Iran calls missile attack on Syria militants a wider warning

Frederick Owens
June 20, 2017

Sunday's assault marked an extremely rare direct attack from the Islamic Republic amid its support for embattled Syrian president Bashar Assad.

Tehran has retaliated to the twin attacks claimed by the Islamic State earlier this month targeting their positions in Syria with missile strikes.

"The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps warns the takfiri terrorists and their supporters in the region and outside the region that if they repeat their evil measures against the Iranian nation, the IRGC's revolutionary rage and flames of revenge will hit those responsible for such actions and will send criminals to hell", the statement said.

Iran's much-vaunted missile strike on Islamic State targets in Syria late Sunday was a flop, with six of the seven medium-range missiles it fired failing to hit their target, Israeli sources said Monday.

Iran fired ground-to-ground missiles into eastern Syria on Sunday, allegedly targeting Islamic State terrorists and marking a significant escalation in the Syrian Civil War.

Seventeen people were killed when gunmen and suicide bombers attacked the parliament complex and the shrine of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in the Iranian capital.

The former MP emphasized that the missile attack is also justifiable in terms of worldwide norms.

"I'm sure that because of this neither the USA nor anyone else will take any actions to threaten our aircraft", he told the state-owned RIA Novosti news agency. The missiles flew over 500 miles over Iraqi territory, and are the first mid-range projectiles launched by Iran since its war with Iraq, which ended in 1988.

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"Iran's missile capability protects its citizens in lawful self-defense [and] advances common global fight to eradicate IS [and] extremist terror", he wrote on Twitter.

Sheikholeslam added Iran's missile attack will definitely make ISIS and other terrorists more vulnerable.

Iran's weapons programme is also a major concern for its Sunni arch-rival Saudi Arabia.

"Based on credible information, the missile operation against Daesh has been successful", Revolutionary Guards spokesman General Ramezan Sharif said on the elite force's Sepahnews website.

Sunday's missile strike came amid recent confrontations in Syria between USA -backed forces and pro-government factions. However, the test launches haven't affect Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

In response, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran on Monday not to threaten Israel.

That puts the missile in range of the forward headquarters of the U.S. military's Central Command in Qatar, American bases in the United Arab Emirates and the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet in Bahrain.

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