Iran launches missiles into eastern Syria

"It did not immediately offer other specifics, other than to say the missiles were launched from Iran". Iran's last foreign missile strike is believed to have been carried out in April 2001, targeting an exiled Iranian group in Iraq.

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In a statement released after the attacks, the IRGC vowed avenge, saying, "The spilling of any pure blood will not go unanswered".

"This revolutionary action and punishment is absolutely clear".

Iranian leaders have praised the missile attacks, saying they show Tehran is taking a proactive role in fighting terrorism. The regional and worldwide sponsors of the terrorists must receive the revealing message of the assault, ' he said.

The projectiles in question were Zolfaghar ballistic missiles launched from the western provinces of Kermanshah and Kurdistan. 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.

The Iranian missiles hit near a pair of cities in eastern Syria where officials said top ISIS leadership and its "bureaucracy" have fled to since leaving the terror group's so-called capital of Raqqa months ago.

Israeli security officials said Monday they were studying the missile strike to see what they could learn about its accuracy and capabilities.

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

Iran's homegrown missiles, a serious point of contention with Washington and Tel Aviv, can reach up to 2,000 kilometres.

In his testimony, Tillerson also raised the possibility of imposing sanctions on the whole of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran's main military force and a major player in the country's economy.

"Those who have done wrong will find out what they have coming to them", Qasem Soleimani wrote. Iran has since also carried out multiple arrests, rounding up people suspected of aiding the attackers.

Russia, a key backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad, has been providing an air cover to the government's offensive on the Islamic State group since 2015. Soleimani has been pictured on a number of occasions on the front lines in Syria.

The attack on the Syrian aircraft came hours after pro-Syrian regime forces attacked US -backed Syrian Democratic Forces in the village of Ja'Din, southwest of Raqqa, according to a press statement released by Combined Joint Task Force, the USA -led global coalition against the Islamic State group, also called ISIS.

It also said it would now track all coalition flights west of the Euphrates River while suspending its use of a military hotline for avoiding incidents in Syrian airspace - accusing the U.S. of failing to use the established communication hotline to warn Russian Federation about downing the plane.



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