Russian warships in Caspian Sea launch attack on IS in Syria – report (UPDATE)

Arab World Materials 7 October 2015 16:45 (UTC +04:00)

Details added (first version posted on 16:30)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 7


Russian warships have attacked "Islamic State" (IS) targets in Syria, Sputnik International quoted Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu as saying Oct. 7 at a meeting with President Vladimir Putin.

"Besides using aviation to destroy militants, this morning ships from the Caspian Flotilla were brought in, four destroyers launched 26 cruise missiles at 11 targets from the Kalibr Marine Base," Shoigu told Putin in a meeting televised by Rossiya-1.

All targets were destroyed, Shoigu said.

"The attacks showed that our missiles are efficient at long range, up to 1,500 meters [932 miles]," he added.

On September 30, Russia began air strikes on IS in Syria following Syrian President Bashar Assad's request for military assistance.