Iran says its missiles into Syria hit Islamic State targets
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 17:09
Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) fired missiles at Islamic State's major strongholds in eastern Syria, killing at least 50 ISIS militants, what Nobakht acclaimed as "a symbol of national clout".
The IRGC also said the missile strike killed a "large number" of terrorists and destroyed their supplies, warning it would launch similar assaults in Syria if additional Islamic State attacks occurred in Iran.
Khamenei took to Instagram on Sunday, where he uploaded an edited video that begins with the dramatic footage from the attack inside the Iranian parliament and the ornate mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on June 7.
Syrian Information Minister Mohammad Ramez Tourjman said Iran's missile strikes against ISIS positions in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor have sent a strong message to the government of Donald Trump to drop any potential plan for launching an attack on Iran or mounting a campaign to isolate the Islamic Republic on the global arena.
The missiles were launched from Kermanshah in western Iran near the border with Iraq.
ISIS claimed responsibility for these attacks but senior Iranian officials pointed a finger at Saudi Arabia, the Islamic Republic's biggest regional rival.
More than 170 "terrorists" including some commanders were killed in the missile strike, theirstatement said.
The U.S. military said it shot down an Iranian-made, armed drone in southern Syria on Tuesday, marking the third time this month that that the U.S. has downed aircraft affiliated with Syrian President Bashar Assad's government.
"The Swiss charge d'affaires was summoned to the foreign ministry to be a handed a strong protest from the Islamic Republic of Iran against the comments by the USA secretary of state".
Noting that Iran's policies in relation to the region and global affairs have not changed, Iran's president stressed that if any group tries to attack the country and harm the Islamic Republic they will receive a "decisive answer".
"So far, we only posted military advisors on the ground in Syria and Iraq", he said. However, Iran is not thought to have used ballistic missiles on a foreign target since the Iran-Iraq war. Iran's last foreign missile strike is believed to have been carried out in April 2001, targeting an Iranian exile group in Iraq.
Earlier, Iran had implicitly suggested that the US and Saudi Arabia, its chief regional foe, had insinuated the terrorist attacks in Tehran.
Remembering that the Assad regime is now aligned with Iran as well as Russian Federation, the two airstrikes on American backed forces could not be ignored, requiring retaliation in self-defense.