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Russian Missiles Aimed At Syria Reportedly Hit Iran

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 8/10/2015 Daniel Marans
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Russian missiles aimed at Syria reportedly landed in Iran on Thursday.

The mistaken bombing, launched from a Russian warship in the Mediterranean Sea, was first reported by CNN, which received the information from two unnamed U.S. officials.

The report is consistent with Iranian media accounts of an explosion in northwestern Iran.

The Islamic Republic Press Agency, an official Iranian government press outlet, reported on Thursday that the governor of Takab said an "unidentified flying object" near the town crashed and then exploded.

The article contained a photo of a drone, however, and did not provide details about the origins of the crash and explosion.

Iranian journalists have subsequently tweeted government reports.

A Pentagon spokesperson declined to comment on the incident.

The Iranian and Russian governments did not immediately respond to request for comment.

The purported bombing error is likely to be an embarrassment for Russian President Vladimir Putin, who began bombing Syrian rebel targets on Sept. 30. Russia hopes to shore up ally Syrian President Bashar Assad. It says it shares the United States' goal of destroying the Islamic State, but it has targeted other rebel groups as well, eliciting criticism from the U.S.

Iran has also backed the Syrian government in its four-year campaign to crush a popular rebellion.

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