Military first for Iran as Russian bombers based on its territory launch air strikes on Syria

Russian bombers flying from an Iranian airbase have struck targets in Syria, in 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, Dier ez Zor and Idlib on Tuesday morning, the Russian ministry of defence 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.

  • mauser 98


    • Pretty much.

    • Kell

      he even looks like he wants to suck Putin’s dick in this pic! what a fag!

  • simus1

    The strikes in Aleppo were probably in support of iranian units and iranian proxies involved in the effort to conquer the place. erdogan run ethnic turk syrians and any of his special forces involved in supporting isis etc in the fighting would also be getting a pretty clear eviction notice.

  • Exile1981

    Russia is unveiling new lasers for military use.

  • andycanuck

    Dan can’t eat ham in Hamadan even in the middle of Ramadan! (Sorry; I feel silly this morning.)

  • Hard Little Machine

    Sales pitch for Iran? The Russians have already sold a few of these to China. The Tu-22M3’s main role is as a naval area denial weapons – eg. carrier killer. Albeit here they loaded each of the 6 planes up with 60x250lb dumb bombs. I’d bet one member of each 4 man crew was Iranian. I bet the plan is to sell a few of these to Iran so the Iranians can threaten to take over all of the Persian Gulf and take control of the Straits of Hormuz. In a few months President Clinton will announce that in ‘cooperation and negotiations with Iran’ the Islamic Republic has been given territorial sovereignty over the Persian Gulf. The next day the price of crude goes to $120 a barrel. The Clinton Foundation announces it has achieved critical mass to be declared a nation state in its own right.

  • Kell

    Guess its time for another “reset” button, huh, barry…clinton? The Russians are destroying the weaponry you sold to those isis fags, good job, assholes!