The Imam Ali base in AlBukamal – A Central Military Anchor in the Iranian Corridor to Syria and Lebanon

According to local reports, on March 22 in the late evening, an airstrike was carried out against the Imam Ali base.

The Imam Ali military base was established by the Iranians in 2019. The base is located east of the city of Al-Bukamal, close to the border with Iraq. It is the largest and most central base belonging to the radical Shiite axis led by Iran in the area of the land corridor crossing in AlBukamal. At the Imam Ali base, the weapons from Iran via Iraq are stored and prepared for further transport westward to Lebanon. It appears that Shiite militias train in and near the base.

In 2019, in light of several attacks against the base, Iran began digging tunnels suitable for the entry and passage of large transport vehicles such as trucks. These tunnels are apparently used to store heavy weapons. Towards the end of 2019, large-scale construction was carried out, and the base was expanded. Nowadays, the Imam Ali base is built of three main complexes.

Above: The area where the tunnels for storing heavy weapons were dug in the Imam Ali military base.

The first base compound is very significant in bringing weapons into Syria. There are at least 60 bunkers and large warehouses in this complex for, among other things, storing ballistic missiles. The second base complex, closest to the border, contains air defense systems and platforms for launching ballistic missiles and rockets of various types. There may be crossborder tunnels into Iraq. The base’s third complex, the western one, contains air defense systems. Its main purpose is apparently to protect the other two compounds, and it is located on a mound overlooking the entire area.

Above: The Imam Ali military base compounds (Compound 1 in yellow, Compound 2 in green, Compound 3 in red).

A special report on the Iranian corridor can be seen in the link below:

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