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Russian use of Iranian bases unfortunate, not surprising: U.S.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 01:15

A U.S. State Department official says Russia's use of an Iranian air base to carry out military strikes in Syria is ''unfortunate but no surprising.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Russia's use of an Iranian air base to carry out military strikes in Syria is "unfortunate but not surprising," a U.S. State Department official said on Tuesday, adding Washington is still assessing the extent of Russian-Iranian cooperation. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Russia's use of the Iranian bases would not necessarily prevent the United States from reaching a deal with Moscow to cooperate in the fight against Islamic State in Syria. But he added that "we're not there yet" on a cooperation agreement, noting that Moscow has continued to strike moderate Syrian forces supported by the United States.

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Russian use of Iranian bases unfortunate, not surprising: U.S.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 01:15