Iran Regime's Claims to Attack ISIS May Not Be What It Seems
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 20, 2017,
Jun 20, 2017, 16:17
In apparent revenge to Islamic State attack in Tehran on June 7, Iran's Revolutionary Guard launched missiles into eastern Syria targeting terrorists and warning that it would similarly retaliate on anyone else carrying out attacks in the Islamic Republic.
Early reports indicate full-fledged success as all Iranian missiles hit the predetermined targets; A large number of terrorists have been killed and their equipment and weapons destroyed.
It appears that the Regime attempted to launch missiles into Syria, in order to gain control of an oil-rich area which was inhabited by ISIS militants, without even attempting to warn collation forces or civilians of the upcoming attacks and allow them time to evacuate.
The Guards Corp said it successfully "targeted the headquarters and meeting place and suicide-car assembly line" of "ISIS terrorists" in the province of Deir el-Zour, where ISIS forces surround an estimated 200,000 people in a government-held section of the provincial capital of the same name.
Yesterday's strike came after twin attacks in Tehran on June 7 killed 17 people, in the first attacks in Iran claimed by IS.
Israel also remains concerned about Iran's missile launches and has deployed a multilayered missile-defense system over fears of potential Iranian attacks.
It also raises questions about how U.S. President Donald Trump's administration, which already said it put Iran "on notice" for its ballistic missile tests, will respond. "I have one message to Iran: Do not threaten Israel".
Iran's homemade missiles, which can hit targets up to 2,000 kilometres (1,200 miles) away, are a major point of tension with Washington and Israel.
The Guard, which is also involved in the fight against the Islamic State group in neighboring Iraq, controls Iran's missile program.
But in April, Russia briefly suspended a hotline meant to prevent midair incidents with the US over Syria after the American military fired 59 missiles at a Syrian air base following a chemical weapons attack that Washington blamed on the Assad government.
Iranian television showed footage of the missiles being launched into the night sky.
Iran has been formally PUT ON NOTICE for firing a ballistic missile.Should have been thankful for the bad deal the USA made with them!
Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel was not anxious by Sunday's strike.
Syrian opposition activist Omar Abu Laila said two Iranian missiles fell in and near the eastern town of Mayadeen, an IS stronghold.
Gambrell reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.