Iran's IRGC Warns Strikes Targeting IS Could Be Repeated

Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani says Iran's missile attack on Daesh positions in Syria demonstrated the Islamic Republic's resolve to battle terrorism.

He billed Iran's retaliatory missile strike as a countermeasure of just a "very limited scale".

The United States said the Syrian army plane shot down on Sunday had dropped bombs near fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US -backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters battling to capture the city of Raqqa from IS. A spokesperson said that Iran has dealt a "shattering blow" to ISIS but has also sent a warning that it will not accept plots against the Islamic Republic and more specifically, it will not pay any attention to the bills that the US Senate is passing.

The U.S. -led coalition fighting the Islamic State group said a U.S. F-15 fighter jet shot down the drone "after it displayed hostile intent" while approaching a military camp near the Syria-Jordan border.

They added that the coalition's mission in Syria and Iraq is to defeat the Islamic State.

The IRGC claimed that the strike was in retaliation for the terrorist attack which killed 17 civilians in Tehran earlier this month, but many have speculated that the Regime planned the terror attack themselves in order to gain sympathy from the global community as the victims were mainly people protesting the Iranian Regime.

Israel is also concerned about Iran's missile launches and has deployed a multilayered missile-defense system.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cautioned Iran not to threaten Israel after Tehran said it launched missiles at Islamic State (IS) targets in Syria. An IRGC statement confirming the strikes noted they were a retaliation against an ISIS attack in Tehran, the Iranian capital, earlier this month.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards said in a statement that it fired missiles from a base in western Iran hitting the headquarters of "Takfiri terrorists" in eastern Syria.

Rouhani went on to say that Iran's policy on worldwide issues has not changed and the country will respond firmly to any move that seeks to undermine "the Islamic Republic's greatness".

The strike, which took place with Syria's consent, delivered "fatal blows" to terror outfits and their central command post in Dayr al-Zawr, he added. Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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. The extremists have been trying to fortify their positions in the Syrian city in the face of a US -led coalition onslaught on Raqqa, the group's de facto capital.

He also urged world powers to be more serious and to show in practical terms rather than in words the confrontation with the IS and other extremist groups to avoid 'manipulating terrorism to achieve their own interests'.

  • Leroy Wright