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09/22/2017 06:57 am ET Updated Sep 22, 2017

Russian Submarines Reportedly Fire Missiles At Militant Targets In Syria

The submarines reportedly launched the missiles from the Mediterranean Sea.
File photo from Sept. 14, 2017 shows Russian submarines fire Kalibr cruise missiles from the eastern Mediterranean at Is
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File photo from Sept. 14, 2017 shows Russian submarines fire Kalibr cruise missiles from the eastern Mediterranean at Islamic State militants' bases in Syria.

MOSCOW, Sept 22 (Reuters) - A Russian submarine fired cruise missiles at jihadi targets in Syria’s Idlib province on Friday, the Russian Defence Ministry said, saying it had targeted Islamist militants who had tried to trap a group of Russian military policemen earlier in the week.

The strike, launched from the Mediterranean by Russia’s ‘Veliky Novgorod’ submarine, was part of a counter-offensive against a jihadi attack on government-held parts of northwest Syria near Hama on Tuesday.

The Russian Defence Ministry on Wednesday said 29 Russian military policemen had been surrounded by jihadis as a result of that attack and that Russia had been forced to break them out in a special operation backed by air power.

On Friday, it said in a statement it had fired Kalibr cruise missiles at the same jihadis from a distance of 300 kilometers (186.41 miles) striking command centers, armored vehicles and the bases of jihadis who had taken part in the original attack.

 

(Reporting by Polina Devitt; Editing by Andrew Osborn)

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