Date
29 March 2017
A Russian warship is seen firing a rocket in the Caspian Sea in this frame grab taken from footage released by Russia's Defense Ministry on Oct. 7. Credit: Reuters
A Russian warship is seen firing a rocket in the Caspian Sea in this frame grab taken from footage released by Russia's Defense Ministry on Oct. 7. Credit: Reuters

Russian missiles aimed at Syria said to have crashed in Iran

Four Russian cruise missiles fired at Syria from a warship in the Caspian Sea on Wednesday had crashed in Iran, Reuters cited unidentified US officials as saying.

Details were not available as the US State Department did not provide any official confirmation of the alleged incidents.

The Russian defense ministry denied that any of its missiles fell short of their targets after reports of crashes first emerged on US television.

“In contrast to CNN, we do not talk with reference to anonymous sources,” the Russian Defense Ministry was quoted as saying. “We show the launch of our rockets and the targets they struck.”

Russia had displayed graphics of the missiles flying over Iran and Iraq on Wednesday.

US officials have disputed Russian reports that the missiles stuck Islamic State fighters in Syria.

Moscow says it shares the West’s aim of fighting the extremists, but fighters on the ground and western states have accused it of targeting US-backed rebels to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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