Iran Launches Missiles into Syria targeting ISIS

The American FA-18 shot down the Syrian government warplane south of the town of Tabqah, on the same day that Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps launched several midrange missiles from inside Iran at targets in Syria, hoping to punish Islamic State forces responsible for last week's terror attacks in Tehran.

Tensions escalated on Sunday as the USA army brought down the jet near Raqqa and Iran launched missiles at Islamic State targets in eastern Syria - the first time each state has carried out such actions in the multi-sided Syrian war.

To "honor the blood spilled by innocent people on June 7 in Tehran", the IRGC fired six medium-range ground-to-ground missiles from their bases in Kurdistan and Kermanshah provinces in western Iran.

Hours after the Iranian attack against ISIS, President Trump authorised his forces to shoot down a Syrian government fighter jet.

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.

After Iran launched missiles into Syria, an advisor to the Iranian foreign minister, Sheikh Hussein al-Islam, said that Israel "is the main enemy" of Iran and that Israel should be anxious.

The missile strike was meant as retaliation for the deadly twin terrorist attacks carried out by IS militants in Tehran early this month, cutting short 18 innocent lives and wounding dozens more.

"The Saudis and Americans are especially receivers of this message".

Spicer said Monday that Washington would work to keep lines of communication open to, in his words, "de-conflict potential issues".

Separately, Fox News has learned more about the Iranian missiles fired into eastern Syria yesterday.

Elsewhere, he noted the ample opportunities for cooperation between the two countries, saying "economic, political and security cooperation between Iran and Iraq has arrived at a point where we need a comprehensive trade and economic cooperation document for its further development".

Iran has described the attackers as being "long affiliated with the Wahhabi", an ultraconservative form of Sunni Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia.

The US-led coalition said the location was close to where another pro-regime drone, which intelligence sources had also identified as Iranian, was shot down on June 8 after dropping bombs near coalition forces.

"I hope that the clear message of this attack will be understood by the terrorists as well as their regional and worldwide supporters", said Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the head of the Revolutionary Guards' aerospace unit, according to the website of Iranian state television.

The missile also could strike Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.

The strike served as a message to the U.S. Congress that Iran will not be stopped by sanctions, in addition to marking a "new and major" stage in the country's fight against ISIS, said a statement from the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission.

Iran has a large and diverse ballistic missile arsenal with weapons that comparatively more developed than the Zolfaqar. "This happened even as the US Senate passed a bill focused on Iran's missile power".

"There isn't an over-arching USA strategy driving this", said Charles Lister of the Middle East Institute.

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