US Sets Up New Base Near Iraq-Jordan-Syria Triangle

TEHRAN (FNA)- The US forces have established a new military base near the common borders of Iraq, Jordan and Syria, sources said.

The Arabic-language al-Ma’aloumeh news agency quoted an official in Iraq’s al-Anbar province as saying on Thursday that Washington has set up a new military base in al-Rukban region near the bordering areas between Iraq and Syria in the Western parts of al-Anbar province.

He added that a large number of US forces, equipped with light and heavy weapons and fighter jets are deployed in the base.

Relevant reports said last month that the American forces had established two military bases in al-Anbar province on Iraq’s international road close to the borders with Syria and Jordan as political groups and politicians are trying to expel the US military troops from their country.

The Arabic-language al-Akhbar newspaper reported early March that the US forces had built up the first base on Baghdad-Damascus international road, formerly known as H3, while a second military center have been established to the South of the first base and South of the Baghdad-Amman international road, in addition to 13 other US bases spread across the country.

It noted that the first base had practically started operation, but the second one was being equipped, adding that the Americans had also set up two other new bases in al-Ratbah region which might be intended to serve as new air bases.

Reports about establishment of new bases in the region came as different political groups in Iraq were endeavoring to approve a bill in the parliament to expel the foreign forces from the country.

Meantime, sources said that Washington was trying to gain control of Baghdad-Damascus and Baghdad-Amman international roads and the large amount of gas resources in the region in addition to monitoring the resistance pivot consisting of Tehran, Baghdad, Damascus and Beirut.