Iran Fires Missile at Daesh Target in Syria

Violet Powell
June 29, 2017

The six mid-range ballistic missiles were fired from the IRGC bases in the western provinces of Kordestan and Kermanshah in the final hours of Sunday.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard is warning Islamic State militants that missile attacks launched into eastern Syria the previous day can be repeated if the extremists take action against Iran's security.

Iran says its ballistic missile strike targeting the Islamic State group in Syria was not only a response to deadly attacks in Tehran, but a powerful message to archrival Saudi Arabia and the United States, one that could add to already soaring regional tensions. Iran has been aiding the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and is a key ally to the Syrian forces alongside Russian Federation and the Iranian-backed Hezbollah movement.

The countermeasure killed dozens of ISIL terrorists, including six of the group's Libyan commanders, with one of the missiles reportedly hitting a ISIL command center in the province's city of al-Mayadin.

"If the Iranians were trying to show their capabilities and to signal to Israel and to the Americans that these missiles are operational, the result was rather different", Channel 2 analyst Ehud Yaari said.

"Today Daesh is fleeing Iraq and this is an admirable success", Khamenei said in reference to the jihadist group as he received Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Tehran.

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Tourjman went on to say that the strikes also carried a message to the sponsors of terrorism, particularly the USA government which, on the one hand, claims it is fighting terrorism, and on the other hand sponsors ISIS militants. "It was far from a direct hit or what they have said", he told the Herzliya Conference Tuesday evening.

It was the first missile attack by Iran outside its own territory in 30 years, since the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-88, media in the Islamic republic reported.

The U.S. -led coalition headquarters in Iraq said in a written statement that a U.S. F-18 Super Hornet shot down a Syrian government SU-22 after it dropped bombs near the U.S. partner forces, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces.

The missile also could strike Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.

US President Donald Trump meanwhile accuses Iran of backing terrorism - a charge it denies - and has threatened to tear up a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters.

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