U.S.: Russian missiles mistakenly hit Iran

Oct 08, 2015, 2:48 AM EDT
A Syrian man carries his two girls as he walks across the rubble following a barrel bomb attack on the rebel-held neighbourhood of al-Kalasa in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on September 17, 2015.

Russian cruise ships have been positioned in the south Caspian sea since Russia's introduction to the fire fight in Syria. Now, U.S. officials have reported that at least four cruise missiles launched from a Russian vessel, aimed at targets in Syria, have crashed into Iran, although the locations themselves are not now known. The numbers of civilians hurt is also unknown at this time. CNN reports:

A number of cruise missiles launched from a Russian ship and aimed at targets in Syria have crashed in Iran, two U.S. officials told CNN Thursday.
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.
Russia's ambassador to Ankara had earlier been summoned three times in response to recent violations of Turkey's airspace. Turkey is a Nato member.
The military alliance is also boosting its response forces to be able to deploy troops speedily.
In other developments:
- Russia's defence ministry says the latest series of air strikes hit 27 targets early on Thursday - and that they all belonged to IS
- US Secretary of State John Kerry tells his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in a phone call that the two countries must move forward with technical talks on avoiding accidents in Syria
- Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko tells the BBC that "Russia wants to create a belt of instability from Syria to Ukraine"