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Iran's missile strikes in Syria have been coordinated with Damascus, General Ramezan Sharif told Tasnim news agency.

 

 

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The firing of these missiles had previously been coordinated with Syria and the missiles entered the Syrian airspace through Iraq, He said

 

The missiles successfully hit designated targets, including terrorists' HQs, ammunition and logistic depots among others.

He said that Iran fired six mid-range ballistic missiles on Daesh targets within a rage of 650-700 kilometers, adding that home-made Zolfaqar high-precision missiles were also used in the operation.

According to the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps statement released earlier, the missiles were fired from Iranian Aerospace Forces' bases in the west of the Islamic Republic.

On June 18, the IRGC announced that a large number of terrorists were killed by Iran's missile strikes in Deir ez-Zor, adding that it was a "warning to terrorists" following Tehran terrorist attacks earlier in June. "In case if attacks on Iran continue, the flame of our justifiable anger will burn terrorists to ashes."

On June 7, a group of armed men attacked the Iranian Parliament and Imam Khomeini shrine in Tehran. Four gunmen attacked the building of the Iranian parliament on Wednesday morning. Two of them was captured and one of the attackers blew himself up inside the building.

Several attackers raided the shrine of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, South of the capital Tehran. The attackers started a shooting at the visitors of the shrine, One of the attackers detonated himself in front of a police station opposite the shrine.

 

 

 

 

 

Iran warns ISIS of more missile strikes, says op coordinated with Damascus
 
Iranian revolutionary guards Corps (IRGC) launching a missile from an undisclosed location in western Iran, towards Islamic State (IS) bases in Syria June 18, 2017. © HO / IRIB TV / AFP
Tehran has warned ISIS militants that any future attacks on the country will result in powerful strikes against the group. It comes after Iran launched missile strikes on ISIS in retaliation for twin attacks in Tehran earlier this month.

“If they carry out a specific action to violate our security, definitely there will be more launches, with intensified strength,”Gen. Ramazan Sharif of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) said on Monday, according to state television, cited by AP.

The IRGC’s press office had a stern warning of its own to those who threaten Iran’s security.

“The IRGC warns the Takfiri terrorists and their regional and trans-regional supporters that they would be engulfed by its revolutionary wrath and flames of the fire of its revenge in case they repeat any such devilish and dirty move in future,” it said, according to Fars News Agency. 

READ MORE: Iran fires missiles against 'terrorist bases' in E. Syria in retaliation for Tehran attacks (VIDEO)

The statements come just one day after the Revolutionary Guards confirmed it had launched strikes in retaliation for twin attacks in Tehran earlier this month, which killed 18 people and left more than 50 others wounded. Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attacks.

 

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Iranian revolutionary guards Corps (IRGC) launching a missile from an undisclosed location in western Iran, towards Islamic State (IS) bases in Syria June 18, 2017. © HO / IRIB TV / AFP / AFP

The Revolutionary Guards said it fired a total of six missiles into Syria’s Deir-ez Zor province on Sunday, from the city of Kermanshah and Iran’s Kurdistan province. 

The attack was coordinated with Damascus, according to Sharif.

“The firing of these missiles had previously been coordinated with Syria and the missiles entered the Syrian airspace through Iraq,” he said, as quoted by Tasnim News Agency.

Activists in Syria told AP they had no immediate information on damage or casualties from the strikes, which the Guards claim successfully hit their targets.

Sharif said on Monday, however, that the missiles were not only aimed at sending a message to IS, but also to Riyadh and Washington.

 

 

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ISIS existence approaches the End...;)

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5 hours ago, knowledge said:

 

 

 

they have special operations in Syria? who the hell asked U.S to come to the Syria? No one!

he mentions Turkey shooting down Russia for violating air space as if Syria's airspace belongs to the U.S. this guy is retarded with his statements.

 

look at that left overs from the downed jet, ISIS standing at the top of it holding their flag. this is what U.S wants, to sponsor terrorism, not to fight them. I hope Russia this time at least, take an action with their anti airs stationed in the Syria. Tbh it takes approx 60 or less seconds to shoot a U.S aircraft which is taking off from the ground within the Syria border should they trespass this blue line.

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US jet 'downs drone' near Jordan border

 

A US jet has shot down an Iranian-made drone operated by forces backing the Syrian government in the south of the country, American officials say.

 

The F-15 plane downed the drone around 00:30 on Tuesday (21:30 GMT Monday) north-east of Tanf, according to a US military statement.

 

The drone was thought to be armed and threatening US troops on the ground, officials said.

 

Tanf, near the borders with Iraq and Jordan, is home to a coalition base.

 

If confirmed, it is the second downing of a drone this month.

 

A Syrian jet was also shot down in northern Syria on Sunday evening.

 

Russia, which has an air contingent deployed in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad, warned after that attack that it would track coalition aircraft with missile systems and military aircraft, though it stopped short of openly saying it would shoot them down.

 

The Tanf base has been used by Western special forces.

 

"They were threatening our forces on the ground," a US official quoted by AFP said of the drone shot down on Tuesday. "Their course was on a run toward our folks to drop a munition on them."

 

Military officials who spoke to CNN described the drone as a Shahed 129, a model unveiled by Iran in 2012.

 

It is described by the Iranians as having a range of 2,000km (1,240 miles) and capable of carrying bombs and missiles.

 

The last drone the US says it shot down was also reportedly destroyed near Tanf after firing on coalition forces.

 

The Syrian plane destroyed on Sunday, a Su-22 fighter bomber, was hit after reportedly dropping bombs near the town of Tabqa in Raqqa province.

 

As well as announcing that US-led coalition warplanes would be tracked, Russia's ministry of defence also suspended a hotline set up to avoid clashes between US and Russian aircraft over Syria.

 

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US jet 'downs drone' near Jordan border

 

A US jet has shot down an Iranian-made drone operated by forces backing the Syrian government in the south of the country, American officials say.

 

The F-15 plane downed the drone around 00:30 on Tuesday (21:30 GMT Monday) north-east of Tanf, according to a US military statement.

 

The drone was thought to be armed and threatening US troops on the ground, officials said.

 

Tanf, near the borders with Iraq and Jordan, is home to a coalition base.

 

If confirmed, it is the second downing of a drone this month.

 

A Syrian jet was also shot down in northern Syria on Sunday evening.

 

Russia, which has an air contingent deployed in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad, warned after that attack that it would track coalition aircraft with missile systems and military aircraft, though it stopped short of openly saying it would shoot them down.

 

The Tanf base has been used by Western special forces.

 

"They were threatening our forces on the ground," a US official quoted by AFP said of the drone shot down on Tuesday. "Their course was on a run toward our folks to drop a munition on them."

 

Military officials who spoke to CNN described the drone as a Shahed 129, a model unveiled by Iran in 2012.

 

It is described by the Iranians as having a range of 2,000km (1,240 miles) and capable of carrying bombs and missiles.

 

The last drone the US says it shot down was also reportedly destroyed near Tanf after firing on coalition forces.

 

The Syrian plane destroyed on Sunday, a Su-22 fighter bomber, was hit after reportedly dropping bombs near the town of Tabqa in Raqqa province.

 

As well as announcing that US-led coalition warplanes would be tracked, Russia's ministry of defence also suspended a hotline set up to avoid clashes between US and Russian aircraft over Syria.

 

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firstly it was manned fighter vs unmanned UAV.

second, they can't know who was actually controlling it. it can be that it was one of the UAVs Iran gave to the Syrian army and controlling by them.

and the crash location was in the no fly zone? if it was then that blue line must be a joke

 

 

 

 

 

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جنگ هفتاد و دو ملت همه را عذر بنه
چون ندیدند حقیقت ره افسانه زدند

Forgive all the wars between the seventy- two nations
since they did not see the truth, they set out seeking myths

~ Hafez.

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Five takeaways from Iran’s missile strike in Syria

 

Tehran's strike was targeted at Islamic State but it also puts US bases in the region on notice and exposes the flimsiness of the Trump Administration's Middle East policy

 

At its most obvious level, Iran’s missile attack on the Islamic State command centre in the Syrian city of Dier Ezzor on Sunday may be regarded as the demonstration of an extraordinarily innovative military capability.

 

Iran says it fired six ground-to-ground missiles from Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) bases in Kermanshah and Kurdistan provinces, both in Western Iran, and that they “hit the targets in Deir Ezzur with high precision after flying through the Iraqi airspace.”

 

The footage shows that at least one of the missiles was of the Zolfaqar class and at least one more was of the Qiam class, both indigenously developed missiles. Zolfaqar is the latest generation of Iran’s mid-range missiles. It can hit targets up to 700 kilometres away and is capable of carrying a Multiple-Entry Vehicle payload. Qiam is a surface-to-surface cruise missile.

 

From all accounts, the missiles hit their target with devastating precision. Simply put, Iran has notified the US that its 45,000 troops deployed in bases in Iraq (5,165), Kuwait (15,000), Bahrain (7,000), Qatar (10,000), the UAE (5,000) and Oman (200) are highly vulnerable.

 

The Chief of Staff of Iran’s armed forces, Gen. Mohammad Hossein Baqueri, said on Monday: “Iran is among the world’s big powers in the missile field. They (read the US and its allies) don’t have the capability to engage in conflict with us at present, and of course, we don’t intend to involve in clashes with them, but we are in permanent rivalry with them in different fields, including the missile sector.”

 

Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi, a military aide to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, had specifically forewarned Washington last Wednesday that “if the US decides to start any war against Iran, all its military bases in the region will experience insecurity.”

 

Clearly, the missile strike constitutes a snub to the US Senators who passed a bill on Friday imposing more sanctions against Iran over its missile program. It is also a defiant response to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s ill-conceived remark on Wednesday that the Trump administration’s policy towards Iran includes “regime change”.

 

However, there are five other takeaways, all of which have downstream implications.

Wake-up call

For a start, the Iranian leadership seems to have concluded that the strategic restraint exercised over the past 3-4 years since negotiations on the nuclear issue began, is being misunderstood by the Trump team. On Sunday, Khamenei launched a vitriolic attack on US policies.

 

As Tehran sees it, the Trump team, which lacks experience in international diplomacy, might harbour notions that Iran’s moderation in recent years is a sign of weakness or lack of political resolve on the part of the moderate-reformist leadership of President Hassan Rouhani.

 

Most certainly, Tehran expects that its iron-fist display on Sunday will serve as a wake-up call to the Trump administration. This finds echo in the words of the influential Secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council Mohsen Rezayee, who is also a former IRGC commander: “After four years in office, Tillerson will come to understand Iran.”

Setting a precedent

Two, Iran has created a hugely consequential precedent. Make no mistake, Tehran will hit ISIS again, reckoning it to be “like a wild dog that we can annihilate easily along with its masters.” Of course, this will impact the overall military balance in both Syria and Iraq.

 

Again, if ISIS can be targeted, why not other extremist groups affiliated with al-Qaeda, some of which might be enjoying covert support from the US or its regional allies?

Quadrilateral cooperation

Three, the fact that Tehran coordinated Sunday’s missile strikes in advance with Russia, Iraq and Syria is an important signal in geopolitical terms and in regional politics. Centered around Baghdad, the quadrilateral mechanism involving these four countries has openly acknowledged that such coordination took place. It didn’t have to do that, but it did so with deliberation.

All-out rivalry

Four, against the backdrop of a series of unfriendly and provocative moves by the US against Iran in recent weeks at different levels, it is a fair assumption that Iran’s willingness to cooperate with the Trump administration on the path to a settlement in Syria is now virtually nil. Equally, it remains to be seen what follows next in Iraq after the liberation of Mosul.

 

Specifically, an all-out rivalry between the US and Iran can now be expected on the ground for control of the Syrian-Iraqi border and southern Syria. It will be a miracle now if the US beats Iran in the race to take control of the strategic city of Dier Ezzor, which has become an emblematic military front for the latter. Iranian statements claim that the terrorist attacks in Tehran on June 7 were masterminded and executed from the ISIS command center in Dier Ezzor.

US policy adrfit

Finally, Washington now has no option left but to accept Russian help to stabilize the “de-confliction” zones in southern Syria bordering Jordan and the Golan Heights. Yet, incredibly enough, the Pentagon chose just this moment to provoke Moscow by shooting down a Syrian jet on Sunday – albeit a few hours ahead of the Iranian missile strike.

 

Moscow has put the Pentagon on notice that henceforth all American aircraft and flying objects in the Syrian air space will be treated as “targets”. Coming on top of the bizarre policy somersaults over Qatar in the past week, not to mention the fake arms deal with Saudi Arabia, the Trump administration’s Middle East policy looks adrift, lacking intellectual content and diplomatic acumen.

 

The veteran ex-CIA officer and Brookings scholar on the Middle East Bruce Riedel pondered aloud last week how an administration so abysmally lacking in talent and diplomatic experience could cope with a first-rate crisis situation such as a war in Gaza or Lebanon.

 

Of course, in immediate terms, it remains to be seen how the Trump administration handles the Iran sanctions bill given the latest developments. The Iranian Majlis plans to adopt counter-measures vis-à-vis the proposed US legislation, which it regards as a blatant violation of the matrix of understanding reached under the nuclear deal of July 2015.

 

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