Iran's top leader opposes Iraqi Kurdish independence vote

Late Sunday, the elite Revolutionary Guards launched six missiles from western Iran into Syria's mostly Islamic State group-held Deir Ezzor province, hitting an IS command base, the Guards said.

"Iran's move to use home-made missiles against ISIS hideouts in Deir ez-Zor was a milestone in fight against terrorism in the region", he said in an interview with the Tasnim News Agency on Sunday.

Lawmakers in Iran have said that these firings are more than just a warning to terrorists - they are also an indication of Iran's dismissal of US Congress initiatives to tackle issues with Iran.

The paramilitary force warned Islamic State militants and their "regional and worldwide supporters" that similar retaliatory attacks would target them as well if another assault in Iran occurs.

There was no official reaction from Syria, which has been backed by Iran as it seeks to force Islamic State forces off of its territory. The extremist group's 7 June attack on Tehran left at least 18 people dead and more than 50 injured.

"A number of mid-range ground-to-ground missiles [were] fired from the IRGC Aerospace Force bases in Kermanshah and Kurdistan provinces", according to a statement from the IRGC announcing the attack.

The incident closely followed Sunday's United States downing of a piloted Syrian army jet in the southern Raqqa countryside after it dropped bombs near US-backed forces. After the attack, the Instagram account associated with Khamenei shared a picture of the missile launch with the words "We will strike them".

The foreign ministry said the missile strike had been coordinated in advance with the Syrian government.

Both the Iranian strikes and the US's downing of the Syrian plane, followed by its tensions with Russian Federation, come as various players in the region jostle and scramble for position to take over territory in the post-ISIS era.

Abadi's one-day visit to Iran came after his visit to Saudi Arabia.

The Iranian missiles hit near a pair of cities in eastern Syria where officials said top ISIS leadership and its "bureaucracy" have fled to since leaving the terror group's so-called capital of Raqqa months ago.

Russian Federation briefly suspended the 2015 memorandum of understanding on the air operations after US forces fired Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian air base in April.

He said Iran was against the presence of American forces in Iraq under any circumstance including training Iraqi forces.

A U.S. Navy F/A-18 shot down a Syrian government fighter jet shortly after the Syrians bombed U.S. -backed fighters in northern Syria on June 18, 2017.

Analysts were saying that the Iranian missile launches were as much a message to the U.S. and Israel as they were to ISIS.

It also raised questions about how U.S. President Donald Trump's administration, which had previously put Iran "on notice" for its ballistic missile tests, will respond.

A bipartisan conceit has been that the USA can defeat Islamic State by ducking the larger conflict in Syria, and now we're finding out that may not be possible. Israel also is concerned about Iran's missiles and has deployed a multilayered missile-defense system.

It is the first time the USA military has downed a Syrian aircraft since the civil war began in 2011, officials said.

Outside observers said Sunday's strike underscored a growing willingness on the part of Assad's forces to confront the US -led coalition as they jostle to roll back Islamic State militants from eastern Syria.

  • Salvatore Jensen