Russian Federation fires underwater missiles at ISIS in Syria

Laura Christensen
June 1, 2017

President Vladimir Putin was briefed on the successful strikes by Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, the Kremlin said.

In a May 29 release, the ministry said that, 'In the framework of modernization, submarines and warships of the Russian Navy will be armed with Kalibr cruise missiles'.

Moscow said in a statement that the Admiral Essen frigate and the Krasnodar submarine launched the missiles at militant targets in the area of the ancient town of Palmyra.

The Defence Ministry praised the strike as a confirmation of "high combat readiness of the Russian Navy forces". This is the second time that Russian has bombarded Syria with cruise missiles, the last time being in November 2016.

The US held the Damascus regime responsible for the atrocity, while Russian Federation sided with its ally, Syrian President Bashar al Assad, and blamed the attack on rebel forces.

The four cruise missiles were fired from the eastern Mediterranean, it noted in a statement.

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani strongly condemned the attack , which came just days into the Muslim holy month of Ramadan . German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said a security guard at the embassy was killed and some staff were wounded.

The frigate Admiral Essen and the submarine Krasnodar launched a total of four missiles against ISIS vehicles near Palmyra, Syria, and, according to the report, 'All targets were destroyed'.

The ceasefire does not include UN-designated terrorist groups, particularly Islamic State.

"All targets have been hit", the Defense Ministry said.

Moscow claimed it immediately warned Turkey, the U.S. and Israel. IS forces, however, recaptured Palmyra eight months later before Syrian government troops drove them out again in March this year.

Global concern for Palmyra's magnificent ancient ruins spiked in September 2015, when satellite images confirmed that ISIS had demolished the famed Temple of Bel as part of its campaign to destroy pre-Islamic monuments it considers idolatrous.

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