Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Iran fires missiles at Islamic State targets in Syria

Iran fires missiles at Islamic State targets in Syria

Also on Sunday, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said it fired a number of mid-range missiles from western Iran at ISIS targets in eastern Syria. Iran fired ballistic missiles at IS targets in eastern Syria, in the province of Deir el-Zour, later on Sunday. It was "a flop", said Ya'ari. "A failure." Still, "it photographed well".

The launch of surface-to-surface, medium-range missiles into Syria's Deir el-Zour province comes as Islamic State militants fleeing a USA -led coalition onslaught increasingly try to fortify their positions there.

Boroujerdi said the strike marked "a new phase in the fight against terrorism". The IS group did not immediately acknowledge the strikes.

A dozen people were killed and 39 others were injured after four gunmen of the Islamic State and suicide bombers stormed Iran's parliament and the Mausoleum of Imam Khomeini in Tehran.

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The announcement came days after UNICEF appointed its newest Goodwill Ambassador, Syrian Muzoon Almellehan, 19, the first person with official refugee status to become an Ambassador for UNICEF. Both are on the opposite sides of violent conflicts in Syria, Yemen and most recently Iran has come to the support of Qatar. "Obviously and clearly, some reactionary countries of the region, especially Saudi Arabia, had announced that they are trying to bring insecurity into Iran".

The Zolfaghar missile, unveiled in September 2016, was described at the time as carrying a cluster warhead and being able to strike as far as 700 kilometers (435 miles) away. "This is what they have to show for 30 years of missile development?"

"IDF sources have been saying the operational results of the launches were a lot less impressive than the noise the Iranian media was making about the launch". While Israel remains outside this range, Iran's Shahhab ballistic missiles can reach the regime occupying Palestine. It is still unclear what the missiles struck, and Iran has provided few details.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier Monday warned Iran not to challenge Israel and to watch its own back.

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IRGC spokesman Ramezan Sharif said some of the missiles were of the "Zolfaqar" type, a precision-guided missile with a range of almost 750 km unveiled previous year. The attacks had lasted five hours, and all the assailants were killed, according to the police. Ya'ari said it was a failure.

The missile operation "is just a very small part of the capability of Iran's punitive force against the terrorists and its enemies", the Islamic Students' News Agency quoted Guards spokesman Ramezan Sharif as telling state TV.

Russia's defense ministry says it will treat us -led coalition planes in Syria, west of the Euphrates River, as targets after the USA military shot down a Syrian Air Force jet on Sunday.

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