Syria crisis: Russian Caspian missiles ‘fell in Iran’ #Beekhaybee

Four Russian cruise missiles fired at Syria from the Caspian
Sea landed in Iran, unnamed US officials say.
It was unclear whether the missiles caused any damage,
they said.
On Wednesday, Russia said it had fired 26 missiles at 11
targets in north and north-west Syria – about 1,500km (930
miles) away. On Thursday, it reiterated that all the rockets
hit their targets.
The news came as Nato renewed assurances to defend its
allies in view of Russia’s “escalation” in Syria.
Russia’s ambassador to Ankara had earlier been
summoned three times in response to recent violations of
Turkey’s airspace. Turkey is a Nato member.
The military alliance is also boosting its response forces to
be
able to deploy troops speedily.
In other developments:
Russia’s defence ministry says the latest series of air
strikes hit 27 targets early on Thursday – and that they
all belonged to IS
US Secretary of State John Kerry tells his Russian
counterpart Sergei Lavrov in a phone call that the two
countries must move forward with technical talks on
avoiding accidents in Syria
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko tells the BBC that
“Russia wants to create a belt of instability from Syria
to Ukraine”
‘Psychological operations’
The US officials provided no details of where the missiles
might have landed.
Iran’s Irna news agency reported on Wednesday that an
unknown flying object had crashed in the village of
Ghozghapan in the Iranian province of West Azerbaijan,
said to be under the missiles’ flight path.
But conservative Iranian media described the reports of
missiles landing in Iran as “psychological operations by the
US against Moscow”.
“Since Russia began its operations in Syria, Western media
and officials have launched an all-out assault against
Moscow,” the Fars News Agency, thought to have close
affiliations with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, said.
Russia’s defence ministry also denied the reports.
“Any professional knows that during these operations we
always fix the target before and after impact. All our cruise
missiles hit their target,” said spokesman Gen Igor
Konashenkov.
The BBC’s Barbara Plett Usher in Washington says the
Americans are rattled by the addition of cruise missiles to
the air war over Syria, where the US and its allies are also
operating.
Secretary of Defence Ash Carter earlier said Russia had
launched the missiles without warning, our correspondent
says.
IS ‘weakened’
Moscow says it has been hitting positions of the so-called
Islamic State (IS), and denies Western reports that Russian
strikes have mainly targeted other opponents of Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad.
IS militants have seized swathes of territory in Syria and
Iraq.
The Russian air strikes had “weakened” IS, Syrian Army
Chief of Staff Gen Ali Abdullah Ayoub said on Thursday,
enabling the army to start a “big attack” to retake towns
and villages.
Heavy fighting was reported in areas of Idlib, Hama and
Latakia provinces, where a coalition of rebels – including
the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front – operates.
Government-backed troops had moved into the key Ghab
plain area, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human
Rights monitoring group said.

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