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Russians Continue Syria Air Strikes From Iran


A still image taken from video footage released by Russia's Defense Ministry shows a long-range bomber based in Iran dropping bombs over an unknown location in Syria.

A still image taken from video footage released by Russia's Defense Ministry shows a long-range bomber based in Iran dropping bombs over an unknown location in Syria.

Russian warplanes conducted air strikes against targets in Syria using aircraft based in Iran for the second straight day.

Russia's Defense Ministry said several Su-34 strike fighters left the Hamadan air field in northwestern Iran to strike targets in Syria's Deir ez-Zor province on August 17, and all aircraft returned safely.

The ministry's statement claimed "more than 150 militants, including foreign mercenaries, were killed."

Meanwhile a source in Russia's Foreign Ministry says Moscow rejects U.S. claims that the Kremlin's decision to conduct air strikes against targets in Syria from a base in Iran violates a UN resolution.

"The American interpretation of the UN Security Council resolution is wrong and perplexing," a Foreign Ministry source told Interfax on August 17.

After Moscow began carrying out the strikes on August 16, U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the operation could violate a resolution banning the provision of combat aircraft to Iran.

The speaker of Iran's parliament, Ali Larijani, said on August 17 that Russia does not have a permanent military base in Iran, but stressed that Iran enjoys "good cooperation with Russia and we say that loud and clear."

Based on reporting by Interfax, TASS, and AP
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