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Iran fires missiles against Islamic State in Syria

25 June 2017

On Tuesday, he mocked Iran's first strike against ISIS in Syria. ISIS is an acronym for the Islamic State terror group.

The missiles, which were variously estimated to be between four and six in number, were reportedly launched against Takfiri (extremist) terrorists' key sites in Syria's eastern region of Deir Ez-zor by Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

The remarks came a day after the IRGC said in a statement that the missile attack was conducted in coordination with General Staff of the Armed Forces and with the order of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, who is the commander-in-chief of the Iranian armed forces.

It has also sent thousands of Shiite recruits to fight in Syria and battle IS in neighbouring Iraq, according to officials.

In the latest sign of increasingly frequent confrontation with Damascus and its allies, Tuesday's incident closely followed Sunday's downing of a piloted Syrian army jet by the U.S. in the southern Raqqa countryside after it dropped bombs near US-backed forces. John J. Thomas, the spokesman for the U.S. There is no word on the pilot's fate or any other casualties. Coalition aircraft stopped the pro-regime forces from advancing on Ja'Din.

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Still, the Pentagon said it had not seen hostile action by Moscow.

They added that the coalition's mission in Syria and Iraq is to defeat the Islamic State.

The U.S. responded forcefully Monday to the Russian threat. US advisers were not in the immediate vicinity of the bombing by the Syrian SU-22. A ministry statement issued in Moscow warned that coalition planes would be viewed as targets, and said a hotline for preventing accidental military engagement would be shut off.

"The deconfliction line has proven effective at mitigating strategic miscalculations and escalating tense situations, and to be clear, we prefer to keep this channel of communication open".

That puts the missile in range of the forward headquarters of the U.S. military's Central Command in Qatar, American bases in the United Arab Emirates and the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet in Bahrain.

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The U.S. -led coalition in Syria meanwhile is keeping a close eye on Iran's military involvement with the Syrian regime.

While Iran has other ballistic missiles it says can reach longer distances, Sunday's strike appears to be the furthest carried out overseas.

Another Hebrew media outlet, Walla news, quoted unnamed "diplomatic sources" also saying that only one or two of the seven Iranian missiles hit their target.

As it tries to craft a Syria strategy, the Trump administration is divided between those who consider Islamic State the primary enemy and some officials who think the war in Syria is part of an existential struggle between the United States and its Gulf allies on the one hand and Iran on the other, said a third USA official, who has participated in government deliberations on Syria.

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.

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A long-range Iranian missile is test-fired in December 2016.