Moscow has released the text of the agreement signed with Syria on August 25, 2015, more than a month before Russia launched its military intervention, which gave Russia the go-ahead for an open-ended military presence in the war-torn country. The bombing campaign was described as targeting the Islamic State group and other “terrorists” at the request of Syria’s President Bashar Assad, with no time limit. Russia was given permission to deploy warplanes and personnel at the Hmeimim airbase in Latakia.