Russian Navy launches Kalibr cruise missiles targeting ISIS in Palmyra, Syria
The Russian Navy's Admiral Essen frigate and Krasnodar submarine have conducted cruise missile strike missions against terrorist organisation ISIS from the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea.
The navy deployed four Kalibr cruise missiles to target a number of objects belonging to the ISIS grouping, which was camped at Palmyra area in Syria. The Krasnodar submarine was submerged when launching the cruise missiles.
Palmyra region is reported to have provided shelter for several militant troops and heavy equipment, which had been transferred from the terrorist group’s ‘de facto capital’ Raqqa, reported CNN.
The Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation said in a statement: “All targets have been hit.”
Russia's latest precision strikes have proven its naval forces’ combat readiness and ability to carry out effective strikes using high-precision armament complexes at short notice.
The ministry statement further noted that the Russian Navy had already alerted command staff from the US, Turkey and Israel prior to commencing the missile strikes.
A Russian Defence Ministry source was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying that a large ISIS convoy of 39 pickup trucks "was detected and destroyed by the Air Force on its way to Palmyra” on 25 May.
The Russian Navy previously conducted three Kalibr cruise missile strikes against facilities of the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist front in Syria in August 2016.