The attack on the Syrian aircraft came hours after pro-Syrian regime forces attacked US -backed Syrian Democratic Forces in the village of Ja’Din, southwest of Raqqa, according to a press statement released by Combined Joint Task Force, the USA -led global coalition against the Islamic State group, also called ISIS.
The Guards fired six missiles from the west of Iran across the border and into Syria’s mostly IS-held Deir Ezzor province, targeting an IS command base, they said earlier. The national TV showed footages of missile attacks launched from western Iran. The extremists have been trying to fortify their positions in the Syrian city in the face of a USA -led coalition onslaught on Raqqa, the group’s de facto capital.
He said, “Iran is an active and effective pillar in the fight against terrorists, and they want to damage it”. 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.
Six assailants killed at least 16 people in the twin attacks, which ISIS claimed.
On June 7, the Islamic State (IS) militants carried out twin operations in the capital Tehran on Iran’s Parliament and the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini, which killed 17 and injured dozens.
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has warned “terrorists” that any future attacks against Iran could result in more retaliatory actions. Russia’s defense ministry said it is suspending coordination with the United States in Syria over so-called “de-confliction zones” after the Americans downed a Syrian government fighter jet on Sunday, June 18.
According to the IRGC, the missiles fired on Sunday included the Zolfaqar, a new surface-to-surface missile which Iran has claimed can destroy targets around 450 miles away “with a zero margin of error”.
It sends “a message to the Saudi-led alliance that “our missiles have the range and the accuracy to strike anywhere in the region'”, he said”.
The missile strikes are the first reported ground-to-ground attack from Iran into Syria since the latter got embroiled in a civil war in 2011. The first Iranian test of the Shahab-3 was in 1998 and the missile was declared operational in 2003. On the one hand, Iran is making an unprecedented use of its weapons technology while on the other hand, it is targeting ISIS in supposed retaliation for the terror attack inside its own country.
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. It has test-fired a number of missiles since Iran struck the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, including the U.S.
Tensions escalated on Sunday as the us military brought down a Syrian military jet near Raqqa for bombing near USA -allied forces on the ground, the first time Washington had carried out such an action in the multi-pronged civil war.