Russian Federation fires 7 cruise missiles at IS in Syria

Posted September 15, 2017

The craft were operating in the eastern Mediterranean, news agencies said, and struck targets in the suburbs of Deir Ezzor, in Syria's east.

The Russian government has aided Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in targeting the group, also known by the acronym ISIS, for two years.

"I'll just tell you that the plan is not to go into Deir al-Zor city but there (are) plenty of ISIS fighters and resources and leaders that continue to have holdouts throughout the middle Euphrates River valley", Dillon told reporters in Washington through a video briefing.

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Assad's forces are now attempting to drive the terrorists out of the city, which is one of their last strongholds in Syria.

The Velikiy Novgorod and Kolpino are two of Russia's latest Varshavyanka-class stealth submarines, and joined the Russian Black Sea fleet late previous year. It has repeatedly fired salvoes of such missiles, from both the sea and mainland Russian Federation.

Last week, aided by the intense aerial campaign, Syrian and allied forces managed to push their way toward the city, breaking a almost three-year siege on its troops on the western edge of Deir el-Zour.

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On Thursday, a surviving Hezbollah fighter was returned to Lebanon. Last week, the U.S-led coalition said it ended surveillance of the convoy after a Russian request.

The head of Britain's Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said buses and vehicles carrying about 400 militants and civilians crossed into Deir el-Zour province Wednesday.

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