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Iran Launches Six 'Zulfiqar' Ballistic Missiles At ISIS Targets In Syria

22 June 2017

There was no official reaction from Syria, which has been backed by Iran as it seeks to force Islamic State forces off of its territory. The national TV showed footages of missile attacks launched from western Iran.

For most of the last two years the US and Russian Federation have coordinated their different campaigns in the crowded skies over Syria, but as their allied forces converge in the east that could prove more hard.

"It looks like Donald Trumps' United States is a source of a brand-new danger both in the Middle East and the world at large", Klintsevich wrote on his Facebook page. "This is purely a series of tactical decisions that are creating a series of very serious strategic consequences".

The official was not authorized to be quoted by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. ISIS is an acronym for the Islamic State terror group. "Our most capable allies are the (Kurdish) peshmerga, but Turkey, who is a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally and host to an airbase that is central to our efforts, considers the Kurds enemies".

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They added that the coalition's mission in Syria and Iraq is to defeat the Islamic State. "The Americans and their followers are against Iraq's independence, unity and identity", Khamenei said.

A USA warplane shot down an armed drone linked to Syrian regime forces, the Pentagon said Tuesday, the latest in a series of incidents between US -backed forces and the regime of Bashar Assad that threatens to escalate the conflict there.

Iran has said it will give a fitting response to the new USA sanctions. "We're not close to that, but that's the strategy". But the American role has unsettled Assad's allies, threatening confrontation with Russian Federation and thrusting Iranian-backed militiamen in a race with a US -favored rebel force to reach the Islamic State's eastern strongholds.

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). It stopped short of saying it would shoot them down.

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Earlier, Iran had implicitly suggested that the USA and Saudi Arabia, its chief regional foe, had insinuated the terrorist attacks in Tehran.

In another complication, Iran on Sunday launched ballistic missile strikes at Islamic State targets in eastern Syria, the first time it has carried out such an action. On June 7, gunmen and suicide bombers attacked the parliament complex and the shrine of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran, killing 17 people.

Iran's attack on Islamic State targets in Syria did not meet its objectives.

The Zolfaghar missile, unveiled in September 2016, was described at the time as carrying a cluster warhead and being able to strike as far as 700 kilometers (435 miles) away.

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An American F/A-18E Super Hornet shot down a Syrian SU-22 on Sunday evening as it "dropped bombs" near a US-backed alliance called the Syrian Democratic Forces, who are fighting Islamic State, the US-led coalition said in a statement.

Iran Launches Six 'Zulfiqar' Ballistic Missiles At ISIS Targets In Syria