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

Iran launches missile attack on 'terrorists' in Syrian city

Iran launches missile attack on 'terrorists' in Syrian city

The timing of the strikes has led some to believe the message was also intended for the new USA administration, which is adopting a policy of regime change for Tehran and is reportedly seeking to confront Iran militarily in Syria.

The Islamic State launched two coordinated attacks against Iran's Parliament and tomb of Ayatollah Khomeini on June 7 in Tehran.

The missile strikes are said to have killed at least 360 ISIS militants and a senior Saudi Arabian military leader, according to reports in Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency.

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.

"The Guards" missile strike sends multiple messages, said Amir Handjani, a non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council.

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Tasnim reported that Iranian Revolutionary Guards launched the mid-range ground-to-ground missiles from western Iran into the Deir al Zour region of eastern Syria, killing a "large number" of terrorists and destroying their equipment and weapons.

"But the attack shows we are capable of hitting terrorists hundreds of kilometres away".

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

Australia is part of a US -led coalition that has been waging war against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.

This is the first time that Iran has fired missiles outside of its own territory in 30 years.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed to take Iran's missile launch seriously, saying on Monday: "We are following their actions and we are following their words".

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.

IRGC forces, most likely from the paramilitary group's missile corps, fired six Zolfaqar ballistic missiles at ISIS forces in Deir ez-Zor, Syria.

As well as punishing "terrorists", it was meant to show that Iran is capable of projecting military power across the region, officials and experts said.

Australia on Tuesday suspended its airstrikes against IS targets in Syria as a precaution, after Russian Federation announced it was suspending the hotline and warned the US -led coalition not to fly over Syrian army positions west of the Euphrates River. The regional and worldwide sponsors of the terrorists must receive the revealing message of the assault, ' he said.

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