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Syrian conflict

Russia says its warships launched cruise missiles at Islamic State positions in Syria

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 31 May, 2017, 3:26pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 31 May, 2017, 10:08pm

The Russian military said its warships in the Mediterranean Sea fired four cruise missiles at the Islamic State group’s positions in Syria.

The Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that the Admiral Essen frigate and the Krasnodar submarine launched the missiles at IS targets in the area of the ancient city of Palmyra.

It says the missiles successfully hit IS heavy weapons and fighters whom the group had deployed and moved to Palmyra from its stronghold of Raqqa, the de facto capital of IS and its self-proclaimed caliphate.

The ministry says it had notified the US, Turkish and Israeli militaries beforehand of the strike. It added the Russian strike was promptly executed following the order, a testimony to the navy’s high readiness and capabilities.