Iran Says Its missiles into Syria Hit IS Targets

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Iran's Revolutionary Guards said Monday missiles it fired into Syria had successfully hit Islamic State group targets in retaliation for Tehran attacks claimed by the jihadists earlier this month.

"Based on credible information, the missile operation against Daesh has been successful," Revolutionary Guards spokesman General Ramezan Sharif said on the elite force's Sepahnews website, using an Arabic acronym for IS.

The Guards fired six missiles from the west of Iran across the border and into Syria's mostly IS-held Deir Ezzor province, targeting an IS command base, they said earlier.

Sunday's strike came after twin attacks in Tehran on June 7 killed 17 people, in the first attacks in the Islamic republic claimed by IS.

The missile attack was the first by Iran outside its own territory in 30 years, since the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-88, media in the Islamic republic has reported.

General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, who heads the Revolutionary Guards' aerospace wing, told state television: "The missiles were fired from Iran and they passed over Iraq and landed in Syria."

"Drones flying from near Damascus to Deir Ezzor transmitted (footage of) missiles hitting their targets," he said.

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

It came hours after supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in a statement vowed Iran would "slap its enemies" in honor of the families of victims, including those killed in Syria and Iraq.

Iranian media reported some of the mid-range missiles fired into Syria were of the Zolfaghar type, a precision-guided missile with a range of about 750 kilometers. 

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

Comments 13
Thumb justice 4 months

lol

Thumb the_roar 4 months

The U.S shoot down a Syrian Jet in order to protect its friends, Isis etc

the Iranian's bomb Isis etc to protect its friends the Syrians.

Seems fair enough!

Thumb janoubi 4 months

another illiterate who cannot comprehend the simplest of events. The U.S coalition shot down a syrian jet which was trying to bomb coalition allied ground forces that were attacking ISIS.

Thumb justin 4 months

if the_roar says that's what happened, then it must be true. He knows and knows very well.

Thumb galaxy 4 months

he must be posting from an airport as usual;)

Thumb the_roar 4 months

common sense shall do....janoubi wants the world to believe the U.S & their allies are attacking Isis.

lol lol & lol.

Thumb janoubi 4 months

US coalition in first downing of Syrian army plane

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-40322666

Thumb ___flamethrower___ 4 months

lulz @flame.timberlake

Thumb Puppet 4 months

Mr. the_roar has earned my deepest respect for using common sense when common sense shall do.

Thumb the_roar 4 months

all the respect belongs to you for being obsessed with respecting me.
:)

Thumb ___flamethrower___ 4 months

lullllz

Thumb Elemental 4 months

You've never heard of sarcasm huh?

Thumb Elemental 4 months

Iran was a contributor to the formation of ISIS combined with Obama, and Malaki. ISIS have been doing their dirty work, both apparently hate the West, sooooooo? Sounds to me like one giant takia act.