Iran's leader warns Iraq not to weaken Shi'ite militias

Iran fired missiles on Sunday into eastern Syria, aiming at the bases of militant groups it holds responsible for attacks in Tehran which left 18 dead last week, Iran's Tasnim news agency reported.

As reporter Anshel Pfeffer observes, this is a "major development" and constitutes the "first operational use of mid-range missiles by Iran since war with Iraq".

"The (Syrian) regime and militia ground attack started this dawn and our forces are holding on to their positions", said Saad al Haj, spokesman for Osoud al Sharqiya, one of the largest rebel groups operating in the area.

Iran has been involved in Syria's long-running civil war, in which it has backed embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad.

As well as punishing "terrorists", it was meant to show that Iran is capable of projecting military power across the region, officials and experts said.

The Russian defense ministry said in a statement on Monday that it was suspending the deal after the USA military confirmed that it downed a Syrian Air Force fighter jet on Sunday after it dropped bombs near us partner forces.

Iran's firing of rockets over sovereign borders, instead of relying on military assets it already has inside Syria, also raised questions about its motivations - whether it was trying to send a message about its capabilities and boldness to the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia as well as to ISIS. The regional and global sponsors of the terrorists must receive the revealing message of the assault, ' he said.

"It was necessary that Iran gave such response to the IS after their recent terror attacks in Tehran". On Monday, Russia warned the United States that it will treat the US-led coalition planes in Syria, west of the Euphrates, as targets.

"Riyadh must know that all of its oil regions are within the range of Iranian missiles", he said. Russian Federation is the only nation that essentially keeps Syria and Iran from attacking the USA coalition in Syria.

The Hashemite kingdom is both under threat from Sunni Islamist groups like Islamic State and the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as Iran's growing influence in the region. The location where the sixth missile struck is unknown.

The launch takes place just a couple of hours after Iran's Supreme leader said "they can not slap us in the face".

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps has tens of thousands of forces, including foreign fighters in Syria.

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". The Guard released black-and-white footage it said came from a drone showing the strikes, a column of thick black smoke rising into the sky after the attack.

  • Leroy Wright