Russia told US: Syria strikes to include cruise missiles
A frame grab taken from footage released by Russia's Defence Ministry October 3, 2015, shows smoke rising after airstrikes carried out by Russian air force on what Russia says was a bomb factory in Maarat al-Numan, south of the town of Idlib, Syria - REUTERS

WASHINGTON: Russia is waging a significant number of strikes in Syria on Tuesday and told Washington ahead of the attacks it would use both sea-launched cruise missiles and long-range bombers, a U.S. defense official said.

Moscow gave the United States notice ahead of the strikes under an agreement with Washington on air safety protocols, the official said, adding at least some of the strikes targeted the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa.

The U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, stressed that the United States was not coordinating with Russia and the Russian strikes had not prompted the United States to call off any coalition activities.

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