Iran says it fired missiles targeting Daesh in Syria

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 20, 2017

Iran said its ballistic missile strike targeting ISIS in Syria also served as a warning to archrival Saudi Arabia and the United States, with a former Revolutionary Guard chief writing on Twitter that "The bigger slap is yet to come".

Elaborating on the missile attack, the force said they fired "a number of mid-range ground-to-ground missiles" from the IRGC aerospace force's bases in Iran's western provinces of Kermanshah and Kurdistan.

ISIL, which stands for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and is also known as ISIS, claimed responsibility for the June 7 attacks on Iran's parliament and the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini that left 17 people dead.

As well as punishing "terrorists", it was meant to show that Iran is capable of projecting military power across the region, officials and experts said.

Daraa is where Syria's crisis first broke out in March 2011 as an uprising against President Bashar Assad's government.

"The Coalition's mission is to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria".

The missile strikes are the first reported ground-to-ground attack from Iran into Syria since the latter got embroiled in a civil war in 2011.

Iran revealed footage of the missile strikes, which were caught on camera by Iranian drones flying in Syria, according to a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) commander.

"Regional and global allies of the terrorists must understand this missile operation is a warning message".

The operation comes just days after the U.S. Senate passed the Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act by an overwhelming margin, a new sanctions legislation which targets Iran's ballistic missile program and applies sanctions against the IRGC.

"The fact that Iran responded in this way is not surprising", Becker said.

He pointed out that it was the first time that Iranian missile power showed itself to the world on the ground, and stressed that the enemies of the Islamic Republic should know that "in the event of an invasion or violation of worldwide law, they will be confronted with an overwhelming response".

Iran has sent to Syria military advisers as well as thousands of "volunteer" fighters recruited among its own nationals as well as the Shiite communities in neighbouring Afghanistan and Pakistan since Syria's conflict broke out in March 2011.

Sunday's strike came amid rising tensions between Riyadh and Tehran.

It said the shooting down of the plane was "collective self-defense" and the coalition had contacted Russian counterparts by telephone via an established "de-confliction line to de-escalate the situation and stop the firing". Iranian officials say the missile can carry multiple warheads and has a range of 700km [e].

In that speech, Khamenei also addressed comments made by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that the US policy is to support a "transition" of Iran's government.

The Foreign Ministry director for the Americas, Mohammad Keshavarz-Zadeh, handed over a strongly-worded official letter to the Swiss diplomat whose country represents the USA interests in Iran.

"Security cannot be traded and those who think they can provide their security by dragging extra-regional countries here are making a stupid strategic mistake", he said.

Israeli security officials said Monday they were studying the missile strike to see what they could learn about its accuracy and capabilities. There were casualties, said Abu Laila, who is originally from Deir el-Zour and now lives in Germany, where he runs a website about the province.

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