The U.S. State Department earlier this week released a video claiming that Iran has set up a military training base located in the proximity of the Riyak Air Force base near the border with Syria.
The video, released in an Arabic language tweet on Tuesday, said that the facility, established by Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force training facility near Beit Moubarak, train militants from Iraq and Hezbollah.
The base is also a training facility for armored personnel carriers (APCs).
“We see a small little valley that goes down. This has a series of berms that are alternating, the ones on the left, and the next ones on the right. This is a training course for armored personnel carriers,” explained Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., Senior Fellow for Imagery Analysis at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS).
Seth G. Jones, Senior Advisor at the CSIS, says Iran’s goal behind a base like the one in Lebanon is to improve the capabilities of its local allies.
“The IRGC’s Quds Force is Iran’s primary military actor in the Middle East. It competes with countries like the United States by training, advising and equipping sub-state forces, including Shia militias in Iraq and Hezbollah in Lebanon,” he added.
“Between 2011 and 2019, we see a lot more militias and other fighters that work with the IRGC Quds Force in Yemen, Syria and Iraq, in Lebanon, in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bahrain,” he said. “The reason Iran has more training facilities, it has got more fighters to train,” Jones pointed out.
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