Russian Federation expects explanation from U.S. on downed Syrian jet
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 22:06
The attack was carried out in the final hours of Sunday, when six mid-range ballistic missiles were fired from the Islamic Revolution Guards Corp bases in the western provinces of Kordestan and Kermanshah.
Iran says its Monday missile attack against Takfiri targets in Syria in retaliation for terror attacks against Tehran was "just a small slap" in the face of the terrorists and their patrons.
The Guard described the missile strike as revenge for attacks on Tehran earlier this month that killed at least 18 people and wounded more than 50, the first such ISIS assault in the country.
The Islamic republic of Iran is a key ally of the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad, alongside Russian Federation and the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement of Lebanon. Also, Iran fired several ballistic missiles Sunday night at IS positions in eastern Syria.
It also raises questions about how U.S. President Donald Trump's administration, which had previously put Iran "on notice" for its ballistic missile tests, will respond. US officials have claimed that some of these missiles have been given to the Houthi rebels in Yemen, who are now fighting a coalition of Arab forces, some of whom are USA allies.
Israel's military Chief of Staff is disputing Iranian claims of successfully launching missiles at militants in Syria.
Russia's Defence Ministry said yesterday it would view as targets any flying objects over Syria in areas of the country where its air forces operate.
Women are seen inside the parliament during an attack in central Tehran, Iran, June 7, 2017.
He said Iran was attempting to "get more accurate rockets" in its "push for hegemony" in the Middle East-but it was not there yet.
Analyst Foad Izadi said the strike was meant to convey several messages.
The Guards' missile strike sends a message that extends beyond the fighting in Syria, said non-resident fellow Amir Handjani at the Atlantic Council research centre. However, it stopped short of directly blaming the kingdom for the attack, though many in the country expressed suspicion Iran's regional rival had a hand in the attack.
Ehud Ya'ari of Israel's Channel 2 said that only one of the Iranian missiles actually managed to reach its intended target in Syria.
In response, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran on Monday not to threaten Israel.
"Firing these missiles from 600 or 700 kilometers away onto a small building... demonstrates Iran's capacity and intelligence capabilities" against jihadist groups, he added.