Times of Israel: Iran Missile Strike Missed Target

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Activists in Syria said they had no immediate information on damage or casualties from the strikes.

An IRGC statement confirming the strikes noted they were a retaliation against an ISIS attack in Tehran, the Iranian capital, earlier this month.

For all the talk this morning about the Iranian ballistic missile strike on an ISIS target in Syria, the real story is that 6 out of the 7 missiles that Iran fired failed to actually hit their intended target. The missiles were launched from IRGC bases in Iran's western provinces of Kermanshah and Kurdistan.

But the missiles sent a message to more than just the extremists in Iraq and Syria, Gen. Ramazan Sharif of the Guard told state television in a telephone interview. The regional and worldwide sponsors of the terrorists must receive the revealing message of the assault, ' he said. "Obviously and clearly, some reactionary countries of the region, especially Saudi Arabia, had announced that they are trying to bring insecurity into Iran".

ISIS fighters during a gun battle in Deir el-Zour in 2015 in a photo released by the terror group's propaganda wing.

Iran had earlier insinuated that the USA and Saudi Arabia - its chief regional foe - had encouraged the June 7 attacks on Iran's Parliament and the mausoleum of the late Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, killing 17 people.

According to AP, "Israeli security officials said they were studying the missile strike to see what they could learn about its accuracy and capabilities".

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

The U.S. military has said it acted in "collective self defense" of its partner forces after pro-Syrian regime forces attacked the U.S. -backed Syrian Democratic Forces-held town of Ja'Din, south of Tabqah in northern Syria, and that the U.S. did not seek a fight with the Syrian government or its Russian supporters.

It is unclear whether the IRGC also coordinated with Iraq prior to launching the missiles into Iraqi airspace.

Going one step further, the argument would note: Even if Iran's nuclear program is now delayed by its deal with the West, in around another eight years, Iran could be launching ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads attached.

It also raised questions about how U.S. President Donald Trump's administration, which had previously put Iran "on notice" for its ballistic missile tests, will respond.

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