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    In this photo taken on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, a Russian Tu-22M3 bomber stands on the tarmac while another plane lands at an air base near Hamedan, Iran.

    Russian Use of Iranian Air Base ‘Another Complication’

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    Russia’s use of the Iranian Hamadan air base to carry out strikes against terrorist groups inside Syria further complicates US efforts in the region, US Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said at a Foreign Press Club briefing in New York City on Wednesday.

    NEW YORK (Sputnik) — On Tuesday, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed its Tu-22M3 long-range bombers and Su-34 strike aircraft took off from the Hamadan airfield in Iran to stage airstrikes against terrorists in Syria.

    "It is yet again another complication in an already extremely complex environment," James said, adding Russia’s use of the base is “not a welcomed development from the standpoint of the United States.”

    US Got Short Notice of Russia's Launching Strikes From Iran Air Base

    The United States was informed on a short notice by Russia of its airstrikes carried out from an Iranian air base, US Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James said at a Foreign Press Club briefing.

    "There is no broader coordination. There is nothing beyond discussions about safety of flights. We were given a little bit of advance warning… in order to avoid shoot downs and mistakes that may have occurred otherwise in the air, but that is it," James stated.

    Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Army Col. Christopher Garver told reporters on Tuesday the US-led coalition against the Daesh has received information ahead of time about planned Russian flights in Syria initiated from an air base in Iran.

    Garver noted the information was supplied as per the Memorandum of Understanding between Russia and the United States for safety of flights that was signed in October 2015.

    Following the announcement, the US State Department said it considers the Russian move unhelpful.

    The US-led coalition of more than 60 nations has been carrying out airstrikes against the Daesh in Syria since September 2014, but without the approval of the legitimate government of President Bashar Assad or the UN Security Council.


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