The paramilitary force warned Islamic State militants and their “regional and worldwide supporters” that similar retaliatory attacks would target them as well if another assault in Iran occurs.
According to reports by the Fars News Agency, the IRGC warned “regional and trans-regional supporters” of extremist groups 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”.
Sunday’s strike came after twin attacks in Tehran on June 7 killed 17 people, in the first attacks in Iran claimed by IS.
“The Saudis and Americans are especially receivers of this message“, Gen. Ramazan Sharif of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) told state television in a telephone interview.
“Saudi Arabia and other countries supporting terrorism should know that the Islamic Republic jokes with no one”, senior MP Alaedin Boroujerdi said on Monday.
The incident with the Syrian plane began after the USA -backed rebel fighters, called the Syrian Democratic Forces, were attacked by what the American military called “pro-Syrian regime forces”.
“Firing these missiles from 600 or 700 kilometres (370 or 430 miles) away onto a small building. demonstrates Iran’s capacity and intelligence capabilities” against militant groups, he said.
The powerful counterattack, Sharif said, had sent across a “clear message” to “terrorists, their regional and worldwide backers, and also all those, who might even consider threatening our country’s national security”.
Shiite-majority Iran and Sunni-majority Saudi Arabia have always been embroiled in a sectarian feud.
Iran is a key ally of the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad, alongside Russian Federation and the Iranian-backed Hezbollah movement of Lebanon.
Israel also remains concerned about Iran’s missile launches and has deployed a multilayered missile-defense system over fears of potential Iranian attacks.
Since Trump took office, his administration has described putting Iran “on notice” over the missile tests and put new economic sanctions on those allegedly involved with the program.
“Medium-range missiles were fired from the (western) provinces of Kermanshah and Kurdestan, and a large number of terrorists were killed and weapons destroyed“, the statement said.
“The SDF is getting big-headed”, said the pro-Damascus military commander, a non-Syrian who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity.
“The missile strikes of the Islamic Republic amounted to a direct response to US President Trump who had threatened Iran with war and isolation just recently”, he said.
Sharif says the missile launch reflects Iran’s “military power” though Iran has no intention of starting another war.