'Russia warships, sub fired at Daesh targets in Syria'

Claudine Rigal
Juin 24, 2017

The Russian defense ministry said Friday it had conducted a "surprise mass missile strike" against IS targets, using cruise missiles fired from the Mediterranean.

The ministry stressed that Russia's advanced diesel-electric Krasnodar submarine carried out launches of cruise missiles while submerged.

The strikes targeted Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) command and control centers, as well as ammunition depots in the Syrian province of Hama.

The remaining targets were destroyed in subsequent airstrikes, the ministry said.

"This is a delicate hour", Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and added that the United States will work diplomatically and militarily "to re-establish de-confliction".

"Taking advantage of the dark time and a hard ground relief, the terrorists deploy gunmen via various routes to the Hama province, where later they equip command posts and also depots of armaments and ammunition in large buildings", the ministry said.

(Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP) A target in Syria hit by a missile launched by a Russian Navy ship in the eastern Mediterranean.

According to the officials and reporters, the United States' government said that they shot down the Syrian aircraft while following the standard protocols of engagement and to protect the Coalition partnered fighters. Syrian forces and Iranian-backed militias supporting them are reaching east closer to American-backed fighters, and this includes forces of the Pentagon hopes pursuing the militants into the Euphrates River valley after they take the Raqqa, the Islamic State's self-declared capital. As ISIS falls back, Russian-backed Syrian regime forces will likely push east, coming into conflict with USA proxies dependent on American airpower for survival, analysts say.

Russian Federation has warned that aircraft operating where the shootdown occurred would be considered "air targets" for its forces in Syria.

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