Tuesday, November 17, 2015

US Official: Russia Told Washington It Would Use Cruise Missiles in Syria

Last month, ships from the Caspian Flotilla launched 26 Kalibr-class cruise missiles from the Caspian Sea at 11 targets in Syria, over 1,500 km away.

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Middle East

Russia has been informing the US in advance about its plans to strike ISIL targets with cruise missiles in Syria, Reuters reports, citing a US defense official.

Russia has conducted a significant number of strikes in Syria, according to a US defense official. The US was informed about the strikes in advance under an agreement with Washington on air safety protocols, he added.
According to the source, a number of the strikes targeted the Islamic State stronghold in Raqqa.
However, the Russian Defense Ministry has not yet confirmed the information. On September 30, Russia launched an aerial campaign against extremist positions in Syria, following a request from President Bashar Assad.
Since the beginning of the air campaign, Russian Aerospace Forces have carried out around 1,800 sorties, destroying some 2,700 terrorist targets. Several hundred militants have been killed, and dozens of command centers and depots have been destroyed.

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