New York Times: Russia, for First Time, Uses Iranian Base for Syria Campaign
MOSCOW — Russian bombers launched attacks in Syria from an Iranian air base for the first time on Tuesday, potentially altering the political and military equation in the Middle East.
Long-range Tupolev-22M3 bombers, which would otherwise have to fly from Russia, used an Iranian base near Hamadan to hit a series of targets inside Syria, according to a brief statement from the Russian Defense Ministry.
The agreement to let Russia use the base significantly deepens the country’s military role in the region, most obviously in Iran. And it could help solidify Russia as the main broker of any future peace agreement in Syria.
In addition to forging closer relations with Iran, the Kremlin has been trying to renew ties with Turkey, with which relations have been tense since Turkey shot down a Russian fighter plane nine months ago. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey traveled to Moscow last week in an effort to repair relations, and although much of the public statements after his meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin focused on trade and other relations, the two also discussed Syria.
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WNU Editor: More proof that Russia and Iran now have a military alliance.
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