The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) claimed to have launched six missiles from Iran into Deir ez-Zor in eastern Syria, where US-backed troops are combating ISIS, in an effort to show the USA that Iran is not going to accept United States sanctions against it. It said many “terrorists” were killed and their weapons had been destroyed in the strike.
Ehud Ya’ari of Israel’s Channel 2 said that only one of the Iranian missiles actually managed to reach its intended target in Syria.
The US Senate’s resolution to impose new sanctions on Iran, violates the nuclear deal signed between Tehran and the six world powers in 2015, Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior advisor to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said.
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.
Iran is a key ally of Russian Federation, the Iranian-backed Hezbollah movement of Lebanon, and the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad.
Seyyed Qassem Jassemi from Kermanshah province said the Iranian nation supports the move of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps to target the terrorists’ positions in Syria. Tehran has often claimed that the attackers are “affiliated with the Wahhabi”, an ultraconservative form of Sunni Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia, but has so far stopped short of directly blaming Riyadh until recently.
Iran’s missile attack into Syria this past Sunday was deemed a failure.
The Iranian government said it notified Damascus before it fired rockets into the country, but that it “will not be tied to formalities when defending its security and stability”. “I have one message for Iran: Don’t threaten Israel” he warned.
The IRGC said that the firings at the weekend were Iran’s retaliation for the attacks that took place in the country’s capital.
Keep in mind, all this has occurred while Iran’s “ballistic missile genie” so to speak has remained in its metaphorical lamp.
The missiles flew over 500 miles over Iraqi territory, and are the first mid-range projectiles launched by Iran since its war with Iraq, which ended in 1988. The national TV showed footages of missile attacks launched from western Iran.