Rus­sian navy fires cruise mis­siles into east­ern Syria

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - WORLD -

ABOARD THE AD­MI­RAL ESSEN — Rus­sia fired a salvo of cruise mis­siles Thurs­day from the Mediter­ranean and said they struck Is­lamic State tar­gets in east­ern Syria. Ac­tivists there said at least 20 civil­ians were killed in what they de­scribed a “fa­nat­i­cal” bom­bard­ment — blam­ing some of it on Rus­sia and some on the United States.

It was not clear whether there was a con­nec­tion be­tween the Rus­sian mil­i­tary strikes and the ac­tivists’ ac­counts, re­flect­ing the chal­lenge of ver­i­fy­ing the con­flict­ing claims in the hos­tile en­vi­ron­ment of Syria’s civil war, now in its sev­enth year.

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