The missiles destroyed heavy equipment and killed fighters that Islamic State had transferred from its stronghold, Raqqa, to Palmyra, the Russian Defense Ministry has said.  The Russian warships, a frigate named Admiral Essen and submarine named Krasnodar, fired Kalibr cruise missiles on combat vehicles and militants outside the Syrian city of Palmyra, the Defense Ministry said.   The four cruise missiles were fired from the eastern Mediterranean, it noted in a statement. The

submarine fired its missiles while submerged.  According to the MoD, “[the ships] targeted an area east of Palmyra, where the militants’ heavy weaponry and manpower were located. The militants moved there from Raqqa. All targets have been destroyed,” it said.  The US, Turkish, and Israeli militaries received an appropriate warning in advance of the missile launches through active hotlines, the Defense Ministry added. READ MORE