Iran Setting up New Military Base in Iraq’s Camp Ashraf: Report
An Iranian company has recently started the reconstruction works at the former Camp Ashraf in Iraq where the opposition group of People’s Mujahedin of Iran was stationed during the Baath era.
According to a report by Diyaroona News, locals in Diyala province have confirmed the arrival of men and construction equipment at the site which is reportedly being turned into a military base by Ghadire Khom Construction Company.
The 50-square kilometer camp was home to thousands of Mujahedin members who had fled Iran and joined Saddam Hussein to fight Iran during the Iraq-Iran war (1988).
According to the report, Iran is reconstructing the facility to be used as a military base by the Iraqi Shi’ite militias which operate under the umbrella of Hashd al-Shaabi and have closer ties to Tehran, namely the Badr Brigade, Hezbollah Brigades, Asaib Ahl al-Haq, and Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba.
Iran has been striving to increase its influence on Iraq to compete against the US hegemony in the region. It directly supports several militia forces in the country who are accused of war crimes in Sunni-populated areas under the pretext of battling the Islamic State (IS). Source