Iran launches missiles into eastern Syria

The downing of the Syrian jet by US forces came on the same day when Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps launched several midrange missiles from inside Iran at targets in Syria, several media outlets reported citing the Iran military.

Activists in Syria said they had no immediate information on damage or casualties from the strikes, launched from Iran's Kurdistan and Kermanshah provinces. The missiles flew over Iraq before striking what the Guard called an Islamic State command center and suicide auto bomb operation in Deir el-Zour, according to Tehran.

Deir Az Zor is an oil-rich province that links ISIL's de facto capital, the Syrian city of Raqqa, with territory controlled by the group in neighbouring Iraq.

Boroujerdi said the strike marked "a new phase in the fight against terrorism".

In an exclusive interview with Press TV on Monday, the official warned terrorists and their sponsors about "more serious revenge" should they try their hands at staging more terror attacks against the Islamic Republic.

Five Islamic State-linked attackers stormed Iran's parliament and a shrine to revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on June 7, killing at least 17 people and wounding more than 50.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for these attacks but senior Iranian officials pointed a finger at Saudi Arabia, the Islamic Republic's biggest regional rival.

Iran's strike was conducted by forces from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, the country's radical paramilitary group, on Sunday.

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

The attack also sends a clear warning signal to Saudi Arabia which has been trying for some time to test Iran's patience.

Iran's homegrown missiles, a serious point of contention with Washington and Jerusalem, are said to be able to reach up to 2,000 kilometers (about 1,240 miles).

Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the IRGC aerospace unit, hailed the missile raids, saying any more evil act against Iran will result in "costly consequences".

Iran's missile attack into Syria this past Sunday was deemed a failure.

Meanwhile, tensions between the USA and Iran have mounted since President Donald Trump took office, with the two countries imposing sanctions on one another last month. It has test-fired a number of missiles since Iran struck the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, including the U.S. "Even Hezbollah can do better", he quoted the sources as saying.

"If we decide to target a location with missiles, this decision falls within the field of national security", said Rouhani.

"Security cannot be traded and those who think they can provide their security by dragging extra-regional countries here are making a stupid strategic mistake", he said.

Gambrell reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

  • Rogelio Becker