DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2: 05 P.M.) – Four cruise missiles fired from Russian warships targeted positions of the Islamic State near the ancient city of Palmyra in the Syrian Desert.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the missiles were launched from Admiral Essen frigate and Krasnodar submarine in the eastern Mediterranean, and hit heavy equipment and combat vehicles of the terror group east of Palmyra.

“[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,” the Russian MoD said in a statement.

The statement also noted that Russia has notified the US, Turkish and Israeli militaries prior to the attack.

The Russian military is actively assisting the Syrian government forces driving out the Islamic State jihadists from large swathes of land in the Syrian Desert.

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I believe it’s good practice for submarines and ship’s cause before this there wasn’t much use for big missile’s when there is no war,the Syrian, Iraqi war’s have been good live practice for each air force American, Russian, British and the rest of the force’s

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Exactly. Actualy, it’s MUCH cheaper to drop aerial bombs or use guided artillery against such targets : cruise missiles ain’t pretty cheap at all. The real goal of such expensive assets it to go after high value targets in A2/AD contested zones or if you haven’t got air superiority BEFORE sending aircraft. There is simply no tactical interest to use cruise/ballistic missiles in Syria. In such a case, it’s simply a test at coordinating a navy strike launched from both a ship and a sub and having ship crews practising with real launches against real targets. If there were no… Read more »

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That’s a good comment by Daeshbags Sux. I had to look up what A2/AD is. For the benefit of others who would have to look it up: “Anti-access and area denial — best known by its shorthand A2/AD — has crossed the buzzword threshold. It’s a quite impressive feat for such a distinctively non-user friendly and technical concept, which alludes to that family of military capabilities used to prevent or constrain the deployment of opposing forces into a given theater of operations and reduce their freedom of maneuver once in a theater.”