Russian Warships Launch Missiles into Syria: Report

Russian warships have launched more than more than two dozen missiles at targets in Syria, according to a news report.

Four Russian naval vessels in the Caspian Sea launched a total of 26 cruise missiles at 11 targets affiliated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, according to an article Wednesday from the Russian news organization RT. Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu was quoted in the article as saying, "According to objective control data, all the targets were destroyed. No civilian objects sustained damage."

The ships were identified in the report as the Gepard-class frigate Dagestan and the Buyan-M-class corvettes Grad Sviyazhsk, Uglich and Veliky Ustyug. They're armed with Kalibr-NK launchers, which can launch missiles capable of hitting targets at distances of up to about 1,550 miles (2,500 kilometers).

The missiles reportedly struck ISIS targets Raqqa, Idlib and Aleppo provinces.

But because Russian aircraft now flying out of Syria could have just as easily carried out the attack, the public acknowledgement of the cruise-missile strike is likely designed as a show of force to demonstrate the potential of the Russian navy, including its smaller corvettes.

Here's a Tweet with video of the missile launches that accompanied the report:


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