Iran warns missile attack on IS in Syria can be repeated

Iran warns missile attack on IS in Syria can be repeated

Iran's ballistic missile strike targeting the Islamic State group in Syria served both as revenge for attacks on Tehran earlier this month and a warning that Iran could strike Saudi Arabia and US interests in the Mideast... the missiles sent a message to more than just the extremists in Iraq and Syria, Gen. Ramazan Sharif of the Guard told state television in a telephone interview.

To "honor the blood spilled by innocent people on June 7 in Tehran", the IRGC fired six medium-range ground-to-ground missiles from their bases in Kurdistan and Kermanshah provinces in western Iran.

USA intelligence analysts quickly concluded that Iran fired the missiles mostly in retaliation for a pair of Islamic State attacks earlier this month on Iran's parliament building and the tomb of the Islamic Republic's founder.

The clashes come as both sides are fighting against the Islamic State group, with SDF fighters now focusing on their march into the northern city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of IS.

'The missile attack on the Daesh was an overwhelming response to the terrorist group, as well as a message saying that the global community must show more determination to fight terrorism, ' said Iranian Representative Ali Reza Rahimi.

But the missiles sent a message to more than just the extremists in Iraq and Syria, Sharif told state television in a telephone interview.

Violent actions at the Majlis (Parliament) headquarters and the mausoleum of Imam Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Revolution, took place on June 7 and caused 18 deaths and more than 50 injuries, according to medical and security sources in the country. It said the attack targeted "a command base.... of the terrorists in Deir Ezzor", Syria's oil-rich eastern province. The regional and worldwide sponsors of the terrorists must receive the revealing message of the assault, ' he said.

Iraqi troops move into Mosul's Old City, last IS stronghold
Isis snipers have killed around 230 people as they have tried to cross the Tigris River in small boats, according to the UN. The militants have lost much of that territory over the last three years, and Mosul is their last urban bastion in Iraq.

President Donald Trump has ordered stepped-up military operations against Islamic State and delegated more authority to his generals, but without a comprehensive Syria strategy, his approach risks further confrontation with Syria, Iran and even Russian Federation, according to USA officials and analysts.

Shiite-majority Iran and Sunni-majority Saudi Arabia have long had a sectarian feud. A senior White House official said: "The strategy for Syria is to defeat ISIS and first and foremost achievement of a de-escalation of the conflict so we can work toward a political resolution".

He also emphasized that the missile attacks were carried out in response to the recent Daesh-claimed terror attacks in Tehran, adding that Zolfaqar high-precision missiles were among those used in the attack. Iran's last foreign missile strike is believed to have been carried out in April 2001, targeting an exiled Iranian group in Iraq.

Iraqi lawmaker Abdul-Bari Zebari said his country agreed to the missile overflight after coordination with Iran, Russia and Syria.

Separately, Fox News has learned more about the Iranian missiles fired into eastern Syria yesterday.

It also raised questions about how U.S. President Donald Trump's administration, which had previously put Iran "on notice" for its ballistic missile tests, will respond.

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