Russian Federation pounds Daesh in Syria with cruise missiles

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Russian Air Force Tu-95MS strategic bombers have conducted strikes on Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) positions near the border of Syrian Hama and Homs provinces on Wednesday, the Russian military said in a statement.

Russia's Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic missile carriers have destroyed three large weapons and ammunition depots of the Islamic State (IS, terror group, outlawed in Russia) and a terrorist command post near the city of Aqerbat in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry reported.

The ordnance dropped in the attack, the Kh-101 weapon, is a new type of airborne cruise missile with an operational range of up to 4,500km. Several weapon stockpiles and a terrorist command center were destroyed in the strike. The bombers made their sortie under the cover of Russia's Sukhoi SU-30SM fighter jets, which had taken off from Hmeymim airbase in Syria, the ministry said. Kh-101 missiles can carry nuclear warheads.

All aircraft have returned to their bases after successfully completing the mission, according to the Russian military.

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Russian Federation has waged an air campaign in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad since September 2015.

The Kh-101 is the latest Russian strategic air-launched cruise missile, manufactured using modern technologies to reduce radar visibility.

The Tupolev-95MS can carry eight such missiles per flight.

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