Russia fires cruise missiles at Isis positions in Syria

Russian Kalibr missiles targeted Islamists' command centre near Deir ez-Zor.

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Russian forces have fired multiple cruise missiles targeting the Islamic State (Isis) in Syria destroying many of the extremist group's positions. The sophisticated Kalibr cruise missiles were fired a Russian frigate stationed in the Mediterranean Sea.

The Russian defence ministry said the missile struck the Islamists' command centres and a convoy of armoured vehicles was also destroyed. Several militants were killed in the missile strikes.

A ministry statement said: "On 5 September, the Admiral Essen frigate of the Russian Black Sea Fleet that has been carrying out missions...in the Mediterranean launched strikes with sea-based Kalibr cruise missiles on Daesh terrorist group targets near Deir ez-Zor. Kalibr cruise missiles were launched on verified Daesh targets based on information received by means reconnaissance from several channels."

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Syrian forces buttressed by Russia are already pounding militants in Deir ez-Zor for several weeks. Russia is reported to be confident that if the fighting in Deir ez-Zor is wrapped up, it will mark a significant victory for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

"The situation is changing dramatically, and that is an obvious fact. I hope that our partners will follow through with their effort in Raqqa. And Deir ez-Zor is a strategic military stronghold for the entire radical opposition – radical in the worst sense of the world, the Isis-affiliated opposition," Russian President Vladimir Putin said recently.

Russia's frigate stationed in the Mediterranean Sea fired cruise missilesYuri Maltsev/Reuters file photo

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