Two Russian subs attack Islamic State in Syria with Kalibr cruise missiles

Michele Moreno
September 15, 2017

The Defense Ministry said the Kalibr cruise missiles were launched from two submarines in the Mediterranean on Thursday. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said that intelligence showed the missiles hit the targets southeast of Deir el-Zour.

In a letter to Ayatollah Khamenei, dated September 6, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has dedicated the victory in Deir ez-Zor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution and the Iranian government and nation.

Russia's strike on militants in the country comes on the heels of a controversial agreement to allow safe passage of IS fighters and their relatives from Lebanon across Syria.

The country has repeatedly fired salvos of such missiles, from both the sea and mainland Russian Federation.

The evacuation, negotiated by Lebanon's Hezbollah group, removed the militants from the Syria-Lebanon border but angered Iraq and the USA, which said they should have been killed on the battlefield.

The militants control less than half the city and are encircled on three sides with their backs to the Euphrates River.

The convoy had been stuck in the desert following airstrikes by the U.S-led coalition to prevent its advance.

The head of Britain's Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said buses and vehicles carrying about 400 militants and civilians crossed into Deir el-Zour province Wednesday.

In the aftermath of the agreement, the US-led coalition began conducting air strikes to block the convoy of fighters from reaching their destination.

Other reports by Insurance News

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