Missiles land in Iran: Russian Cruise Missiles Iran
Published: October 9, 2015
Missiles land in Iran: Russian Cruise Missiles Iran, Cruise missiles fired at Syrian targets from a Russian ship in the Caspian Sea have landed in Iran, unnamed US officials told CNN and the New York Times.
Military activity in the area has been monitored by the US military and intelligence who have concluded that four missiles failed to reach Syria, instead landing in Iran, according to the reports.
Reports have suggested the missiles landed in a rural part of the country although it was unclear exactly where. Northern Iran and Iraq are in the flight path of the Russian cruise missiles on the way to Syria.
Pentagon and State Department officials refused to comment on the reports. The Russian defence ministry said all missiles fired at targets in Syria on Thursday had reached their targets.
The US secretary of state, John Kerry, had a 30-minute telephone call with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, to express concern that Russia’s targets in Syria were not related to Islamic State.
“The secretary repeated our concerns about the preponderance of targets that are being struck by Russian military forces that are not Isil-related,” said a spokesman, John Kirby, using an alternative acronym for Isis.
There were “no tactical-level decisions” made during the call, Kirby added.
He also said he could not confirm reports that Russian missiles had crashed in Iran.
“I can’t confirm it but I think it points all the more towards the need to have proper deconfliction procedures in place.”
Ashton Carter, the US defence secretary, predicted earlier that Russia would suffer casualties “within the coming days” as it deepened its military involvement in Syria.
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