Iran fires missiles into Syria in revenge for Tehran attacks

Cheryl Sanders
June 20, 2017

The use of long-range missiles in the conflict, ballistic or cruise, was normalized a long time ago, and Iran is just the latest power to use them.

In March, an official was quoted by Iran's IRNA news agency as saying that about 2,100 combatants sent by Iran have been killed in Syria and Iraq.

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. An IRGC statement on Sunday said the missiles hit "the command headquarters and gathering centers and logistical sites in which suicide vehicle bombs were being assembled" with "pinpoint" accuracy and killed a "large number" of terrorists and destroyed their equipment and weapons.

The missiles were launched by Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a paramilitary organization separate from army within the Iranian Armed Forces.

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

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.

The U.S. -led coalition fighting the Islamic State group said a U.S. F-15 fighter jet shot down the drone "after it displayed hostile intent" while approaching a military camp near the Syria-Jordan border. The missiles flew over Iraq before striking what the Guard called an Islamic State command center and suicide vehicle bomb operation in Deir el-Zour, according to Tehran.

The remarks came amid questions whether the strike - Iran's first in the Syrian war - had been effective.

The spokesman of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, Gen. Ramazan Sharif, left, speaks with The Associated Press reporters at the conclusion of his press conference in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, June 20, 2017.

It said the attack targeted "a command base. of the terrorists in Deir ez-Zor".

After passing through Iraqi airspace, the missiles hit positions of the self-styled IS in Syria's Deir al Zour province 650 to 700 km from the launch sites.

Analyst Foad Izadi said the strike was meant to convey several messages.

The launch of an Iranian Emad intermediate-range ballistic missile.

Saudi Arabia has far more sophisticated firepower than ISIS or the MEK to hit back at Iran from a long distance; and the United States and Israel each have even greater firepower than the Saudis to rain down on Iran if attacked by missiles.

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