Iran's Real Missile Target Wasn't Syria
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 8:24
'The missile attack on the Daesh was an overwhelming response to the terrorist group, as well as a message saying that the global community must show more determination to fight terrorism, ' said Iranian Representative Ali Reza Rahimi.
In the backdrop of the Trump administration's tougher stance toward Tehran and the foundation of a regional coalition against Tehran's mischief-making, the new sanctions will mark a major shift from Obama's hands-off approach to Iran's nefarious activities.
The Iranian government has described the attackers as being "long affiliated with the Wahhabi", an ultraconservative form of Sunni Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia, but has so far stopped short of directly blaming Riyadh.
The six mid-range ballistic missiles were fired from the IRGC bases in the western provinces of Kordestan and Kermanshah in the final hours of Sunday. The extremists increasingly have fled to Deir el-Zour as the Islamic State group's de facto capital of Raqqa has come under punishing US -led airstrikes.
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. Two other times this month the US has shot down Iranian-made drones in southern Syria that were deemed to pose a threat to USA and partner forces.
Israel also remains concerned about Iran's missile launches. While taking Obama's weak stance as a cue to continue testing missiles and ramp up its meddling in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen, the Guards and regime officials have constantly claimed that their actions are not in violation of the nuclear accord.
Iran said they launched six Zolfaghar medium range missiles at an ISIS target in Syria 450 kilometers away, in retaliation for the recent ISIS attack in Tehran that left 17 people dead.
On several occasions in recent weeks, warplanes of the US-led coalition have also struck pro-regime forces to prevent them advancing from the Al Tanf garrison in southeastern Syria at a spot where the country's borders join Iraq and Jordan.
"This, if you like, is help for the terrorists that the U.S. are fighting under what they call their anti-terrorism policy", said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.
Iran's homegrown missiles, a serious point of contention with Washington and Jerusalem, are said to be able to reach up to 2,000 kilometers (about 1,240 miles).
Israeli Chief of Staff General Gadi Eisenkot attends an official memorial ceremony marking the tenth anniversary of the 2006 war between Israel and Lebanon's Hezbollah movement, at the military cemetery of Mount Herzl in Jerusalem on July 19, 2016.
"The first message is that Iran punishes terrorists", he said. "Otherwise, you're threatened with the path to hell", according to the Iranian statement. Iran, while rejecting the claims, says its missiles are for defense only.