Russia has, for the first time, targeted ISIS in Syria using Kalibr land-attack cruise missiles launched from a submarine in the Mediterranean Sea.
Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said that 3M-54 Kalibr missiles were launched from the Kilo-class diesel-electric submarine “Rostov-on-Don”
A source within the Russian Ministry of Defense revealed earlier on Tuesday that the Rostov-on-Don, equipped with modern Russian Kalibr cruise missiles, had entered the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea near the coast of Syria.
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Russia’s warships based in the Caspian and Mediterranean seas launched similar missiles targeting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) positions in late November. This is the first time that Russia has targeted IS in Syria from a submarine.
“[The missiles] targeted two major terrorist positions in the territory of Raqqa,” he said.
“We can say with absolute confidence that significant damage has been inflicted upon ammunition warehouses and a mine production plant, as well as the oil infrastructure.”
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