Russia Launches Third Day of Syria Strikes From Iran

MOSCOW (Reuters) -
A still image, taken from video footage and released by Russia's Defence Ministry on August 18, 2016, shows a Russian Sukhoi Su-34 fighter-bomber based at Iran's Hamadan air base dropping off bombs in the Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor. Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation/Handout via REUTERS TV ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.
A still image, taken from video footage and released by Russia’s Defense Ministry shows a Russian Sukhoi Su-34 fighter-bomber based at Iran’s Hamadan air base dropping off bombs in the Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor. (Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation/Handout via Reuters)

Russian bombers launched a third day of air strikes against terrorists  in Syria from an Iranian air base, the Russian defense ministry said on Thursday.

The ministry said Tu-22M3 long-range bombers and Su-34 fighter bombers struck Islamic State targets in the Syrian province of Deir al-Zor. It said the military aircraft had taken off from bases in both Russia and Iran and destroyed six command posts and a large number of terrorists and military equipment.

All the Russian planes returned to base after the strikes, the defense ministry said.