Russian warships in Caspian Sea launch attack on IS in Syria (UPDATE 2)
Details added (first version posted on 16:30)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 7
Russian warships have launched a total of 26 cruise missiles at "Islamic State" (IS) facilities, destroying all targets, Sputnik International reported Oct. 7.
Russian warships have attacked "Islamic State" targets in Syria, the report quoted Russia's defense minister, Sergei Shoigu as saying 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.
President Putin expressed his gratitude to the pilots operating in air strikes against the "Islamic State" in Syria.
"Special thanks are due to the pilots who are operating in Syria, as well as the sailors from the Caspian Flotilla for their use of high-precision weapons," he said.
Putin praised the Russian military operation against IS in Syria, but warned against early conclusions.
"We know how difficult such anti-terrorism operations are, and, of course, it is too early to draw conclusions. But what has been done so far certainly deserves a highly positive assessment, both the work of the Ministry of Defense as a whole, the work of General Staff experts, and our officers, soldiers operating on the scene," he said.
On September 30, Russia began airstrikes on ISIL in Syria following Syrian President Bashar Assad's request for military assistance.
"From September 30 to this day, airstrikes have been carried out against 112 targets, their intensity is increasing," Defense Minister Shoigu said.