Russia fires cruise missiles at Islamic State targets from Mediterranean

The strike, which Russian news agencies said was the first of its kind since November, was carried out by the frigate "Admiral Essen" and the submarine "Krasnodar".

By: Reuters | Moscow | Published:May 31, 2017 2:39 pm
Russia had warned the United States, Turkey and Israel before launching the missiles, the Russian Defence ministry said. (Source: AP)

A Russian warship and submarine have fired four cruise missiles from the Mediterranean at Islamic State targets near the Syrian city of Palmyra, the Defence Ministry said on Wednesday. The strike, which Russian news agencies said was the first of its kind since November, was carried out by the frigate “Admiral Essen” and the submarine “Krasnodar,” and targeted militants and equipment in an area east of Palmyra. The defence ministry said the hardware and forces struck had previously been deployed by Islamic State in Raqqa.

“All targets were destroyed,” it said in a statement. Russia had warned the United States, Turkey and Israel before launching the missiles, the ministry said.

It did not say when the strike took place, but Russian news agencies quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying that Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu had personally told President Vladimir Putin about the military action late on Tuesday.

The last time Russia fired Kalibr cruise missiles from its ships at militant targets in Syria was in November last year, the RIA news agency said. Separately, photographs published on Wednesday by Turkish bloggers for their online Bosphorus Naval News project showed a Russian Syria-bound ship passing through the Bosphorus carrying a consignment of military trucks.

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    Kushal Kumar
    Jun 24, 2017 at 6:33 am
    This scenario in the Middle East happens to be in line with this Vedic astrology writer's alerts, submitted on 16 May 2017 , in article - " Is World War lll round the corner ?" - published in Summer 2017 issue of The Astrologer's Notebook , a quarterly Newsletter in print from North Port , Florida, brought out by 21 June 2017. Closely related to the said scenario which could impact the world affairs , this writer's prediction in the article reads as : -" The global events predicted in the article could begin to show up in mild measure from about 24 June and after in present year 2017 to grow up gradually for a final show during 19 August to 4 September with peak hype on 30 August ( it could be 29 in the west)". Briefly speaking , the global events predicted in the article include WW3 , global economic crisis or even collapse and huge natural disasters.
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    Charan Singh Kunjbihari
    May 31, 2017 at 3:53 pm
    Looks like some fellas are gonna meet the maker !
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