Russia uses Iran, Iraq air space for military transport flights to Syria, ignores U.S. warnings

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A photo released by official Syrian news agency Sana shows a Russian cargo plane in Latakia, Syria. /AFP

 

Russia is flying military assets and personnel into Syria via Iranian and Iraqi air space and ignoring warnings from the United States in the process.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen as determined to rescue the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad and is openly defying American efforts to block the military shipments, increasing tensions with Washington.

“It appears now that Assad is worried enough that he’s inviting Russian advisers in and Russian equipment in,” U.S. President Barack Obama said in a meeting with troops at Fort Meade, Md., last week. “And that won’t change our core strategy, which is to continue to put pressure on ISIL in Iraq and Syria, but we are going to be engaging Russia to let them know that you can’t continue to double-down on a strategy that’s doomed to failure.”

American officials confirmed on Sept. 13 that at least seven Russian Condor transport planes had taken off from a base in southern Russia during the past week to bring equipment to Syria, all passing through Iranian and Iraqi airspace. The planes landed in an airfield south of Latakia, Syria, which is seen as Russia’s top new military foothold in the Middle East.

Full article: Russia uses Iran, Iraq air space for military transport flights to Syria, ignores U.S. warnings (World Tribune)

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