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Iran fires rockets in 'revenge' at Islamic State in Syria

26 June 2017

Iran has stepped up its anti-Saudi rhetoric since the IS-attacks saying Riyadh is trying to destabilize the country by supporting dissidents.

In unrelated news, and in a major escalation of the Syrian proxy war, Iran's Revolutionary Guard said it launched multiple missile strikes from IRGC missile bases in provinces of Kermanshah & Kordestan, targeting "terror bases" in Deir ez-Zor in eastern Syria in retaliation for ISIS-claimed attacks in Tehran.

It was not known what was hit and Iran provided no details.

The Islamic State launched two coordinated attacks against Iran's Parliament and tomb of Ayatollah Khomeini on June 7 in Tehran. Several of the USA -supported fighters were wounded.

Central Command said Tuesday that Turki al-Binali was killed on May 31.

Activists and Islamic State supporters reported his death at the time, but Tuesday's statement from Central Command was the first USA confirmation. The Bahraini cleric wrote religious justifications for the enslavement of hundreds of women from Iraq's Yazidi minority and helped establish the Islamic State branch in Libya.

"We have never had a coherent Syrian strategy", said one USA official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Iranian legislators claimed the strike was also a sign to the USA that Iran's ballistic missile program will not be deterred by sanctions.

The Syrian army said the jet was shot down while flying a mission against Islamic State.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the $110 billion (100 billion euro) deal was aimed at helping the kingdom deal with "malign Iranian influence". He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

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The Pentagon said Sunday a Syrian SU-22 dropped bombs on coalition-partnered fighters near the town of Tabqah.

It said the latest contribution brings the total funding from the EU Trust Fund for UNICEF's work on the Syria crisis response to almost €200 million ($223 millions). The truce was meant to be extended but now appears to have collapsed. He is blaming the government for the truce's collapse.

These have included several air strikes against pro-government forces that have sought to advance towards a USA military base in southeastern Syria near the border with Iraq, where the US military has been training rebels to fight IS. The conflict quickly descended into a civil war, which has since left at least 400,000 people dead.

The Guard said it fired six missiles in total from Kermanshah and also from Iran's Kurdistan province into Syria's Deir el-Zour province, where IS has been trying to fortify its positions in the face of a USA -led coalition onslaught.

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

It was not known what exactly was hit and Iran has provided no details. "We will slap them", Khamenei says in the video, before it fades into a footage of the missile launch on Sunday night.

Al-Islam's comments echo those made by General Ramezan Sharif who said the IRGC's missile operation "Laylat al-Qadr" was "only a tiny example of Iran's punitive power over the terrorists and enemies". "We continue to operate, making some adjustments for prudent measures", Davis said.

The IRGC said the attack, the first of its kind in Iran, was in response to an IS-claimed terrorist operation which claimed the lives of 18 Iranians in Tehran earlier this month.

Syrian state television, quoting army sources, said they had resumed the offensive, which took place as USA and Russian officials were holding another round of secret talks on creating a "de-escalation zone" in southwestern Syria that would include Daraa.

A statement from Australia's Defense Ministry said it would monitor the "air situation in Syria" and make a decision on resuming airstrikes there "in due course".

Iran fires rockets in 'revenge' at Islamic State in Syria