Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

Iran fires rockets in 'revenge' at Islamic State in Syria

Iran fires rockets in 'revenge' at Islamic State in Syria

After firing missiles targeting the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, Iran's Revolutionary Guard on Monday issued a stark warning to IS militants, saying that any future attack against Iran will result in more powerful launches.

Russia, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, called on the USA military to provide a full accounting as to why it made a decision to shoot down the Syrian Su-22 bomber. After the attack, the Instagram account associated with Khamenei shared a picture of the missile launch with the words "We will strike them". The missiles were launched from IRGC bases in Iran's western provinces of Kermanshah and Kurdistan.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry said on Monday that the Syrian government was "informed" of the missile attacks at Islamic State strongholds in eastern Syria.

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"I have one message to Iran: Don't threaten Israel", he stated. Bahram Qasemi, the Foreign Ministry spokesman said the Syrian government was notified of the attack before it was carried out.

According to both Iran and the anti-Iranian Mujahidin-e Khalq Organization (MEK), on April 18, 2001, Iran hit the Iraq-based MEK with between 44 and 77 missiles in as many as six locations. The extremists increasingly have fled to Deir el-Zour as the Islamic State group's de facto capital of Raqqa has come under punishing USA -led airstrikes.

That attack marked the first to hit Iran, shocking its residents who believed the chaos engulfing the rest of the Middle East would not find them in the Shiite-majority nation.

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Earlier, Iran had implicitly suggested that the USA and Saudi Arabia, its chief regional foe, had insinuated the terrorist attacks in Tehran. However, it stopped short of directly blaming the kingdom for the attack, though many in the country expressed suspicion Iran's regional rival had a hand in the attack.

The U.S. said it had downed the Syrian jet a day earlier after it dropped bombs near the U.S. -backed Syrian Democratic Forces conducting operations against the Islamic State group, adding that was something it would not tolerate.

"The missiles were launched in coordination with Syria", the IRGC official said. Iranian officials complained the new sanctions violate the spirit of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, otherwise known as the Iran nuclear deal, however, ballistic missiles are not included in the agreement.

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Yaari also told The Times of Israel that his sources were "amazed" at the poor performance of the Iranian missiles.

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