Tensions rise after Syrian jet downed, missile attack

The launch of surface-to-surface, medium-range missiles into Syria’s Deir el-Zour province comes as Islamic State militants fleeing a us -led coalition onslaught increasingly try to fortify their positions there.Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps on Sunday said it launched missiles into Syria targeting Islamic State militants in retaliation for the June 7 Tehran attack in which 18 people died.Russian Federation and Iran both support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria’s civil war.Iran’s mostly-errant missile launches at Islamic State (ISIS) targets were not just a retaliatory strike on the terror group but a warning to the United States and Saudi Arabia, an Iranian general said.”If the Iranians were trying to show their capabilities and to signal to Israel and to the Americans that these missiles are operational, the result was rather different”, Channel 2 analyst Ehud Yaari said according to the Times.”Regional and worldwide allies of the terrorists must understand this missile operation is a warning message”.Iranian media reported that it was the first time the country’s armed forces had used such missiles outside its country in thirty years. It has test-fired a number of missiles since Iran struck the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, including the U.S.Analyst Foad Izadi said the strike was meant to convey several messages.Jahangiri congratulated Iraq on its recent victories in the fight against ISIL terrorists in Mosul, stressing that the victories will have a great impact on the security of Iraq and the whole region.Since Trump took office, his administration has put new economic sanctions on those allegedly involved with Iran’s missile program as the Senate has voted for applying new sanctions on Iran.Iranian diplomat Hossein Sheikholeslam further claimed this week that the missile strike is meant as a direct warning to the USA and Israel.The missile also could strike Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.The two regional heavyweights back opposing sides in several conflicts including in Syria and Yemen. The Guard released black-and-white footage it said came from a drone showing the strikes, a column of thick black smoke rising into the sky after the attack.A Syrian military official in Damascus said the truce was not extended.Iran has been formally PUT ON NOTICE for firing a ballistic missile.Should have been thankful for the awful deal the USA made with them!”It’s widely known that the U.S. is involved in the Syrian war just to save its face”, he said in an interview with Tasnim, adding Washington is indirectly supporting the militants by shooting down the Syrian government’s jet in southern Syria.”Security cannot be traded and those who think they can provide their security by dragging extra-regional countries here are making a stupid strategic mistake”, he said.He spoke as part of a TV package about the missile launches, showing them shoot off into the night from the western province of Kermanshah.