20 June, 2017
Also Iran fired missiles into Syria, apparently for the first time, and supposedly in retaliation for the recent terrorist attacks in Tehran.
After passing through Iraqi airspace, the missiles hit positions of the self-styled IS in Syria's Deir al Zour province 650 to 700 km from the launch sites.
Tehran has provided advisers, fighters, volunteers, militias, weapons and money to pro-government forces in Syria but it has never targeted the country with this kind of strike in the past.
"The Saudis and Americans are especially receivers of this message", he said. "If the evil and satanic measures against the Iranian nation are repeated, the revolutionary anger and flames of (the Guard's) revenge will engulf the perpetrators and lead the criminals to hell".
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The attack on the Syrian aircraft came hours after pro-Syrian regime forces attacked USA -backed Syrian Democratic Forces in the village of Ja'Din, southwest of Raqqa, according to a press statement released by Combined Joint Task Force, the US -led worldwide coalition against the Islamic State group, also called ISIS.
Iran had earlier insinuated that the U.S. and Saudi Arabia - its chief regional foe - had encouraged the June 7 attacks on Iran's Parliament and the mausoleum of the late Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, which killed 17 people. Bahram Qasemi, the Foreign Ministry spokesman said the Syrian government was notified of the attack before it was carried out.
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Tehran has often claimed that the attackers are "affiliated with the Wahhabi", an ultraconservative form of Sunni Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia, but has so far stopped short of directly blaming Riyadh until recently.
It also raises questions about how U.S. President Donald Trump's administration, which had previously put Iran "on notice" for its ballistic missile tests, will respond.
Iran revealed footage of the missile strikes, which were caught on camera by Iranian drones flying in Syria, according to a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) commander.