Iran's Khamenei ordered missile strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria: Guards
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 5:51
Speaking to the Al-Miyadin network, Al-Islam said that the missile strike showed the strength of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and that Iran "will not allow terrorism to determine the future of the region".
BEIRUT 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. On Monday, Russia warned the United States that it will treat the US-led coalition planes in Syria, west of the Euphrates, as targets.
The United States has said its recent actions against Syrian government forces and allied militia have been self-defensive in nature, aimed at stopping attacks on USA -led coalition forces or their local allies.
Mohammadreza Aref, the leader of the pro-reform Hope faction, praised the missile attacks on ISIS strongholds, saying it was a "response to ill-wishers of the Islamic Iran".
Israel's military Chief of Staff is disputing Iranian claims of successfully launching missiles at militants in Syria. At 6:43 p.m., a Syrian SU-22 warplane dropped several bombs near the US -backed fighters. Israel also remains concerned about Iran's missile launches.
Khamenei asked Abadi not to trust the Americans in their fight against the Islamic State, as "they and their regional allies (Saudi Arabia) have created Daesh with their money and do not wish to fully eliminate them" in Iraq.
The Russian defense ministry said in a statement on Monday that it was suspending the deal after the us military confirmed that it downed a Syrian Air Force fighter jet on Sunday after it dropped bombs near USA partner forces.
While Iran fights ISIS in Iraq, it rarely does so in Syria, where it has been mostly expending its resources on fighting the Syrian rebels. US -backed forces have encircled the city of Raqqa and captured several districts from the militants. The attack was in retaliation for combined attacks in Iran earlier this month on both the parliament and the tomb of Ayatollah Khomeini, in which 17 people, including five civilians were killed and more than 50 wounded.
The strikes are the first time Iran has fired missiles at another country in three decades and represent a major escalation of Iran's role in the war in Syria.
Among the 42 missile sites - which include the 12 newly disclosed sites - 15 are part of a manufacturing network, another 25 are being used as missile storage sites, 13 are being used as launching sites and another eight are being used to train missile brigades, the report says.
The official was not authorized to be quoted by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Moscow, for its part, on Monday suspended a crucial safe flights over Syria deal with the US under a memorandum and called the downing of the jet a "violation" of the Syria's sovereignty and worldwide law.
The Deir ez-Zor province would provide the Iranian Regime with a key border crossing in order to facilitate the movement of weapons, money and troops between terrorist groups across the Middle East and Iran.