Russia launches first Syria strikes from submarine

A video grab from footage made available on the Russian Defence Ministry's official Facebook page on December 8, 2015, purports to show the Rostov-on-Don submarine launching missiles during a strike against Islamic State group's positions in SyriaRussia flexed its military muscles on Tuesday as it launched strikes in Syria for the first time from a submarine stationed in the Mediterranean, ratcheting up its bombing campaign in the war-torn country. Moscow’s latest strikes have hit “300 targets of different kinds” in the past three days and helped Syrian special forces recover the black box of the Russian warplane downed by Turkey last month, defence minister Sergei Shoigu said. “We used Calibre cruise missiles from the (Kilo-class) Rostov-on-Don submarine from the Mediterranean Sea,” Shoigu told President Vladimir Putin during an encounter broadcast on state television.

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