Russia fires on ISIS

While the Russian military is making serious gains in Syria, American President Donald Trump fears a resurgence of attacks in the US.

02 November 2017 | International

Russia said on Tuesday its submarine deployed in the Mediterranean fired three ballistic missiles to destroy a command post of the Islamic State 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 defence ministry said in a statement.

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

There have been heavy clashes between the Syrian army and the Islamic state group in the city of Deir Ezzor, capital of the Deir Ezzor province in eastern Syria.

Russia said Tuesday that its Veliky Novgorod submarine has carried out four cruise missile strikes on terrorist groups since it was deployed to the Mediterranean in late August.

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 leader Bashar al-Assad.

The submarines are covered from Syria by Moscow's S-300 and S-400 missiles systems and its Bastion coastal defence system.

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

In the meanwhile, US president Donald Trump has said America must not let Islamic State jihadists return to or enter the US after they are beaten overseas. He spoke on Tuesday, hours after a deadly New York attack.

“We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough!” Trump tweeted.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called the attack an “act of terror” but authorities have not definitively linked the suspect who was detained afterward to IS.

Eight people were killed and numerous others wounded when the suspect rammed a pickup truck into pedestrians in Lower Manhattan and collided with a school bus, officials said.

Trump earlier decried the attack as an act of madness.

“In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person,” Trump tweeted.

“Law enforcement is following this closely. NOT IN THE USA!”

IS has been dealt a string of defeats across Iraq and Syria in recent months, with authorities worried that fleeing foreign fighters might return home.



NAMPA/AFP

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