Iran calls missile attack on Syria militants a wider warning

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In a statement on its news page, the IRGC claimed it was striking back against "Takfiri" forces, a term it uses to describe ISIS. "The people expected such response from Iran", Shakuri told Trend June 19.

Iran has targeted jihadists in Syria with missiles in retaliation for deadly attacks in Tehran, but the strike was also a message to its regional rivals and Washington, experts say.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said on Sunday (18 June) that it killed "a large number" of Isis militants in Syria's Deir ez-Zor province after it launched several missiles to avenge the recent twin attacks in Tehran on 7 June.

The Guard said it fired six missiles in total from Kermanshah and also from Iran's Kurdistan province into Syria's Deir el-Zour province, where IS has been trying to fortify its positions in the face of a US -led coalition onslaught.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran is standing on the front line, with powerful countries, in terms of missile power", Boroujerdi said following the attack.

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Iran's last foreign missile strike is believed to have been carried out in April 2001, targeting an Iranian exile group in Iraq.

"Firing these missiles from 600 or 700 kilometres away onto a small building. demonstrates Iran's capacity and intelligence capabilities" against jihadist groups, he said.

Analyst Foad Izadi said the strike was meant to convey several messages.

Russian Federation on Monday threatened aircraft from the USA -led coalition in Syrian-controlled airspace and suspended a hotline meant to avoid collisions in retaliation for the us military shooting down a Syrian warplane.

The Russians, who have been providing air cover for Assad's forces since 2015, appear to want to avoid further USA targeting of Syrian warplanes or ground troops that have come under US attack in eastern Syria recently.

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The missile attack on Syria was Iran's first strike outside its own territory in almost 30 years, the Times of Israel reported.

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. However, the test launches haven't affect Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. The Iranians unveiled the Zolfaghar in September, with a banner saying Iran could destroy the Israeli cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa [d]. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters.

"We follow their actions and we follow their words", Netanyahu said.

"I have one message for Iran: Don't threaten Israel", Netanyahu said, reported AFP.

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