Iran Says It Fired Missiles at Terror Bases in Eastern Syria

Cheryl Sanders
June 20, 2017

"The firing of these missiles had previously been coordinated with Syria an the missiles entered Syrian airspace through Iraq", Gen. Ramezan Sharif, head of Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) public relations told Tasnim News, an Iranian government-linked news outlet, Monday.

"If [IS militants] carry out a specific action to violate our security, definitely there will be more launches, with intensified strength", Sharif said.

In unrelated news, and in a major escalation of the Syrian proxy war, Iran's Revolutionary Guard said it launched multiple missile strikes from IRGC missile bases in provinces of Kermanshah & Kordestan, targeting "terror bases" in Deir ez-Zor in eastern Syria in retaliation for ISIS-claimed attacks in Tehran. The extremist group's 7 June attack on Tehran left at least 18 people dead and more than 50 injured.

Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E., Bahrain and Egypt earlier this month cut diplomatic relations with Qatar, partly over its ties with Iran, plunging the region into its biggest crisis in decades.

"A large number of Takfiri terrorists have been killed and their equipment, systems and weapons have been destroyed" in the operation, claimed Iranian security.

Iran is a key ally of the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad, alongside Russian Federation and the Iranian-backed Hezbollah movement of Lebanon.

Iran had earlier insinuated that the United States 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.

"If the Iranians were trying to show their capabilities and to signal to Israel and to the Americans that these missiles are operational, the result was rather different", Channel 2 analyst Ehud Yaari said.

The attack also came as emboldened Sunni Arab states - backed by U.S. President Donald Trump - are hardening their stance against Iran.

Iranian media reported some of the mid-range missiles fired into Syria were of the Zolfaghar type, a precision-guided missile with a range of about 750 kilometres. Iran fired ballistic missiles at IS targets in eastern Syria, in the province of Deir el-Zour, later on Sunday.

It appeared to be Iran's first missile attack overseas in over 15 years and its first in the Syrian conflict, in which it has provided crucial support to Assad.

The strike also followed the passage of a new round of sanctions against Iran's missile program by Congress on Thursday.

Nobakht further underlined that Iran's military clout is non-negotiable and that the country's nuclear deal of 2015 does not restrict its missile program.

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