Iran sends a message with missile strike in Syria
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 17:27
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.
That attack marked the first to hit Iran, shocking its residents who believed the chaos engulfing the rest of the Middle East would not find them in the Shiite-majority nation.
Tehran has devoted vast military and financial resources to propping up the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a six-year civil war.
In this picture released by the Iranian state-run IRIB News Agency on Monday, June 19, 2017, a missile is fired from city of Kermanshah in western Iran targeting the Islamic State group in Syria.
Two U.S. officials said Iran fired six ballistic missiles during the attack - one Fatah-110 and five IRSS-1 "Zulfiqar" missiles.
Iran boasted of the strike throughout the weekend, with military officials declaring Iran a top missile power capable of fighting all military forces in the region, including the United States.
Australia on Tuesday suspended its airstrikes against IS targets in Syria as a precaution, after Russian Federation announced it was suspending the hotline and warned the USA -led coalition not to fly over Syrian army positions west of the Euphrates River.
General Ramazan Sharif of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) warned ISIS from carrying out future attacks because "if they carry out a specific action to violate our security, definitely there will be more launches, with intensified strength".
The latest blatant attack by the United States confirms what many already know, the Pentagon is risking a major war to defend ISIS, the brainchild of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Going one step further, the argument would note: Even if Iran's nuclear program is now delayed by its deal with the West, in around another eight years, Iran could be launching ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads attached. The missiles strikes were launched in coordination with Damascus.
On June 7, Daesh terrorists launched simultaneous attacks on Iran's parliament building in downtown Tehran and on the mausoleum of Imam Khomeini, south of the city.
Abadi is on a regional tour that started in Saudi Arabia and will include a stop in Kuwait.
"Our battlefield will be wherever there is a threat", local media quoted him as saying.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif defended the attack in a Twitter post on Monday. "I have one message for Iran: Don't threaten Israel", Netanyahu said.