The Iraqi government on Saturday gave the Russian military authorization to extend its anti-ISIS operations into Iraq.
DEBKAfile military sources: The Iraqi government is allowing the Russians to use the Al Taqaddum airbase that is also being used by US troops for operations against ISIS. However, Baghdad has yet to mention the Russian presence at the base, located 74 kilometers west of Baghdad.
In other words, Russia is expanding its military presence in the Middle East. DEBKAfile's military sources reported this development on October 2.