Russia's Growing Military Ties with Iran

(Wall Street Journal) Editorial - Russian bombing runs in Syria, flying out of an air base in western Iran, are another sign that Moscow and Tehran are consolidating their strategic ties in the wake of the nuclear deal with Iran. They follow the Kremlin's decision last year to sell S-300 surface-to-air missiles to the mullahs despite earlier promises to withhold the system. Yet Assad's army, a demoralized force with as few as 20,000 battle-ready troops, has been unable to retake Aleppo despite Russian air cover and ground support from Iran and its Shiite proxy Hizbullah.

2016-08-18 00:00:00

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