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Iran warns missile attack on IS in Syria can be repeated

Iran warns missile attack on IS in Syria can be repeated

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.

But Sunday's strike was the first known missile attack launched from Iran into foreign territory since the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-88. The muscle-flexing comes amid the worsening of a long-running feud between Shiite powerhouse Iran and Saudi Arabia, with supports Syrian rebels and has led recent efforts to isolate the Gulf nation of Qatar.

IRGC said the missiles targeted the "headquarters and gathering centers of Takfiri terrorists supporting and building vehicle bombs".

As per the reports, several ground-to-ground, mid-range missiles were fired from bases in Kermanshah province, western Iran.

Iranian television showed footage of the missiles being launched into the night sky.

According to the AP, the "Guard's website as well as the Tasnim semi-official news agency, reported the strikes Sunday on Deir el-Zour, Syria".

The U.S. launched 59 missiles at the Shayrat air base in early April in response to a chemical attack that was blamed on the Syrian government and Assad.

The Revolutionary Guards immediately placed blame on Riyadh after the June 7 attacks, with Saudi Arabia rejecting the claims.

The attack was carried out to "punish the terrorists" for the twin attacks on the Iranian parliament and the shrine of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, in Tehran. The warplane had dropped bombs near American-backed militia fighters known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, it said.

The attack also sends a clear warning signal to Saudi Arabia which has been trying for some time to test Iran's patience.

The Zolfaghar missile, unveiled in September 2016, was described at the time as carrying a cluster warhead and being able to strike as far as 700 kilometers (435 miles) away.

The president also put Tehran "on notice" in February after it launched a ballistic missile.

It is now unknown whether the missiles struck their targets, as the Regime claim, as they have not fired mid-range missiles since the end of the Iran-Iraq war.


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