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Iran fires missiles at ISIL positions in eastern Syria

The missiles, which were variously estimated to be between four and six in number, were reportedly launched against Takfiri (extremist) terrorists’ key sites in Syria’s eastern region of Deir Ez-zor by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).Islamic State issued a statement claiming responsibility for the Tehran attack.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.Russian Federation and Iran both support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria’s civil war.Having largely succeeded in neutralizing most of his rebel opponents, Assad’s forces, with the help of Iranian-sponsored Lebanese and Iraqi militias began an elaborate military campaign.Outside observers said Sunday’s strike underscored a growing willingness on the part of Assad’s forces to confront the USA -led coalition as they jostle to roll back Islamic State militants from eastern Syria.The statements come just one day after the Revolutionary Guards confirmed it had launched strikes in retaliation for twin attacks in Tehran earlier this month, which killed 18 people and left more than 50 others wounded.Activists in Syria did not immediately have information about the Iranian-claimed strikes.A U.S. Navy F/A-18 shot down a Syrian government fighter jet shortly after the Syrians bombed U.S. -backed fighters in northern Syria on June 18, 2017.Israel is also concerned about Iran’s missile launches and has deployed a multilayered missile-defense system.The Leader stressed the importance of safeguarding Iraq’s territorial integrity and said, “As a neighbor, the Islamic Republic of Iran is against certain murmurs about the holding of a referendum for the separation of a section of Iraq”. “I have one message for Iran: Don’t threaten Israel” he warned. Tel Aviv lies roughly 650 miles from the nearest Iranian territory. Iraqi lawmaker Abdul-Bari Zebari said his country agreed to the missile overflight after coordination with Iran, Russia and Syria.The Russian threat on Monday to target with anti-aircraft missiles any US aircraft flying west of the Euphrates River in Syria is part of the same intimidation strategy.Senior military commanders also lined up to tout the firing as a major achievement and a message to Iran’s foes.As it tries to craft a Syria strategy, the Trump administration is divided between those who consider Islamic State the primary enemy and some officials who think the war in Syria is part of an existential struggle between the United States and its Gulf allies on the one hand and Iran on the other, said a third USA official, who has participated in government deliberations on Syria.”Regional and global allies of the terrorists must understand this missile operation is a warning message”.Armed Forces chief of staff Maj. Gen. Ahmad Reza Pourdastan called the strike a “crushing response and a warning” to those seeking to ignite tensions in the region, with their troublemaking and ignorant ambitions.