Iran flexes the muscles to show its capabilities

‘Enough is enough’ was the message. And Iran is now flexing its muscles in the face of USA, Israel and their Middle East’s Arab puppets UAE and Saudi Arabia’s belligerent policies against Iran.

On 22 Sep, 2018, a military parade of the Islamic Republic of Iran was attacked in Ahvaz by ISIS in which at least 25 people were killed, including 12 members of the elite unit plus civilian spectators and one young child.

Initially, the main suspects in the Iranian’s view were a combination of ISIS and the Arab separatist groups. In response to their attack Iran fired six medium-range ballistic missiles across Iraq and into Syria early last Monday at what it said was an terrorist Islamic State base, according to Iranian news agencies.

It was a clear signal to the world in general and specifically to US and Israel that it would similarly retaliate on anyone else carrying out attacks against Iran. These missiles were aimed at Islamic State group in the eastern Euphrates River valley, close to Syria’s border with Iraq which is one of the last strongholds of the Islamic State, also called ISIS and Daesh, after its Arabic acronym, and has also been the site of recent American military activity.

A spokesman for the United States military in Syria and Iraq, Col. Sean Ryan, confirmed that a missile strike had taken place. “At this time, the coalition is still assessing if any damage occurred, and no coalition forces were in danger,” he said. “The Iranian forces did not do any prior notice last night, and we are still assessing if there is any damage.”

The missile launch, at least the second time Iran has fired ballistic missiles into Syria demonstrating the Iran’s ballistic missile capabilities. The Revolutionary Guards of Iran released video of a missile being launched and said in a statement that “many takfiris and Daesh leaders who were behind the Ahvaz attack were killed and wounded by the missiles,” according to a report by the Lebanese news agency Al Manar, which is run by Hezbollah, an Iranian ally.

Takfiri is an epithet that refers to the extremist, anti-Shiite views of the Islamic State. Social media was awash with mobile phone footage from those areas, showing the missiles rise in an orange glow before heading toward their targets. The recent retaliatory action by Iran marked an extremely rare direct attack from the Islamic Republic amid its support for embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The launch of surface-to-surface medium range missiles into Syria’s Deir el-Zour province comes as ISIS militants fleeing a U.S.-led coalition onslaught increasingly try to fortify their positions there. The Revolutionary Guards, the hardliner military unit of Iran  warned ISIS militants and their “regional and international supporters” that similar retaliatory attacks would target them as well if another assault in Iran occurs.

In past, the Trump administration had re-imposed sanctions after withdrawing from the 2015 international nuclear deal with Iran, which Washington saw as inadequate for curbing Tehran’s activities in neighbouring Middle East countries and denying it the means to make an atomic bomb.

However, EU bosses have threatened not to follow US sanctions and Mr Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton fired a warning to Brussels saying: ”We expect that Europeans will see, as businesses all over Europe are seeing, that the choice between doing business with Iran or doing business with the United States is very clear to them. European countries have refused to break off the deal, and Iran has said it will still abide by it.

Part of the agreement, under which Iran disavows a nuclear weapons program, puts some limits on new ballistic missile technology.

India has always had a cordial, cultural, religious and historical relationship with Iran that reflects the India’s National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval’s visit to Iran on 26 September to participate in a first of its kind of meeting, of regional players, focussing on the rising threat posed by terrorism, including Daesh / ISIS, to regional and global peace, security and stability.

Iran has described the attackers of Ahvaz as being “long affiliated with the Wahhabi,” an ultraconservative form of a new Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia. 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.

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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