Iran’s decision to allow the Russian Air Space Force to use the airdrome of the Shahid Nojeh air base in Hamedan is a part of cooperation in fighting the Islamic State terrorist group (banned in Russia) at request from the Syrian government, Iran’s Defense Minister Brigade General Hossein Dehghan told a news conference on Aug. 20.
"It is a military decision made in the framework of cooperation in fighting ISIS and other terrorist, which is organized at request from the Syrian government," he said.
He also commented on criticism of the Russian aircraft’s presence in the country from the Iranian parliament: "Mejlis has nothing to do with this topic."
While giving a reply to a question about the situation in Syria, the defense minister said ISIS was "in the throes."
"Very soon, you will be able to see results of the anti-terrorist actions by Iran and Russia in Syria," he told the reporters.
On Aug. 16, Russian planes for the first time used the Iranian airdrome Hamadan to bomb terrorists in Syria.
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