Iran warns missile attack on IS in Syria can be repeated

Iran said its ballistic missile strike targeting ISIS in Syria also served as a warning to archrival Saudi Arabia and the United States, with a former Revolutionary Guard chief writing on Twitter that "The bigger slap is yet to come".

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, in which it has provided crucial support to embattled President Bashar Assad.

The Guard's website said it launched surface-to-surface medium-range missiles targeting the area. While Iran has other ballistic missiles it says can reach longer distances, Sunday's strike appears to be the furthest carried out overseas. The Islamic republic of Iran is a key ally of the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad, alongside Russian Federation and the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement of Lebanon.

Violent actions at the Majlis (Parliament) headquarters and the mausoleum of Imam Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Revolution, took place on June 7 and caused 18 deaths and more than 50 injuries, according to medical and security sources in the country. Tehran has often claimed that the attackers are "affiliated with the Wahhabi", an ultraconservative form of Sunni Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia, but has so far stopped short of directly blaming Riyadh until recently.

Sharif said the attacks were launched from two provinces of mostly Sunni Muslim population 'to send the message of Iranian unity against terrorism. US critics of new pressure on Iran, including former Secretary of State John Kerry, say the new Senate sanctions could undermine the deal [g][h].

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It is unclear whether the IRGC also coordinated with Iraq prior to launching the missiles into Iraqi airspace.

Moscow said it would treat US -led coalition aircraft flying west of the River Euphrates in Syria as potential targets and track them with missile systems and military aircraft.

"The Saudis and Americans are especially receivers of this message", he said. Said Sharif. "Obviously and clearly, some reactionary countries of the region, especially Saudi Arabia, had announced that they are trying to bring insecurity into Iran". However, the test launches haven't affect Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. It is a derivative of the Fateh-110 missile, and was first test-fired in 2016, and has been featured in Iranian military parades. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters.

IRNA reported that on Sunday night the IRGC, "in retaliation, bombarded Daesh positions in Deir Ez-Zor province" to 'punish the Daesh and manifest Iran's resolve to pursue military and non-military goals, ' according to Rahimi.

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