Russia denies US claims missiles fell in Iran

    Russia denies US claims missiles fell in Iran

    Oct.9, Moscow: Russia has denied the reports from unnamed US officials that four of its cruise missiles fired at Syria crashed in Iran.

    US officials said on Thursday that four cruise missiles in a barrage of 26 fired by Russia’s warships in the Caspian Sea at rebel targets in Syria crashed in a rural area of northern Iran instead.

    The missiles were launched from Russian warships in the Caspian Sea on Wednesday as part of an offensive Moscow says is targeting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group and "other terrorists".

    The report, citing two US officials, first emerged on CNN. The American network said monitoring by US military and intelligence assets had concluded that at least four missiles crashed as they flew over Iran.

    "The US believes, based on intelligence reports of damage assessments, that some buildings were damaged and civilians may have been hurt," the report said.

    The Russian defence ministry denied that any of the missiles had fallen short of their targets. Russia had displayed graphics of the missiles flying over Iran and Iraq on Wednesday.

    The Oslo Times


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