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A Russian submarine in the Mediterranean fired cruise missiles at Al-Qaeda-linked militant positions in northwestern Syria Friday, a day after extremists wounded three Russian troops in the area, the Defense Ministry said.Thursday, three Russian troops were wounded after militants encircled 29 Russian military officers deployed outside of Idlib for several hours. The Syrian army could not be reached for comment but a Syrian military source quoted on state media later said that the army had captured several areas in the enclave.The Syrian army – supported by Russian air power and Iranian-backed fighters – isolated the pocket, Daesh's last presence in central Syria, in August during its eastward drive against the militants.The Syrian army's main focus has been its offensive against Daesh in the east of the country, where the militant group is also facing an offensive by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.
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