Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Russian Syria Airstrikes From Iran Continues

A still image, taken from video footage and released by Russia's Defence Ministry on August 16, 2016, shows a Russian Tupolev Tu-22M3 long-range bomber based in Iran dropping off bombs at an unknown location in Syria. Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation/Handout via Reuter

Wall Street Journal: Russia Keeps Up Syria Airstrikes From Iran

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov rejects U.S. argument that raids may violate a United Nations resolution.

MOSCOW—The Russian military said Wednesday it launched a second round of airstrikes in Syria from a base in western Iran, as top officials expressed defiance in rejecting a U.S. contention the assaults could violate a United Nations resolution.

The second day of strikes extends a new phase in Moscow’s air campaign, suggesting it plans to keep up its strong support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The U.S., which wants Mr. Assad out, has expressed concerns about Moscow and Tehran’s stepped-up military coordination.

Su-34 bombers took off from an air base in Hamedan, Iran, to strike Islamic State targets in the vicinity of Deir Ezzour, Russia’s Defense Ministry said. The ministry said the strike destroyed two command posts and killed more than 150 militants, claims that couldn’t be immediately or independently verified.

The bombers were escorted by Su-35s stationed at a Russia’s air base in Hmeimim, Syria.

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More News On Russia Continuing To Launch Airstrikes On Syria From Iran

Russia uses Iran to strike Syria militants again, rejects U.S. censure -- Reuters
Russian Planes Conduct More Syria Airstrikes From Iran -- VOA
Russians Continue Syria Air Strikes From Iran -- RFE
Iran Acknowledges Russia Using Its Air Base to Strike Syria -- AP
Russia says striking Syria from Iranian bases does not violate sanctions -- Chicago Tribune
Russia Takes Swipe at U.S. State Department, Defends Using Iran Bases for Syria Strikes -- NBC
Analysis: Russia's bombers come to Iran for Syria raids -- Al Jazeera
A New Phase in Russia's Military Role in Syria -- Krishnadev Calamur, The Atlantic
'A pretty big deal': With Iran's help, Russia's air campaign in Syria is about to get much deadlier -- Natasha Bertrand, Business Insider
Russia Teams Up With Iran to Bomb Syria -- David Axe, Daily Beast

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