Rus­sian bombers take off from Iran

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RUS­SIAN war­planes have taken off from a base in Iran to tar­get ISIS fight­ers and other mil­i­tants in Syria, widen­ing Moscow’s bomb­ing cam­paign in the coun­try’s civil war.

The bombers took off from near Hamedan, 175 miles south of the Ira­nian capital Tehran, and struck targets in three prov­inces in north­ern and eastern Syria, Rus­sia’s de­fence min­istry said.

Mean­while, Syr­ian op­po­si­tion ac­tivists said a wave of air strikes on rebel-held parts of the north­ern city of Aleppo killed at least 15 civil­ians and wounded many oth­ers on Tues­day, but it was not clear whether the strikes were car­ried out by the Rus­sian or Syr­ian gov­ern­ment’s air force.

It is vir­tu­ally unheard of in Iran’s re­cent his­tory to al­low a for­eign power to use one of its base.

The an­nounce­ment sug­gests co-oper­a­tion at the high­est lev­els be­tween Moscow and Tehran, both key al­lies of Syria’s em­bat­tled pres­i­dent As­sad.

Tehran’s state-run news agency hailed the new pos­si­bil­i­ties” in the fight against ISIS.

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