IRGC Says Next Crushing Response to Enemies Already Planned

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard says all six ballistic missiles it launched at Islamic State militants in Syria earlier this week hit their targets.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.“This attack comes at a time when the Syrian Arab army and its allies are advancing in the fight against ISIS terrorists who are being defeated the Syrian desert in more ways than one, ” the statement read. Those forces, which are aligned with the the campaign against the Islamic State group, warned Syrian government troops to stop their attacks or face retaliation.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 missiles flew over Iraq before striking what the Guard called an Islamic State command center and suicide vehicle bomb operation in Deir el-Zour, over 600 kilometers (370 miles) away.It also said it would now track all coalition flights west of the Euphrates River while suspending its use of a military hotline for avoiding incidents in Syrian airspace – accusing the USA of failing to use the established communication hotline to warn Russian Federation about downing the plane.”The Saudis and Americans are especially receivers of this message”, Gen. Ramazan Sharif of the Revolutionary Guard told Iranian state TV in an interview. On Tuesday, he mocked Iran’s first strike against ISIS in Syria.The weapons used in the Iranian strike were Shahab-3 medium-range ballistic missiles, which have a range of 800 miles, Israel’s Channel 10 reported.Targeting “headquarters and gathering centers of Takfiri terrorists” in the Deir al Zour region of eastern Syria, the missiles passed through the Iraqi airspace.The United States has said its recent actions against Syrian government forces and allied militia have been self-defensive in nature, aimed at stopping attacks on US -led coalition forces or their local allies.The powerful counterattack, Sharif said, had sent across a “clear message” to “terrorists, their regional and worldwide backers, and also all those, who might even consider threatening our country’s national security”.Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has said he will not back down from pursuing a robust missile program.Washington was also among those targeted in Tehran’s deterrence message.Iran has been formally PUT ON NOTICE for firing a ballistic missile.Should have been thankful for the bad deal the USA made with them!US -backed opposition fighters said Assad’s forces have been attacking them in the northern province of Raqqa and warned that if such attacks continue, the fighters will take action. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters. However, the test launches haven’t affected Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. The extremists increasingly have fled to Deir el-Zour as the Islamic State group’s de facto capital of Raqqa has come under punishing US -led airstrikes.