Russian warships fire cruise missiles at IS groups near Palmyra, Syria

Russian Frigate, Submarine Fire 4 Cruise Missiles at ISIL Targets near Syria’s Palmyra

Two Russian warships fired several cruise missiles at Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) targets in Syria from the eastern Mediterranean Sea, the Kremlin said on Wednesday, the first such strikes announced in months, Al-Jazeera reported.

The frigate Admiral Essen and submarine Krasnodar carried out four strikes against ISIL targets near the city of Palmyra, the Russian military said in a statement, Al-Jazeera wrote.

The missiles were intended to eliminate a stockpile of artillery that had been moved from Raqqa, ISIL’s de facto capital in Syria, the statement said, according to Al-Jazeera.

“All the targets were hit,” the statement continued, without specifying when the strikes occurred.

Russian President Vladimir Putin was briefed on the successful strikes by Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, the Kremlin said, Al-Jazeera added.

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