BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – The Israel-based Image Satellite International company released a new satellite image showing the construction of a land bridge between Syria and Iraq.
Based on the image, the construction is taking place between the Syrian border city of Albukamal and the Iraqi border city of Al-Qa’im. This border is controlled by Hashd Al-Sha’abi (Popular Mobilization Units) on the Iraqi side, and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on the Syrian side.
#Iran’s land bridge from #Tehran to the #Mediterranean: #Iranian-handeled militias build a new #Iraq–#Syria border crossing which will be controlled by #IRGC and allow transfer of weapons, oil and personnel. See #ISI report here: https://t.co/jUKEKAwIDu #hizballah #satellite pic.twitter.com/TcQIsPxzv4
— ImageSat Intl. (@ImageSatIntl) May 24, 2019
As reported by Al-Masdar last month, Iran is preparing to link Tehran to the Mediterranean via an international highway and railway. This highway and railway will allegedly link Tehran to the Lebanese capital city of Beirut.
For Israel and the United States, Iran’s ability to transport oil, supplies, and weapons from their capital to Syria and Lebanon will be a major issue. Israel has already targeted several Iranian arms convoys in Syria over the last five years. With the opening of the international highway, Iran will be able to bypass the sanctions imposed on their country and Syria.
The reopening of this highway is incredibly important to the Syrian government, as the Western sanctions have prevented foreign oil shipments from reaching their port cities. The oil shipments, which are mostly Iranian, have been a rarity since the Trump administration intensified their blockade in the eastern Mediterranean.