A lot of attention was payed to the Syrian conflict last week. Russia has stopped using an Iranian airbase as abruptly as it started to use it two weeks ago, leaving observers reading the tea leaves when trying to explain such a surprising development. Officially both parties claimed the Russian forces had successfully completed all necessary tasks and returned to the permanent Russian bases. They also emphasized that further use of the Hamadan’s airbase would depend on the prevailing circumstances. Nevertheless, journalists and experts have been dissatisfied with the explanation that the arrangement was in fact temporary.