UPDATED: RUSSIAN MISSILES FELL ON IRAN
U.S. officials at the Pentagon reported on Thursday, Cruise missiles fired by Russian warships in the Caspian Sea intended for targets in Syria instead struck areas in Iran. In a post on Facebook, the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation disputed CNN’s claim and said that the missiles all hit their intended targets. The cruise missile attack was part of an expanding Russian military campaign in Syria that has deepened the divide between Moscow and Washington over both how to approach the Syrian civil war and the presence of Islamic State fighters in Syria, as well.
AS REPORTED BY CNN:
Washington (CNN)A number of cruise missiles launched from a Russian ship and aimed at targets in Syria have crashed in Iran, two U.S. officials told CNN Thursday.
Monitoring by U.S. military and intelligence assets has concluded that at least four missiles crashed as they flew over Iran. One official said there may be casualties, but another official said this is not yet known.
It’s unclear where in Iran the missiles landed. The Russian ships have been positioned in the south Caspian Sea, meaning the likely flight path for missiles into Syria would cross over both Iran and Iraq.
The Russians have been firing a relatively new cruise missile called “Kaliber,” using it for the first time in combat.
Iran’s semi-official FARS news agency, however, said that neither Russian nor Iranian authorities have confirmed the U.S. officials’ information at this point. READ MORE HERE
AS REPORTED BY BREAKING NEWS:
Four Russian cruise missiles fired at Syria from the Caspian Sea landed on Iran, unnamed US officials say.
It was unclear whether the missiles caused any damage, they said.
Russia’s defence ministry has declined to comment. On Wednesday, Russia said it had launched 26 cruise missiles at targets in north and north-west Syria.
The news came as Nato renewed assurances to defend its allies in view of the “escalation of Russian military activities” in Syria.
Nato is boosting its response forces to be able to deploy troops speedily.
Moscow denies Western accusations that it has mainly targeted opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, insisting its strikes have hit the infrastructure of the so-called Islamic State (IS) and other militant groups.
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