Claims that Russian missiles hit Iran are lies and part of psychological war, says Iranian general Musa Kamali
CNN claims that Russian missiles landed in Iran instead of hitting Isis targets in Syria are “blatant lies” and part of a campaign of psychological warfare, a top Iranian military commander said.
Citing anonymous US sources the news channel claimed four Russian cruise missiles fell in Iran instead of continuing toward Syria.
CNN said: "The US believes, based on intelligence reports of damage assessments, that some buildings were damaged and civilians may have been hurt."
The US officials provided no details of where the missiles might have landed. Reuters, Bloomberg, the BBC and AFP news agencies have also carried the report based on CNN's exclusive. US State Department spokesman John Kirby told Reuters he could not confirm CNN’s report.
Iranian general Musa Kamali said: "We have no reports of any Russian missiles crashing in Iran. All those media reports alleging that Russian missiles aiming at Syria hit Iran are blatant lies.
"If the people making those claims had any proof, they would have certainly presented it. The US made similar allegations in the past as part of their psychological warfare against whoever opposes their policies in the region."
Russian government said on Wednesday it launched 26 cruise missiles, hitting targets in the Syrian provinces in the north and north-west. It made no mention of any missiles going astray. The missiles' intended flight paths took them over Iran and Iraq.
The missile attack was part of an expanding Russian military campaign in Syria that has deepened the divide between Moscow and Washington over how to approach the Syrian civil war and the presence there of Isis militants.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said that all the missiles had hit their targets. "Unlike CNN, we don’t distribute information citing anonymous sources, but show the very missile launches and the way they hit their targets almost in real time.
"The high precision strikes might have been unpleasant and surprising for our colleagues in the Pentagon but the fact is that the missiles launched from the ships hit their targets. Otherwise one would have to acknowledge that IS facilities – located at a considerable distance from each other – exploded all by themselves."