Iran Missile Strike Missed Target — Times of Israel

While Iran fights ISIS in Iraq, it rarely does so in Syria, where it has been mostly expending its resources on fighting the Syrian rebels.Lavrov said that the hotline has been efficient in the past, noting that “it’s quite crowded both on the ground and in the air”.Sharif told The Associated Press that the missile launch reflected Iran’s “military power”, though Iran has no intention of starting another war.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.The spokesman was apparently referring to USA sales of $110 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia during President Donald Trump’s visit to the kingdom last month.Israel and Iran are bitter enemies.The IRGC fired six medium-range ground-to-ground ballistic missiles into Daesh bases in Syria’s Dayr al-Zawr on Sunday in retaliation for twin terrorist attacks in the Iranian capital Tehran, which killed 17 people and injured over 50 others.It was not known what was hit and Iran provided no details.This move has also effectively encircled FSA-controlled desert territory stretching to the Jordanian and Iraqi borders and close to the Tanf garrison where USA forces are based.The strike, which took place with Syria’s consent, delivered “fatal blows” to terror outfits and their central command post in Dayr al-Zawr, he added. He rose to be one of the extremist group’s leading ideologues. Russian Federation suspended the same mechanisms in April after the USA struck a Syrian military base in response to a chemical attack, but resumed its participation weeks later. Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attacks.Russia, a key backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad, has been providing an air cover to the government’s offensive on the Islamic State group since 2015.There was no official reaction from Syria, which has been backed by Iran as it seeks to force Islamic State forces off of its territory.Bahram Ghassemi, the ministry spokesman, informed Iranian media on Tuesday about the diplomatic protest and said Tillerson’s comments were “contrary to worldwide law and the United Nations charter”. Khamenei called the new United States administration “inexperienced” and said that many officials before them took their dreams of overthrowing the Islamic Republic “to the grave”, adding, “It will always be so”.Such targets would be US planes and surveillance drones.It said the latest contribution brings the total funding from the EU Trust Fund for UNICEF’s work on the Syria crisis response to almost €200 million ($223 millions).”This happened even as the US Senate passed a bill focused on Iran’s missile power”.It said around 2 million children from Syria live as refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, adding pressure on already stretched support systems. ISIS forces now surround an estimated 200,000 people in the province, which is held by the Syrian government. The truce was meant to be extended but now appears to have collapsed. He is blaming the government for the truce’s collapse.The latest events are unfolding in Syria’s remote east, far from the main battles of the civil war, which is still raging despite a largely ignored “de-escalation” plan brokered by Russia, Iran and Turkey.Earlier on Monday, Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) announced that the Sunday attack on the “terrorists” in Syria’s eastern region of Deir ez-Zor had been coordinated with the Syrian government.The remarks came amid questions whether the strike – Iran’s first in the Syrian war – had been effective.GREENE: So what exactly did Iran do here?A spokesman for the Guard, Gen. Ramazan Sharif, said all six ballistic missiles hit their targets, citing “local sources” and drone footage.They said hundreds of troops with dozens of armored vehicles including tanks had surged into the Bir Qassab area some 75 km (45 miles) southeast of Damascus towards the Badia region that skirts the borders with Jordan and Iraq.Asked about the US Senate’s recent bill imposing sanctions on Iran for its missile program and on the IRGC, Nobakht made it clear that President Hassan Rouhani’s administration will keep supporting “all missile activities” by the IRGC and other armed forces of the country.The U.S. military confirmed that one of its F-18 Super Hornets shot down a Syrian jet that had dropped bombs near the U.S. partner forces SDF.”Iran and its allies, apparently with Russian support, are attempting to fill the vacuum left by the collapsing “caliphate” of ISIS in eastern Syria“, Spyer said.The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement that as of Monday, all coalition jets and drones flying west of the Euphrates River will be tracked as potential targets.Tensions escalated on Sunday as the USA army brought down the jet near Raqqa and Iran launched missiles at Islamic State group targets in eastern Syria – the first time each state has carried out such actions in the multi-sided Syrian war.