Iran fires missiles at militant groups in eastern Syria


Iran fires missiles at militant groups in eastern Syria

Iran launched a series of missiles into Syria on Sunday in revenge for deadly attacks on its capital that were claimed by the Islamic State group, said country's Revolutionary Guard.

The Iranian government said the five militants who carried out the double terrorist attack in Tehran were Iranian members of the Islamic State and noted that they had joined the Sunni group and joined the jihad in Syria and Iraq.

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The launch, which hit Syria's eastern city of Deir el-Zour on Sunday night, appeared to be Iran's first missile attack overseas in over 15 years and its first in the Syrian conflict amid its support of embattled President Bashar Assad.

Syria's six year long civil war has now evolved into an global conflict during in many nations. It's also created to signal to the us that Iran is fighting the Islamic State on its own terms, he added.

"A number of mid-range ground-to-ground missiles fired from the IRGC Aerospace Force bases in Kermanshah and Kurdistan provinces targeted the Takfiri terrorists in this operation and struck them with lethal and crushing blows", the statement said.

Deir el-Zour is home to both Islamic State militants and civilians.

"The Coalition does not seek to fight Syrian regime, Russian, or pro-regime forces partnered with them, but will not hesitate to defend Coalition or partner forces from any threat", said a statement from the US-led anti-ISIS coalition.(ANSAmed).

The missile strikes are also being used to warn "some reactionary countries" of the sub-region, and Saudi Arabia was expressly singled out as one of them, with allegations that "they are trying to bring insecurity into Iran".

While Saudi Arabia has spent billions on American weapons, Iran has developed a range of homemade ballistic missiles - including some that are capable of hitting Israel or American military bases in the region.

"We are following their actions".

Clashes between Syrian troops and the SDF would escalate tensions and open a new front line in the many complex battlefields of the civil war, now in its seventh year.

The Iranian attack inside Syria came on the same day the United States shot down a Syrian fighter jet that was bombing US-backed Kurdish rebels in Raqqa.

"The launch of these missiles had previously been coordinated with Syria and the missiles entered the Syrian airspace through Iraq", he was quoted as saying.



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