Middle East | Russia says it hit Islamic State with submarine-launched missile for first time

Russia says it hit Islamic State with submarine-launched missile for first time

December 8, 2015 4:37 PM (UTC+8)

 

(From Reuters)

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday that Russia had for the first time struck Islamic State targets in Syria with missiles fired from a submarine in the Mediterranean.

Russian sub Rostov on Don; RT photo
Russian sub Rostov-on-Don; RT photo

“The targets were two large terrorist positions in the territory of Raqqa,” Shoigu told President Vladimir Putin in a televised meeting, adding that the Calibre missiles had been fired from the submarine Rostov-on-Don.

“We can say with complete confidence that fairly serious damage was done to weapons stores and a factory for preparing mines and, naturally, oil infrastructure.”

Shoigu said Russia had informed Israel and the United States in advance of its plan to launch missiles from a submarine.

He said that, over the previous three days, Russia’s air force had flown more than 300 sorties over Syria and struck more than 600 targets of various types. Read more

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