Short-Lived Syria Bombing Run Exposes Iran and Russia’s Awkward Partnership

Short-Lived Syria Bombing Run Exposes Iran and Russia’s Awkward Partnership
A Russian long-range Tu-22M3 bomber during an airstrike over Aleppo, in frame grab provided by Russian Defence Ministry, Aug. 16, 2016 (Russian Defence Ministry Press Service photo via AP).

When the Russian Defense Ministry announced last week that it had started launching bombing raids into Syria from a base inside Iran, the news produced a remarkable reaction, simultaneously angering both the United States and much of Iran.

U.S. officials were caught unprepared and were deeply displeased by the news that Tehran and Moscow had decided to intensify their military cooperation. But it wasn’t just the Americans who were angered by the developments. In Iran, many members of parliament were furious to learn that the Russian military machine had positioned some war assets on Iranian soil.

It took less than a week for this chapter in the new friendship between the Islamic Republic and the Kremlin to come to an awkward end.

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