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Moscow: Russian Bombers Hit IS Using Iran Airfield

Moscow: Russian Bombers Hit IS Using Iran Airfield Moscow: Russian Bombers Hit IS Using Iran Airfield

Russia's Ministry of Defense confirmed on Tuesday that it had deployed Tu-22M3 bombers and Su-34 strike fighters in Iran and these have already carried out airstrikes against terrorists in Syria.

"On August 16, 2016, Tu-23M3 long-range bombers and Su-34 bombers, having taken off from their base in Hamedan [in western Iran], carried out group airstrikes against targets belonging to Daesh [an acronym for the self-styled Islamic State] and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist groups in the provinces of Aleppo, Deir ez-Zor and Idlib," the ministry said in a statement, according to Sputnik.

Russian bombers also destroyed three militant command points and training camps in Syria's Serakab, Al-Bab, Aleppo and Deir Ez-Zor, killing "a significant number" of terrorists, according to the ministry.

"Weapons and ammunition depots, training camps and command points destroyed through airstrikes were used to supply militants active in the Aleppo region," the ministry said.

The Tu-22M3 is a long-range strategic bomber. The bombers previously carried out precision airstrikes against IS targets in Syria from Russian airspace.

The Su-34 fighter-bomber has been tested in the war against militants in Syria where the aircraft arrived during the first Russian dispatches in 2015.

 

Financialtribune.com