Iran salvos missiles into Syria & What is to be done? Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres @ThadMcCotter

Jun 20, 2017, 03:55 AM

06-19-2017 (Photo: Description English: Picture of Fateh-110 missiles on the new TEL. Taken from Iranian armed forces parade in 2012 Date 21 September 2012 Source Author M-ATF, from and Twitter: @BatchelorShow

Iran salvos missiles into Syria & What is to be done? Malcolm Hoenlein @Confofpres @ThadMcCotter

“Over the weekend, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) reportedly launched a missle strike against “Takfiri terrorists” in Syria. FDD’s Behnam Ben Taleblu offers the following key points from his recent article in FDD’s Long War Journal:

• Both the Shahab-3 and the Zulfiqar are ballistic missiles and belong to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Aerospace Force (IRGC-AF.) The IRGC-AF is the military branch that oversees the entirety of Tehran’s ballistic missile arsenal. According to the former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, the Islamic Republic’s ballistic missile arsenal was assessed to be the “largest” in the region. Since inking the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran has launched up to 14 ballistic missiles [see FDD’s analysis here], and in March Iran test-fired two anti-ship ballistic missiles. It has not fired any surface-to-surface ballistic missiles since being put “on-notice” by The White House in February 2017 until now. • While several English-language outlets have re-reported the event, Iranian press reporting remains the main source providing credence to the IRGC’s claims. The IRGC press release touted that “A large number of the terrorist… perished and their equipment and arms were destroyed.” Absent on-the-ground reporting from Syria, this assessment will remain difficult to verify. • Iran has incentives to overstate its military capabilities and the battlefield effectiveness of its growing conventional missile force. However, if the missile launches were successful, this overt show of force will significantly bolster the regime’s deterrence. Given the timing of the move, the launch could also have been part of a larger strategy to signal resolve to both Iran’s regional and global adversaries. •