Iran launches missiles into eastern Syria, targets ISIS

Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne

Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne

Iran's Revolutionary Guard uses the term Takfiri to describe ISIS.

Iran's Revolutionary Guards said today missiles it fired into Syria had successfully hit Islamic State group targets in retaliation for Tehran attacks claimed by the jihadists earlier this month.

The IRGC said the missile strikes were a warning to deter future Islamic State attacks.

That Iran would verbally threaten ISIS, Saudi Arabia, the U.S. and Israel is not new.

"The missile attacks were only a small part of Iran's punitive power against terrorists and enemies", Guards spokesman General Ramezan Sharif said Monday.

"Obviously and clearly, some reactionary countries of the region, especially Saudi Arabia, have announced that they are trying to bring insecurity into Iran", he said.

The report noted that the dilemma is complicated by conflicting Russian Federation and Syrian goals of keeping Syrian President Bashar Assad's government in power as opposed to the US-led coalition and Syrian Democratic Force (SDF) allies' efforts to oust Assad.

In March, an official was quoted by Iran's IRNA news agency as saying that about 2,100 combatants sent by Iran have been killed in Syria and Iraq.

The attack last week, which included shootings and at least one suicide bombing, was on Iran's parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic.

Most of the missiles missed their mark, and only one landed on its intended target despite claims by Iran's military that it struck an Islamic State command center and suicide vehicle bomb operation.

A press release by the IRGC stated that the missiles were launched from IRCG Aerospace Force bases in Kordestan and Kermanshah provinces east of Tehran.

On Tuesday, commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) said that Saudi Arabia has been behind June 7 terrorist attacks in Tehran.

The Revolutionary Guards immediately placed blame on Riyadh after the June 7 attacks, with Saudi Arabia rejecting the claims.

The move came shortly after troops of the Bashar al-Assad regime attacked US-backed fighters known as the Syrian Democratic Forces in a village southwest of Raqqa, The Washington Post reported.

The operation comes just days after the U.S. Senate passed the Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act by an overwhelming margin, a new sanctions legislation which targets Iran's ballistic missile program and applies sanctions against the IRGC.

He pointed out that it was the first time that Iranian missile power showed itself to the world on the ground, and stressed that the enemies of the Islamic Republic should know that "in the event of an invasion or violation of global law, they will be confronted with an overwhelming response".

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