Russian Federation fires 7 cruise missiles at IS in Syria

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Advanced stealth technology is coupled with 18 torpedoes and eight cruise missiles, which Russian Federation claims will allow the craft to strike land, sea and air targets.

The Russian Defense Ministry said that militants who used to fight against Damascus have agreed to side with the Syrian government troops.

The strikes come as Syria's army battles to oust IS from the provincial capital Deir Ezzor city, after breaking the jihadist group's two-year siege of government-held parts of the metropolis.

Aziz added that they are about 6 kilometers (4 miles) away from the city's eastern entrance.

The extremist group agreed to evacuate territory, for the first time, from a district on the Syria-Lebanon border on August 28.

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Last week, the U.S-led coalition issued a statement saying that it will back its partners on the ground to defeat ISIS and "will do our utmost to ensure that (ISIS) terrorists do not move toward the border of our Iraqi partners". The Hezbollah-negotiated deal allowed the evacuation in exchange for locating the remains of Lebanese soldiers and the release of fighters.

A Syria monitoring group says a convoy of Islamic State militants and their relatives transferred from the border with Lebanon has finally crossed into an extremist stronghold in eastern Syria, ending a standoff with the US -led coalition over their evacuation deal.

On Thursday, a surviving Hezbollah fighter was returned to Lebanon.

Separate suspected Russian and US-led coalition strikes on Syria's Deir Ezzor province killed at least 39 civilians on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.