Russian cruise missiles aimed at Syria land in Iran: report
An image grab from a video released by Russia's defense ministry shows a Russian warship firing cruise missiles into Syria from the Caspian Sea. (YouTube)
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Cruise missiles fired at targets in Syria from a Russian warship accidentally landed in Iran, CNN reported on Thursday, citing two US officials.
According to the report, US intelligence detected that at least four Russian cruise missiles landed in Iran, with the possibility that one such erroneous strike may have caused casualties.
Russia fired cruise missiles at Syrian targets this week without giving any advanced notice, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Thursday, describing a trend of unpredictable military action that has put the United States and its allies on edge.
"We've seen increasingly unprofessional behavior from Russian forces. They violated Turkish airspace ... They shot cruise missiles from the Caspian sea without warning," Carter said after NATO defense talks in Brussels.
Moscow said on Wednesday its warships fired a barrage of missiles at Syrian targets from the Caspian Sea, passing a distance of almost 1,500 km (900 miles) over Iran and Iraq to reach their targets.