Iran retaliates to ISIS attacks, warns reactionary countries


US officials have claimed that some of these missiles have been given to the Houthi rebels in Yemen, who are now fighting a coalition of Arab forces, some of whom are USA allies.

A second U.S. official said the use of ballistic missiles may also have been intended as a signal that Iran remains committed to supporting Assad and a reminder that U.S. forces and bases in the region are within reach of Iranian missiles and ground forces.

But the missiles sent a message to more than just the extremists in Iraq and Syria, Sharif told state television in a telephone interview.

The regional and worldwide sponsors of the terrorists must receive the revealing message of the assault, ' he said.

The fast-multiplying confrontations in Syria involving United States forces could spiral into a deeper conflict with both Russian Federation and Iran, as both countries attempt to consolidate the territories under their control as ISIS weakens.

"So far, we only posted military advisors on the ground in Syria and Iraq", he said.

A U.S. Navy F/A-18 shot down a Syrian government fighter jet shortly after the Syrians bombed U.S. -backed fighters in northern Syria on June 18, 2017.

Two of the Zolfaqar short-range missiles missed their targets in Syria by several miles, while three others did not even make it out of Iraqi airspace, according to Haaretz.

Contrary to the prime minister, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel was not anxious by the Iranian strike.

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Also at the meeting, Iraqi PM al-Ebadi stressed that Iraq is determined to develop its relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran in all fields underlining that the Iraqi government is willing to deepen its cooperation with Iran in all fields, especially in trade. Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attacks. However, it stopped short of directly blaming the kingdom for the attack, though many in the country expressed suspicion Iran's regional rival had a hand in the attack.

Netanyahu was a vocal opponent of the 2015 deal between Tehran and major powers that saw sanctions against Iran eased in return for curbs on its nuclear programme.

The president also put Tehran "on notice" in February after it launched a ballistic missile. When Iran unveiled the Zolfaghar in 2016, it bore a banner printed with a 2013 quote by Khamenei saying that Iran will annihilate the Israeli cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa should Israel attack Iran.

The launch takes place just a couple of hours after Iran's Supreme leader said "they can not slap us in the face".

In Moscow, officials argued that Sunday's shoot-down was intended as a message aimed squarely at them.

"We are following their actions".

The IRGC's press office had a stern warning of its own to those who threaten Iran's security.

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot also downplayed the significance of the Iranian strike.