World Iran says its missiles into Syria hit IS targets

11:00  19 june  2017
11:00  19 june  2017 Source:   AFP

Iran fires missiles at militant groups in eastern Syria

  Iran fires missiles at militant groups in eastern Syria Iran fired missiles on Sunday into eastern Syria, aiming at the bases of militant groups it holds responsible for attacks in Tehran which left 18 dead last week, Iran's Tasnim news agency reported. Iranian Revolutionary Guards launched the mid-range ground-to-ground missiles from western Iran into the Deir al Zour region of eastern Syria, killing a "large number" of terrorists and destroying their equipment and weapons, it said.The missiles targeted the "headquarters and gathering centers of Takfiri terrorists supporting and building car bombs", it said.Reuters could not independently verify the report.

Russia began launching missiles into Syria from warships on Wednesday, The Associated Press reported. Russia says its military intervention is aimed at helping the Syrian government defeat ISIS, but local activists and U.S. officials say the strikes have also targeted Western-backed rebels.

Russia claims their missiles all hit their targets as planned with no civilian casualties. The use of cruise missiles launched from the Caspian Sea is puzzling as they had to fly over Iran and Iraq in order to reach their targets in Syria , a feat that Russia says was coordinated with both countries.

A handout picture provided by Iran's state TV IRIB and released on June 18, 2017 shows Iran's Revolutionary Guards launching a missile from an undisclosed location in western Iran, towards Islamic State group bases in Syria© Provided by AFP A handout picture provided by Iran's state TV IRIB and released on June 18, 2017 shows Iran's Revolutionary Guards launching a missile from an undisclosed location in western Iran, towards Islamic State group bases in Syria

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.

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The Russian ships have been positioned in the south Caspian Sea, meaning the likely flight path for missiles into Syria would cross over both Iran and "Unlike CNN, we don't report quoting anonymous sources, but we show launches of our missiles and the targets they hit in real-time mode," the

The missiles that were the target of the Israeli raid had been shipped from Iran and were being stored in a warehouse at Damascus International Airport when they If Mr. Assad falls, Hezbollah knows the axis of Syria , Hezbollah and Iran will be greatly weakened, he said . Israel, for its part, has repeatedly

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 kilometres 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 honour 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 kilometres.

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

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