Iran's Khamenei ordered missile strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria - Guards

Posted June 25, 2017

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.

Tensions escalated on Sunday as the US army brought down the jet near Raqqa and Iran launched missiles at Islamic State targets in eastern Syria - the first time each state has carried out such actions in the multi-sided Syrian war.

The launch of surface-to-surface, medium-range missiles into Syria's Deir el-Zour province comes as Islamic State militants fleeing a USA -led coalition onslaught increasingly try to fortify their positions there.

On June 7, gunmen mounted nearly simultaneous assaults on Iran's Parliament and the Mausoleum of the late Founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini.

In this photo taken on Tuesday May 23, 2017, provided by the Syrian anti-government activist group, the Hammurabi's Justice News, shows a USA -backed anti-government Syrian fighter form Maghaweer al-Thawra stands on a vehicle with heavy automatic machine gun, left, next of an American soldier who also stands on his armored vehicle, right, as they take their position at the Syrian-Iraqi crossing border point of Tanf, south Syria.

The Revolutionary Guards are fighting in Syria against militant groups who oppose President Bashar al-Assad.

Also yesterday, Iranian television showed footage of missiles being launched in the night sky by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

"Firing these missiles from 600 or 700 kilometers away onto a small building... demonstrates Iran's capacity and intelligence capabilities" against jihadist groups, he added. While Iran has other ballistic missiles it says can reach longer distances, Sunday's strike appears to be the furthest carried out overseas.

Analysts were saying that the Iranian missile launches were as much a message to the U.S. and Israel as they were to ISIS.

Other Iranian officials were more blunt in their assessment of the attack.

Since Trump took office, his administration has described putting Iran "on notice" over the missile tests and put new economic sanctions on those allegedly involved with the program. The United States is attempting to block Iran from overland access to Syria, and the ayatollahs are pushing back with sophisticated drones.

At least three of the seven ballistic missiles did not reach their intended targets, Israeli sources said in the Hebrew-language media, The Times of Israel reported. In the missile strike, more than 15 Kazakh, Saudi and Afghan terrorists were killed, including senior Saudi Daesh commander, Sa'ad al-Qosaibi, the statement said. News on Monday that the strike was intended as a message of intimidation towards Tehran's enemies in the region, primarily Saudi Arabia, as well as a test of the new USA administration under Donald Trump.

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

Russian Federation threatened aircraft from the USA -led coalition in Syrian-controlled airspace and suspended a hotline meant to avoid collisions in retaliation for the US military shooting down a Syrian warplane on Sunday.

In response, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran on Monday not to threaten Israel.

Former IRGC chief Mohsen Rezaei tweeted, "This was just the beginning of the revenge".