U.S. officials say Russian missiles heading for Syria landed in Iran


A number of cruise missiles launched from a Russian ship and aimed at targets in Syria have crashed in Iran, the foreign media quoted two United States (U.S.) officials on Thursday (08).

Monitoring by U.S. military and intelligence assets has concluded that at least four missiles crashed as they flew over Iran. The U.S. believes, based on intelligence reports of damage assessments, that some buildings were damaged and civilians may have been hurt.

It's unclear where in Iran the missiles landed. The Russian ships have been positioned in the south Caspian Sea, meaning the likely flight path for missiles into Syria would cross over both Iran and Iraq.

The Russians have been firing a relatively new cruise missile called "Kaliber," using it for the first time in combat.

On Wednesday, Russia said it had fired 26 missiles at 11 targets in North and North-west Syria - about 1,500km (930 miles) away. However,on Thursday, it reiterated that all the rockets hit their targets.

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