Huge US Military Convoy Arrives at Western Iraq Base

Over 100 trucks carrying weapons, other vehicles arrive

Western Iraq hasn’t exactly been a hotbed of activity lately, but a convoy of over 100 US military trucks poured across the border on Friday from neighboring Jordan, carrying large amounts of arms and vehicles to Ayn al-Asad base.

What they’re going to do with all these weapons is anyone’s guess, and US officials have largely not commented on the matter at all. Clearly they are either preparing to do something, or preparing for something they expect to happen.

The only clue of anything happening anywhere near this area is reports from earlier in the week accusing Iran of setting up a “major” base at al-Bukamal, the main border crossing in Syria.

This is all based on satellite images and conjecture, and it’s not clear this “base” is either Iranian or particularly major. Still, the US base that’s getting all these weapons is on the main highway leading to that border crossing. That’s not to say that the two reports are connected, but they’re the only stories out of this area.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.