On June 7, gunmen mounted nearly simultaneous assaults on Iran's Parliament and the Mausoleum of the late Founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini.
The government offensive is part of a major campaign to recapture full control of the vast Syrian Badia, where the advance of the army and Iranian-backed militias southeast of the ancient central town of Palmyra has brought them within reach of the Iraqi frontier for the first time in years.
In this picture released by the Iranian state-run IRIB News Agency on Monday, June 19, 2017, a missile is fired from city of Kermanshah in western Iran targeting the Islamic State group in Syria.
"If the Iranians were trying to show their capabilities and to signal to Israel and to the Americans that these missiles are operational, the result was rather different", Channel 2 analyst Ehud Yaari said. However, Iran is not thought to have used ballistic missiles on a foreign target since the Iran-Iraq war.
The U.S. says Iran's missiles are a potential threat to the Middle East's peace and stability.
Another official said that the recent strike was a "warning" to those interfering in the region.
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The Prime Minister also said there had been "huge frustrations" on the ground as people struggled to find information. The number of those missing and feared dead has risen from 58, with police to deliver an update later today.
But he warned that Iraq "should not trust" the United States, which is leading a coalition fighting IS in Iraq and neighbouring Syria. Parliament speaker said that the attack on ISIS was a message to the U.S. and Israel.
Back in February, the White House said it had put Iran "on notice" for test-firing a ballistic missile, taking an aggressive posture toward Tehran.
ISIS fighters during a gun battle in Deir el-Zour in 2015 in a photo released by the terror group's propaganda wing. However, it stopped short of directly blaming the kingdom for the attack, though many in the country have expressed suspicion that Iran's regional rival had a hand in the assault. Since Trump took office, his administration has put new economic sanctions on those allegedly involved with the program. "And we are also following their words", Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
Although Iran is involved in numerous conflicts across the region, the Tehran Times said that this strike was Iran's first "direct military move" since the eighties.
"I can tell you it was an Iranian-made drone", Davis said, declining to speculate on who specifically was operating it.
Ultimately, though Iran's missile strikes raised some eyes and were probably meant to show some toughness to the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, for Israel, they did little more than confirm Iran as an ongoing and relevant threat that must be carefully monitored.
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