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    Iran Could Allow Russia to Use Hamadan Base If Necessary for Syrian Operation

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    Iranian Defense Minister stated that Iranian authorities could allow Russia to use the Hamadan air base in western Iran for Moscow's aerial operation against terrorist in Syria if the situation in the crisis-torn Middle Eastern nation demanded it.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Iranian authorities could allow Russia to use the Hamadan air base in western Iran for Moscow's aerial operation against terrorist in Syria if the situation in the crisis-torn Middle Eastern nation demanded it, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said Saturday.

    "If the situation and conditions [in Syria] demand to provide the support, we will do this job," Dehghan said, as quoted by the Tasnim news agency.

    Iran allowed the Russian strike force to operate from the base in the mountainous western Hamadan province in mid-August. The jets returned to Russia a week later, after completing their anti-terror mission, which targeted jihadists in Syria.

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