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Iran says it fired missiles targeting Daesh in Syria

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cautioned Iran not to threaten Israel after Tehran said it launched missiles at Islamic State (IS) targets in Syria. The missiles, which were variously estimated to be between four and six in number, were reportedly launched against ISIS positions.

Sunday's assault marked an extremely rare direct attack from inside the Islamic Republic amid its support for embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard warned that it would retaliate similarly against anyone else carrying out attacks in Iran. While Iran has other ballistic missiles it says can reach longer distances, Sunday's strike appears to be the furthest carried out overseas.

The IRGC uses the term Takfiri to describe ISIS. It is still unclear what the missiles struck, and Iran has provided few details.

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

Ultimately, though Iran's missile strikes raised some eyes and were probably meant to show some toughness to the United States and Saudi Arabia, for Israel, they did little more than confirm Iran as an ongoing and relevant threat that must be carefully monitored. Arms control experts theorize North Korea sold Iran a complete Nodong assembly line. Only one landed on its Islamic State target; another missed by hundreds of yards.


To "honor the blood spilled by innocent people on June 7 in Tehran", the IRGC fired six medium-range ground-to-ground missiles from their bases in Kurdistan and Kermanshah provinces in western Iran.

General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, who heads the Revolutionary Guards' aerospace wing, earlier told state television: "The missiles were fired from Iran and they passed over Iraq and landed in Syria".

Khamenei defended Iran's role in Syria and Iraq, saying: "If the defenders of the holy shrine were not there, the enemy would have brought the battle to our streets by now".

The push by the Syrian government forces in the Daraa area appears headed for the Jordanian border, two weeks after Assad's troops reached the border with Iraq for the first time in years. Having used such missiles in the past, Iranian leaders may see ballistic missiles as just another tool in the toolbox. It sends "a message to the Saudi-led alliance that "our missiles have the range and the accuracy to strike anywhere in the region'", he said".

Ya'ari noted that Iranian officials, trying to cover up the extent of the failure, have been repeating over and over in the past few hours how successful the missile strike was.



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