Ultimately, though Iran's missile strikes raised some eyes and were probably meant to show some toughness to the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, for Israel, they did little more than confirm Iran as an ongoing and relevant threat that must be carefully monitored. The missiles flew over 500 miles over Iraqi territory, and are the first mid-range projectiles launched by Iran since its war with Iraq, which ended in 1988. These missile attacks are in retaliation for two deadly attacks that struck Tehran on June 7th, 2017. During their bloody war eight year war, Iran and Iraq fired hundreds of ballistic missiles at one another, mostly inaccurate Scud missiles that were mostly used as terror weapons against civilian targets.
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In a statement on its news page, the IRGC claimed it was striking back against "Takfiri" forces, a term it uses to describe ISIS.
"This revolutionary action and punishment is absolutely clear".
"The Saudis and Americans are especially receivers of this message", he said.
The medium-range rockets were fired from air force sites in western Iran. Comments by the IRGC and Iranian officials have led many to believe that the move was not only about taking out those Iran blames for the Tehran attack.
The missile operation "is just a very small part of the capability of Iran's punitive force against the terrorists and enemies", Sharif further noted.
Israel is also concerned about Iran's missile launches and has deployed a multilayered missile-defense system.
The US Senate last week passed tough sanctions on Iran for its alleged "continued support of terrorism".
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said Monday that "unlike others, Iran doesn't buy security and stability".
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.
This attack comes at a time when the Syrian Arab army and its allies are advancing in the fight against ISIS terrorists who are being defeated the Syrian desert in more ways than one, the statement read. The Russian defense ministry said in a statement that, starting Monday, it will track all jets and drones of the USA -led coalition west of the Euphrates and treat them as targets.
The remarks came amid questions whether the strike had been effective.