TEHRAN warned yesterday that its ballistic missile strikes targeting Isis positions in Syria were both a response to terrorist attacks in Iran and a powerful message to Saudi Arabia and the United States.
The launch, which hit Syria’s eastern city of Deir Ezzor on Sunday night was Iran’s its first in the Syrian conflict.
Revolutionary Guard General Ramazan Sharif gave notice that “if they (Isis) carry out a specific action to violate our security, definitely there will be more launches, with intensified strength.”
He added that “Saudis and Americans are especially receivers of this message,” noting that Riyadh had “announced its intention to bring insecurity into Iran.”
Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard paramilitary force said that it launched six Zolfaghar ballistic missiles from the western provinces of Kermanshah and Kurdistan.
They flew over Iraq, with Baghdad’s agreement, before striking an Isis command centre and suicide car-bomb operation in Deir Ezzor, more than 370 miles away.
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