A look at Syria's conflict, as mutual enemies close in on IS

A look at Syria's conflict, as mutual enemies close in on IS

But it was also meant to show that "Iran, in its fight against terrorism, needs missiles - and sanctions have no influence on its defence policies".

To "honor the blood spilled by innocent people on June 7 in Tehran", the IRGC fired six medium-range ground-to-ground missiles from their bases in Kurdistan and Kermanshah provinces in western Iran. But the Revolutionary Guard said it was sending a broader message to its archrival Saudi Arabia and the United States.

"This reaction has a clear message for the American enemies and certain regional states that think that if they attack Iran, their aggression will remain unanswered", Yahya Rahim Safavi, a top military aide to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei was quoted as saying on Wednesday in the country's state-controlled press.

The incident closely followed Sunday's USA downing of a piloted Syrian army jet in the southern Raqqa countryside after it dropped bombs near US-backed forces.

There is no obstacle on the way of development and deepening of Tehran-Baghdad relations, said Rouhani voicing Tehran's willingness to establish stronger ties in all fields with Baghdad; "undoubtedly, cementing and deepening ties between the two countries is what both Iranian and Iraqi nations want to serve common interests".

"There isn't an overarching US strategy driving this", said Charles Lister of the Middle East Institute.

Australia on Tuesday suspended its airstrikes against IS targets in Syria as a precaution, after Russian Federation announced it was suspending the hotline and warned the US -led coalition not to fly over Syrian army positions west of the Euphrates River.

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Sunday's missile strike came amid recent confrontations in Syria between US -backed forces and pro-government factions.

While Iran has other ballistic missiles it says can reach longer distances, Sunday's strike appears to be the furthest carried out overseas.

The shoot-down marks the first time a USA jet has downed a Syrian regime warplane, despite leading a massive air campaign targeting IS in Syria for almost three years. Russian Federation suspended the same mechanisms in April after the USA struck a Syrian military base in response to a chemical attack, but resumed its participation weeks later. However, it stopped short of directly blaming the kingdom for the attack, though many in the country expressed suspicion Iran's regional rival had a hand in the attack. The IRGC statement said that the strikes targeted the terrorist group's gathering centers and bomb-making factories.

The spokesman was apparently referring to USA sales of $110 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia during President Donald Trump's visit to the kingdom last month. Israel also remains concerned about Iran's missile launches. The missiles strikes were launched in coordination with Damascus.

Netanyahu has been a vocal opponent of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, charging that Tehran is aiming to achieve nuclear weapons.

The latest blatant attack by the U.S. confirms what many already know, the Pentagon is risking a major war to defend ISIS, the brainchild of the Central Intelligence Agency.

The timing of the strikes has led some to believe the message was also intended for the new United States administration, which is adopting a policy of regime change for Tehran and is reportedly seeking to confront Iran militarily in Syria.