Russian warplanes take off from Iran to target IS fighters in Syria
Aug.16, Moscow: Russian warplanes have taken off from a base in Iran to target Islamic State fighters in Syria, according to Russian Defense Ministry.
Tuesday's announcement marks a major development in the efforts against the Sunni militant group. Russia has never used facilities outside Syria for its operations in the Arab country before this, reports said.
According to the ministry statement, Su-34 and Tu-22M3 bombers took off earlier in the day to target Islamic State and the Nusra Front militants in Aleppo, as well as in Deir el-Zor and Idlib, destroying five major ammunition depots, training camps and three command posts.
Russia and Iran have been expanding their ties in the past months after most of the sanctions against Iran were lifted.
The Oslo Times International News Network