Russia has unleashed a barrage of airstrikes at ISIS targets in Raqqa, Syria using new Kalibr cruise missiles fired from a submarine in the Mediterranean. However it was what Putin said about those missiles in a meeting at the Kremlin has ISIS shaking in their boots.
Here is what he shared with military leaders:
“With regard to strikes from a submarine. We certainly need to analyse everything that is happening on the battlefield, how the weapons work. Both the [Kalibr] missiles and the Kh-101 rockets are generally showing very good results. We now see that these are new, modern and highly effective high-precision weapons that can be equipped either with conventional or special nuclear warheads…Naturally, we do not need that in fighting terrorists, and I hope we will never need it. But overall, this speaks to our significant progress in terms of improving weaponry and equipment being supplied to the Russian army and navy.”
In short, Putin just warned ISIS and said if this keeps up we will not hesitate to use a nuclear bomb on you.
This would be catastrophic for the region and wipe out any and all infrastructure ISIS has in the area. However it could also cause more anger at the loss of innocent life.
From the Independent:
Vladimir Putin has said he hopes nuclear warheads will not be needed to deal with terrorists, after Russia launched cruise missiles from its submarine at Syria.
During a meeting in the Kremlin, Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu told the President that Kalibr cruise missiles had been fired by the submerged Rostov-on-Don submarine from the Mediterranean Sea for the first time.
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