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.