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Iran fires missiles at militant groups in eastern Syria

28 June 2017
Iran fires missiles at militant groups in eastern Syria

At least 65 Daesh terrorists, including several high-ranking intelligence commanders, were killed in Iran's recent missile attack against the Takfiri group's targets in eastern Syria, according to a statement by Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

ISIL, which stands for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and is also known as ISIS, claimed responsibility for the June 7 attacks on Iran's parliament and the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini that left 17 people dead.

Iran is supporting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with ground forces and advisors in coordination with Russian Federation.

The Iranian missiles hit near a pair of cities in eastern Syria where officials said top ISIS leadership and its "bureaucracy" have fled to since leaving the terror group's so-called capital of Raqqa months ago.

Netanyahu, who has repeatedly claimed that Iran is threatening Israel, said Israel is following "their actions and we follow their words", Xinhua news agency reported.

However, Spokesperson for the US Central Command Colonel John Thomas said Islamic State terrorists were not present in the Ja'Din village and that it was controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces.

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

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

Abadi is on a regional tour that started in Saudi Arabia and will include a stop in Kuwait.

Tourjman went on to say that the strikes also carried a message to the sponsors of terrorism, particularly the U.S. government which, on the one hand, claims it is fighting terrorism, and on the other hand sponsors ISIS militants.

The incidents reflect mounting competition for areas of Syria where Islamic State (IS) insurgents are in retreat, leaving swathes of territory up for grabs and posing the question of what comes next for US policy that is shaped first and foremost by the priority of vanquishing the jihadists.

The powerful counterattack, Sharif said, had sent across a "clear message" to "terrorists, their regional and global backers, and also all those, who might even consider threatening our country's national security".

The strike was "much less impressive than the media noise Iran is making around the launch", a military source was quoted saying in Hebrew news site Haaretz. Iran's firing of rockets over sovereign borders, instead of relying on military assets it already has inside Syria, also raised questions about its motivations - whether it was trying to send a message about its capabilities and boldness to the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia as well as to ISIS. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters.