Russia Says Its Planes Struck Syria From Iran

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In this frame grab provided by the Russian Defence Ministry Press Service Russian, a long range bomber reportedly flies during an airstrike in an undisclosed location in Syria. (Russian Defence Ministry via AP)

Russia says its planes took off from a base in Iran on Tuesday to target ISIS and other militants.

Russia has been conducting air strikes in Syria since the fall of 2015, but this round marks the first time Moscow has used another country as its base for those attacks.

What does this mean for the conflict in Syria and Moscow’s relationship with the West? Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with NPR’s Corey Flintoff in Moscow.


Corey Flintoff, NPR correspondent in Moscow. He tweets @CoreyFlintoff.

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