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Russia fires missiles from Mediterranean at IS in Syria

Russian Federation has fired cruise missiles from the Mediterranean Sea on Daesh positions in Syria, the Defense Ministry said on Friday, Moscow’s latest show of strength in the conflict wracking the Mideast country.The ministry said in a statement that strikes targeted and destroyed Islamic State command and control centres and ammunition depots in Syria’s Hama province.The submarine launched the missiles while submerged.Russian Federation launched its military intervention in Syria in September 2015 after an official request by the Syrian government for military help against rebel and jihadist groups.The footage also captured the hit Russian missiles on terrorist targets in Syria. The militants who survived the attack were later killed in airstrikes.The Defense Ministry first made the claim last week, saying that Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s death in the May 28 strike on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Raqqa was still “being verified through various channels”. “The fact that Islamic State has still not shown him anywhere also adds to our confidence that al-Baghdadi has been killed”.The whereabouts of the shadowy al-Baghdadi, with a $25 million USA bounty on his head, have not been known.According to the report, the news was announced in Canberra and followed by the officials in the Syrian region, as the Australian forces come under the US-led coalition which is now so far against the Syrian government under Assad as well the Russians. Washington has been seeking a bilateral agreement with Russian Federation on creating a zone in southwestern Syria, an area that borders US allies Israel and Jordan.The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have gained significant ground in the battle for Raqqa, the operational base for ISIL over the past three years.The de-escalation zones, envisioned as places where displaced Syrian civilians could voluntarily return and settle, include the northern province of Idlib, the central province of Homs, the East Ghouta region outside Damascus, and southern Syria along the Jordanian border.The movements of ISIS terrorists in the area are being monitored by Russian surveillance assets operating round the clock, the military said, adding that any potential targets detected will be subject to precision strikes by the Air Force.Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the U.S. shootdown of the Syrian Su-22 was “an act of assistance to those terrorists whom the United States is ostensibly fighting against”.