Russia’s commitment to fighting the self-styled Islamic State in Syria continues. To streamline its military operations, Moscow has announced that some military aircraft were deployed at the Hamadan aerodrome, according to Russian Defense Ministry. The latter also reports that Russian Tu-22M3 and Su-34 bombers have conducted raids in Syria today, after taking off exactly from Hamadan.
“The long-range bombers, Tupolev-22M3, and short-range bombers, Sukhoi-34, took off from the Hamadan aerodrome in Iran, with the full armament to conduct a massive bombardment against the structures of the terrorist groups ‘Islamic State’ and ‘the Jabhat -Nusra’ in the provinces of Aleppo, Deir ez-Zor, and Idlib,” reads a statement of the Ministry of Defence.
Moreover, Moscow warned that the agreement for joint operations with the US is around the corner. “I mean only Aleppo – said the Russian minister -. It would give us a common ground from which to begin establishing peace in that territory”. The US State Department uses more caution, saying that they do not have anything to announce yet.
Besides having deployed its bombers in Hamadan, Moscow has announced it had asked to use of airspace of Iran and Iraq in order to launch its cruise missiles. In the past, Russia used such weapons against the self-styled Caliphate, especially against rebel positions that threatened the region of Latakia.