A cruise missile being fired from a submerged submarine (Photo by Vadim Savitskiy/Russia's Defense Ministry press service/TASS)

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (12:00 PM) – Two submarines of the Russian Black Sea Fleet have launched a hail of cruise missiles at ISIS positions near the town of Mayadin in the Deir Ezzor Governorate on Thursday. This was reported by Major-General Igor Konashenkov, spokesperson of the Russian Defence Ministry.

“The Black Sea Fleet’s submarines Veliky Novgorod and Kolpino have delivered two salvo strikes with Kalibr seaborne cruise missiles to destroy the designated targets from the Mediterranean Sea today,” the senior officer stated.

According to Konashenkov, Russia has succesfully carried out multi-level reconnaissance missions over Deir Ezzor in the past week, localizing important ISIS depots, bases and military storage spaces in the area.

“These are terrorists’ command posts, large arms and ammunition depots and hangars with the armor of the ISIL [ISIS] near the community of Mayadin,” the Russian general said.

Konashenkov claimed that the Russian strikes were coordinated with the Syrian Arab Army in order to support the Syrian offensive with the goal of destroying an important ISIS bridgehead in Deir Ezzor. A total of ten Kalibr-class cruise missiles were reportedly launched, all from completely submerged submarines in the Mediterranean Sea. All intended targets were destroyed, inflicting major damage on ISIS’ manpower and military hardware in the bridgehead.

“Objective monitoring means have confirmed that all designated targets were destroyed. ISIS suffered considerable losses in manpower and materiel near Mayadin,” the general concluded.

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