You are not going to believe THIS one! No foreign power has launched military from Iran’s territory since 1979! But on Tuesday, Russia was allowed to launch bombers from the Islamic Republic into Syria. Kind of makes you wonder what’s going on behind the scenes with Barack Obama and Putin doesn’t it? While the US is supporting the rebels against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russia is attacking the rebels from Iran. Leave it to Obama to set history in the negative direction.
Russian bombers began flying missions over Syria from an Iranian airbase on Tuesday, the first time the Islamic Republic has allowed a foreign power to conduct military operations from its territory since the 1979 revolution.
Tu-22М3 long range bombers and SU-34 strike fighters flying from Hamadan airbase in Western Iran struck targets near Aleppo, Deir Ezzor and Idlib on Tuesday morning, the Russian ministry of defense said in a statement.
“Flying with full bomb loads from Iran’s Hamadan airbase, the aircraft carried out group attacks on Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra positions,” the ministry said. Jabhat al-Nusra is the former name of Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, a powerful rebel jihadist group previously affiliated with al-Qaeda.
Fighter escorts for the mission flew out of Russia’s Hmeymim airbase in western Syria. All aircraft returned to their respective bases after the mission, the ministry said.
Iranian officials confirmed that the country has offered Russia use of military infrastructure for its air campaign in Syria on Tuesday.
“Cooperation between Tehran and Moscow against terrorism in Syria is of a strategic character. We must unite out potential and capabilities,” Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, told the country’s IRNA news agency.
Russian state television showed footage of bombers and a transport aircraft apparently landing in Iran on Tuesday morning, but it is unclear how many aircraft have been deployed there or for how long.
The deployment strengthens a de-facto alliance between Russia and Iran in Syria, where both countries have intervened in support of Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
Tuesday’s mission is thought to be the first time Russian aircraft have flown missions from Iran since Moscow entered the war, and potentially marks a major expansion of Russia’s military presence in the Middle East.
Like I said, I think Washington is once again caught with their pants down on this one. They are probably scratching their heads in the war room and wondering “What the heck happened?”. I highly doubt they even have a counterplan for this one. This is just one more screw up for Obama’s administration. Maybe Putin was thinking if Obama is NOT going to do anything about terrorism, at least the Russians will.
That should make Barack look a little weaker around the world, as if there was any doubt already. Looks like Russia is stepping up their game in the Middle East and taking the upper hand for negotiations with the West, while Barack twiddles his thumbs. Once again, Putin has outsmarted Obama and Obama has played right into Russia’s hand. Nice work Barack. First you screw America with the Iran Nuclear deal and now THIS! November elections can’t come soon enough.
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