Russian ships targeted by Islamic State now under escort through the Bosphorus

Combined Turkish forces are escorting Russian ships through the Bosphorus Strait as a result of an intelligence tip that Islamic State (IS) was planning an attack using missiles and long-barrel weapons, according to a Xinhua news agency report.

Istanbul police and the coast guard were said to have issued a highest-level alarm. As a result Russian ships passing through the Bosphorus were being accompanied by two Turkish attack boats and a police helicopter. Istanbul police have also established nearly 150 security checkpoints in along the strait. Soldiers were seen last week standing guard on a Russian warship.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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