Iran warns missile attack on IS in Syria can be repeated

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — After firing missiles targeting the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, Iran's Revolutionary Guard on Monday issued a stark warning to IS militants, saying that any future attack against Iran will result in more powerful launches.

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. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the strikes highlight the benefits of Iran's missile program.

“This attack comes at a time when the Syrian Arab army and its allies are advancing in the fight against ISIS terrorists who are being defeated the Syrian desert in more ways than one, ” the statement read.

In February, Michael Flynn, who was then USA national security adviser and has since resigned, said the Trump administration was "putting Iran on notice" following an Iranian missile test and an attack on a Saudi warship by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.

The missiles flew over Iraq before striking what the Guard called an Islamic State command center and suicide vehicle bomb operation in Deir el-Zour, over 600 kilometers (370 miles) away.

Last week, Iran accused the USA and its regional ally Saudi Arabia of supporting and aiding the Tehran terror attacks.

Russia, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, called on the us military to provide a full accounting as to why it chose to shoot down the Syrian Su-22 bomber.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility.

Hours before the IRGC statement, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said "everyone should know" that Iran's enemies "cannot slap us, we will slap them in the face", according to his official website. It was the first time the US directly targeted the Syrian government since the civil war began in the country.

The medium-range rockets were fired from air force sites in western Iran.

Political authorities and military leaders stressed that armed action in Syria was carried out by an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) artillery unit to "take revenge on the perpetrators and promoters of the terrorist attacks" earlier this month in this capital.

"We are watching their actions and watching their words", Netanyahu added.

  • Rogelio Becker