Russian military had launched strikes in Syria for the first time from a submarine stationed in the Mediterranean.
Russian strikes had been aimed at “two terrorist strongholds” around Raqa, the de facto Syrian capital of the Islamic State jihadist group.
As a result of the successful launches by the aviation and submarine fleet, all targets were destroyed. Oil infrastructure, ammunition depots and a mine-making factory had been hit in the strikes.
Russia is flexing its military muscle with the latest submarine strikes after having previously fired missiles from warships in the Caspian Sea.
Russia had warned Israel and the United States – conducting their own bombing campaigns in Syria – that the Russian military would be conducting the submarine strikes.
Russian military jets had conducted 600 combat sorties and destroyed “300 targets of different kinds” in the past three days.