Iran's Missile Capability Advances Global Fight against ISIS: Zarif

Iran's Missile Capability Advances Global Fight against ISIS: Zarif

Iran's Missile Capability Advances Global Fight against ISIS: Zarif

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

Iran's Revolutionary Guard said it fired six missiles targeting "terror bases" of the Islamic State in eastern Syria on Sunday.

The IRGC said the attack, the first of its kind in Iran, was in response to an IS-claimed terrorist operation which claimed the lives of 18 Iranians in Tehran earlier this month.

As well as punishing "terrorists", it was meant to show that Iran is capable of projecting military power across the region, officials and experts said. Iran has been aiding the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and is a key ally to the Syrian forces alongside Russian Federation and the Iranian-backed Hezbollah movement.

The Guard, which is also involved in the fight against the Islamic State group in neighboring Iraq, controls Iran's missile program.

Iran said the attack was a warning to terrorists and their backers not to attempt further such attacks on Iran. "This happened even as the US Senate passed a bill focused on Iran's missile power".

Iran condemned the move and vowed to respond with "reciprocal and adequate measures".

"The Saudis and Americans are especially receivers of this message", he said.

Also, Major General Mohammad Baqeri, head of the Iranian armed forces, pledged "unforgettable lessons" to terrorists and their backers after the Tehran assault. State television footage showed the missiles on truck missile launchers in the daylight before being launched at night.

Relations between the two countries are at their worst in years, with each accusing the other of subverting regional security and support opposite sides in conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Iraq.

Terzi said that the United States is finally doing its part and now is the time for policymakers in Europe to do the same.

"Riyadh must know that all of its oil regions are within the range of Iranian missiles", 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.

"We are following their actions and we are following their words", Netanyahu said. It is a derivative of the Fateh-110 missile, and was first test-fired in 2016, and has been featured in Iranian military parades.

"I'm sure that because of this neither the US nor anyone else will take any actions to threaten our aircraft", Viktor Ozerov, chairman of the defense, told state-owned RIA Novosti news, according to A.P.

The strike was seen as a threatening message to Iran's rivals in the region and elsewhere.

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