Washington: 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 target two US defense officials said on Thursday.It was unclear whether the missiles caused any damage, they said.
The officials were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.The cruise missile attack was part of an expanding Russian military campaign in Syria that has deepened the divide between Moscow and Washington over how to approach the Syrian civil war and the presence there of Islamic State fighters.
The missiles also have added a new layer of uncertainty to efforts by the Pentagon to ensure the safety of US and coalition pilots who are flying daily in Syria airspace. Russia also is flying attack and reconnaissance missions over Syria.
Iran’s 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.