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Russia Confirms Offensives On Targets In Syria From Iran

BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Russia’s defence Ministry Tuesday confirmed that it used a base in western Iran to carry out air strikes in Syria.

In a statement, Russia indicated that Tupolev-22M3 long-range bombers and Sukhoi-34 strike fighters took off from Hamedan on Tuesday.

It confirmed the targets were hit in Aleppo, Idlib and Deir al-Zour provinces, adding that local groups said 27 civilians died during the offensives.

The latest was the first time Russia struck targets inside Syria from a third country since it began a campaign to sustain President Bashir Al-Assad in power.

Iran is main regional ally Al-Assad and it had since provided significant military and financial support since the start of Arab spring in 2011.

Senior Russian and Iranian officials have recently discussed on how to boost their military co-operation, against the dissidents.

It would be recalled Russia last week, requested Iran and Iraq to allow Russian cruise missiles to fly through their airspace for attacks on terrorist targets in Syria.

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