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The cruise missiles in question had been used to attack Syria during a US-led strike operation against Syrian military targets on April 14, however, failed to detonate for unknown reasons.

 The captured missiles were reportedly delivered to Russian military forces in Syria on April 17 and have since been transferred to Russia via plane as of April 18. TASS says that the Russian Ministry of Defence has not commented as of this time.

The failure of the missiles to detonate can likely be put down to one of two things; first, general operational failure or, second, failure due to jamming by electronic warfare systems.

Syria Hands Over Two Unexploded Cruise Missiles To Russia Found After US-led Strike – Russian Media

Syria Hands Over Two Unexploded Cruise Missiles To Russia Found After US-led Strike - Russian Media

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Two unexploded cruise missiles have been found by the Syrian military after the April 14 US missile strike on the country, the Russian state-run news agency TASS reported citing a source in the Syrian Defense Ministry.

According to the report, these cruise missiles have been handed over to Russia.

“Two cruise missiles that did not detonate during the US missile strike on Syria overnight to April 14 were found by the Syrian military. Both are in rather good condition. These missiles were handed over to Russian officer the day before yesterday [April 17],” TASS quoted  the source as saying.

The source added that these missiles had been “sent to Russia by plane” on April 18.

It’s important to note that TASS has obtained no official confirmation of its report from the Russian Defense Ministry.

On April 14, the US, the UK and France carried out a massive missile strike on Syrian targets justifying their move by civilian casualties in the alleged April 7 chemical attack in the town of Douma. The Pentagon said that the three countries had launched 105 missiles, all of which hit their targets. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the Syrian Air Defense Forces intercepted 71 of the launched missiles.

Furthermore, Russia says that the Douma chemical attack was starged. The US-led bloc says that the chemical attack was carried out by Syrian government forces.

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