Russian submarine destroys ISIS post in Syria

Russian submarine deployed in the Mediterranean fires three ballistic missiles to destroy ISIS post in Deir Ezzor.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Flags of Syria and Russia
Flags of Syria and Russia

Russia said Tuesday that its submarine deployed in the Mediterranean fired three ballistic missiles to destroy a command post of the Islamic State (ISIS) group in Syria’s eastern Deir Ezzor province.

“A missile strike with three Kalibr missiles destroyed a command post with large numbers of militants and armed vehicles and also a large weapons and ammunition depot,” the Russian defense ministry said in a statement posted on Facebook and quoted by AFP.

It said the strikes targeted the area around the town of Abu Kamal, one of the few remaining urban strongholds of ISIS in Syria.

The ministry added it could confirm “the destruction of all the given targets.” It posted a video on Twitter of a missile blasting out of the sea.

At Russia’s Syrian naval base of Tartus in the eastern Mediterranean, Russian ships have played a prominent role backing up an aerial bombing campaign in support of Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad.

A senior Russian senator said last year the country is planning to expand its airbase in Syria into a permanent military facility.

The submarines used by Russia are covered from Syria by Moscow’s S-300 and S-400 missiles systems and its Bastion coastal defense system.

More than 330,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011 with anti-government protests.

In addition to providing Assad with military support, Russia has also supported him in diplomatic ways, having used its veto power in the UN Security Council nine times to block action targeting its Syrian ally.