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uise missiles launched from a Russian warship in the Mediterranean Sea. Two of four rockets fired from a Russian frigate and a Russian submarine. Their target, Islamic State militants near the Syrian city of Palmyra. These images released by the Russian Defense Ministry on Wednesday.
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said the missiles were aimed at forces and equipment that Islamic State had previously deployed in Raqqa, and that all were destroyed.
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The United States, Turkey, and Israel were warned before the strike, the Ministry said. A Russian news agency says it's the first strike of its kind since November, although it's unclear exactly when it took place. Moscow is a firm ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, along with Iran. Russia's intervention in the war has turned the tide in Assad's favor, even as the Kremlin coordinates with Washington over fighting Islamic State.