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Russian warships fire 4 cruise missiles at ISIS positions in Palmyra countryside

(SANA) ~ Russian warships positioning in the Mediterranean Sea fired four cruise missiles at Daesh (ISIL, ISIS, IS…) positions in Palmyra countryside in the in the eastern countryside of Homs province.

The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that frigate Admiral Essen and submarine Krasnodar from the Russian Navy Fleet fired last night 4 Kalibr cruise missiles on ISIS positions near Palmyra, hitting all their targets, noting that the submarine fired the missiles from the seabed.


Russian frigate & submarine fire 4 cruise missiles at ISIS targets near Palmyra

(RT) ~ The missiles destroyed heavy equipment and killed fighters that Islamic State had transferred from its stronghold, Raqqa, to Palmyra, the Russian Defense Ministry has said.

The Russian warships, a frigate named Admiral Essen and submarine named Krasnodar, fired Kalibr cruise missiles on combat vehicles and militants outside the Syrian city of Palmyra, the Defense Ministry said.

The four cruise missiles were fired from the eastern Mediterranean, it noted in a statement. The submarine fired its missiles while submerged.

According to the MoD, “[the ships] targeted an area east of Palmyra, where the militants’ heavy weaponry and manpower were located. The militants moved there from Raqqa. All targets have been destroyed,” it said.

The US, Turkish, and Israeli militaries received appropriate warning in advance of the missile launches through active hotlines, the Defense Ministry added.

On May 25, a large Islamic State convoy, comprising 39 vehicles and 120 militants, was spotted outside Raqqa, a Defense Ministry source told RIA Novosti on Saturday.

“The terrorist convoy of 39 pickup trucks was detected and destroyed by the Air Force on its way to Palmyra,” the source said, adding that the vehicles were equipped with large-caliber machine guns.

The Russian Navy also fired Kalibr cruise missiles on militant positions in Syria last year. The Black Sea Fleet carried out three cruise missile strikes on terrorist targets in Syria back in August, destroying a command post and munitions production site. The missiles, which targeted Al-Nusra Front positions, flew over unpopulated areas, the Russian military said.

In October of 2015, four Russian Navy warships fired a total of 26 missiles from the Caspian Sea at positions Islamic State in Syria. The precision weapons hit all 11 targets after flying some 1,500 kilometers, according to the military. Preparation for the launches involved communications with Iran and Iraq, as the missiles had to pass their through the airspace of those countries to reach Syria.

The Defense Ministry said it had worked with its partners in plotting the flight path to assure that the missiles traveled only over desolate areas and posed no danger to civilians.


Russian airstrikes take out 80 ISIS fighters and dozens of their vehicles heading from Raqqa for Palmyra

(SANA) ~ In the framework of its war on the Takfiri terrorism in Syria upon the request of the Syrian government, Russian jets destroyed more than 60 vehicles, some equipped with machineguns attempting to escape Raqqa city and roll towards Palmyra. Dozens of vehicles carrying heavy weaponry manned by over 80 terrorists were hit.

The Russian Defense Ministry said in a Thursday statement that more than 80 ISIS terrorists were killed, 8 fuel trucks, 53 vehicles and 17 machineguns-equipped pickups were destroyed while they were attempting to leave Raqqa on Monday night.

The statement clarified that the airstrikes were called in after the movements were spotted by reconnaissance units.

The Ministry said that the Command of the Russian Forces operating in Syria will do their best to prevent ISIS militants from breaking into the provinces of Homs and Hama, adding that the Russian task force in Syria has warned that any attempts by ISIS militants to escape Raqqa through an open corridor towards Palmyra will be met with coercive force,

The statement pointed out that the Russian air forces foiled, during a week, two attempts by ISIS terrorists to leave Raqqa, asserting that on May 25, the Russian forces managed to destroy a terrorist convoy which was heading for Palmyra from Raqqa.

The Ministry said that ISIS terrorist cross the Euphrates River to leave Raqqa despite that they are encircled by the Qasad groups and the US, French and British forces.

On Wednesday, the Russian Navy fired four Kalibr cruise missiles from the eastern Mediterranean that targeted terrorist compounds east of Palmyra.

The missile strike decimated ISIS positions near the city, the Defense Ministry said.


Russian strikes take out 80 ISIS fighters, dozens of vehicles on march from Raqqa to Palmyra

(RT) ~ Russian jets destroyed a large Islamic State convoy attempting to escape the Syrian city of Raqqa and roll towards Palmyra. Dozens of vehicles carrying heavy weaponry manned by over 80 terrorists were hit, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

On Monday night, three Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) convoys left Raqqa heading south towards Palmyra, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a Thursday statement.

The airstrikes were called in after the movements were spotted by reconnaissance units.

The Russian Air Force targeted the convoys on the run, killing 80 militants and destroying 36 vehicles, eight fuel trucks, and 17 pickups carrying mortars and large-caliber machine guns.

“The Russian task force in Syria has warned that any attempts by Islamic State militants to escape Raqqa through an open corridor towards Palmyra will be met with coercive force,” the military noted.

This is not the first time IS militants have tried to retreat from their Syrian stronghold of Raqqa. On May 25, a large Islamic State convoy made up of 39 vehicles and 120 militants was spotted outside Raqqa, a Defense Ministry source told RIA Novosti on Saturday.

“The terrorist convoy of 39 pickup trucks was detected and destroyed by the Air Force on its way to Palmyra,” the source said, adding that the vehicles had been equipped with large-caliber machine guns.

On Wednesday, the Russian Navy fired four Kalibr cruise missiles from the eastern Mediterranean that targeted terrorist compounds east of Palmyra. The missile strike decimated Islamic State positions near the city, the Defense Ministry said.

The precision attacks come as US-backed Syrian rebel fighters are engaged in intense clashes with Islamist forces on the northern and eastern edges of Raqqa in an attempt to encircle the city.

At this point, the US-backed rebels have surrounded the IS stronghold from the north, the west, and the east, but the south still remains open, according to New York Times.

In the Thursday statement, the Russian Defense Ministry said the IS terrorists are proactively exploiting the southern corridor to evacuate their forces to other parts of Syria. Russian troops in Syria will do their utmost to prevent them from breaking into the provinces of Homs and Hama, it added.


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SANA by H. Zain/ Hazem SabbaghA
RT
SANA by H. Zain/ Ghossoun
RT
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