Russian bomber in Iran

Russia bombs Syrian militants from Iran base for first time

In an effort to cut down on travel time and to carry out more bombing runs, Russia has placed several of its strategic bombers in an airbase in Iran; this can be seen as Russia expanding its influence and presence in the Middle East.

MOSCOW - Russian bombers based in Iran struck militant targets inside Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday, after Moscow deployed Russian aircraft to an Iranian air force base to widen its campaign in Syria.



The ministry said the strikes by Tupolev-22M3 long-range bombers and Sukhoi-34 fighter bombers were launched from Iran's Hamadan air base.


It is thought to be the first time Russia has struck targets inside Syria from Iran since it launched a bombing campaign to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in September last year.


Russian bomber at an Iranian airbase
Russian bomber at an Iranian airbase

The move shows Russia is expanding its role and presence in the Middle East and comes amid Russian media reports Moscow has asked Iran and Iraq for permission to fire cruise missiles at Syrian targets across their territory from the Caspian Sea.


The ministry said Tuesday's strikes had targeted ISIS and militants previously known as the Nusra Front in the Aleppo, Idlib and Deir al Zour provinces. Nusra Front is now known as Janbhat Fatah a-Sham (Front for the Conquest of Syria) following an official split from al-Qaida.

Watch: Russian jets bomb Syria from Iran

Watch: Russian jets bomb Syria from Iran   (Ynet)


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The Russian bombers had been protected by fighters based at Russia's Hmeymim air base in Syria's Latakia Province, it said.


Additionally, the head of Iran's National Security Council said that Tehran and Moscow are sharing facilities to fight against terrorism.


"Iranian-Russian cooperation in the fight against terrorism in Syria is a strategic one and we share our potential and facilities in this field," Ali Shamkhani was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA.


Russia's state-backed Rossiya 24 channel earlier broadcast uncaptioned images of at least three bombers and a Russian military transport plane apparently inside Iran on Tuesday, but said it was unclear how many Russian bombers had arrived there.


It said the deployment would allow the Russian air force to cut flight times by 60 percent and increase bombing payloads.


Russian bombers are at the ready in Iran to bomb locations in Syria
Russian bombers are at the ready in Iran to bomb locations in Syria


Russian media said the Tupolev-22M3 bombers, which have already conducted several strikes on militants in Syria from their home bases

in southern Russia, were too large to be accommodated at Russia's air base inside Syria.


The Iranian air base near Hamadan, sometimes also called Hamedan, is located in north-west Iran and the Russian bombers would have to over fly Iraq to strike Syria.


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