Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said that Russian warplanes carried out Aleppo strikes at Tehran’s request.
Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said that Russian warplanes carried out Aleppo strikes at Tehran's request.
Shamkhani, the top official coordinating security and political affairs between Tehran and its allies, Moscow and Damascus, was quoted by state television as saying Iran called in Russian strikes "next to the land operation" in Aleppo.
"Iran has brought the powerful Russia along... due to its need to cooperate with Syria" in the fight against the Takfiris, added Shamkhani.
Russia announced last week that its warplanes had flown out of Iran's Hamedan base to conduct strikes against targets in Syria.
"These planes did not leave (Monday) but on Thursday, in accordance with the land operations and not under pressure from any other country," Shamkhani said on state television.
It is illegal under Iran's constitution to give military bases to foreign armies.
"The coalition among Iran, Syria and Russia to fight terrorism exists," Shamkhani added.