria and Iraq with help from Iran are working to reopen the al-Qaim border crossing.