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20 June 2017, 10:03 | Melissa Porter
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Late on Sunday, the IRGC fired six missiles, including high-precision Zolfaqar missiles, at various targets in Syria's eastern region of Deir ez-Zor within a range of 650 to 700 kilometers.
Iran's missile strikes in Syria have been coordinated with Damascus, General Ramezan Sharif told Tasnim news agency.
He spoke as part of a TV package about the missile launches, showing them shoot off into the night from the western province of Kermanshah.
General Dehghan emphasized that the strength of the Islamic Republic of Iran will serve the peace, stability and security in the region and to confront insecure agents, including ISIS Takfiri terrorist group.
The missiles flew over Iraq before striking what the Guard called an Islamic State command center and suicide auto bomb operation in Deir el-Zour, over 600 kilometers (370 miles) away.
The Guards' missile strike sends a message that extends beyond the fighting in Syria, said Amir Handjani, a non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council research center.
Syrian opposition activist Omar Abu Laila, who is based in Germany but closely follows events in his native Deir el-Zour, said two Iranian missiles fell near and inside the eastern town of Mayadeen, an Islamic State stronghold.
The Guard, which is also involved in the fight against the Islamic State group in neighboring Iraq, controls Iran's missile program.
The missile also could strike Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.
The operation comes just days after the U.S. Senate passed the Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act by an overwhelming margin, a new sanctions legislation which targets Iran's ballistic missile program and applies sanctions against the IRGC. However, it stopped short of directly blaming the kingdom for the attack, though many in the country have expressed suspicion that Iran's regional rival had a hand in the assault.
Netanyahu has been a vocal opponent of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, charging that Tehran is aiming to achieve nuclear weapons. Israel also remains concerned about Iran's missile launches. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.
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