Times of Israel: Iran Missile Strike Missed Target

The Guards fired six missiles from the west of Iran across the border and into Syria's mostly IS-held Deir Ezzor province, targeting an IS command base, they said earlier.

Senior Iranian officials, however, have pointed a finger at Saudi Arabia, Iran's Sunni regional rival.

Two U.S. officials said Iran fired six ballistic missiles during the attack - one Fatah-110 and five IRSS-1 "Zulfiqar" missiles. Israel also remains concerned about Iran's missile launches.

President Donald Trump has ordered stepped-up military operations against Islamic State and delegated more authority to his generals, but without a comprehensive Syria strategy, his approach risks further confrontation with Syria, Iran and even Russian Federation, according to US officials and analysts.

These incidents, however, are tactical, not part of any USA strategy in Syria, analysts said.

"So far, we only posted military advisors on the ground in Syria and Iraq", he said.

"We continually review the merits, both from the standpoint of diplomatic but also worldwide consequences, of designating the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in its entirety as a terrorist organisation", Tillerson said.

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.

"Iran is trying to play at being a great power", explained Channel 2 Middle East analyst Ehud Ya'ari.

But the missiles sent a message to more than just the extremists in Iraq and Syria, Sharif told state television in a telephone interview.

"The message of the revolutionary and punishing move is totally clear", the Guard said in its statement, carried by the state-run IRNA news agency. The attackers were Iranian citizens.

Israel also remains concerned about Iran's missile launches.

The launch takes place just a couple of hours after Iran's Supreme leader said "they can not slap us in the face". They will reveal the location of missile sites and will provide details about the actual missiles.

IRNA reported that on Sunday night the IRGC, "in retaliation, bombarded Daesh positions in Deir Ez-Zor province" to 'punish the Daesh and manifest Iran's resolve to pursue military and non-military goals, ' according to Rahimi.

Last week, Iran accused the USA of supporting ISIS attacks in Tehran which left at least 18 people dead. The statement also promised more retribution attacks should Iran fall victim to any more terror attacks.

Meanwhile, tensions between the United States and Iran have mounted since President Donald Trump took office, with the two countries imposing sanctions on one another last month.

Since Trump took office, his administration has described putting Iran "on notice" over the missile tests and put new economic sanctions on those allegedly involved with the program. That's believed to fall in the last 10 days of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, now underway.

The missiles successfully hit the targets, Sharif said. When Iran unveiled the Zolfaghar in 2016, it bore a banner printed with a 2013 anti-Israeli quote by Khamenei saying that Iran will annihilate the cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa should Israel attack Iran.

"We follow their actions and we follow their words", he said Monday. He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

  • Leroy Wright