WW4 File: Syrian Civil War: Kremlin establishes military presence on NATO’s S., S.E. flanks: 1) deploys Tu-22M3 strategic bombers to Hamedan air base in W. Iran, cuts flight time to ISIS targets in Syria by 60%, Backfires normally fly out of Modzok in S. Russia, too large to operate out of air base near Latakia, Syria; follows Russian ambassador’s formal statements on close military cooperation between Moscow, Tehran, contractual obligation to deliver all S-300 air defense batteries to Iran by end of 2016; 2) formalizes agreement with Assad to transform Hmeimim air base in Alawite heartland into permanent facility for Russia Air Force contingent with 1,000 airmen, expand runways to accommodate An-124 airlifters; Moscow disavows deployment of strategic bombers, nuclear weapons to Syria but, according to TASS news agency, bilateral agreement “allows Russia to bring to and from the Syrian Arab Republic any weapons, ammunition, equipment and materials relevant to the air task force’s missions . . .”

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