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Kremlin does not comment on reports of missile strikes at Islamic State from subs

November 17, 2015, 19:46 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Russian aircraft have doubled the number of strikes against Islamic State facilities in Syria
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MOSCOW, November 17. /TASS/. The Kremlin does not comment on media reports claiming that a missile strike was delivered from a Russian submarine in the Mediterranean Sea at the Islamic State terrorist organization’s facilities in Syria, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday.

Peskov said "nothing was said about that" in a report that President Vladimir Putin listened to in the Defense Ministry earlier Tuesday.

"This question will probably be best answered by our colleagues from the Defense Ministry," he said.

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday that Russian aircraft have doubled the number of strikes against Islamic State facilities in Syria, which made it possible to cover all terrorist facilities in the country.

Russia has involved strategic and long-range aircraft in strikes against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization in Syria. Tupolev Tu-160 and Tu-95MS strategic bombers fired 34 air-launched cruise missiles at terrorist targets in the provinces of Aleppo and Idlib. 

Russia’s Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov told Vladimir Putin that Russia will use long-range planes in addition to bombers and fighter jets to deliver strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria.

"To fulfil your orders to intensify strikes against targets of the Islamic State and other extremist organizations, the General Staff has worked out a plan of further air operation. Along with the intensification of sorties from the Hmeymim airbase in Syria, the plan provides to involve an extra of 25 long-range planes, eight Sukhoi-34 bombers, four Sukhoi-27SM fighter jets," he said.

The Russian aviation grouping at the moment comprises more than 50 aircraft and helicopters, including the Sukhoi Su-34 and Su-24M bombers, Su-25 attack aircraft, Su-30SM fighters and Mil Mi-8 and Mi-24 helicopters.

The Russian military started an operation against militants of the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist groups (outlawed in Russia) in Syria on September 30 at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Russia’s Aerospace Forces grouping has delivered over 4,000 missile and bomb strikes against terrorist facilities since the start of its operation in Syria. Besides, overnight to October 7, the Caspian Flotilla ships delivered a massive strike on the IS objectives in Syria, using Kalibr NK shipborne cruise missiles.

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