Iran and Israel Exchange Warnings

The IRGC also said the missile strike killed a "large number" of terrorists and destroyed their supplies, warning it would launch similar assaults in Syria if additional Islamic State attacks occurred in Iran. The shootdown was near the Syrian town of Tabqa.

On Monday, Russia condemned that strike as a "flagrant violation of worldwide law", and said its forces will treat USA -led coalition aircraft and drones as targets if they are operating in Syrian airspace west of the Euphrates River while Russian aviation is on combat missions.

Syrian Information Minister Mohammad Ramez Tourjman said Iran's missile strikes against ISIS positions in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor have sent a strong message to the government of Donald Trump to drop any potential plan for launching an attack on Iran or mounting a campaign to isolate the Islamic Republic on the worldwide arena.

The launch, which hit Syria's eastern city of Deir el-Zour on Sunday night, appeared to be Iran's first missile attack overseas in over 15 years and its first in the Syrian conflict, in which it has provided crucial support to embattled President Bashar Assad.

Australia has suspended its airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria as a precaution after a US fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane earlier this week. That led Russian Federation, a close ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, to warn that it would target USA -led coalition planes flying west of the Euphrates River.

Moscow has condemned the US downing of the Syrian government fighter jet after it dropped bombs nears USA partner forces. The regime said that the attacks were in response to twin ISIS terror attacks on the Iranian capital of Tehran earlier this month that killed 18 people and wounded 52.

In Canberra, a Defense Department statement said on Tuesday that "Australian Defense Force protection is regularly reviewed in response to a range of potential threats".

While Iran fights ISIS in Iraq, it rarely does so in Syria, where it has been mostly expending its resources on fighting the Syrian rebels.

Finally, in both the MEK and ISIS cases, Iran fired missiles on a weaker enemy to "teach a lesson" when it believed they had crossed some lines in confronting Iran deep in its territory.

For most of the last two years the USA and Russian Federation have coordinated their different campaigns in the crowded skies over Syria, but as their allied forces converge in the east that could prove more hard.

United States and Russian officials had agreed to a ceasefire, which ended on Monday, during talks in Amman aimed at strengthening goodwill before more detailed negotiations on setting up the "de-escalation zone", diplomats in Jordan said. "And we'll see if that's true here in the coming hours, because all of our operations in and around Raqqa and southern Syria are designed specifically to get after ISIS".

"They are taken by mistake if the new United States rulers think they can pressurize Iran with bills ... in the Senate and Congress", he said in reference to a new Senate move to impose new sanctions on Iran over its missile program, IRNA news agency reported on June 21.

Senior Iranian officials, however, have pointed a finger at Saudi Arabia, Iran's Sunni regional rival. The US and Saudi Arabia were specifically mentioned by an Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps spokesman as part of its audience for the "message" it sent by firing the missiles. Iranian officials complained the new sanctions violate the spirit of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, otherwise known as the Iran nuclear deal, however, ballistic missiles are not included in the agreement.

"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", analyst for Israel's Channel 2 broadcaster Ehud Yaari said.

The tensions reflect mounting competition for areas of Syria where Islamic State (IS) insurgents are in retreat, leaving swathes of territory up for grabs and posing the question of what comes next for USA policy that is shaped first and foremost by the priority of vanquishing the jihadists.

According to the Times of Israel, citing Israeli intelligence sources, the missile was the Shahab-3, which is based on the North Korean Nodong-1 missile.

The strike came a few days after the US Senate passed a bill on new sanctions against Iran.

The incident followed a series of USA airstrikes against Iran-backed forces advancing on partner forces in a strategically prized swath of land along the Iraqi border. He rose to be one of the extremist group's leading ideologues.

The United States said the Syrian army plane shot down on Sunday had dropped bombs near fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US -backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters battling to capture the city of Raqqa from IS.

It was the first time the Islamic Republic had used missiles in 15 years.

The SDF however accused the Syrian government on Monday of attacking its positions using planes, artillery and tanks.

ISIS forces now surround an estimated 200,000 people in the province, which is held by the Syrian government.

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