Iran says missile strike targeting ISIS was warning to US, Saudis

In another first, Iran - another close Assad ally - fired ballistic missiles at IS targets in eastern Syria, in the province of Deir el-Zour, later on Sunday.

Two U.S. officials said Iran fired six ballistic missiles during the attack - one Fatah-110 and five IRSS-1 "Zulfiqar" missiles. On June 7, gunmen and suicide bombers attacked the parliament complex and the shrine of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran, killing 17 people. Reportedly, they were aiming for ISIS troops in retaliation for the terror attacks in Tehran at the beginning of the month, but the Iranians failed to notify the US-backed troops who are fighting ISIS in the area.

Six medium-range ballistic missiles were launched on the extremist group's bases in Dayr al-Zawr and according to spokesman Bahram Qassemi of the foreign ministry, they were "fatal blows" which served as "just a wake-up warning to those who still can not or have not managed to decently comprehend the realities of the region and their own limits".

Sharif told The Associated Press that the missile launch reflected Iran's "military power", though Iran has no intention of starting another war.

While the Revolutionary Guard in Tehran boasted that the seven missiles overflew Iraq on their way to hitting an Islamic State command center and suicide vehicle bomb operation in Deir el-Zour, Israeli observers called the launchings a "flop".

Iran has been formally PUT ON NOTICE for firing a ballistic missile.Should have been thankful for the bad deal the US made with them!

The attack also came as emboldened Sunni Arab states - backed by U.S. President Donald Trump - are hardening their stance against Iran.

"Terrorists must know that the Islamic Republic, as a powerful country in the region and the world, will not tolerate their destabilizing acts", Boroujerdi said.

Lavrov said the mechanism worked "quite well", adding: "The Americans represented not only themselves, but the entire coalition".

Iran's larger, longer-range missiles have struggled with accuracy problems in the past, as many lack global positioning satellite receivers.

The Zolfaghar missile, unveiled in September 2016, was described at the time as carrying a cluster warhead and being able to strike as far as 700 kilometers (435 miles) away. However, it stopped short of directly blaming the kingdom for the attack, though many in the country have expressed suspicion that Iran's regional rival had a hand in the assault. As analyst Maysam Behravesh noted, the strike was also meant to send a message to Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the United States, at a time of open Trump administration collusion with its two major allies against Iran.

  • Leroy Wright