December 8th, 2015 –
Kommersant – translated by Joaquin Flores for Fort Russ –
The Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin that Russia, for the first time, the militants of the “Islamic State” were dealt a blow with “Caliber” missiles from the submarine “Rostov-on-Don”, from the Mediterranean Sea. According to the minister, as a result two major ISIS targets in the city of Raqqa, Syria, were struck.
“As a result, aircraft and the submarine fleet conducted successful launches which hit all targets. Once again, the cruise missile “Caliber” has proven its effectiveness over long distances. The objectives were two major points which terrorists held on the territory of Raqqa … We can confidently say that they suffered quite significant damage to the ammunition depots, a factory for producing mines and, of course on the oil infrastructure, “- Mr. Shoigu was quoted as saying in RIA Novosti .
Previously, “Kommersant” reported that the Russian air force in Syria began to use new methods to fight IS terrorists. Apart from the main air base in Latakia, Hmeymim, Russia uses the Shayrat base in Homs and Al-Tayas in Palmyra as airfields to “bounce” (scramble) when providing fire support to government troops at the time of occurrence. Sources for “Kommersant” claim that, if necessary, Russia has the right to use any Syrian infrastructure.