Russian Navy joins Air Force in attacking IS targets in Syria

  • Russian warships based in the Caspian Sea have joined the country's air campaign against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria by launching over two dozen cruise missiles on targets of the terrorist group, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said. "This morning, Caspian flotilla ships were engaged in the campaign. Four warships launched 26 Calibre cruise missiles against 11 targets," Shoigu said at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Black Sea resort of Sochi. He added that all targets located at a distance of 1,500-km were destroyed with no civilian casualties. According to the defense minister, 23 Russian combat aircraft continued strikes against IS facilities. The defense minister said that the Russian air force has attacked a total of 112 targets, destroying 19 command posts, 12 ammunition depots, 71 armored vehicles as well as factories and workshops producing various explosives, including devices used in car bombs since Russia started its anti-terrorist airstrikes in Syria on Sept. 30. (Source: IANS)