Iranian security chief reveals Iran, Russia share military base In Syria

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A top Iranian security official has revealed that Iran and Russia are sharing a military base in Syria where they are coordinating their support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

Ali Shamkhani serves on Iran's Supreme National Security Council.
Ali Shamkhani serves on Iran’s Supreme National Security Council.

Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, was quoted by Iranian news agencies on Dec. 20 as saying there is “a shared base in Syria where Iran, with Russia’s help, does advisory work to help the Syrian army and the [pro-Assad] resistance forces.”

Shamkhani — Tehran’s senior coordinator for political, military, and security affairs with Syria and Russia — said Russia and Iran are working closely “to design the military aspect of the fight against terrorism.”

He said “the use of Iran’s air space” by Russia earlier in 2016 was part of the same framework of cooperation.

Shamkhani criticized a unanimously approved December 19 United Nations Security Council resolution that calls for the immediate deployment of UN monitors in eastern Aleppo.

France has said international monitors would help prevent “mass atrocities” by Syrian forces.

But Shamkhani said the deployment of UN monitors would allow “the intelligence elements of countries that support terrorism” to enter the city.