Iran's Revolutionary Guard strikes Syria for Tehran attacks

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington. Dunford said Monday

In retaliation for the two terrorist attacks, Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRCG) fired mid-range missiles hitting ISIL centers in Syria's Deir Ezzur, the IRGC said in a statement issued on Sunday.

The launch, which hit Syria's eastern city of Deir el-Zour on Sunday night, appeared to be Iran's first missile attack overseas in over 15 years and its first in the Syrian conflict amid its support of embattled President Bashar Assad.

It said many "terrorists" were killed and their weapons had been destroyed in the strike.

Most of the missiles missed their mark, and only one landed on its intended target despite claims by Iran's military that it struck an Islamic State command center and suicide auto bomb operation.

Last Wednesday's suicide bombings and gun attacks by five attackers on a building adjacent to the Iranian parliament and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini, in south of Tehran, were the first terrorist attacks claimed by Isis within Iran.

Israel also remains concerned about Iran's missile launches and has deployed a multilayered missile-defense system over fears of potential Iranian attacks.

Iran identifies Islamic State militants as "Takfiri terrorists".

Netanyahu often warns that Iran presents a threat to Israel and world stability.

The Iranian missiles were launched from Kermanshah in western Iran near the border with Iraq.

But in April, Russia briefly suspended a hotline meant to prevent midair incidents with the USA over Syria after the American military fired 59 missiles at a Syrian air base following a chemical weapons attack that Washington blamed on the Assad government.

The missile strikes are also being used to warn "some reactionary countries" of the sub-region, and Saudi Arabia was expressly singled out as one of them, with allegations that "they are trying to bring insecurity into Iran". Iran's Revolutionary Guard, a hard-line paramilitary force, has seen advisers and fighters killed in the conflict.

Both the Iranian strikes and the US's downing of the Syrian plane, followed by its tensions with Russian Federation, come as various players in the region jostle and scramble for position to take over territory in the post-ISIS era. While Israel remains outside this range, Iran's Shahhab ballistic missiles can reach the regime occupying Palestine. Iranian officials complained the new sanctions violate the spirit of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, otherwise known as the Iran nuclear deal, however, ballistic missiles are not included in the agreement.

Associated Press writer Jon Gambrell in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, contributed to this report.



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