Russia, for First Time, Uses Iranian Base for Its Syria Campaign

August 16, 2016 12:02 PM

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Russia, for First Time, Uses Iranian Base for Its 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 Ministry of Defense. The statement did not specify the targets.

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