Iran missile attack in IS a public demand
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 16:27
Earlier on Monday, Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) announced that the Sunday attack on the "terrorists" in Syria's eastern region of Deir ez-Zor had been coordinated with the Syrian government.
The extremist group's 7 June attack on Tehran left at least 18 people dead and more than 50 injured.
Iranian television showed footage of the missiles being launched into the night sky.
The incident with the Syrian plane began after the US -backed rebel fighters, called the Syrian Democratic Forces, were attacked by what the American military called "pro-Syrian regime forces".
Sharif said the attacks were launched from two provinces of mostly Sunni Muslim population 'to send the message of Iranian unity against terrorism. On the one hand, Iran is making an unprecedented use of its weapons technology while on the other hand, it is targeting ISIS in supposed retaliation for the terror attack inside its own country.
The U.S. military has confirmed it killed a top Islamic State cleric in an airstrike.
Iran's missiles are a focus of the new sanctions bill for which the U.S. Senate voted unanimously last week.
Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman of a parliamentary committee on foreign affairs and national security, called Sunday's strike "an appropriate response to the US Senate vote".
"The Saudis and Americans are especially receivers of this message", he said.
Hossein Sheikholeslam, adviser to the Iranian Foreign Ministry, a former ambassador to Syria, voiced to Sputnik Persian an official position of Iran with regards to the conducted operation, adding that in case of need, similar operation will be repeated upon certain agreement and in coordination with the coalition of Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Russian Federation.
According to Ya'ari, three of the seven missiles did not even reach Syrian territory, and instead landed in Iraq.
The missile also could strike Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.
Iran's onslaught on the MEK came following the MEK's launch of more than a dozen mortar attacks around Tehran. Izadi said it was partly intended for a Saudi audience.
Iranian media reported that it was the first time the country's armed forces had used such missiles outside its country in thirty years.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the $110 billion (100 billion euro) deal was aimed at helping the kingdom deal with "malign Iranian influence". "Which were contrary to worldwide law and the United Nations charter", ministry spokesman Bahram Ghassemi told Iranian media.
"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.
After Iran launched missiles into Syria, an advisor to the Iranian foreign minister, Sheikh Hussein al-Islam, said that Israel "is the main enemy" of Iran and that Israel should be anxious. "And I have one message to Iran: Do not threaten Israel". Considered most loyal to Iran's theocratic regime, the IRCG-AF controls all of Iran's ballistic missiles, which is considered the largest missile arsenal in the Middle East region.