Russia Approved Use of Armed Forces in Syria
Russia's upper house of parliament on Wednesday approved the country's armed forces to be used abroad.
According to a Kremlin aid, this concerns air force operations only.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin has earlier on Wednesday requested permission from the Federation Council to use Russian Armed Forces abroad.
"Russian President V.V. Putin on the base of Point G, Part 1 of Article 102 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation submitted to the Federation Council of the Russian Federation a proposal on the acceptance of the Federation Council's permission on the use of the Russian Federation's Armed Forces' contingent beyond the territory of the Russian Federation on the fundamentals of the acknowledged principles and norms of international law," Kremlin's press service said.
Russia, Iran, Iraq, and Syria have recently created an information center in Baghdad in order to coordinate the fight against the Islamic State. The information center's main goals are to provide reconnaissance on the number of IS militants, their weapons, and their movements.
Earlier this week, it was revealed that the new center would begin operations in October or November and be headed by Russian, Syrian, Iraqi and Iranian officers on a three-month rotational basis.