For The First Time, Russian Strategic Bombers Strike ISIS From Iran's Hamadan Air Base

Tyler Durden's picture

While Obama is campaigning on behalf of Hillary Clinton, Vladimir Putin is making friends.

Russian strategic bombers with full payloads delivered their first airstrikes on terrorist targets in Syria operating from an Iranian airbase, the Russian Defence Ministry said, after Moscow deployed Russian aircraft to an Iranian air force base to widen its campaign in Syria. The ministry said the strikes, by Tupolev-22M3 long-range bombers and Sukhoi-34 fighter bombers, were launched from Iran's Hamadan air base. 

Russia's state-backed Rossiya 24 channel earlier on Tuesday broadcast uncaptioned images of at least three bombers and a Russian military transport plane apparently inside Iran, but said it was unclear how many Russian bombers had arrived there.


This was the first time that Russia has struck targets inside Syria from Iran since it launched a bombing campaign to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in September last year.

Moscow and Tehran signed a military agreement allowing Russian aircraft to station at Hamadan Airport in western Iran, and according to Iran's Natioanl Security Council the cooperation between the two countries in Syria is “strategic." 

Tehran has agreed to share its military facilities and capacities with Moscow, confirming dedication to strategic cooperation in fighting against terrorism in Syria, Iran’s Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani told Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) in an interview on Tuesday.

Russian media said the Tupolev-22M3 bombers, which had already conducted many strikes on militants in Syria from their home bases in southern Russia, were too large to be accommodated at Russia's air base inside Syria.

According to RT, the main benefit for the Russian Air Force is a drastic reduction in flying time to terrorist targets in Syria. Russian long-range bombers delivered airstrikes in Syria from a base in Mozdok, Russia, and had to cover a distance of about 2,000km to get to Syrian airspace. Now that distance is reduced to some 700km, so time-sensitive airstrikes can be delivered immediately and more cheaply.

The Al-Masdar website was the first to publish photos of at least three Tu-22M3 bombers and Il-76 military transport jets in Iran.

As Reuters notes, the move shows Russia is expanding its role and presence in the Middle East and comes amid Russian media reports Moscow has asked Iran and Iraq for permission to fire cruise missiles at Syrian targets across their territory from the Caspian Sea. The ministry said Tuesday's strikes had targeted Islamic State and militants previously known as the Nusra Front in the Aleppo, Idlib and Deir al Zour provinces.

The bombers had been protected by fighters based at Russia's Hmeymim air base in Syria's Latakia Province, it said. 

Meanwhile, military cooperation between Iran and Russia is developing rapidly. In January this year, Moscow and Tehran signed military cooperation deal that implies wider collaboration in personnel training and counter-terrorism activities. Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu and his Iranian counterpart Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan signed the document during a visit by Russia’s top brass to the Iranian capital.

The Kremlin won't stop there: on Monday, Interfax reported that Moscow has once again requested Iran and Iraq to allow cruise missiles to fly through their respective airspace to deliver strikes on terrorist targets in Syria. Also on Monday, Russia launched tactical naval drills in the Mediterranean and Caspian Seas. The warships taking part in the exercise are to engage in live artillery and missile fire “under simulated battlefield conditions.” The Mediterranean force includes two fast attack guided missile craft, both armed with Kalibr-NK cruise missile complexes equipped with eight missiles each.

Simultaneously, a group of four attack guided missile craft (each armed with 8 Kalibr-NK cruise missiles) has been deployed in the southwestern part of the Caspian Sea, also to perform live artillery and missile strikes. On October 7, 2015, four Russian Navy warships in the Caspian Sea fired a total of 26 missiles at positions in Syria held by IS, Shoigu announced. The missiles traveled some 1,500km, changing route several times, and eliminating 11 targets.

So as the US is boosting its campaign in Libya "to fight ISIS", Russia is likewise expanding its geopolitical presence, and in the process making a deeper strategic relationship with Iran, which contrary to the Obama administration's repeated overtures, appears to be gravitating progressively closer to America's cold war nemesis.

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overmedicatedundersexed's picture

obuma's war..the movie will be a tragi comedy.. libya Egypt Syria S China sea..

Looney's picture


Does anybody know what’s going on with RT? For the last 3-4 days they’ve been down.

Yesterday, it came back on for a short time, but it started doing some weird stuff with my browser – constantly reloading the page, disabling the mouse, and putting my ‘pooter into deep freeze.

It looks like they’ve been under attack and it’s not a garden-variety Denial of Service attack, when the target is just being overwhelmed. It is not a jejune, childish defacing of the web-site either.

It seems, their whole site has been dismantled.

The recent Hillary and DNC leaks have been, with no shred of evidence, blamed on Russia. This attack could be the excuse we, the exceptional, have been looking for to silence them, even if for a few days.

What a fucking disgrace!


P.S. Hey, Tyler! I sure hope you have a backup in place allowing you to quickly restore the site if the ASSHOLES.GOV decide to dismantle Zero Hedge.

ghengis86's picture

Every article on Syria needs to include the following in the first two paragraphs:

Assad was democratically elected, enjoys massive support from his people and presided over a country where Muslims/Coptic/Orthodox Christian/Catholics lived with relative protection (not persecution).

Russia is the only country invited by the Syrian government.

The "rebels" are made up of butchers and liver eaters funded, trained and equipped by the U.S. and KSA, shipped in from Libya and other ME via Turkey.

ISIS was as U.S./KSA/CIA/Mossad creation.

I know there's plenty more,but it's a start.

TruthHunter's picture

Assad provided as much democracy as the country could handle.


Why isn't the collapse of the USA foreign policy front and center

for MSM coverage?  It's hard not to believe Obama, Hillary, etc

are part of a deliberate plan to destroy the USA.


No, it's not Zionists. They may be part of a bigger picture, but

our enemies have been around since the Revolution. They have

almost won the day. Just look at where most the  people at the

top are educated.

Crash Overide's picture

John "Songbird" McCain and Lindsey Grahm about to blow a gasket in 3...2...1...

Allen_H's picture

Get Peerblocker, download it for free from cnet, it can help you in a lot of cases.

The Alliance will bomb the sheite out of the Western axis of evil.

dogismycopilot's picture

RT is under a massive DNS (Denial of Service) attack...wonder from whom?


lakecity55's picture

Hitlary's basement server farm.

DuneCreature's picture

RT still comes up for me as of 8:20 EST.

Live Hard, Keep The Comms Open, Die Free

~ DC v2.0


DuneCreature's picture

Update - RT loads fine here BUT after any amount of site navigation things slow down to a frustrating crawl, then freeze up all together.

There are a dozen ways to make a site degrade until most of its normal traffic will divert elsewhere.

This could be a subtle attack to simply drive most people away from RT without drawing too much suspicion.

AI AL can pull off these low level attacks and point the blame at almost anyone.

Live Hard, Understand Asymmetrical IT Warfare Methods, Die Free

~  DC v2.0

Manipulism's picture

They are fine.I check them everyday.

Seems more you are under attack.

HenryHall's picture

RT has not been down here in Florida. I suspect your computer has malware.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


Does anybody know what’s going on with RT? For the last 3-4 days they’ve been down.

Yesterday, it came back on for a short time, but it started doing some weird stuff with my browser – constantly reloading the page, disabling the mouse, and putting my ‘pooter into deep freeze.

I noticed the same behavior a few days ago (using Firefox). It appears to be related to an "upgrade" which uses javascript that dynamically updates reader comments. However, if I use a different browser (Konqueror R14.0.3) which I've configured to disable a substantial amount of so-called "rich content", the site functions normally as if nothing has changed.

JustTheTTIP's picture

Ello Looney,


I believe they brought out a report a while ago


RT has been dealing with a particularly well-planned series of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks that continued into early Friday. Other than the website, RT’s internet provider and data centers in the US, Europe and Russia have been targeted.


Moreover, the unknown hackers seem to be smarter than the average DDoSers, knowingly picking their targets and improving methods.


On Tuesday, there was a 2.5-hour attempt to take RT websites down, which came in two phases. The first one targeted RT’s American and European data centers, while the second one hit Moscow’s infrastructure. The attack did not result in any damage or prolonged service outage, however.


“It looks like the attackers are continuously studying the company’s outer network infrastructure and its security mechanisms. The cyberattacks that we are seeing are not the most powerful, but they are different from hundreds of others in their cunning methods and analysis – they are looking at how we will react or how we switch the traffic,” said RT’s Head of Interactive Projects Elvira Chudnovskaya.


RT’s website routinely comes under DDoS attacks, but some have been particularly powerful. One of most massive attacks in the site’s history happened in September 2014, reaching some 10 gigabits per second.

lakecity55's picture

"Americans must Not be allowed to see anything but Pravda!"
"Yes, Ma'am. I'll call nsa right now."
"NOW, Huma! Or I'll suck the blood out of the Little Wiener!"
"Yes, Ma'am, I have them on speed dial."

Free Spirit's picture

Í´m located in Sweden and for the last two days it has been problematic to read RT. Once in a while I get access to it´s main page but then often I can not  read the articles.  Obviously this problem is not related to technical errors in RT´s website or they would certainly inform us accordingly. Cyber warfare ?  Well, let´s see if the problem is persistent in which case it must be cyber warfare.

If so,  I think the russian military commitment to Iran mentioned in the article  above may be part of the reason.  I suppose the US deep state don´t appreciate that Iran is getting russian military support ?

NoDecaf's picture

On a related topic try searching for 'RT' on youtube, "rooster teeth" always comes out on top regardless of popularity or recent activity between the two.
It's so fucking obvious that the western control freaks don't want us to have alternate news sources that it turns the stomach.

researchfix's picture

Everything´s awesome in Sweden. No need for RT. And prepare for some new citizens sent by Soros.

lakecity55's picture

The nsa strikes again!

"Look, General! There is too much coming out about my criminal activities! Shut that site down!"
"Yes, Ma'am."

oncemore's picture

As of now RT goes fast and smoothly. I surf in Austria thru "3" network.

Arnold's picture

One rack into the clouds.

Interesting footage anyway.

Here2Go's picture
Here2Go (not verified) Arnold Aug 16, 2016 6:28 AM

That was the Polaroid from Goose

Global Hunter's picture

Iranian Fars news agency reported close to Turkey involvement with Russia and Iran to stabilize Syria.

SirBarksAlot's picture

According to Karen Hudes, this is the guy in charge of the US. 

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  Your next dicktator.

Winston Churchill's picture

Hudes needs to continue with her ECT.

I love a good conspiracy,but I can tell the difference between bat shit crazy and reality.

lakecity55's picture

Hudes=a nut.
"Aliens have control of the Fed! They want us to use worthless paper currency while they steal our gold for their space ships!"
Oh, wait, OK, she is only part Nut.

new game's picture

training for the main event.

williambanzai7's picture

I said ISIS not raciss!

john milton's picture

Eco-bombing by putin.. Dont have to fly so much, you know climate change and everything

giovanni_f's picture

economical too. clear, short, unambiguous, drastic message to israel and the us, that an attack on iran might not be the brightest idea. it should also dispel any hallucinations about a tactical strike with nukes, the likes of Jim Rickards (who regrettably left his field of competence far behind in one of his latest comments) are openly writing in favor for

shovelhead's picture

Rickards advocates using tac. nukes on Iran?

I call bullshit. I saw the article where he defended Trump for asking the question by projecting a scenario where a tac nuke could conceivably be used to limit a conflict, but that's hardly the same as saying let's just do it for fun.

Global power strategies and financial vulnerabilities actually IS his area of expertise. That's why the DOD hired him on a number of occasions. He knows how the game-players think.

He graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 1973 with a B.A. degree with honors and in 1974, from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. with an M.A.[2] in international economics. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and an LL.M in taxation from New York University School of Law.[3]

The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a division of Johns Hopkins University based in Washington, D.C., United States, with campuses in Bologna, Italy; and Nanjing, China. It is generally considered one of the top graduate schools for international relations in the world. The institution is devoted to the study of international affairs, economics, diplomacy, and policy research and education.[1]

Among the political scientists and economists based here are Francis Fukuyama; former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski; and military historian and former counselor of the U.S. Department of State Eliot Cohen. Its students are selected from a large pool of applicants from all parts of the world.[2]

Not your usual curricula for a tax lawyer.

giovanni_f's picture

rickards is a brilliant analyst. problem is that he gives up his own analytical method when israel and iran are involved. he clearly advocates a tactical nuke strike in that article in question albeit hypothetically formulated and with the usual caveats. apart from the fact that the decision of using nukes would be in the absolute discretion of the us - which most people on the planet are not longer willing to accept - the message of using nukes would be that the us is prepared to unilaterally use nukes, when, if, and how it deems it necessary. breaking this tabu would no doubt be a first step in an escalation in the use of tactical nukes.

The dullest part in rickards' article, however, is his justification of the the war crime of nuking two japanese cities, purportedly in order to save american soldier's lives -  a myth long ago debunked, e.g. here.

Bismarckrises's picture

More ambarassment for the Obama adminstration.

Some real extreme exposure

giovanni_f's picture

Overthrowing the democratically elected president of iran in 1953, Mossadeq, wasn't a good idea after all. At the end and after countess interventions in the middle east, Iran has become an ally of russia which was as improbable 50 years ago as a snowball's chance to survive in hell.

Winston Churchill's picture

Turkey,Iran and Afghanstan were alwars the center of the "Great Game" to thwart access to the far east.

Objectively the game is now lost.  its just a mopping up excercise for the anti hegemon alliance.

researchfix's picture

Bombing the Chines embassy in Belgrad also was not the best idea. The Chinese forget not in 200 years.

jm's picture

the Saudis soiled themselves.

Duc888's picture



It's nice to see someone actually kill these ISIS scumbags instead of training, supplying and supporting them.  Thanks Putin

RadioFlyer's picture
RadioFlyer (not verified) Duc888 Aug 16, 2016 6:40 AM

to kill hydra, do you chop off all the heads?

JamesBond's picture

Yeah, but he's destroying your tax dollars.  Isn't there some cognitive dissonance in your thought processes at this point?



The Gardener's picture
The Gardener (not verified) Aug 16, 2016 6:43 AM

The Americans and Russians are really good at bombing countries that have no Air Force.


And then they whine and cry like babies when one bomb goes off in their countries.

Allen_H's picture

Russia has not attacked ANY country troll, Russia is defending Syria, at the request of the Syrian government. But The United Snakes of jewMerikkka bombs the shit out of Any country it feels, invited or NOT!

You fucking filthy piece of shit!

The Gardener's picture
The Gardener (not verified) Allen_H Aug 16, 2016 7:07 AM

Thank you Allen.

Have a nice day.

pazmaker's picture

you mean like that poor country called Yemen that the USA...I mean Saudi Arabia is bombing the shit out of!  In fact there are no military targets left so they are now resorting to bombing Hospitals and schools,...yet the Lame Stream Media in USSA remains eerily silent about it.

Allen_H's picture

Exactly. The Saudi-crypto-jew goat fuckers with the alliance of the demonic izrahell and the jew-controlled USSA are bombing the innocent people of Yemen so they can get control of their resources in this silent unreported war, while also continuing their campaigns in Afghanistan, Libya and Novorussia.

StychoKiller's picture

Yemen and 'Resources' in the same sentence -- what?

Allen_H's picture

It has oil in the Arabian Peninsula, bordering the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, and Red Sea.

As well as a very important location on the international shipping trade (resource), this is mostly what they are after, it is priceless.