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Drones embody an Iran-Russia alliance built on hostility to the U.S.

By Neil MacFarquhar

18 Oct 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

Iran is supplying Russia with “kamikaze” drones to attack Ukraine. This sharp analysis from The New York Times shows the wider international implications of this alliance of authoritarian regimes.

The Iranian-made drones that Russia sent Monday to divebomb Ukraine’s capital delivered the most emphatic proof yet that Tehran has become a rare, increasingly close ally to the Kremlin, offering both weapons and international support that Russia sorely lacks.

There is no deep love between Russia, newly a pariah for attacking another country, and Iran, for decades one of the most strategically isolated nations in the world. But the two authoritarian governments, both chafing under Western sanctions, share a view of the United States as their great enemy and a threat to their grip on power.

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