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Times of Israel: Iran Missile Strike Missed Target

The Iranian Regime has blamed the attack on the Saudis and the United States, who they claim supports terrorists, despite the fact that they are fighting ISIS in Syria.The American FA-18 shot down the Syrian government warplane south of the town of Tabqah, on the same day that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps launched several midrange missiles from inside Iran at targets in Syria, hoping to punish Islamic State forces responsible for last week’s terror attacks in Tehran.The threats come as Iranian politicians and military leaders amp up their rhetoric against the Trump administration following a series of strikes in Syria on Iranian-backed forces bolstering embattled President Bashar al-Assad.Iran fired ground-to-ground missiles into eastern Syria on Sunday, allegedly targeting Islamic State terrorists and marking a significant escalation in the Syrian Civil War. State television footage showed the missiles on truck missile launchers in the daylight before being launched at night.”International and regional supporters of the terrorists must realise the warning message of the missile operation”.Iran condemned the move and vowed to respond with “reciprocal and adequate measures”.”The Saudis and Americans are especially receivers of this message”, he said.”The first message is that Iran punishes terrorists”, he said.”The Islamic Republic of Iran is standing on the front line, with powerful countries, in terms of missile power”, Boroujerdi said following the attack.Iranian diplomat Hossein Sheikholeslam further claimed this week that the missile strike is meant as a direct warning to the US and Israel.Tehran argues that in a region engulfed with conflicts and wars, its missiles are an indispensible part of its defensive power.Noting that Iran’s policies in relation to the region and global affairs have not changed, Iran’s president stressed that if any group tries to attack the country and harm the Islamic Republic they will receive a “decisive answer”.Sunday’s strike came amid rising tensions between Riyadh and Tehran.A Syrian military official in Damascus said the truce was not extended.Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the IRGC aerospace unit, hailed the missile raids, saying any more evil act against Iran will result in “costly consequences”.It comes amid the worsening of a long-running feud between Shiite powerhouse Iran and Saudi Arabia, with supports Syrian rebels and has led recent efforts to isolate the Gulf nation of Qatar.US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the $110 billion (100 billion euro) deal was aimed at helping the kingdom deal with “malign Iranian influence”. “If the regime continues attacking our positions in Raqqa province, we will be forced to retaliate”, SDF spokesman Talal Silo said.Six missiles with a range of between 650 to 700 kilometres (400-435 miles) were fired from western Iran, soaring over Iraqi territory and striking the targets in Deir al-Zor.The powerful counterattack, Sharif said, had sent across a resounding message to “terrorists, their regional and worldwide backers, and also all those, who might even consider threatening our country’s national security”. He said there were no casualties from the strikes.