Iran's Revolutionary Guard strikes Syria for Tehran attacks

Tuesday, 20 Jun, 2017

Khamenei took to Instagram on Sunday, where he uploaded an edited video that begins with the dramatic footage from the attack inside the Iranian parliament and the ornate mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on June 7. We will slap them in the face.

Sunday's launch also carried religious undertones.

State TV showed mobile missiles launchers being moved in daylight.

President Donald Trump's administration, which already said it put Iran "on notice" for its ballistic missile tests, will respond.

"This revolutionary action and punishment is absolutely clear".

Six surface-to-surface missiles were launched on Sunday from western bases in Iran at command centers, logistic sites and suicide auto bomb factories in Syria's eastern Deir Ezzor area, 700 kilometers away, the Revolutionary Guard Corps said.

This is especially confusing as activists in Syria didn't have information about the claimed Iranian strikes.

Analyst Foad Izadi said the strike was meant to convey several messages.

The medium-range rockets were fired from air force sites in western Iran. Wahhabism is the hallmark of many terrorist groups operating in the Middle East, including the medieval Islamic State and Al Qaeda.

We review key events in Syria, including reports that Syrian and Iraqi troops have joined up across the border, a USA fighter jet shooting down a Syrian warplane and claims that Tehran launched missiles against a command base of the so-called Islamic State in Syria.

The White House has not commented on Iran's missile attacks inside Syria.

On Tuesday, commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) said that Saudi Arabia has been behind June 7 terrorist attacks in Tehran. Iran's Revolutionary Guard, a hard-line paramilitary force, has seen advisers and fighters killed in the conflict.

"Those who have done wrong will find out what they have coming to them", Qasem Soleimani wrote.

General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, the deputy commander of the armed forces, said: "Our defence is no longer limited to Iran's territorial borders".

"The firing of these missiles had previously been coordinated with Syria and the missiles entered the Syrian airspace through Iraq", he said. The parallel offensives points to an escalation between forces which back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, such as Iran, and the us which supports rebel groups.

Clashes between Syrian troops and the SDF would escalate tensions and open a new front line in the many complex battlefields of the civil war, now in its seventh year. Back in April, Russia gave the us the cold shoulder after Americans fired 59 missiles on a Syrian air base after a chemical weapons attack.

A USA fighter jet, for the first time in the Syrian conflict, on Sunday shot down a Syrian warplane that was bombing US-led coalition fighters near Raqqa.

The US, Britain, Russia, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Turkey have all carried out airstrikes on Syrian territory.