Iran launches missiles into eastern Syria

Michele Moreno
June 29, 2017

Fighting in Syria escalated on Sunday as the United States downed a Syrian warplane that targeted ground forces fighting ISIS, while Iran launched missiles at ISIS targets in eastern Syria, The New York Times reported.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said that several "ground-to-ground, mid-range missiles" were fired from bases in West Iran's Kermanshah province.

A senior Iranian leader and confidant of the Islamic Republic's president is threatening to "depose" President Donald Trump if he continues his policy of confronting Iran and its terror proxy groups in the Middle East, according to recent comments that come as Iranian military leaders threaten missile strikes on US forces and bases in the region.

The complex attacks in Tehran included shootings and at least one suicide bombing at the Iranian parliament and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, south of the capital.

The strike was "revenge" for twin attacks in Tehran on June 7 that killed 17 people in the first IS-claimed attacks inside the Shiite-ruled Islamic republic, a Guards spokesman added.

The threats come as Iranian politicians and military leaders amp up their rhetoric against the Trump administration following a series of strikes in Syria on Iranian-backed forces bolstering embattled President Bashar al-Assad.

The launch of surface-to-surface medium range missiles into Syria's Deir el-Zour province comes as Islamic State militants fleeing a USA -led coalition onslaught increasingly try to fortify their positions there. State television footage showed the missiles on truck missile launchers in the daylight before being launched at night.

The Iranian strike targeted the "headquarters and gathering centers of Takfiri terrorists supporting and building vehicle bombs", Iran's Tasnim news agency reported.

"Iran has been providing advisory military support for the governments in Syria and Iraq in their fight to oust the IS militants, who overran large swaths of the two Arab countries in 2014".

"The message of the revolutionary and punishing move is totally clear", the Guard said in its statement, carried by the state-run IRNA news agency.

The powerful counterattack, Sharif said, had sent across a "clear message" to "terrorists, their regional and worldwide backers, and also all those, who might even consider threatening our country's national security".

It's also created to signal to the USA that Iran is fighting the Islamic State on its own terms, he added.

"Obviously and clearly, some reactionary countries of the region, especially Saudi Arabia, had announced that they are trying to bring insecurity into Iran".

Israel, which is itself believed to have atomic weapons, says the programme aims to produce a nuclear bomb - something Iran denies.

Meanwhile, tensions between the U.S. and Iran have mounted since President Donald Trump took office, with the two countries imposing sanctions on one another last month.

"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 Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu responded sharply saying "I have a message to Iran: Do not threaten Israel".

Other reports by Insurance News

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