Israelis Dismiss Iranian Missile Strike as 'Flop'

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"They can not slap us".

The Iranian missiles were launched from Kermanshah in western Iran near the border with Iraq. "It did not immediately offer other specifics, other than to say the missiles were launched from Iran". In just over a month, US forces have struck Iranian-backed Shiite militias in southern Syria three times, and on Sunday a U.S. F/A-18 shot down a Syrian Arab Air Force Su-22 jet.

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It comes after Iran launched missile strikes on ISIS in retaliation for twin attacks in Tehran earlier this month.

"This revolutionary action and punishment is absolutely clear".

He pointed out that it was the first time that Iranian missile power showed itself to the world on the ground, and stressed that the enemies of the Islamic Republic should know that "in the event of an invasion or violation of worldwide law, they will be confronted with an overwhelming response".

The area is of strategic significance to Tehran as it seeks to secure a land corridor to its allies in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon and establish a "Shi'ite crescent" of influence that has long concerned US -allied states in the Middle East.

He said it took just 11 days for IRGC forces to pinpoint the command and planning posts used to spearhead the Tehran terror attacks, most of which lied in Deir Ezzor.

For his part, Abadi said Iraq needs the assistance of Iran in fighting the IS and later in reconstructing the country.

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 US official, who has participated in government deliberations on Syria.

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The strike was "a great deal less impressive than the media noise being made in Iran around the launch", Israeli military sources told Haaretz.

"The IRGC warns the Takfiri terrorists and their regional and trans-regional supporters that they would be engulfed by its revolutionary wrath and flames of the fire of its revenge in case they repeat any such devilish and dirty move in future", it said, according to Fars News Agency.

In his testimony, Tillerson also raised the possibility of imposing sanctions on the whole of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran's main military force and a major player in the country's economy.

"Those who have done wrong will find out what they have coming to them", Qasem Soleimani wrote.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday the USA forces should not be present in Iraq under any excuses.

Russia, which supports the government of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad militarily, called the downing of the Syrian plane an "act of aggression" and a violation of global law.

The White House said on Monday that coalition forces fighting Islamic State militants in Syria would retain the right to self-defense, and said the United States would work to keep lines of communication open with Russian Federation.

Not only are forces loyal to Assad interested in controlling the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province and relieving the pressure on a Syrian military garrison that has been surrounded there, but the Iranian-backed Shiite fighters are widely believed to be trying to link up with Iranian-backed militias in Iraq and establish a supply corridor that runs from Syria to Iraq and, eventually, to Iran.

The U.S. -led coalition said that while it is not trying to escalate conflict with Iran and Russian Federation in Syria, it will not back down. "We will carry out certain measures in Mosul and along Syrian and Iraqi borders that will block the terrorists' path completely".