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Iran Launches Missiles into Syria targeting ISIS


In retaliation for the two terrorist attacks, Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRCG) fired mid-range missiles hitting ISIL centers in Syria's Deir Ezzur, the IRGC said in a statement issued on Sunday.

However, Israel's Channel 2 reported on June 19 that just one of the seven missiles which Iran fired reached its target in what was Iran's first missile attack overseas in more than 15 years.

Most of the missiles missed their mark, and only one landed on its intended target despite claims by Iran's military that it struck an Islamic State command center and suicide vehicle bomb operation.

Iran vowed quick revenge after ISIS suicide bombers and gunmen stormed the parliament and the mausoleum of Imam Khomeini on June 7, killing 18 and injuring at least 56.

'The missile attack on the Daesh was an overwhelming response to the terrorist group, as well as a message saying that the worldwide community must show more determination to fight terrorism, ' said Iranian Representative Ali Reza Rahimi. Iran is backing President Bashar al-Assad, while the U.S. is supporting a rebel militia and leading a coalition campaign against Islamic State. They also said that Syria is a complex region in which the Assad regime, Russia, Turkey, Iran, Israel and the USA, with its allies, have carried out air or missile strikes to achieve different and competing objectives.

Activists in Syria said they had no immediate information on damage or casualties from the strikes.

The Guards are said to be ardent supporters of President Assad's regime, straining tensions between Iran and the US.

It sends "a message to the Saudi-led alliance that "our missiles have the range and the accuracy to strike anywhere in the region", Handjani said.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has stressed that the Islamic Republic will respond "more decisively" to any future terrorist attack on Iran's soil, PressTV reported.

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. "Obviously and clearly, some reactionary countries of the region, especially Saudi Arabia, had announced that they are trying to bring insecurity into Iran".

Abadi is on a regional tour that started in Saudi Arabia and will include a stop in Kuwait.

USA officials have claimed that some of these missiles have been given to the Houthi rebels in Yemen, who are now fighting a coalition of Arab forces, some of whom are US allies. Since Trump took office, his administration has put new economic sanctions on those allegedly involved with the program. "I have one message for Iran: Don't threaten Israel", Netanyahu said.

"Security cannot be traded and those who think they can provide their security by dragging extra-regional countries here are making a stupid strategic mistake", he said.